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April 2, 2014 5:38 PM

Ned Yost says he didn’t want to get in Alcides Escobar’s ‘dome’ by pinch-hitting him

The eighth-inning mismatch in Wednesday’s Royals-Tigers game pitted the American League’s best pitcher in 2013 with baseball’s worst hitter from the same season. But Royals manager Ned Yost believed pinch-hitting for Alcides Escobar would cause a mental strain, an unnecessary one this early in the year.

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