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Maier finally gets a look

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Outfielder Mitch Maier was a spring training star and then disappeared.

Maier hit .519 with a .620 on-base percentage in 22 games and 39 at-bats in Arizona exhibition games.

When the regular season started, Maier went to the bench. In the first dozen games, manager Ned Yost went with an outfield of Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera and Jeff Francoeur.

Maier had appeared in only two games, both as a pinch runner, and struck out in his only at-bat.

Maier, however, was in the starting lineup Friday night against the Mariners as Yost opted to give Gordon a rest. He had four plate-appearances -- two strikeouts and two walks -- in the Royals' 6-5 triumph over the Mariners.

Yost, also, said he would start Jarrod Dyson, who doesn't have an at-bat but has been used in four games as a pinch runner, Saturday and Sunday against the Mariners as he will rest Cabrera and Francoeur.

"It makes it a little more difficult when all of your back-up outfielders are left-handers," Yost said Friday to find spots for them to play.

He said his regular outfielders don't need a day off as they are all playing well.

"But I've got to get Mitch and Dyson in there a little bit, then we'll go again," Yost said. "I don't like to do it, but I can't sit Mitch and Dyson 10, 12 days or two weeks in a row either."

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