Easter Sunday lineups: Twins vs. Royals

The Royals look to pick up their sixth consecutive victory, and their second consecutive series sweep, as they face the Twins on Sunday afternoon. The game begins at 1:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Friday’s Royals lineup vs. the Twins

The Royals return home Friday night for a brief three-game home stand against the Minnesota Twins. Here are the lineups as Royals lefty Jason Vargas, 1-0, takes on the Twins’ Ricky Nolasco. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. and the game can be see on Fox Sports KC.

Thursday’s Royals-Astros lineups

For the first time this season, Billy Butler will not bat cleanup for the Royals. Manager Ned Yost dropped him to No. 6 and installed catcher Salvador Perez as his new cleanup hitter as the Royals go for a sweep of the Astros on Thursday night. The game begins at 7:10 p.m. It can be see on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Royals’ Ned Yost will drop Billy Butler from cleanup spot

Mired in an alarming, early-season slump, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler is moving out of the cleanup spot. Manager Ned Yost confirmed the impending switch during an interview with KCSP (610 AM) on Thursday morning. The most likely result means Butler will drop to No. 6 and swap places with catcher Salvador Perez.

Royals’ Bruce Chen scratched from Thursday start

A minor ailment bothering veteran lefty Bruce Chen has reconfigured the Royals’ starting rotation. With Chen nursing a tight left glute muscle, manager Ned Yost scratched him from his start on Thursday at Minute Maid Park. In his place, he moved up James Shields to replace Chen and tabbed Jason Vargas to start on Friday. Chen will attempt to return to the mound on Saturday when the team plays host to Minnesota.

Tonight’s Royals-Astros lineups

The Royals look to start a winning streak against the Astros on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Tonight’s Royals-Astros lineups

The Royals look to bounce back from a miserable weekend in Minneapolis with a three-game series against the Astros. The game begins at 7:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

The Rundown: Milwaukee Brewers get out of the box fast

April is a time for surprises, at least in baseball. Each year a team gets out of the box quickly, defying expectations. Take the Milwaukee Brewers, who are atop the NL Central, which produced three playoff teams a year ago in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

Royals recall Danny Duffy, option Johnny Giavotella to Omaha

A day after what manager Ned Yost called a "nightmare scenario," the Royals executed yet another roster move designed to improve their shaky bullpen. The team recalled Danny Duffy, one of the organization’s top prospects, and optioned second baseman Johnny Giavotella back to Class AAA Omaha.

Royals’ Omar Infante hopes to play three days after taking a pitch on his jaw

Omar Infante applied an icepack to the right side of his jaw as he ambled through the Royals clubhouse. The stitches on the left side of his chin still ached. Swallowing was a chore; talking wasn’t much more pleasant. Yet he hoped to return to action on Friday night at Target Field, just three days after an 89-mph fastball struck him in the face.