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Altered lineup fails to produce

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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Altered lineup fails to produce

Manager Ned Yost shook up the Royals' lineup Wednesday night at Cleveland, but the moves didn't pay immediate dividends in Kansas City's 7-2 loss.

Yost started Alex Gordon at first base and Melky Cabrera in left field for the first time this season.

Gordon had started every game but one this season in left field. He broke into the majors as a third baseman, but was moved to the outfield last season.

Gordon, however, is no stranger to first base. It was his 17th start at the position, but his first start there since Aug. 29, 2007. Gordon was also used at first base three times earlier this season, changing positions late in the game.

Cabrera had started 21 of the first 23 games in center and one in right. This time he shifted to left field, which was vacated by Gordon. Rookie Jarrod Dyson replaced Cabrera in center, making his third start of the season.

Slumping second baseman Chris Getz and first baseman Kila Ka'aihue were benched.

The new-look lineup produced two runs in the second inning, on solo homers by Jeff Francoeur and Aviles, but otherwise was held in check by Josh Tomlin and three Cleveland relievers.

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