8/27/13: Shields leads Royals to third straight win

MINNEAPOLIS -- When the Royals beat the Twins on Tuesday night, it marked the third time in club history that there have been three wins in three straight days over three different opponents.

The first came May 6-8, 1990, when the Royals beat the White Sox at home, then won games at Cleveland and at Texas. The second came Aug. 27-29, 1995, with home wins over the Rangers and Brewers sandwiched around a one-day trip at Yankee Stadium.

Duffy called up as KC options Davis, Coleman

KC@DET: Duffy allows just one hit in six innings

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals, as expected, put pitchers Danny Duffy and Luke Hochevar on their 25-man roster before Wednesday night's game against the Twins.

Their corresponding moves were more unexpected, however, as pitchers Wade Davis and Louis Coleman both were optioned to Class A Wilmington.

Why Wilmington?

Because the team in the Class A Carolina League stands less of a chance to be in postseason play and Davis and Coleman can return to the Kansas City roster faster, by next Tuesday.

"If we send them to [Triple-A] Omaha or [Double-A] Northwest Arkansas, they have a chance to extend play by being in the playoffs," manager Ned Yost said. "Wilmington is a long shot. So we sent them there in order to get them back by Sept. 3."

That's the day after the Minor League regular season ends. If Davis and Coleman had been optioned to a team whose season is extended, they would have to stay with that team for a full 10 days before being recalled. That would be on Sept. 7.

With the Royals still holding playoff hopes, they wanted to get the two pitchers back as soon as possible.

"With Moose [third baseman Mike Moustakas] battling his leg thing and him being sick, we couldn't send a position player out. We couldn't go with a two-man bench until then," Yost said. "So it came down to the pitching side."

Several pitchers still had Minor League options, but Yost opted to keep both bullpen left-handers, Tim Collins and Will Smith, because of strong left-handed hitters with the Twins and the Blue Jays, their next opponent.

"So the thinking behind it was Wade is going to the 'pen; we'll send him down to let him get two innings under his belt to get reacclimated to relieving," Yost said. "He'll throw one two-inning stint on Saturday and be back ready to go for us on the 3rd. Coleman is going to throw an inning Thursday, an inning on Saturday and then be ready to be back with us on the 3rd."

Duffy was recalled from Omaha to start Wednesday night's game against the Twins as he replaces Davis in the starting rotation. Hochevar is returning after being on paternity leave for three days.

The Royals' 40-man roster remains at 39.

Moustakas may sit out Twins series with strep

TB@KC: Moustakas doubles home Hosmer in the third

MINNEAPOLIS -- Third baseman Mike Moustakas, stricken by strep throat, was out of the Royals' lineup again Wednesday night and expected to sit out Thursday afternoon's series finale against the Twins as well.

"He looks better; he'll be available to pinch-hit tonight if I need him," manager Ned Yost said Wednesday. "It's a quick turnaround [for Thursday] and a very, very hot day. Strep throat can really sap you to begin with, and we'll probably wait until we get to Toronto and it's a little more-climate controlled."

Toronto has a retractable roof.

Moustakas missed Tuesday night's series opener because of his illness. He has also been battling a calf problem since Aug. 12, playing in just six games since then.

Hayes named Player of Week at Omaha

MINNEAPOLIS -- Catcher Brett Hayes' power surge has been recognized by the Pacific Coast League.

Hayes hit a combined six home runs in four games for Triple-A Omaha against New Orleans to win the PCL's Player of the Week honors. He had at least one blast in each game, including a walk-off solo shot in the 10th inning last Thursday. He was the first Omaha player to have six homers in one series since Craig Brazell in 2007.

Three other Royals farm hands also won honors last week: Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert of Northwest Arkansas was Texas League Player of the Week. Rated the Royals' No. 9 prospect by MLB.com, Cuthbert hit .421 with seven RBIs. Idaho Falls had the Pioneer League's top player, Daniel Rocket, .348 with seven RBIs, and top pitcher, Luis Santos, with a one-hitter and seven strikeouts.

Worth noting

• Royals right fielder Justin Maxwell was taken out of Wednesday night's 8-1 win over the Twins after being hit on the right hand by a pitch in the ninth inning.

He had X-rays, which were negative, and was expected to be ready to play Thursday afternoon.