Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 9 Days

Aoki is out of the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.

It's just a routine day off for Aoki, who has been playing on a semi-regular basis. Carlos Peguero will get the start in right field.

Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 9 Days

Aoki was 1-for-3 with one RBI in the Royals' win over the Yankees on Friday night.

He had been slumping in late August but may be turning it around just a bit. His RBI single in the third inning produced the only run of the game so it was a key hit. If he can get his stroke back, he could again start seeing more regular playing time.

Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 14 Days

Aoki isn't in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

Aoki has put together a four-game hitting streak (not including Sunday's suspended game against the Indians) since his previous absence last Tuesday. During that span, he put up a .333 average (5-for-15) with one RBI and one run scored. In his place, Carlos Peguero is covering right field and batting seventh in the order.

Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 21 Days

Aoki is out of the lineup Monday versus the Yankees, Josh Vernier of FOX Sports KC reports.

Aoki is sitting for the third time in five games, which may have been spurred by his current 0-for-14 stretch at the plate. In his stead, Lorenzo Cain will cover right field, while Jarrod Dyson mans center.

Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 23 Days

Aoki is not in the starting lineup Saturday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

With Aoki on the bench against right-hander Nick Tepesch, the Royals will use Jarrod Dyson in center field and slide Lorenzo Cain over to play right.

Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 26 Days

Aoki is not in the lineup Wednesday, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.

Josh Willingham will get the start in right field, with the DH not an option in Colorado. Aoki has reclaimed the everyday job in right, but has just one hit in his last 11 at-bats, which may have prompted the day off.

Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 29 Days

Aoki went 2-for-4 with his 14th stolen base in Saturday's loss to Minnesota.

After a disappointing first half of the season, Aoki has been hot in the second half as he's hitting .329 (27-for-82) with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored in his last 23 games.

Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 1 Month

Aoki is out of the lineup Monday against the Athletics.

Aoki, who last took a seat on July 31, has been crisp at the plate in the interim. In 31 at-bats, he's racked up a .323 average, one homer, one double, eight RBI, seven runs, four stolen bases, and six free passes versus two strikeouts. In his stead, Lorenzo Cain will handle right field, while Jarrod Dyson bats leadoff.

Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 1 Month

Aoki went 2-for-2 with an RBI, two runs scored, two walks and three stolen bases in Sunday's home win over San Francisco.

Aoki is the first Kansas City player to record three base swipes in a single game since Gregor Blanco in 2010. The 32-year old has been an instrumental part of the Royals' seven-game winning streak, collecting seven hits, seven RBI and six runs scored in that span.

Norichika Aoki RF/DH KC 1 Month

Aoki went 1-for-4 on Tuesday, launching a grand slam for his first home run of the year.

Aoki turned on the first pitch he saw from Bo Schultz and lined it just over the wall in right field for his first career grand slam. The blast was his first in 338 at-bats, going back to last season. The 32-year-old outfielder has been a disappointment in his first year in the American League, batting .264/.334/.337 in 329 at-bats.