The circumstances pointed to Wednesday as a logical time for the Royals to rest slumping left fielder Alex Gordon, who had just five hits in 31 at-bats since the calendar turned to May.

The Yankees started right-hander A.J. Burnett, who had limited Gordon to two hits in 15 previous matchups. So Gordon sat. Jarrod Dyson started in center field, while Melky Cabrera shifted from center to left.

"I'm not swinging as well as I was earlier," Gordon admitted, "but I sat down with (hitting coach Kevin) Seitzer, and my swing is fine. It's just a matter of getting back to picking out the right pitches to swing at."

It was Seitzer who suggested to manager Ned Yost that a day off could benefit Gordon, who went zero for four with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to New York.

"As soon as the game is over," Yost said, "I'll get Seitz and Eddie (Rodriguez) in here and go through the guys in the starting lineup and ask them if they think any of them need a day off.

"If they say they think someone needs a day off, I'll look at the matchups. Seitz said he thought it would benefit Gordo to take a day off. I looked at the matchups, and he was two for 15 against Burnett."

Gordon had a .373 average through April 16 and stood at .356 as recently as April 25. He entered Wednesday at .300 and had just two extra-base hits and four RBIs in his last eight games.

"I wouldn't say Gordo was struggling," Yost said, "but it's time to take a day off."

But only one day. Yost said Gordon will return to the lineup Thursday for the series finale.