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Royals Vs. Pirates: Starting Lineups For Series Finale Announced

The Kansas City Royals can't seem to catch a break. After holding a 3-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, one crooked number of an inning later, the Royals were on the wrong end of a 5-3 final score. Now down two games to the Pirates, the Royals will try to escape without being swept in Sunday's series finale. Bruce Chen will try to be the band-aid on the mound for the Royals, while Pittsburgh will counter with A.J. Burnett.

Royals catcher Brayan Pena will hit fifth in the lineup for Kansas City and Johnny Giavotella will spell Yuniesky Betancourt at second base. Here are the starting lineups for both teams on Sunday.

Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup

1. Alex Gordon (L) LF
2. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
4. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
5. Brayan Pena (S) C
6. Mitch Maier (L) RF
7. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
8. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
9. Bruce Chen (L) P

Pittsburgh Pirates Starting Lineup

1. Alex Presley (L) LF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Casey McGehee (R) 3B
5. Matt Hague (R) 1B
6. Rod Barajas (R) C
7. Josh Harrison (R) RF
8. Clint Barmes (R) SS
9. A.J. Burnett (R) P

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