On Monday afternoon, a few hours before the Royals snapped a losing skid with a 4-3 victory over Texas, pitching coach Dave Eiland suggested closer Greg Holland take the day off. Not once this season has Holland told his coaches he could not pitch. He will accept a rest day when offered, but Monday was different.
The wind punished the flags hanging high above the outfield walls. A hail of plastic bags and paper napkins whipped through the sky. During a rain delay that postponed what would have been a crushing Royals loss, a sudden storm dispersed the remnants of a capacity crowd and provided imagery that was cruel but fitting.
Called into extra-inning duty Thursday, reliever Bruce Chen reminded why he has only been used four times this month. The Twins tagged him for six runs in the final inning of a 11-5 Royals defeat in 10 innings at Kauffman Stadium.
An RBI bunt single by Jarrod Dyson, an RBI single by Nori Aoki, a two-RBI single by Billy Butler and a two-RBI triple by Salvador Perez in the eighth inning lifted the Royals to a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals can sweep the three-game series with a win in Thursday night's finale.
Kansas City Royals rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura has “mid-back” tightness and he will skip his next start, which was scheduled for Wednesday against the Minnesota Twins. Omar Infante also will miss time with shoulder inflammation.