Lineups: Ian Kinsler, Mike Olt in; no Jurickson Profar
Kinsler's return means phenom Jurickson Profar is back on the bench after a stirring debut that featured a home run in his first major league at-bat.
With left-hander Bruce Chen on the mound, slumping Mitch Moreland got a day off and Mike Olt started at first base. Moreland entered the Kansas City series hitless in his last 14 at-bats. The lineups:
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
DH Michael Young
LF David Murphy
C Geovany Soto
1B Mike Olt
RHP Yu Darvish
RF David Lough
SS Tony Abreu
LF Alex Gordon
DH Billy Butler
3B Mike Moustakas
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
C Bryan Pena
2B Johnny Giavotella
LHP Bruce Chen
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