After a day off because of some discomfort in his foot, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon found himself back in the starting lineup Tuesday — and in a different spot.

Gordon, who has spent the last month hitting third or fourth, batted leadoff for the first time since June 21. Royals manager Ned Yost said previously that he prefers Gordon in the middle of the lineup somewhere, but he also likes some power at the top of the lineup.

"We need a little more pop out of the one (hole)," Yost said. "Your 1-2-3-4-5 guys get your most at-bats over the course of the game, and I wanted Gordo at the top of that order. I like what he did before (there)."

Gordon has arguably been the Royals' best player this season, with a .296 batting average, 11 home runs, 51 RBIs and a .367 on-base percentage. He was one for four Tuesday night.

But while Yost said he sees Gordon as a prototypical 3-4-5 hitter in a perfect world, Gordon says it doesn't matter where he hits in the lineup, as long as the team improves on its 39-58 record.

"Coach is just trying to change up things, try to get us going," Gordon said, "because obviously we're not winning games. He's just trying to mix it up and see if it works."