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Weather woes plague Royals

May 4, 2013


— The weather keeps wreaking havoc for the Kansas City Royals.

Just about everyone else in Major League Baseball, too.

The Royals’ game against the White Sox was postponed Friday due to freezing rain and will be made up Monday, when the teams were scheduled to have a day off and the forecast is much better.

The Royals played into the fourth inning against Tampa Bay on Thursday before that game was also postponed with snow starting to fall on the field. But unlike the Rays, who aren’t scheduled to return to Kansas City, the White Sox had several days that could work for a makeup.

“I used to worry about these kinds of things, but not anymore. There’s nothing you can do about it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “We’ll play when we can play.”

The temperature was hovering in the mid-30s when Friday’s game was called about four hours before the scheduled first pitch. There was a constant drizzle falling at Kauffman Stadium, winds gusting in from the north and the forecast for game time not looking much better.

The inclement weather wasn’t much of a surprise. Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur said after the previous night’s postponement, “You can go ahead find a makeup day for tomorrow, too.”

The Royals have had four games postponed due to rain this season, and another postponed during the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Two have since been played.

The White Sox have had three games postponed due to rain. None have been made up.

Yost said he plans to push everyone in his starting rotation back by a day, which means Jeremy Guthrie will pitch today, Wade Davis will go on Sunday and James Shields on Monday.

The Royals travel to Baltimore on Tuesday, when Ervin Santana will be on the mound.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura is pushing Dylan Axelrod back to start today’s game, and keeping left-hander Jose Quintana in place on Sunday. The starter for Monday is up in the air, but Ventura said that Jake Peavy could be on the mound.

Peavy was scratched from Thursday night’s start against Texas due to back spasms. He said it locked up on him after stretching exercises before Wednesday’s game, and he received treatment most of Thursday in hopes of making his scheduled start.


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