|CHI WHITE SOX ( CARROLL )|
KANSAS CITY ( VARGAS )
|957||CHI WHITE SOX||+155||Ov 8.5,-120||+170||Ov 8.5,-115|
|958||KANSAS CITY||-165||Un 8.5,+100||-180||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-6||+2.8||7-5||5.4||0.273||0.314||4.5||0.251||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.2||5-2||3.3||0.218||0.290||5.6||0.288||0.371|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-15||-1.3||14-15||3.9||0.252||0.303||3.6||0.239||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||2-5||3.9||0.246||0.305||3.1||0.235||0.266|
|5/5/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||3-1||W||115||6.5 un||U||6||8||0||4||7||2|
|5/6/2014||NOESI(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||5-1||W||125||7 ov||U||11||6||0||4||6||0|
|5/7/2014||DANKS(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||8-3||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||11||8||0||4||3||1|
|5/8/2014||CARROLL(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||5-12||L||-120||9 un||O||13||11||1||15||13||1|
|5/12/2014||DANKS(L)||@ OAKLAND||CHAVEZ(R)||4-5||L||182||8 ev||O||7||6||0||8||8||0|
|5/13/2014||CARROLL(R)||@ OAKLAND||POMERANZ(L)||0-11||L||175||8.5 ov||O||4||4||1||17||8||0|
|5/14/2014||RIENZO(R)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||4-2||W||182||9 un||U||9||5||0||3||3||0|
|5/16/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||7-2||W||-105||8 ev||O||9||10||2||9||10||1|
|5/17/2014||NOESI(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||5-6||L||100||9 un||O||10||9||1||11||10||0|
|5/18/2014||DANKS(L)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||2-8||L||115||9.5 un||O||6||6||2||10||5||0|
|5/19/2014||CARROLL(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|5/20/2014||RIENZO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|5/21/2014||QUINTANA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|5/22/2014||NOESI(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|5/23/2014||DANKS(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/24/2014||CARROLL(R)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|5/25/2014||RIENZO(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|5/26/2014|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/5/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||5-6||L||-120||6.5 un||O||16||11||1||9||6||0|
|5/6/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||3-1||W||100||6.5 un||U||7||8||1||6||4||0|
|5/7/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||8-0||W||-110||6 un||O||14||11||0||8||8||3|
|5/8/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||0-1||L||110||6.5 ov||U||4||4||0||2||5||0|
|5/9/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ SEATTLE||MAURER(R)||6-1||W||-110||7 ev||P||16||9||1||5||6||1|
|5/10/2014||VENTURA(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||1-3||L||-135||6.5 ov||U||4||3||0||7||6||0|
|5/11/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)||9-7||W||125||7 un||O||12||6||1||11||4||5|
|5/19/2014||VARGAS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)|| |
|5/20/2014||VENTURA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)|| |
|5/21/2014||GUTHRIE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|5/23/2014||DUFFY(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|5/24/2014||SHIELDS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|5/25/2014||VARGAS(L)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|5/26/2014|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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 KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Chicago (21-23) at Kansas City (21-21), 8:10 p.m. EDT
After placing their rookie slugger on the disabled list and losing two of three to the AL's worst team, the slumping Chicago White Sox need something to go their way.
However, Kansas City's Alex Gordon appears to be breaking out of his slump and that could spell more trouble for the White Sox.
Chicago looks to avoid a seventh loss in nine games in Monday night's series opener at Kauffman Stadium.
The White Sox (21-24) placed Jose Abreu on the 15-day DL with ankle tendinitis Sunday, a massive loss considering the first baseman is among the league leaders with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs in his first 44 games in the big leagues.
"You could tell (Saturday), when he went to swing, it was like his foot going over fire," White Sox captain Paul Konerko told the team's official website. "No matter how tough you are, and he's a tough kid, there was just no getting through that type of pain."
Things only got worse for Chicago when they took the field for the first time without Abreu and lost 8-2 in Sunday's finale in Houston.
"Everything gets frustrating, especially when you have games like this," manager Robin Ventura said. "It just needs to be cleaned up."
Konerko figures to get plenty of Abreu's at-bats, though the veteran went 0 for 4 Sunday and is batting .192.
Gordon entered Sunday 2 for 17 over a five-game stretch and had gone 10 straight contests without an RBI before leading the Royals (22-21) to an 8-6 win over Baltimore. The left fielder went 4 for 4 with two home runs and a career-high six RBIs, which brought on his first curtain call.
"I didn't know what to do," said Gordon, who entered Sunday with one homer after hitting a team-high 20 last season. "They told me just to go wave my helmet. They just started yelling at me. I was downstairs enjoying the moment. They told me to come up and give the crowd a wave. It was my first. Hopefully, it's not the last."
Gordon went 4 for 13 with two doubles and four RBIs against Chicago from April 4-6 to help Kansas City take two of three at Kauffman Stadium. He is batting .345 during a seven-game home hitting streak against the White Sox.
Gordon and his teammates will get their first look at Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24 ERA), who will be making his fifth career start.
Carroll has lost three straight starts, and the last two have been disastrous with 12 runs and 22 hits allowed over nine innings.
"It's just kind of leaving me a little salty because I know I'm better than that," the rookie right-hander said after surrendering six runs and 11 hits in five innings in Tuesday's 11-0 defeat at Oakland.
Chicago starting pitchers have a 6.59 ERA in the last 10 games, a 3-7 stretch.
The Royals counter with Jason Vargas (4-1, 3.00 ERA), who has a 1.32 ERA in winning his last two starts after going 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in his previous two. The left-hander held Colorado to two runs and five hits with a season-high eight strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings of Wednesday's 3-2 home win.
Vargas tossed seven shutout innings to win his lone start against the White Sox last season after recording a 9.70 ERA in his previous four starts against them. Alexei Ramirez is 8 for 18 with two home runs off Vargas while Adam Dunn is 3 for 7 with a pair of homers.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 6:12:26 PM EST|