Now Commenting On:

Royals announce tentative schedule for top starters


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals will be rolling out their starting pitchers next week.

The tentative schedule has Wade Davis pitching Tuesday against Cleveland; Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen on Wednesday against Milwaukee; James Shields on Thursday against San Diego; Ervin Santana on Friday against Cincinnati; and Jeremy Guthrie on Saturday against San Francisco.

Because of a longer Spring Training schedule that accommodates the World Baseball Classic, manager Ned Yost decided to hold back his top starters until the fifth Cactus League game.

He is doing the same thing with most of his front-line relievers, although Kelvin Herrera and Tim Collins are to pitch in the third game against Texas. That's to help them prepare for the Classic; Herrera is on the Dominican Republic roster; Collins on the USA roster.

Similarly, rotation candidate Luis Mendoza will start Sunday against Texas because he is on the Mexico roster. Mendoza threw 107 pitches recently in the Caribbean Series, so he will make 60 to 70 pitches Sunday.

Other Royals on the final Classic rosters are catcher Salvador Perez, Venezuela; pitcher Atahualpa Severino and infielder Miguel Tejada, Dominican Republic; infielder Irving Falu, Puerto Rico; and outfielder Paulo Orlando, Brazil.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español