Worth noting

• Yost said infielder Danny Valencia, who has been on the DL since June 1 with a sprained muscle on his left hand, is close to embarking on a rehab assignment.

"He'll take batting practice again and see how he's feeling," Yost said. "If he passes his test, I imagine we'll look to get him out somewhere."

• Entering play Saturday, Royals starters have compiled a 6-2 record and 3.30 ERA in June.

• Kansas City matched a season high with five runs in the first on Friday.

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.