Royals stick with lineup after opener
CHICAGO -- Even though the Royals were shut out on Opening Day, manager Ned Yost stuck with the same lineup Wednesday in the second game against the White Sox.
"I don't want to start mind-fryin' guys on Day 2 of the season," Yost said. "The kid [Chris Sale] pitched a great game. Take your hat off to him. You don't need to be changing your lineup and doing stuff like that. I don't think they changed their lineup, did they?"
No, and the White Sox did not exactly beat up on the Royals' James Shields and Kansas City's bullpen in their 1-0 win.
There will be some lineup changes necessary when the Royals move to Philadelphia for a weekend Interleague series. With no designated hitter, Yost could move Billy Butler to first base and perhaps switch Eric Hosmer to right field.
But Yost is not ready to say what he will do.
"The reason is I don't know what I'm going to do yet," Yost said. "I'm still evaluating it. We've got a righty and two lefties [starting for the Phillies] there, and we'll just see how it goes."
The Phillies' probables are right-hander Kyle Kendrick on Friday, left-hander John Lannan on Saturday and lefty Cole Hamels on Sunday. So Yost could sit the right-handed Butler on Friday and left-handed Hosmer in the other two games.