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Rain clouds following Royals, Indians

The SportsXchange

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals were looking forward to opening a 10-game homestand Friday night against the Cleveland Indians after a winning road trip, but the game was postponed by rain.

The Royals have played only six days and seven games in the past dozen days. They have been limited to two games in the past five days with one regular scheduled off-day and a rainout Tuesday at Detroit.

That same grey cloud has also been following the Indians. The Indians were rained out Tuesday at Chicago and had an off-day Thursday, playing only once in the past three days -- a 3-2 loss Wednesday to the White Sox.

The Friday scheduled starters, left-hander Scott Kazmir for the Indians and right-hander Ervin Santana for the Royals were pushed back to Saturday.

The rainout Friday will be made up Sunday with the first day-night home doubleheader in Royals history. Right-handers Justin Masterson for the Indians and Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals will start the 1:10 p.m. CDT game Sunday. Neither club announced who would pitch the nightcap, which begins at 7:10 p.m. CDT.

The Royals completed a 4-3 trip to Atlanta, Boston and Detroit.

"It's always good when you go on the road and comeback .500, that's a good thing," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The thing I'm impressed about is we've played 19 games so far this year and we've been in every single one of them. We've had an opportunity with a hit here or a pitch there to have won every game we've played in. Going back to spring training that was the goal, we wanted to be able to compete every single day and we have so far this season."

The Royals are in first place in the AL Central with an 11-8 record. The last time Kansas City was in first place this late in the season was May 15, 2009, when they had a 19-17 record.

On this 10-game homestand, the Royals will face three clubs -- the Indians, the Rays and the White Sox -- who are below .500

The Indians are hoping to get center fielder Michael Bourn back soon. Bourn went on the 15-day disabled list April 17, retroactive to April 15, with a right index finger laceration and could be activated Tuesday when the Indians return home to face the Philadelphia Phillies.

"We haven't talked about a (minor league) rehab," Bourn said. "I just have to take it one day at a time and get comfortable. The stitches just came out yesterday (Thursday). Sunday would be a good day to see if it's healing properly. We'll see how it goes. I have to be comfortable (swinging) and make sure I don't alter my swing."

NOTES: Royals SS Alcides Escobar is two hits shy of 500, while Indians IF Mike Aviles is three hits shy of the same milestone. ... Royals' closer Greg Holland has struck out nine of the past 12 hitters he has faced without allowing a base runner in his past four outings, covering four innings. ... Kazmir's last big league victory was Sept. 19, 2010, with the Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay.
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