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AL Central update: Edinson Volquez, Alex Rios, Eric Surkamp, Justin Verlander

The Royals starter has dropped the appeal of his suspension for Thursday night's altercation in Chicago.

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Kansas City Royals starter Edinson Volquez has dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension for Thursday night's fight with the Chicago White Sox and will begin serving it today, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star:

McCullough also reports the Royals will start veteran right-hander Chris Young in Volquez's place Friday night.

Volquez had started the 2015 season on a strong note, with a 1.91 ERA in 28⅓ innings in his first four starts of 2015. His replacement, Young has allowed two runs in four relief appearances this year after posting a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts for the Mariners last season.

AL Central standings 4/27:

Central W L GB
Detroit 13 6 -
Kansas City 12 6 0.5
Chi White Sox 8 9 4
Minnesota 8 10 4.5
Cleveland 6 11 6

AL Central news & notes 4/27:

  • Michael Bourn's contact woes - Let's Go Tribe
    "While the Tribe offense did explode for one beautiful night on Friday, the sudden offensive surge didn't last as the Indians were shutdown again the very next night. Both nights, as well as almost every other night, saw Michael Bourn struggling at the plate - but just how much is he struggling? And more importantly, why?"

  • Indians feel sense of urgency after difficult trip -
    "The Indians wrapped up their three-city divisional trek through Minnesota, Chicago and Detroit with a 3-6 record and -- with the loss to Tigers southpaw Kyle Lobstein on Sunday -- the club slipped to 1-6 against left-handed starters this season. No single aspect of the roster has been at fault. There have been lapses by the rotation, offense, defense and bullpen."