The Royals may not win the American League Central title this year, but they are intent on playing spoiler.
Last week, they swept the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium, and manager Ned Yost is tweaking the rotation ahead of a weekend series against the White Sox.
Everett Teaford likely will start Wednesday’s game against the Rangers (with Vin Mazzaro ready chip in). Luke Hochevar will start on Thursday, and Will Smith will skip his turn in the rotation.
“I want (Luis) Mendoza, (Jeremy) Guthrie and (Bruce) Chen pitching against Chicago,” Yost said. “They’ve been real effective with them. I’m not going to alter the rotation against them. Smitty will make his next start the next time around.”
Mendoza is 2-2 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts against the White Sox this year, while Chen was 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in two August starts against Chicago. Guthrie is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 152/3 innings this season against the White Sox.
Chen is starting today with Guthrie pitching Tuesday.
| Pete Grathoff, email@example.com