Crown points

Crown points

• Starter Bruce Chen stepped on a ball during Monday's batting practice and went down, bringing out assistant head trainer Kyle Turner to inspect his right ankle. But Chen got up, smiled, took some razzing and was reported to be fine.

• The four-strikeout game endured by Billy Butler on Sunday was the first in the 817 games of his career.

• The two-error game by shortstop Alcides Escobar on Sunday was just the third of his career; the first two occasions came when he was with the Brewers.

• Of the Royals' last 35 games, 23 will be at Kauffman Stadium starting Tuesday night against the Tigers. Also coming in during the 10-game homestand are the Twins and the Rangers.