Kansas City manager Ned Yost made the move Friday night with the best-of-seven matchup 1-all. Usual right fielder Nori Aoki was not in the starting lineup, while Jarrod Dyson was starting in centre field and batting eighth.
"We've made a couple adjustments," Yost said. "We didn't scramble it up. I mean, we did, but it was out of necessity. With this vast outfield, we knew that we had to put our best defence out there."
Alex Gordon, who batted sixth in Games 1 and 2 this week at Kauffman Stadium, moved up into the No. 2 hole as the Royals lost their designated hitter — Billy Butler — in the NL ballpark.
With the loss of the DH, San Francisco's Michael Morse was out. The rest of the lineup was the same behind starter Tim Hudson, making his World Series debut at age 39 and after 16 major league seasons.