Starting Wilson Betemit at first base may not be a bad idea. It is certainly proved to be a winner Tuesday.
Betemit, who had made 17 starts at third base and three as the designated hitter, made his initial start of the season at first base Tuesday night in the Royals' 6-5, 10-inning win over the Orioles. Betemit went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, giving him hits in 20 of his past 21 starts.
It was Betemit's 63rd career game, and 39th start, at first base. His teams are 44-19 when he plays first base.
The Royals have been struggling to score runs for starter Jeff Francis, so manager Ned Yost wanted to keep Betemit's hot bat in the lineup. First base appeared to be a good option with Kila Ka'aihue struggling offensively.
"Francis has gotten the least amount of run support on our starting staff," Yost said. "I just want to make sure we've got the best offensive group we can put in there and see if we can't score some runs and get him a win. Wilson has been real hot.
"Betemit has been doing a great job at third base for us, but he has played first base in winter ball. First base might be his best position."
Francis got a no-decision, but the Royals did win their fourth straight game to start their nine-game homestand.
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