|CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )|
KANSAS CITY ( CHEN )
|971||CHI WHITE SOX||+135||Ov 8,-120||+135||Ov 8,+100|
|972||KANSAS CITY||-145||Un 8,+100||-145||Un 8,-120|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||-0.4||4-0||6.5||0.299||0.360||6.5||0.272||0.357|
|Past 7 Games||1-2||-1||1-1||3.7||0.250||0.328||3.7||0.232||0.303|
|4/4/2014||JOHNSON(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||5-7||L||140||8.5 un||O||9||9||0||13||12||2|
|4/5/2014||DANKS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|4/6/2014||SALE(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|4/7/2014||PAULINO(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)|| |
|4/8/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)|| |
|4/9/2014||JOHNSON(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|3/31/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||3-4||L||140||7 un||P||7||8||0||8||6||2|
|4/2/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||1-2||L||170||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||6||6||0|
|4/4/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||JOHNSON(R)||7-5||W||-150||8.5 un||O||13||12||2||9||9||0|
|4/5/2014||CHEN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|4/6/2014||SHIELDS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|4/7/2014||VARGAS(L)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|4/8/2014||VENTURA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|4/9/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|4/11/2014||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|CHI WHITE SOX: CHICAGO (AP) - From rock bottom last season to contention this year? The Chicago White Sox see no reason why it can't happen.|
They're ready to put last season's 99-loss wreck behind them and make a jump at least back to respectability, if not a run at the AL Central title.
They see a team with solid pitching, a new slugger in Jose Abreu and renewed vigor. Now, all they have to do is back it up.
''You have to pitch, you have to hit, you have to score,'' said manager Robin Ventura, entering his third season. ''You have to play defense. You have to do all of them in our division. Detroit has won it the last few years. They have a combination of everything. Unless you do that, you're not going to be close. We proved that last year.''
They had the pitching part down last season. The rest? Well, that's where things got dicey.
|KANSAS CITY: KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - James Shields thinks back to last year, thoughtfully piecing together what was missing from the Kansas City Royals as they made a late push for the postseason.|
The pitching was strong. The offense was coming around. The defense was sublime.
He finally settled on experience.
''These guys that didn't realize or have never been to September, when you're fighting for a playoff spot, now you have that experience,'' Shields said. ''And I think that was one of the things we were lacking last season, the experience. You tend to put too much on your shoulders. And I think the second half we definitely relaxed and put all that aside and had fun and played the game the way we know how to play, and it showed.
''I think with the experience factor now,'' Shields concluded, ''we're ready to go.''
After finishing 86-76 a year ago, and contending into September for the first time in a decade, the Royals have their sets sight squarely on their first playoff appearance since 1985 this year.
Anything less would be a disappointment. Anything less would be a failure.
''Last year was a blast. When the end of the season came in Chicago, nobody wanted to leave,'' first baseman Eric Hosmer said. ''They knew how close we were. We were right there. And it left a good taste in everyone's mouth going into the offseason, knowing how good everyone can be.''
Indeed, the Royals return most of their key players from a year ago, signing left-hander Jason Vargas to replace their only significant loss, starting pitcher Ervin Santana. They also upgraded at their weakest spots, trading for Norichika Aoki to play right field and bat leadoff and signing Omar Infante to settle a second base position that has been a black hole for years.
All of which left the notoriously frugal franchise with a record-setting payroll.
Royals manager Ned Yost hopes all those moves will pay off for a rotation that was among the league's best last year, and an offense that was among the league's worst.
''It's going to be a lineup that has offensive sequence from one to nine. You're not going to have any dead spots,'' Yost said. ''You're not going to get something going and then bam, run into a wall and have to get going again. At least, I hope not. I don't think so.''
So with more experience and an upgraded lineup, Kansas City enters its season opener Sunday at Detroit with boundless enthusiasm.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (CHI WHITE SOX-KANSAS CITY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*White Sox-Royals Preview* ==========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Chicago (2-1) at Kansas City (0-2), 2:10 p.m. EDT
After a dormant first two games from the Kansas City Royals' hitters, they broke out to deliver the club's first victory of the season in the home opener.
They'll look for a repeat performance Saturday when they meet the Chicago White Sox, though starter John Danks has never lost to Kansas City in his career.
The Royals totaled four runs and 13 hits while dropping their first two games in Detroit, failing to support solid starts from James Shields and Jason Vargas. Though they remained homerless Friday, they matched those 13 hits in a 7-5 win over the White Sox (2-2).
Four players recorded at least two hits, including Lorenzo Cain, who drove in a pair of runs. Alex Gordon had a bases-clearing double in the first inning as Kansas City tallied four runs and six hits in the first two innings.
Omar Infante and Norichika Aoki, in their first seasons with the Royals, each had three hits after going a combined 2 for 17 in the first two games.
"That's why we made those additions, guys who can get on base and put the ball in play," manager Ned Yost said. "... It was a good offensive day for us."
They'll now be up against Danks (4-14, 4.75 ERA), who tied for the majors' second-lowest winning percentage in 2013 but also received an average of 3.25 runs of support - 2.69 in losses. Six of his defeats were quality starts.
However, Danks won his only start versus the Royals, limiting them to seven hits over eight innings in a 2-0 road win Aug. 20. He's 6-0 with a 2.47 ERA in 13 starts against Kansas City.
The White Sox are looking for better performances against AL Central foes after going 26-50 in such matchups in 2013. Houston and the Cubs were the only other teams with worse divisional records at 25-51.
Chicago's offense is off to a strong start, with Friday marking the first time it failed to register at least 11 hits, though it managed nine. Tyler Flowers went 3 for 4 after going 4 for 4 in Thursday's 10-9 loss to Minnesota.
Rookie Jose Abreu cooled off, going 0 for 4 with two strikeouts after starting 5 for 12 with five RBIs in the first three games. Alejandro De Aza was also 0 for 4 after entering with three homers.
The White Sox will dig in Saturday against Bruce Chen (9-4, 3.27), who had a 5.73 ERA in his final nine starts last season. However, the left-hander is 7-2 with a 2.82 ERA in his last 13 starts against Chicago.
Paul Konerko may be in line for his first start of the season for Chicago, as he's likely to get the majority of his playing time against left-handed starters. He went 1 for 2 in two pinch-hit appearances in the series against Minnesota and is 12 for 49 (.245) with five home runs and two doubles off Chen.
Chicago had won six of seven in Kansas City prior to Friday.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 6:36:31 AM EST|