4/3/2014 2:16 P.M. ET
Home opener vs. White Sox bodes well for Royals
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
DETROIT -- The first game of the season has not been kind to the Royals in recent years. Monday's 4-3 loss at Detroit was their sixth straight on Opening Day. Overall, their mark is 15-31.
But the team's home opener is coming up at 3:10 p.m. CT on Friday against the White Sox, and the club's record in its first game on home grounds is considerably better, just one game under .500 at 22-23. That includes 20-21 at Kauffman Stadium after the Royals went 2-2 at old Municipal Stadium from 1969-72.
The Royals won last year's home opener, 3-1, over the Twins with Ervin Santana getting the victory and Aaron Crow the save. After being shut out for seven innings, the Royals rallied for three runs in the eighth with Alcides Escobar's RBI double accounting for the go-ahead run. Suddenly the sellout crowd erupted, and there was joy in Kansas City.
That was the Royals' seventh game of the season; they opened 3-3 on the road in Chicago and Philadelphia.
The Royals most recently won back-to-back home openers in 2007 and 2008 over Boston and New York, and they have another chance this year. History is in their favor. The Royals have had their home opener four times against the White Sox and won three of them.
Yost seeks speedier replays in future
DETROIT -- The Royals' first experience with instant replay consumed some time during Wednesday's 10-inning, 2-1 loss to the Tigers, who won two challenges.
The first challenge by Detroit manager Brad Ausmus took the umpires about three minutes to develop their ruling.
"It took a long time," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I don't know why it took so long, because we had it right off the bat -- we had it before the umpire.
"That needs to go quicker. I don't know why it didn't, but it's like everything else. It's a new process, and it's evolving and it'll get quicker. It's going to take people time to get used to it. It's definitely different."
The second challenge went quicker, timed at just one minute.
From his vantage point, Yost was not certain of the outcome of each play. In the end, however, he seemed satisfied.
"At least they're getting the calls right," he said.
Coleman moves toward return from DL
DETROIT -- Royals reliever Louis Coleman had a good workout in Surprise, Ariz., on Wednesday, and he is making progress with the bone bruise in the middle finger of his pitching hand.
"So that was good news," manager Ned Yost said.
If Coleman's progress continues, he could come off the disabled list by Tuesday or Wednesday.
"It's all kind of pursuant on how he feels," Yost said.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.