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Royals-White Sox Preview
April 25, 2015, 1:48 am

Insisting they're not a dirty team, the Kansas City Royals are eager to move on from their latest bench-clearing incident but won't change the way they play the game.

The visiting Royals don't expect any further confrontation Saturday while resuming Friday's suspended contest to be followed by the scheduled meeting against the Chicago White Sox - assuming rain won't play a factor again.

Kansas City coaches and players feel they are not totally to blame for dust ups with Oakland, the Los Angeles Angels and Thursday's brawl with Chicago (6-9) that resulted in the ejection of five players combined.

Paced by the same hard-nosed, gritty style that helped them win the AL pennant in 2014, the Royals (12-4) believe they've become a target for opponents but won't back down from anyone.

"We're a team that plays hard, plays with emotion," said outfielder Lorenzo Cain, one of the players ejected from Thursday's 3-2, 13-inning victory. "Maybe we do need to tone that down a little bit. But at the same time, we're gonna play hard for each other because that's just how we play. That's how we do things."

Both clubs played without incident Friday before the 2-2 game was suspended after eight innings due to rain. They'll pick up in the ninth before beginning Saturday's scheduled 1:10 p.m. CT contest.

However, more rain is forecasted for Saturday. A contingency plan is to play the rest of Friday's game Sunday if Saturday is washed out.

"They were going to do everything they could to get it in (Friday)," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "It just got to the point where the diamond dry wasn't working."

One-time White Sox prospect Paulo Orlando had three hits and Cain added two for the Royals, who led 2-1 when the rain started in the sixth inning before Chicago (6-9) tied it on Melky Cabrera's sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Kansas City has won five straight and 15 of 18 against the White Sox. It's also held Chicago to an average of 2.1 runs while taking 16 of the last 19 at U.S. Cellular Field.

After going 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA last year for Pittsburgh, Edinson Volquez (2-1, 1.99 ERA) is off to a strong start with Kansas City. That tenure began April 9 when he gave up a run and four hits in eight innings of a 4-1 victory over Chicago.

"It feels good because the way I'm pitching, I'm carrying over everything," said the right-hander, who allowed a run in seven innings of a 7-1 victory over Minnesota on Monday.

"Just trying to do what I did last year."

John Danks (0-2, 6.06) opposed Volquez earlier this month and yielded four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He went 7-0 with a 2.43 ERA in his first 16 starts against the Royals.

The left-hander, who last dropped his first three decisions in 2011, is coming off perhaps the best of his three outings Monday when he allowed three runs in six innings of a 4-3 victory over Cleveland.

Eric Hosmer is batting .364 against Danks.

Despite being shaken up after falling during a rundown Friday, Chicago's Jose Abreu was 2 for 4 when play was halted. He entered that contest 11 for 25 with 11 RBIs in the previous six games.

Abreu went 1 for 3 with a double against Volquez earlier this month.

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