The Royals will face Scott Kazmir for the third time this season tonight at Kauffman Stadium, the first time with him pitching for the Astros.
Kazmir was 0-1 and 3.14 ERA in two starts against the Royals as a member of the Oakland A’s. He was traded to Houston for two prospects on Thursday.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch saw Kazmir’s arrival as an opportunity to get him on the bump right away, even if he’d been an Astro for less than a full day.
“A lot of times when you change teams — new uniform, new teammates, new surroundings — the best thing you can do is just get up and running right away,” Hinch said.
Hinch knew he was going to start Kazmir at some point during the series, but after talking to Kazmir yesterday, decided Friday night would be best.
Starting Kazmir on Friday night also allowed Hinch to push back the rest of his rotation an extra day. That means Scott Feldman, who will pitch Saturday, and Dallas Keuchel, who will pitch Sunday, will also both start on six days rest.
“It fits perfectly into what we wanted to do,” Hinch said. “He was on board with it.”
The Royals enter the game with the American League’s best record at 57-37 and baseball’s largest division lead, 6 1/2 games over the second-place Minnesota Twins.
First pitch is 7:10 p.m., and the game is on Fox Sports Kansas City and 610 AM.
1. Alcides Escobar, SS
2. Mike Moustakas, 3B
3. Lorenzo Cain, CF
4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
5. Kendrys Morales, DH
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Omar Infante, 2B
8. Paulo Orlando, LF
9. Drew Butera, C
P Jeremy Guthrie (7-5)
1. Jose Altuve, 2B
2. Preston Tucker, LF
3. Carlos Correa, SS
4. Evan Gattis, DH
5. Colby Rasmus, RF
6. Luis Valbuena, 3B
7. Jon Singleton, 1B
8. Jason Castro, C
9. Jake Marisnick, CF
P Scott Kazmir (5-5)
| The Star’s Chris Bumbaca contributed to this report.