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After makeup game, Danny Duffy returns for Royals against Indians

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (41) talked with Kansas City Royals catcher Eric Kratz (19) in the seventh inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 31, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Duffy will start Monday’s game after the Aug. 31 rain-suspended game is finished.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy (41) talked with Kansas City Royals catcher Eric Kratz (19) in the seventh inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 31, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Duffy will start Monday’s game after the Aug. 31 rain-suspended game is finished. The Kansas City Star

At long last, the Royals-Indians game from Aug. 31 will end on Monday. The game will resume in the bottom of the 10th, with the Royals down, 4-2.

Mike Moustakas is up for the Royals, followed by catcher Erik Kratz and shortstop Alcides Escobar. Moustakas will be pinch-hit for. If they get a runner on base, right fielder Nori Aoki would be up after Escobar, followed by second baseman Omar Infante and left fielder Alex Gordon. Left-hander Kyle Crockett was pitching for Cleveland when the game was suspended.

Anyone on the roster is eligible to use in the game, except for players who were substituted on the 31st. The Royals made no changes in the field, but pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis already have been used. Greg Holland was on the mound for the Royals when the top of the 10th ended and theoretically could start the 11th if the game is tied.

Unless Kansas City can pick up two runs before it makes three outs, the loss will register on its record.

Then they can begin a three-game series versus a vexing opponent. Cleveland owns a 9-7 record against the Royals this season. They are streaking here to the finish line, in a replication of last season, when they crashed the party and picked up the second wild card spot.

The Royals are the current owners of that No. 2 seed. To fortify their position, they need to hold off the Indians. On Monday, Duffy will pitch for the first time since Sept. 6. His rotator cuff inflammation has passed, and Duffy should be ready to go. Team officials are curious, and somewhat anxious, to see how he handles the assignment after two weeks off.

Here are the matchups for the three regularly scheduled games at Progressive Field:

Monday, 6:05 p.m. (ESTIMATED): LHP Danny Duffy (8-11, 2.42 ERA) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-5, 2.65 ERA).

Tuesday, 6:05 p.m.: RHP Yordano Ventura (13-10, 3.19 ERA) vs. RHP Danny Salazar (6-7, 4.02 ERA).

Wednesday, 6:05 p.m.: LHP Jason Vargas (11-10, 3.59 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (5-8, 4.06 ERA).

FROM THE STAR

After Sunday’s regular-season finale at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals sounded hell-bent on hosting a playoff game this season.

Vahe Gregorian columnizes Billy Butler, who came through in an early spot in what could have been his final home game as a Royal.

Blair Kerkhoff takes a look at the curiosity of Monday’s suspended game.

THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)

69.2 percent.

THE STANDINGS IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

KC trails Detroit by 1 ½ games.

THE STANDINGS IN THE WILD CARD RACE

KC leads Seattle by two games for the second spot.

HERE IS SOME ROCK MUSIC

“Anywhere But Here” by Killer Mike.

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