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O'Sullivan will start getting regular work

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Right-hander Sean O'Sullivan's work schedule as the No. 5 starter has been erratic, but that's about to change.

O'Sullivan began the season in the bullpen and after two relief appearances, the last on April 6, he did not make his first start until April 16. When he made his third start Saturday against the Twins, it was his first work in nine days.

The Royals were off Monday, but manager Ned Yost said O'Sullivan would not be pushed back in the rotation.

"I'm going to keep everybody in their regular rotation at least through June 20th," Yost said. "That's how far I've got it planned out. What that does is keep everybody in a regular rotation and it gives all five starters an extra day four times between now and June 20th.

"Guys will come back like (lef-hander Jeff) Francis on Tuesday on six-days rest. It will run through Hoch (right-hander Luke Hochevar) again and then every off day. ... From now until June 20, each pitcher will have an extra day four times."

The Royals have only two more off days this month, on May 9 and 23. They are also off on June 13 and 20.

O'Sullivan, probably partly because of the idleness, survived seven walks in six innings in a no-decision against the Twins, but allowed only two hits and two runs, one unearned.

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