First Pitch: Milledge replaces Dunn vs. Royals


First Pitch: Milledge replaces Dunn vs. Royals

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Posted: 12:23 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini

KANSAS CITY Indeed, Lastings Milledge is starting today due to Adam Dunns appendectomy. But it doesnt hurt that hes tapped out two homers in eight career at-bats vs. Kansas City Royals starter Jeff Francis. Francis, in fact, has had little success vs. Chicago:
Jeff Francis splits

In April: 2-7, 4.92 ERA, .834 OPS, 1.56 WHIP, 1.34 KBB

Vs. the White Sox: 0-1, 6.75 ERA, .955 OPS, 1.75 WHIP, 0.40 KBB

At Kauffman Stadium: 1-1, 4.08 ERA, .819 OPS, 1.30 WHIP, 1.67 KBB
career month worsts

career vs. team worsts
White Sox vs. Francis

Juan Pierre, dh: 14-30, 1.017 OPS, two SH

Gordon Beckham, 2b

Alex Rios, cf: 1-3, .667 OPS

Paul Konerko, 1b: 1-5, .533 OPS, GIDP

Carlos Quentin, rf: 0-8, .111 OPS, two Ks

Alexei Ramirez, ss

Lastings Milledge, lf: 5-8, two HR, four RBI, 2.042 OPS

Ramon Castro, c: 1-2, RBI, 1.107 OPS

Brent Morel, 3b

Billy Butler and Melky Cabrera terrorized the White Sox last night, and are two of the Royals who have had the most success against todays White Sox starter, Mark Buehrle.
Mark Buehrles splits

In April: 23-18, 4.18 ERA, .714 OPS, 1.22 WHIP, 2.09 KBB
Vs. Royals: 21-11, 3.57 ERA, .726 OPS, 1.25 WHIP, 2.30 KBB
At Kauffman Stadium: 10-8, 3.71 ERA, .726 OPS, 1.24 WHIP, 2.37 KBB
career month-best
Royals vs. Buehrle
Mike Aviles, 3b: 8-28, .712 OPS

Melky Cabrera, cf: 8-14, HR, five RBI, 1.429 OPS
Alex Gordon, lf: 6-23, HR, two RBI, .813 OPS

Billy Butler, dh: 14-54, two HR, nine RBI, .814 OPS

Kila Kaaihue, lb

Jeff Francoeur, rf

Alcides Escobar, ss

Brayan Pena, c: 3-6, 1.000 OPS

Chris Getz, 2b

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