(SportsNetwork.com) - Edinson Volquez got himself into some trouble in the opener of Kansas City's four-game set with the Chicago White Sox, but he'll be on the hill Saturday for the Royals.
Volquez was one of five players ejected from a wild brawl on Thursday that saw him miss with a wild punch aimed at Chicago's Jeff Samardzija. Although he has yet to hear from the league office, he'll almost certainly face a suspension.
Regardless, Volquez has been tremendous in his three starts for the Royals, going 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA. He defeated Minnesota on Monday and held them to a run and five hits in seven innings.
"I think my fastball was better tonight," said Volquez, who is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in two career starts versus the White Sox. "I didn't have my changeup tonight. I didn't have my best stuff.
"I had good command. I located my pitches better because I knew I didn't have my best stuff."
Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with lefty John Danks, who is 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA. Danks did not get a decision on Monday against Cleveland, but had his best outing of the season, as he allowed three runs and six hits - three homers - over six innings in his team's 4-3 win.
Danks has faced the Royals 17 times and is 7-1 against them with a 2.63 ERA.
Cooler heads may have prevailed on Friday, but Mother Nature certainly did not cooperate, as heavy rain forced Friday's contest to be suspended after eight innings with the teams tied at 2-2.
The game will be resumed Saturday at 2:10 p.m. ET, with the regularly scheduled contest to begin following its conclusion.
The Royals swept a three-game set at home versus the White Sox from April 6-9 and have won 15 of the last 18 meetings.