• Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will be unavailable out of the bullpen on Saturday night and may be sidelined a few more days due to discomfort in his right thumb. Bonderman said he experienced the injury earlier this season and it improved within a few days.
• Shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who is nearing the end of a 50-game suspension, continued fielding balls in left field during early work on the field prior to Saturday's game. During batting practice, Peralta took grounders at shortstop and third base. He will be eligible to return to action on Sept. 27 for the final regular-season series in Miami.
• Before Friday night's win, Justin Verlander was winless in five starts against the Royals this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that five-start winless streak was tied for his second longest stretch against one opponent in his career; the only longer run was six consecutive winless starts against the White Sox from September 2006 to April 2008 (0-3 with 5.68 ERA).
Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.