Norichika Aoki has returned to the Royals lineup Thursday.
Aoki had been dealing with a groin issue that caused him to miss yesterdays game. He's back in the lineup today and will return to the lead off spot where he has scored 35 runs for the surging Royals. ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba
The Astros optioned Matt Dominguez to minor-league camp on Sunday
After playing in the majors each of the last two seasons with the Marlins and the Astros it appears he will have to prove to his team that he is still a big league caliber player. At best, Dominguez can provide the long ball for desperate owners if he makes it back to the big leagues, but his batting average (career .233 BA) is hard to live with if that situation arises. Analysis: Matthew Beck