Big Game James is going to get an extra game.
Royals manager Ned Yost has juggled his rotation, switching James Shields and Wade Davis. That means Shields will start Friday night against the Twins and Davis is being held off until Saturday.
The reason is to give Shields one more start before the All-Star break and to ensure that he'll open the second half against Detroit after the four days off for the Midsummer Classic in New York.
"By switching right here, it buys Shields another start before the All-Star break," Yost said.
Taking the ball for the Twins is P.J. Walters, who aims to get back on track after enduring a short outing that saw him give up six earned runs in only two-thirds of an inning on Saturday against the Indians.
"Obviously, it's not something I was trying to do," Walters said after the start. "I let my teammates down. I came out tonight and didn't do my job. I think throughout the inning, we tried just about everything. It was up, down, in, out, and balls all over the place."
There are a few reasons to be optimistic. Walters posted three quality starts in his first four starts. What's more, he gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Tigers in his last start at Target Field.
As for Shields, if Kansas City's rotation had continued on the previous schedule, the veteran would have missed starting the last game at Cleveland before the All-Star break and had eight days off before opening the second half instead of the normal four days off.
"So we took the opportunity of having our No. 1 starter get an extra start between now and the All-Star Game," Yost said.
Royals: Dyson in for slumping Cain
• Jarrod Dyson started in center field over Lorenzo Cain on Thursday in part because of Cain's recent 0-for-18 mark.
Dyson went 0-for-3 in the game. Cain hit a pinch-hit double in the ninth.
"Cain's one of those guys that when he gets hot, he gets hot and he's smoking balls all over the park," manager Ned Yost said. "Right now he's in a little bit of a lull offensively, so you take the advantage to get Dyson some games in there because you know when Cain gets hot, nobody's going to be playing but him."
• Royals pitcher Felipe Paulino (Tommy John surgery) will return to his Minor League injury rehab assignment Sunday night with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
• The Royals are 14-10 this month.
Twins: Arcia figuring it out
• Oswaldo Arcia has 18 hits -- five doubles and two home runs -- and nine RBIs since rejoining the team on June 11.
"He is having better at-bats," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We've seen him take some pitches that he was chasing earlier. That's probably trying to do a little too much as a kid. You're still going to see that here and there. He's been swinging the bat really good for us, driving the baseball and he's into the defensive part, too."
• Ryan Doumit was out of the lineup for the third consecutive game because of a right ankle sprain, but was available off the bench Thursday.
"He said he felt great," Gardenhire said. "Everybody said he moved great, his ankle was good. He came out like he was throwing people out. He said he didn't really feel much at all. And that's a good thing because we were a little worried about that."
• The Royals are 6-1 in extra-inning games.
• The Twins lead the all-time series, 363-360.