Rain forces postponement of Friday’s game; to be played Monday

There was no attempt Friday to play through the rain at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals announced a postponement at 3 p.m. The game against the Chicago White Sox, originally scheduled at 7:10 p.m., will now be played at 1:10 p.m. Monday at Kauffman Stadium. Monday’s game will be televised by Fox Sports Kansas City.

The quick postponement came one day after the Royals and Tampa Bay Rays slogged through 3 ½ innings before the elements forced a postponement.

“The only positive,” manager Ned Yost said, “is we’re not playing in 30-degree temperatures where it has a chance to snow again. Monday is supposed to be a much nicer day. It’s supposed to warm up.”

Friday’s game was the Royals’ fifth postponement of the season.

Two postponements (April 19 at Boston and April 26 vs. Cleveland) have already been made up as day-night doubleheaders. Two others (April 23 at Detroit and Thursday vs. Tampa Bay) have yet to be rescheduled.

Those five postponements are in addition to five scheduled open dates since April 2, which have combined to scramble the Royals’ rotation on several occasions.

In this case, Yost said he plans simply to push his rotation back one day. That means Jeremy Guthrie will pitch Saturday night, followed by Wade Davis on Sunday afternoon and James Shields on Monday afternoon.

The revised plan means Ervin Santana will pitch Tuesday when the Royals open a three-game series at Baltimore. Luis Mendoza and Guthrie will start the other games

The White Sox plan to start Dylan Axelrod on Saturday and Jose Quintana on Sunday. Their Monday starter is uncertain, but it should be Jake Peavy if he is sufficiently recovered from back spasms.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of showers throughout the evening hours with temperatures in the low 50s. Sunday’s forecast is for a 20 percent chance of rain with temperatures in the upper 50s.

Temperatures for Monday afternoon are expected to approach 70, but the rain could follow the Royals to Baltimore. Long-range forecasts call for 30-40 percent chance of rain for all three days.

Rain-check policy

Tickets for Friday’s game will be honored for Monday’s makeup date but can also be redeemed for any remaining home game with three exceptions:

May 11 against the New York Yankees and May 27-28 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The redemption policy also applies to anyone holding to a ticket to Thursday’s postponed game against Tampa Bay.

All replacement tickets will be in a comparably priced seating category and based on availability at the time of the exchange. Unredeemed parking vouchers will also be honored for the available games.

All exchanges must be made at Kauffman Stadium, and the Royals are encouraging fans to do so well in advance of their preferred replacement game. All seating is based on availability.

The Kauffman Stadium Ticket Office operates from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Charity auction

The annual on-air Broadcast Auction, scheduled for Friday, will now take place during the June 7 game against the Houston Astros. The auction benefits Royals Charities and is co-sponsored by Fox Sports Kansas City.

Walk rates

The Royals’ staff entered the weekend with the second fewest walks among the 15 American League teams at 89. Only Detroit, with 86, had walked fewer opponents.

That ranking is due, in part, to the fact the Royals had played just 25 games due to numerous postponements. Only Minnesota, with 24, had played fewer.

Even so, the club’s walks are down significantly.

The Royals entered the weekend at 2.72 walks per nine innings, which ranked fifth in the league. A year ago, they averaged 3.36 walks per nine innings, which ranked 12th among 14 teams.

A corollary: The Royals still aren’t drawing many walks. Their 67 walks, entering Friday, ranked ahead of only Chicago’s 63.

Minor details

Lo-A Lexington right-hander Miguel Almonte cracked Baseball America’s weekly Prospect Hot Sheet after allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings in his latest start.

The magazine identifies 13 prospects each week across all levels who are, well, hot. Almonte, 20, struck out nine and walked three Wednesday in a 3-1 victory over Delmarva.

“His fastball sits 92-93 mph and touches 96,” Baseball America reported, “which means on nights where his plus change-up is working, like it was on Wednesday, he’s a very tough matchup for low Class A hitters.

“Next on the to-do list for Almonte is to refine his curveball, which flashes signs of being a plus pitch in the bullpen but has yet to successfully make the trip from the bullpen to the mound.”

Class AA Northwest Arkansas right-hander Yordano Ventura received mention as “in the team photo.” Lexington first baseman Fred Ford, on an 0-for-27 slide, made the “not hot” list.

Looking back

It was 44 years ago Saturday -- May 4, 1969 -- that Bob Oliver recorded the first of three six-hit games in Royals’ history.

Oliver, then 26, had four singles, a double and a homer in a 15-1 victory over the California Angels in Anaheim, Calif.

The Royals acquired Oliver from Minnesota in the 1968 expansion draft. He spent three-plus seasons with the club before a May 5, 1972 trade sent him to the Angels. He is the father of current Toronto pitcher Darren Oliver.

The club’s other six-hit games were by Kevin Seitzer in 1987 against Boston, and Joe Randa in 2004 at Detroit.