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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Noah's Arc was not floating down I-70 and past Kauffman Stadium on Friday.

It was just a figment of the Kansas City Royals' imagination after they were rained out for the series opener Friday night against the Chicago White Sox.

The Friday rainout will be made up Monday in a 1:10 p.m. CDT start, when the temperatures are expected to be in the 70s with sunshine. The White Sox and Royals both were scheduled to be off that day. The White Sox will fly to New York after the Monday game to play the Mets, while the Royals will open a series Tuesday at Baltimore.

It was the second straight rainout for the Royals. Nasty weather Thursday, including snow, sleet and rain, postponed the game with the Tampa Bay Rays. They attempted to get that one in by playing 3 1/2 innings with the Royals leading 1-0, but the field became unplayable as the cold, wet weather continued through the evening.

The Royals have had four rainouts this season, including three on this homestand, and had another game postponed April 19 at Fenway Park due to the police situation after the bombings. In addition, the Royals had five regularly scheduled off-days in April, giving them 10 idle days in 33 dates.

"That's a lot," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The Royals were percentage points ahead of the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central before the rainout with a 15-10 record. The Royals did not win their 15th game last year until their 35th game, when they were 15-20.

"You can't focus on what your record is or what's happened already," Royals designated hitter Billy Butler said. "You have to focus on the next game. Whatever's happened has happened, and it doesn't mean anything going into next game. You just have to go out and keep doing positive things and keep it going."

Yost said he would just push back his three starters for the White Sox series. Jeremy Guthrie, the scheduled starter Friday, will start Saturday. Wade Davis will pitch Sunday and James Shields Monday.

Ervin Santana, who pitched four scoreless innings and struck out seven Thursday before the game was rained out, will start Tuesday at Baltimore. Yost said there were thoughts on bringing back Santana earlier on short rest, but that was ruled out.

"We'll just keep him in his normal spot," Yost said. "It affects less people that way."

The White Sox announced right-hander Dylan Axelrod will be moved back from Friday to Saturday for a start. Left-hander Jose Quintana will start Sunday. The White Sox did not announce who would start the series finale Monday, but it could be Jake Peavy, who missed his Thursday start with back spasms.

Notes: The White Sox are 350-325 overall against the Royals, including taking two of three to start this season. The White Sox have swept 23 three-game series from the Royals. Last year the Royals won 12 of 18 from the White Sox.
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