ARLINGTON, Texas – Lefty Bruce Chen is on the mound for the Royals, but manager Ron Washington still opted to keep a couple of his big right-handed bats out of the lineup. Ian Kinsler and Mike Napoli are getting the day off.
“They need it,” Washington said, referring to a day of rest. “We’ve still got some big right-handed bats in the lineup, so we’re fine.”
Napoli has gotten occasional rest throughout the season. This will be Kinsler’s first day off this year.
“We have the luxury of being able to do it,” Kinsler said. “Our team is very deep, so we’re able to provide players a day off and a little rest. Hopefully that will pay off in the lone run. I’d like to be out there, but it’s a decision Wash made.”
The lineups for Monday’s games:
CF Jarrod Dyson
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Billy Butler
LF Alex Gordon
2B Chris Getz
Chen is pitching.
SS Elvis Andrus
RF Nelson Cruz
CF Craig Gentry
RHP Scott Feldman is making a spot start.