Royals-Tigers lineups for Wednesday

The weather is lovely here at Comerica Park for the second game of the Royals season, which starts at noon on Fox Sports KC and KCSP (610 AM). The forecast calls for freezing rain on Thursday morning, so this feels like a welcome reprieve. Here are the lineups as Jason Vargas faces Max Scherzer:

Royals soak in scene before first pitch on Opening Day

Before him stood the 25 men deemed the most promising Royals club in 20 years. The sun shone as the players stretched. The temperature was in the low 50s, crisp enough for hoodies, but comfortable enough to enjoy Opening Day. The setting was idyllic. Unless, of course, you are Royals manager Ned Yost, one of baseball’s most committed non-romantics.

Ned Yost says Wade Davis will be set-up man in Royals bullpen

For most of spring training, Royals manager Ned Yost stressed that a committee of relievers would handle the eighth-inning. With Opening Day a little more than 24 hours away, Yost says Wade Davis will be his set-up man, and the last link on the bridge to All-Star closer Greg Holland.

Ned Yost to bat Alcides Escobar second, won’t ‘disrupt my whole lineup’

Alcides Escobar was one of the worst every-day hitters in baseball in 2013. So why is he batting second in the Royals lineup? His placement revolves around Omar Infante’s health. Manager Ned Yost considers Infante his No. 2 hitter. But with Infante out, nursing a bone spur in his elbow, Yost is using Escobar in that spot because he does not want to upset his prearranged batting order.

James Shields set to pitch in the Royals’ Cactus League finale

The Royals clubhouse was calm on Wednesday, their final morning here at Surprise Stadium. Most of the boxes had been packed. A bevy of black suitcases where clustered on one side of the clubhouse, near where the minor-leaguers and non-roster invites were housed when camp began six weeks ago.