Billy Butler and Nori Aoki to return to Royals’ lineup for Game 6 of World Series

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According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed during a media session this afternoon that Billy Butler and Nori Aoki will return to the starting lineup tomorrow night for Game 6 of the World Series against the Giants.

It’s not a big surprise. Butler and Aoki were on the bench for Games 3-5 in San Francisco, with Jarrod Dyson playing center field and Lorenzo Cain in right. However, Yost can go back to his familiar lineup now that the team has returned home to Kauffman Stadium. Cain will slide over to center field to make room for Aoki in right and Butler will slot in at designated hitter.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star notes that there could still be a tweak with the “standard” playoff lineup, as Yost is considering moving Mike Moustakas up from the No. 9 spot in the order.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.