CHICAGO -- The Royals have flipped left-hander Will Smith and right-hander Luke Hochevar in the rotation, lining up Smith to start Tuesday's series opener in Minnesota.
Hochevar will start Wednesday, with the rest of the rotation remaining the same. Righty Luis Mendoza will take the mound in Thursday's series finale.
Manager Ned Yost said he opted for the switch so Hochevar gets an extra day of rest because of Monday's off-day along with the rest of the rotation. Smith hasn't started since Sept. 1 against the Twins, tossing a quality start in a 3-1 loss.
Hochevar didn't factor in the decision in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Rangers. He gave up two home runs in 6 1/3 innings and is winless since July 31, a span of seven starts.
Reliever Bueno begins two-game suspension
CHICAGO -- Royals left-handed reliever Francisley Bueno finally began serving a suspension Sunday he was issued more than four years ago.
Bueno started his two-game suspension in the Royals' series finale against the White Sox that stemmed from an ejection in his only Major League appearance before this season.
While with the Braves on Aug. 13, 2008, the lefty threw a fastball over Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano's head in the ninth inning at Turner Field and was immediately ejected.
He was issued a three-game suspension the following day, but also optioned to Triple-A. He didn't return to the Majors until this season and has appeared in 10 games for the Royals.
Bueno, 31, appealed the suspension and got it trimmed to two games. He is eligible to return Wednesday in Minnesota.
Omaha loses wild game in PCL semifinals
CHICAGO -- Tony Gwynn's three-run home run highlighted a nine-run Albuquerque seventh inning as the Isotopes came back to top Triple-A Omaha in a 12-10 stunner Saturday night.
The loss forced a fifth and final game in the Pacific Coast League semifinals Sunday afternoon.
After the Isotopes scored two first-inning runs to go ahead, 2-1, the Storm Chasers rattled off two big innings in the second and third to build an 8-2 lead.
Omaha added a couple of insurance runs and went into the bottom of the seventh ahead, 10-3.
The first five Isotopes reached base off Doug Davis before Brandon Sisk entered. Sisk didn't fare much better, giving up a pair of singles, a sacrifice fly and Gwynn's three-run shot.
Tommy Hottovy recorded the final two outs -- one a sacrifice fly -- to finally get the Storm Chasers out of the inning.
Only one Storm Chaser reached base the final two innings.
Davis allowed eight runs (seven earned), while Sisk allowed four runs. Adam Moore had a pair of homers.
The White Sox scoring four of their first five runs on home runs Saturday epitomized the past week for the Royals. Kansas City pitching has allowed 16 home runs in six games this week, with 73 percent (24 of 33) of the opponents' runs coming via the home run.
Kansas City has outscored its opponents, 53-16, in the ninth inning this year.