Left fielder Alex Gordon and third baseman Mike Moustakas got one-day breaks Monday night — consider it a mental breather — for the series opener against the A's after a dismal showing over the weekend against the Angels.

Speedy Jason Bourgeois replaced Gordon in left and atop the lineup. Yuniesky Betancourt started at third in place of Moustakas. The moves added two right-handed bats to the lineup against Oakland lefty Tommy Milone.

"I'm just trying to get everybody playing before we go home," manager Ned Yost said. "I wanted Bourgeois to play a game. This is a good opportunity to do it. And we'll look, at some point in the next two days, to get Mitch (Maier) in there."