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Royals add righty Barlow as their 26th man

Yost: Postponements taking toll on pitching staff
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TORONTO -- The Royals added right-hander Scott Barlow to their roster for the second game of their doubleheader in Toronto on Tuesday.

In two starts with Triple-A Omaha this season, Barlow has allowed just one earned run on eight hits with 12 strikeouts over 10 innings. In 2017, Barlow posted a 3.29 ERA over 26 starts split between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Dodgers' organization.

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TORONTO -- The Royals added right-hander Scott Barlow to their roster for the second game of their doubleheader in Toronto on Tuesday.

In two starts with Triple-A Omaha this season, Barlow has allowed just one earned run on eight hits with 12 strikeouts over 10 innings. In 2017, Barlow posted a 3.29 ERA over 26 starts split between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City in the Dodgers' organization.

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The Royals and Blue Jays had their series opener postponed on Monday after falling ice from the CN Tower in downtown Toronto punctured the roof of Rogers Centre. It was the first postponement at Rogers Centre since April 12, 2001, which was also against Kansas City.

Royals looking for traction

Having four postponements by mid-April has been hard on the Royals, and the impact will continue to be felt over the coming weeks.

"That's just the tip of the iceberg," manager Ned Yost said prior to Game 1 on Tuesday. "The challenge comes four days from now, when you've got a starter that's got to come back early."

Eric Skoglund and Danny Duffy started Tuesday's doubleheader, and one of the two will need to come back on short rest on Saturday in Detroit. Yost will make that decision based primarily on their Tuesday workload.

This comes after Kansas City's pitchers were pushed back due to postponements, which Yost wants to avoid. Skoglund, for example, last pitched on April 10, but Yost doesn't view the added rest as an advantage.

"It doesn't help, because it keeps them less sharp," Yost said. "If you're less sharp, it means that you're probably going to go less innings in the game, which puts a heavier workload on your bullpen."

Kansas City has another twin bill on April 28 against the White Sox at home.

Keegan Matheson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto.

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