Royals won't skip No. 5 Guthrie despite early off-day

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Royals won't skip No. 5 Guthrie despite early off-day

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Though the Royals will have an off-day during the first week of the regular season, manager Ned Yost said he will not skip right-hander and No. 5 starter Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation.

Last year, Yost, for the most part, kept his No. 1 starter, James Shields, on a strict schedule of throwing every fifth day.

But after Yordano Ventura starts on Opening Day on April 6, he will not throw again until April 12, the final game of a three-game set against the Angels in Anaheim.

Guthrie will start April 11 in Anaheim.

"I got my guys," Yost said. "In my mind, I don't have a fifth starter that I can skip. They're all good."

Left-hander Danny Duffy, the team's No. 2 starter, will pitch on April 8 against the White Sox in Kansas City, and then pitch against Minnesota in the Twins' home opener on April 13.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.