Royals may bench Norichika Aoki for Game 3


Moving the series to San Francisco means the Royals’ starting lineup will be without designated hitter Billy Butler and manager Ned Yost indicated that he’s considering another move.

Benching right fielder Norichika Aoki.

Aoki’s defense has been an issue throughout the postseason, with Yost frequently taking him out late in games in favor of Jarrod Dyson while shifting Lorenzo Cain from center field to right field.

So instead of doing that again Yost may just decide to start Dyson and use Aoki off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Aoki is a better hitter than Dyson, but he’s hardly an impact bat and an extra five or six innings of better defense and baserunning could be worth the change.