Here are the starting lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Royals and Astros on Sunday evening in Houston. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 p.m. ET on MLB Network.
No surprises here. It’s the exact same starting lineup Royals manager Ned Yost used in the first two games of this best-of-five. Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer, and Ben Zobrist were the big heroes in Friday’s crucial comeback win. The series is 1-1 with the action moving to Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
Carlos Gomez is back in the starting lineup after being limited to a bench role in the first two games of the series due to lingering complications with his intercostal muscle. He strained that muscle in mid-September and that type of injury usually takes a full 4-6 weeks to fully recover from. Gomez did homer in the American League Wild Card Game, so there’s some hope that he can be a difference maker even at less than 100 percent.