Royals, Rangers to play 'B' game on Tuesday

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- After two games were abbreviated by rain on Friday, the Royals have scheduled a "B" game at 10 a.m. MT on Tuesday against the Rangers.

The purpose is to get pitchers Blaine Boyer, Francisley Bueno, Michael Mariot and Brian Sanches an inning of work each in what's planned as a 4½-inning game. More than rain figured in the decision to play the extra game.

"It's more of a product of guys starting to build their innings up," manager Ned Yost said on Sunday. "We've got two guys going today [Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen] that hopefully are going to get through four [apiece]. We've had games where we can have five or six pitchers throwing, but now we've got three if everything goes well."

Royals starting pitchers are at a point where they'll throw either four innings or 60 to 65 pitches in an outing.

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