September 11, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) All-Star closer Greg Holland could be available for the Kansas City Royals this weekend after dealing with some tightness in his right arm, while left-hander Danny Duffy was awaiting word from doctors before beginning to throw again.

The Royals lead the AL Central by one game over Detroit.

Royals manager Ned Yost said before Thursday night's game against Boston that Holland felt good after throwing Monday. Holland planned to play catch and would be available if all went well.

Holland has not pitched since saving a 4-1 win over Texas on Sept. 3. Wade Davis picked up three saves in his place during the Royals' recent six-game road trip.

Right-hander Liam Hendriks made a spot start Thursday night for Duffy, who left his previous outing after one pitch with soreness in his left shoulder. Duffy had hoped to only miss one start.

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