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Omaha rolls to 14-1 victory on a night all Royals affiliates win

Six different Storm Chasers had a multi-hit game Thursday night as Class AAA Omaha whipped Round Rock 14-1.

Catcher Jesus Flores had three hits, including a two-run home run and scored three runs. Center fielder Brett Eibner had three hits, including two doubles and walked twice. Second baseman Christian Colon, designated hitter Brian Fletcher, first baseman Matt Fields and shortstop Pedro Ciriaco all had two hits.

Fields, who is batting .423, has hit safely in all 14 Omaha games this season. For the third time in his last eight games, Eibner reached base four times. He is batting .373.

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By PETE GRATHOFF. 6 minutes ago

Royals’ Lorenzo Cain on disabled list

Lorenzo Cain wore a look of resignation as he stood in front of his locker. Yet another stint on the 15-day disabled list, this for a groin strain he suffered in the Royals’ victory on Wednesday night.

The team initially categorized the injury as a minor one, but Cain will undergo an MRI and further evaluations by team doctors in Kansas City on Friday. The team will be without their talented but fragile center fielder for at least two weeks.

Cain sounded exasperated when discussing the injury. He committed to an extensive stretching program in recent years designed to avoid scenarios like this. But he still felt a tweak in his groin while trying to beat out an infield single the night before.

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 5 hours ago

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.

Here are the lineups as James Shields (0-2, 2.37 ERA) faces Scott Feldman (2-0, 0.44 ERA):

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 7 hours ago

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.

Yost dislikes fiddling with his lineup. But he conceded the move could help reduce the strain on Butler, who is batting .149 during the Royals’ 6-7 start and has yet to provide an extra-base hit in 47 at-bats. His on-base plus slugging percentage is .371.

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By ANDY McCULLOUGH. 11 hours ago

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