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Yost shakes up lineup for Game 3, shifts Cain to right field

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCTV/AP) -

Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was moved from center field to right for Game 3 of the World Series to boost defense in one of AT&T Park's trickiest positions.

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Kansas City manager Ned Yost made the move Friday night with the best-of-seven matchup 1-all. Usual right fielder Nori Aoki was not in the starting lineup, while Jarrod Dyson was starting in center field and batting eighth.

"We've made a couple adjustments," Yost said. "We didn't scramble it up. I mean, we did, but it was out of necessity. With this vast outfield, we knew that we had to put our best defense out there."

Alex Gordon, who batted sixth in Games 1 and 2 this week at Kauffman Stadium, moved up into the No. 2 hole as the Royals lost their designated hitter -- Billy Butler -- in the NL ballpark.

With the loss of the DH, San Francisco's Michael Morse was out. The rest of the lineup was the same behind starter Tim Hudson, making his World Series debut at age 39 and after 16 major league seasons.

For the Royals, Alcides Escobar will lead off, Cain will remain in the three spot and Eric Hosmer will bat cleanup. Mike Moustakas will move up from the bottom of the order to fifth. Yost said he put Gordon in the second spot because of Dyson and Escobar's speed.

He said with the speed before Gordon that "Alex might get a few more fastballs to hit, and we liked Alex in that spot," adding that he thinks Hudson will be throwing fastballs to Gordon.

"We moved Moose up because he's really swinging the bat really well right now for a little extra protection for Hoz. And Omar's been swinging the bat better here, a little more protection for Moose," Yost said.  

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