With Thursday afternoon's game at Minnesota postponed because of a tragic bridge collapse in the city, the Royals had an open date before opening a series at New York.
The immediate effect of the postponement was a shuffle in the Royals' pitching rotation. Manager Buddy Bell decided to simply move Odalis Perez, who'd been scheduled to pitch Thursday against the Twins, into Friday's slot against the Yankees in New York.
After that, newcomer Kyle Davies will pitch Saturday afternoon against the Yankees. Staff leader Gil Meche will be pushed over to Sunday afternoon. Jorge De La Rosa, the original Sunday probable, went on the disabled list and is out of the rotation for now.
That could mean Leo Nunez, who got a stay of Omaha execution when De La Rosa went on the DL, will start next Tuesday against the Twins in Kansas City. Bell has time to ponder that.
Meantime, he can concentrate on the Yankees, who took three of four games last week in KC.
KC: LHP Odalis Perez (6-9, 5.73 ERA)
Perez pitched very well against the Rangers in his last start. In his first career appearance vs. Texas, Perez tossed his first quality start since June 30 and allowed three runs in six innings. He didn't walk a batter for the first time this season and struck out four. In his past two starts, Perez has worked 13 innings -- tied for his season high for back-to-back outings. Perez has been slightly better on the road (5.27) than at home (6.14). He started against the Yankees on July 23 in KC and took the loss, giving up four runs in six innings.
NYY: RHP Chien-Ming Wang (12-5, 3.61 ERA)
Wang threw six solid innings against Baltimore in his last start to earn his 12th victory of the season and ninth in his last 12 starts. The dominant right-hander didn't have his best stuff and became visibly frustrated with some calls, but he battled well and held the Orioles to three runs on nine hits. The win pushed him to 5-1 in July, and he hasn't allowed more than four runs in a game during that stretch. Wang is 2-0 with a 5.84 ERA in four career starts against Kansas City.
Players to watch
Can anybody hit Wang? Well, yes, Emil Brown and Joey Gathright each have gone 4-for-9 (.444) against him.
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Official game notes
Saturday: Royals (Kyle Davies, 4-8, 5.76) at Yankees (Phil Hughes, 1-1, 3.38), 12:05 p.m. CT
Sunday: Royals (Gil Meche, 7-8, 3.70) at Yankees (TBD), 12:05 p.m. CT
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.