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Alex Gordon (Wrist) has returned to the Royals lineup on Friday.
Gordon missed the final four games of the first half with a wrist issue, but the time off for the All Star break has obviously afforded him an opportunity to recuperate. He is back in left field and will bat fifth in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Marc Krauss went 1-for-4 with a solo home run on Thursday in Toronto.
Krauss is hitting only .150 with a .350 slugging percentage after launching his first home run of the season. It was just his seventh game of the season, but there’s no doubt he’ll need to cut down on the strikeouts if he’s ever going to be able to showcase the decent pop he has. The left-handed hitter was called up from AAA to try and infuse some offense in Anaheim and was slugging .639 over his past 10 games. With Matt Joyce really struggling, expect Krauss to steal some of his at-bats over the next few weeks. Analysis: Kevin Luchansky