MINNEAPOLIS -- Catcher Brayan Pena was scheduled to catch his third straight game on Saturday, a departure from his usual routine with Humberto Quintero.
Although Quintero normally would have caught Danny Duffy if he had pitched on Friday night, Pena got the assignment with spot starter Everett Teaford.
"It was a good day yesterday to give Quintero a break," manager Ned Yost said. "He's been bothered with a little hip soreness and some back tightness. If it was Duffy throwing yesterday, 'Q' would have started. Because it was Teaford, it was a good chance to give him a bit of a break."
With Saturday's game rained out, that means Pena will be paired with veteran Bruce Chen in Sunday's series finale. Quintero was expected to return on Monday night at Detroit, catching Jonathan Sanchez.
The normal pairings are Pena with Chen and Luis Mendoza; Quintero with Duffy, Sanchez and Luke Hochevar.
Royals call up Adcock, option Teaford
MINNEAPOLIS -- Needing a long man in the bullpen, the Royals recalled right-hander Nate Adcock from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.
Left-hander Everett Teaford, who had filled that role, was optioned to Omaha after pitching four innings as a fill-in for starter Danny Duffy in Friday night's 7-6 victory over the Twins. Teaford departs with one loss and a 5.73 ERA in three outings.
Adcock, a starter with a 3-1 record and 1.37 ERA in four games, was one of two viable choices for the role. The other, right-hander Vin Mazzaro, pitched six innings on Friday night in a 5-4 loss at Memphis so Adcock is rested and ready to pitch.
As a Rule 5 Draft choice last year, Adcock spent the entire season with the Royals and went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA in 24 games, including three starts.
With Teaford lasting just four innings, the Royals' bullpen was stretched on Friday night with five relievers following him to the mound. Manager Ned Yost wanted to stay away from Tim Collins and Aaron Crow because they'd been worked hard in the Cleveland series.
Adcock gives Yost a fresh arm accustomed to pitching as many as eight innings, the length of his latest outing against Nashville. While with Omaha, he's been working to improve the basics.
"Just pounding the strike zone with all of my pitches. Make sure I landed on my toe, not my heel -- something I've really worked on. And just competing and get back in the starting routine, because I hadn't done that in a year," Adcock said.
"I think the [Arizona] Fall League helped me out tremendously. Being able to get my pitch count back up, got back into a groove where it felt like when I last started. So I came into Spring Training knowing that I had a routine that I liked from the Fall League and I just picked it up."
Oddly, while the Royals were losing 10 straight games at home in Kansas City, Adcock and the Storm Chasers were winning 10 straight games at home in Omaha. And, sure, the Omaha farmhands were paying attention to the Royals' skid from afar.
"You heard about it, but these guys are so talented, they've got such a good ballclub, it's really surprising that happened," Adcock said. "But they're kicking it back in gear and getting back after it."
Francoeur hits century mark for assists
MINNEAPOLIS -- Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur has reached the century mark in outfield assists.
When Francoeur, after diving to grab Ryan Doumit's liner on Friday night, jumped up and threw to first baseman Eric Hosmer and doubled off Joe Mauer, it was his 100th assist.
"It's cool, obviously, and being able to stay healthy and play for a while and have opportunities," Francoeur said. "A lot of those go to the catchers and guys at third making the plays, too, when I threw it."
The 100 includes one batter thrown out at first base, a rare accomplishment.
Since his rookie year in 2005, Francoeur has more assists than any outfielder and is 27 ahead of the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano. There are just four other active Major Leaguers in the 100 outfield assist club: Bobby Abreu, just released by the Angels, 134; Andruw Jones, Yankees, 121; Mark Kotsay, Padres, 120, and Carlos Beltran, Cardinals, 119.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.