Royals' opener in Detroit postponed by rain

Royals' opener in Detroit postponed by rain

Royals' opener in Detroit postponed by rain
DETROIT -- Call this the rainout road trip.

For the second time in three days, the Royals were washed out when Monday night's series opener against the Tigers was postponed. The game won't be made up until 6:05 p.m. CT on Monday, Sept. 24, previously an open date for both clubs.

The Royals also were rained out on Saturday afternoon at Minnesota. The game with the Twins was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on June 30.

Royals manager Ned Yost will move back right-hander Luke Hochevar, starting him instead on Tuesday night. He'll be matched against right-hander Rick Porcello as the Tigers skip over Monday night's scheduled starter, Duane Below.

"It helps us, but you just don't want to get too many logged in there," Yost said.

Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who's been getting over the flu, will get an extra day to recover as his start is delayed until Wednesday afternoon. He's now matched with Tigers ace Justin Verlander instead of Luis Mendoza, who the Royals are bypassing.

Left-hander Danny Duffy will start against the Yankees on Thursday night in Kansas City. Beyond that, Yost said he wasn't certain how his pitching plans would shake out.

However, with right-hander Felipe Paulino about to return from a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, he could be inserted into the rotation. With Nate Adcock resting up after a 93-pitch relief outing on Sunday, Yost is looking at Mendoza as his long man out of the bullpen right now.

With two of the seven games on this trip postponed, the Royals' record is 3-2 after winning two of three in Cleveland and splitting the rain-shortened series against the Twins.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.