Manager Ned Yost has still yet to challenge a play this season, but the Royals were victimized twice by the new system on Wednesday.
In the sixth, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus challenged a double-play ball hit by rookie outfielder Tyler Collins. Ausmus was right that Collins was safe at first, which extended a Detroit rally.
In the 10th, Nori Aoki was called safe at first after tapping a grounder back to the mound. This was reversed, too.
“Both calls went against us,” Yost said. “But that’s what it’s there for, to get the call right. I don’t have any problem with it.”
Aoki appeared to step on the foot of first baseman Miguel Cabrera just a moment after Cabrera gloved the ball. The reversal marked the final out in the inning. The Royals did not get a chance to bat again.
“It was a close play,” Aoki said through his translator, Kosuke Inaji. “I didn’t really know. I thought I might have been out. But I didn’t really know.”Peguero clears waivers
The Royals’ gambit to retain outfielder Carlos Peguero paid off on Wednesday afternoon. He cleared waivers and received an assignment to Class AAA Omaha.
The team had designated Peguero for assignment on March 25 to make room for the addition of waiver claim Patrick Schuster, a left-handed pitcher. But Schuster was merely a prop for the team’s attempt to slip Peguero through waivers.
By removing Peguero from the roster, the team placed him in limbo for a 10-day period. During that time, the 40-man rosters across Major League Baseball filled up, which made it easier to keep Peguero around.
Peguero, 27, posted an .859 on-base plus slugging percentage during three seasons in Class AAA with Seattle’s Tacoma affiliate. The Royals acquired him for cash considerations before spring training began.Coleman update
Reliever Louis Coleman (bruised right middle finger) was expected to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday morning at the club’s complex in Surprise, Ariz. He is eligible to leave the disabled list Tuesday.Rain in forecast
A rainout is possible for Thursday’s series finale. The forecast calls for freezing rain in the morning.
First pitch is scheduled for 12:08 p.m. with coverage on Fox Sports KC and KCSP (610 AM).Minor-league rotations
The organization set their pitching rotations for their minor-league affiliates. Chris Dwyer starts Opening Day for Class AAA Omaha. He will be followed by Aaron Brooks, John Lamb, Danny Duffy and Brett Tomko.
Duffy and Dwyer are considered the team’s top two options should one of the big-league starters incur an injury.