Crown points

Crown points

• Double-A Northwest Arkansas manager Brian Poldberg has joined the Royals' coaching staff for the rest of the season. Tony Tijerina will leave on Saturday to resume his Minor League field coordinator duties. Bench coach Chino Cadahia remains on leave because of a family matter.

Billy Butler's 5-for-5 performance in Thursday's victory was the third five-hit game of his career and his second this season. Only two other Royals had more than one five-hit game in a season -- Al Cowens in 1977 and Joe Randa in '99.

• The 13-inning, 4-hour, 17-minute game on Thursday was the Royals' longest this season by innings and time.

• The eight pitchers used by the Royals in Wednesday night's 6-4 loss to Seattle set a franchise record for most used in a nine-inning game.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.