Daytime dilemma: When the Royals lost on Wednesday at Anaheim, it was their eighth straight loss in a day game, a trend they would like to reverse on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Safeco Field. Overall, the Royals are 12-22 in the daytime, including 2-12 at home.
Right fielder Jeff Francoeur notched his 12th assist in the first inning on Thursday night, forcing out Casper Wells with a throw to second base after fielding John Jaso's looper. That gave Francoeur the Major League lead in outfield assists. For the season, the Royals outfield has 28 assists, most in the Majors.
Second baseman Johnny Giavotella's hitting streak for Triple-A Omaha reached 21 games (36-for-87, .414) with three hits, including a homer and a double, in Thursday night's 5-1 loss in his hometown of New Orleans.
Right-hander Elisaul Pimentel's three-hit, 4-1 victory for Single-A Wilmington over Frederick marked the Blue Rocks' first true nine-inning complete game since 2007. Chris Dwyer had one in 2010 but it came in a suspended game.
Jim Brower, pitching coach for Single-A Kane County, will be the pitching coach in the Arizona Fall League for the Surprise Saguaros. The Minor League players will be supplied by the Royals, Cardinals, Mets, Red Sox and Rangers.