KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Salvador Perez will return to the Royals' lineup on Monday night as a four-game series with the contending Tigers opens in Detroit.

Perez has been out of the lineup in the three games of the Indians series to let his hands, banged up by foul balls, get healed. Now he's feeling good -- and antsy.

"He was politicking last night to play today, but no," manager Ned Yost said before Sunday's series finale against the Indians.

Yost will keep his regulars in the lineup against the Tigers, who are challenging Chicago for the American League Central title, just as he did against the White Sox last week. The Royals took two of three games from the Sox and finished the season 12-6 against them. The Royals stand 4-7 against Detroit with seven games left.

Perez got a late start on the season because of knee surgery, so he really doesn't need the rest. As of Sunday, he was hitting .300 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles and 36 RBIs in 67 games.

Backup Brayan Pena started the first two games against the Indians and Adam Moore made his first appearance for the Royals on Sunday, catching Triple-A Omaha teammate Jake Odorizzi's big league debut. Catcher Manny Pina, who also had knee surgery during Spring Training, had not appeared since being called up from Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sept. 1.

Crown points

• Monday night's game at Detroit is a makeup game for an April 30 rainout at Comerica Park.

• Right fielder Jeff Francoeur's 19th assist on Saturday night put him one shy of left fielder Jeff Gordon's club record 20 outfield assists, set last year.

• Billy Butler became the 27th player in Royals history to have 100 or more RBIs, the first since Carlos Beltran's 100 in 2003.

• Third baseman Mike Moustakas got a day off Sunday with Tony Abreu playing third. Moustakas has 44 straight errorless games.

• Most starts at any batting order spot this year? Butler's 92 at No. 4, the cleanup man. Butler is also tops at No. 3 with 56.