First Pitch: Milledge replaces Dunn vs. Royals

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First Pitch: Milledge replaces Dunn vs. Royals

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

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

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

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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