Making just his second start of the season, Paul Konerko went 0-for-4 on Thursday, leaving him 1-for-13.
With Adam Dunn and Jose Abreu off to such nice starts, the White Sox haven't found much for Konerko to do yet. Fortunately, that seems to be OK with him, though he'd surely prefer to better capitalize on what chances he does get.
James Shields fanned 12 while surrendering just one run in eight innings to beat the Astros for his first win of the year on Thursday.
It was Feldman's seventh career 12-strikeout game, but his first since he joined the Royals a year ago; his season high last year was 10 strikeouts. Feldman gave up six unearned runs in his last start against the Twins, but outside of the one bad inning when all of them scored, he's been excellent through four starts, amassing a 2.00 ERA and a 26/6 K/BB ratio.
Scott Feldman surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Royals on Thursday.
It was Feldman's first defeat in four starts for the Astros. He still has an exceptional 1.69 ERA, even though he has just as man walks (nine) as strikeouts through 26 2/3 innings.
Norichika Aoki collected two hits, his second steal and two runs scored Thursday against the Astros.
Aoki had Wednesday off, but he probably won't be sitting very often with Lorenzo Cain out for at least the next couple of weeks. He'll start being more useful in fantasy leagues once some of the guys behind him in the Royals lineup start clicking.
Dropped from the cleanup spot for the first time this season, Billy Butler went 1-for-3 with a walk Thursday against the Astros.
The move was overdue. It's not as if Butler was having a run-of-the-mill slump with his .149 average and no extra-base hits in 47 at-bats; his swing is so messed up that he hasn't been able to hit the ball in the air at all so far this season. The Royals should keep him in the lineup, for sure, but it's much better to give Salvador Perez a crack at the cleanup spot than to let Butler continue to kill rallies while's he's struggling.
Royals placed OF Jarrod Dyson on the bereavement list.
Dyson is permitted to be away from the club for 3-7 games. It's bad timing, given that he was in line for more playing time with Lorenzo Cain (hamstring) out. Justin Maxwell figures to handle center field for the Royals for now. They'll make a corresponding move prior to Friday's game.
Dexter Fowler continued to slump on Thursday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Royals.
Fowler opened the season 6-for-12 with four extra-base hits in three games, but since returning from a brief illness on April 8, he's 3-for-36 with one extra-base hit and 11 strikeouts. The Astros could consider taking him out of the leadoff spot for a bit, but they really don't have anyone to replace him there with Jonathan Villar and Alex Presley also scuffling.
Chris Colabello went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI as the Twins came from behind to beat the Blue Jays 9-5 in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
Twins hitters walked eight times in a six-run eighth to take the lead, and Glen Perkins finished off the doubleheader sweep from there. Colabello went 5-for-7 with four RBI on the day. He has just one homer in 53 at-bats, which is a modest surprise, but he's driven in an AL-leading 19 runs.