Alex Gordon will continue his role as the leadoff batter. Gordon hit .294 with 14 HRs and 73 RBI in 2012.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar will hit second. He led the team in 2012 with 35 stolen bases.
DH Billy Butler, the Royals' lone All-Star in 2012, will hit 3rd. He led the team last year in average, home runs, RBI, OBP and hits.
Third-baseman Mike Moustakas will hit clean-up and look to improve on his 20 home runs and 73 RBI from a year ago.
Catcher Salvador Perez, who missed much of last season with a knee injury, will look to make up for lost time in 2013. He'll bat fifth.
First-baseman Eric Hosmer will hit sixth. After a solid rookie campaign in 2011, his production fell in 2012; He hit 14 HRs and had 60 RBI.
Lorenzo Cain will play center field and bat seventh. In just 61 games for the Royals in 2011, Cain knocked 7 home runs and had 31 RBI, all while hitting .266.
Jeff Francoeur reclaims his position in right field for another season in Kansas City and will hit eighth. He hit .235 with 16 home runs in 2012.
Second-baseman Chris Getz, who won the position in spring trainig over Johnny Giovatella, will hit ninth. Getz hit .275 last year in 64 games with the Royals.
Opening Day starter James Shields, acquired from the Rays along with P Wade Davis, will be tasked with transforming Kansas City's rotation from a perennial laughing stock into a legitimate force.