4/25/2014 8:00 P.M. ET
Rain shakes up start of Royals-O's series
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- The main topic of conversation on Friday at Camden Yards was the weather. In his clubhouse office, Royals manager Ned Yost had his computer tuned to a weather map.
"There's a lot of green," Yost said.
A blob of green was moving toward Baltimore.
"Of course you get conflicting reports," Yost said. "But we got one report that said it's just thunderstorms and then the next one we got was, 'OK, it's going to start raining about 4 and then stay 'til 10.' If that's the case, then we'll probably play a split doubleheader tomorrow."
At about 5 o'clock, the grounds crew rolled out the tarp, covering the infield, and shortly a steady rain began falling.
As it turned out, the rain abated and the game began 55 minutes late at 8 p.m. ET.
Broken arm won't stop Kuntz from chipping in
BALTIMORE -- There's no stopping Rusty Kuntz.
The coach was in the midst of the Royals' early hitting workout on Friday afternoon at Camden Yards, his broken left arm in a cast and sling. He underwent surgery on Wednesday in Cleveland where, on Monday, the arm was hit by a line drive in batting practice.
Later, Kuntz was in the outfield working with center fielder Jarrod Dyson as coach Mike Jirschele hit fungoes. Jirschele is filling in for Kuntz as the first-base coach.
"Probably for another three or four days," manager Ned Yost said. "Rusty's on all that pain medicine and that makes you a little loopy. Rusty will be in the dugout tonight, though, setting the outfield defenses and stuff."
Yost unconcerned with offensive rough patch
BALTIMORE -- Although the Royals arrived in Baltimore ranked 14th in scoring and last in home runs, manager Ned Yost was confident that his offense would eventually hit its stride.
After all, one of the club's primary preseason goals was hiking the run production, which was 11th among the 15 American League teams last year.
"It'll get going. Even when it's going good, you're going to be complaining about the offense," Yost said. "That's just the way it is. If you score five and win, 5-2, you think you should have scored 10. The whole thing is, just score enough runs to win and, if that's the case, then your offense is doing good."
The good news was that the pitching staff ranked second in the AL with a 3.31 ERA.
Entering Friday, the Royals were last in the AL Central standings, but they were hanging in there with just two games separating the five teams.
"Everybody's going through the same thing," Yost said, and he glanced back at Thursday's 5-1 loss at Cleveland. "We looked dead yesterday -- they looked dead yesterday, except for the fifth inning. You just keep grinding it out."
After Cleveland, the Royals were just 21 games into a 162-game season.
"Look, as long as you're leading on the last lap, you're fine. You don't want to get 20 laps down. The goal is being in first place at the end of the year. That's the ultimate goal," Yost said. "We'd love to be there a lot quicker than that. Just keep working hard until it all comes together and we get a run going."
Or, in another context, get a lot more runs.
"And I believe we will," Yost said firmly.
Cain recovering from groin strain
BALTIMORE -- Center fielder Lorenzo Cain, on the disabled list with a left groin strain, is making progress in his recovery at Kansas City.
"[He's] feeling better," manager Ned Yost's said. "He came out and hit on the field today and did some agility stuff. He felt it a little bit, but he's about 60 percent better."
Cain is eligible for reinstatement next Thursday.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.