4/6/2013 7:40 P.M. ET
Chen giving Royals all he can in bullpen
By Michael Radano / Special to MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Bruce Chen has been around a long time.
The veteran pitcher has appeared in 352 big league games, of which he has started 203. in 2012, he started on Opening Day for the Royals, but lost the fifth-starter role this year to Luis Mendoza. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, the veteran has accepted his role in the bullpen and gone about his business, including a perfect inning in Friday's victory at Philadelphia in which he picked up the 72nd win of his career.
"I'm trying to help this team any way I can," said Chen, who has pitched for 10 clubs, including Philadelphia. "Last year I was starting, and this year they told me I would be in the bullpen. You know what, I'm here to do what I can. It doesn't matter what they ask me to do. I know we have a good team, and people have to do jobs that normally we wouldn't have to do.
"I can't go to the bullpen and be [annoyed]. That's not going to help me or the team. I need to contribute. If it's as the long guy, that's fine with me."
Chen is far from alone, as the Royals have 25 guys focused on winning, according to manager Ned Yost.
"It's about winning," Yost said. "It's not just [Chen]. [Luke Hochevar] is in the same position. I'm here to decide what will help us win, and right now we have 25 guys doing what they can to win and put the team first."
Yost adjusting KC lineup due to NL rules
PHILADELPHIA -- Given the offensive explosion on Friday afternoon, Royals manager Ned Yost may have been tempted to stick with the same lineup on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park against the Phillies.
"We're playing National League rules," Yost said. "I want to [go with my regular lineup], but the fact is you have to have confidence in all 25 guys. If I don't play them today, then when do I play them?"
On Friday, in a 13-4 win over Philadelphia, the Royals shook off a bad opening series offensively in Chicago and pounded out 19 hits with Billy Butler on the bench due to the lack of a designated hitter and right-handed starter Kyle Kendrick on the mound. First baseman Eric Hosmer, who entered the game with just one hit, went 4-for-5 with three RBIs, and left fielder Jeff Francoeur went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
On Saturday, Butler returned to first base and Hosmer took a seat against left-handed starter John Lannan. Francoeur has the most outfield experience, and once the Royals finish the Interleague Play series, they can return to a lineup with all three hitters available.
"I'm going to get everyone in the lineup this weekend," Yost said on Friday. "Billy will play on Saturday."
The Royals' bench featured only left-handed hitters on Saturday.
• Alex Gordon and Chris Getz became the first duo in Royals history to hit bases-clearing triples in the same game on Friday.
• The 19 hits against the Phillies on Friday was the first time the Royals had done that since July 3, 2011, in Colorado.
• Chen has pitched in 40 big league stadiums, having added Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.
Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.