After the Royals were eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday, they could have shaken up their rotation for the last four games, but they chose not to. So that leaves veteran left-hander Bruce Chen to take the mound Sunday in the season finale, opposed by White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.
Chen, a pending free agent, could have been replaced by prospect Chris Dwyer, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha after the Storm Chasers won the Triple-A Championship.
"I just feel I'd be pushing Bruce aside and I don't want to do that," manager Ned Yost said. "He's been a big part of our second half. He deserves to start. He deserves to finish the year off on a good note."
Chen joined the rotation on July 12 and posted a 5-4 record with a 3.79 ERA in 14 starts. He's also held opponents to a .225 batting average and the Royals have won eight of his 14 starts.
"We've had a good season so far," Chen said. "But we want to finish with as many wins as we can, so when next year comes, we can say this is how many games we won last year and we want to win at least four or five games more than we won last year."
The Royals' 85 wins are the most since the 1989 team finished 92-70.
"I'm just glad that we were able to play this well and keep the city, the organization and everyone on the team involved and fighting to the end," Chen said.
The Royals won the first two games against the White Sox before a 6-5 loss on Saturday.
Quintana will take the mound riding a two-game winning streak in search of his first double-digit-wins season. He held the Blue Jays to two runs on five hits over 7 1/3 innings in his last start. He's thrown seven or more innings in five of his last seven outings. If he can record seven innings Sunday, he will join Chris Sale as the only White Sox pitchers to reach the 200-innings mark. He sits at 193 innings after 32 starts.
Royals: Yost plans to talk staffing when he returns to KC
Royals manager Ned Yost is without a contract for next season, but he said Friday that he would like to stay with the team.
Yost plans to discuss his managerial future and the makeup of the coaching staff with general manager Dayton Moore when the Royals return to Kansas City after Sunday's finale.
"We're still in the evaluation process, like we always do," Yost said. "I imagine we'll get all that discussed when we get home, when we get past the season. We just wanted to focus on having the strongest finish we could."
The current staff includes bench coach Chino Cadahia, hitting coach Pedro Grifol, pitching coach Dave Eiland, bullpen coach Doug Henry, first-base coach Rusty Kuntz and third-base coach Eddie Rodriguez.
White Sox: Baines to coach hitters in finale
The White Sox made a coaching change after Saturday's win, relieving hitting coach Jeff Manto of his duties. Assistant hitting coach Harold Baines will fill the role for the final game of the season.
Manto was the White Sox hitting coach the past two seasons, and the club enters the final day of the regular season last in the American League in runs scored. Chicago finished fourth in the AL in runs scored in 2012.
Prior to joining the White Sox staff, Manto served as Minor League hitting coordinator for the franchise from 2008-11.
• The Royals have five winning months for the first time since 1985, including a 16-10 record in September.
• The White Sox hit 18 home runs in the last 12 games.
Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.