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• Right fielder Nori Aoki was not in the Royals' starting lineup on Wednesday against the Tigers even though he was recovered from Tuesday night's leg cramp. He was held out as a precaution, with Lorenzo Cain starting in right field and Jarrod Dyson in center.

• Third baseman Danny Valencia had a home run, a single and a walk in his first injury rehab appearance for Triple-A Omaha as the Storm Chasers beat Albuquerque, 13-6. He's coming back from a left hand strain.

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