• Former Royals slugger Mike Sweeney will be the club's representative in the sixth Baseball Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday at Cooperstown, N.Y. The 16-year Major Leaguer, who began his career in Kansas City and played 13 years there, was a five-time All-Star. Sweeney is a special assistant to baseball operations for the Royals. Six Hall of Famers and 30 recently retired big leaguers will play in the game.
• Catcher Salvador Perez (sore right hand) was held out of the lineup again, as Brett Hayes made his fourth consecutive start. Perez was scheduled to take two rounds of batting practice but is day to day, according to Yost.
"It's still a little swollen," Yost said. "He's been swinging off a tee and in the cage, and the pain level has gone from a nine to a three."
Earl Bloom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.