Suarez starting trend at short against Royals

Suarez starting trend at short against Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Eugenio Suarez started once in a 12-day stretch before returning to his spot at shortstop. His start on Saturday afternoon against the Royals was his second in 24 hours.

It wasn't a matter of resting a youngster who hasn't played in September before this year. After playing Andrew Romine and his reliable glove while he was on a decent hitting stretch, manager Brad Ausmus has turned back to Suarez, hoping the break has refocused him and his swing for the stretch run.

"I don't know that he needed a rest," Ausmus said. "He wasn't overworked by any stretch. Sometimes it's more beneficial for a young player to watch a few games in September and get the pangs to be on the field."

Suarez had a pair of RBI singles in Friday night's 10-1 win at Kauffman Stadium. He went 6-for-38 with 10 strikeouts in between, seemingly caught in between plate discipline and aggressiveness.

The first of Friday's RBI singles came after taking a fastball for a called second strike with two outs. Royals lefty Jason Vargas tried to change speeds on him, but Suarez pulled a line drive into left field for the third of Detroit's first-inning runs.

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