Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Posted: 11:31 a.m.
(AP) -- After a productive weekend atthe plate for each team, the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Soxwill meet for a two-game set at Kauffman Stadium beginning Tuesdaynight.Kansas City (3-1) lost its seasonopener against the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Thursday, but rallied tocapture the four-game series thanks to timely hitting.The Royals closed the weekend with a12-9, 13-inning win Sunday. Matt Treanor hit a three-run homer with twoouts in the 13th and rookie Tim Collins pitched three innings oftwo-hit relief for his first major league victory.
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It capped a dramatic opening weekendfor Kansas City. On Friday, Kila Ka'aihue hit a game-winning homer inthe ninth. The next day, Chris Getz drove in the go-ahead run in theeighth.
"We've been playing some excitingbaseball," manager Ned Yost told the Royals' official website. "I'mdefinitely going to need an off-day after that game, for sure."The Royals have now won their openingseries in three of the last four seasons, though it has yet to meanmuch. Kansas City hasn't had a winning season since 2003.While the Royals did their damagelate, the White Sox (2-1) jumped in front early against Cleveland,scoring 20 of their 24 runs in the first four innings. After two biggames, their offense went quiet in a 7-1 loss to the Indians on Sunday,even hitting into a triple play in the fourth inning.
READ: Quentin earns AL Player of Week honors"The game changed with the bunt,"manager Ozzie Guillen said of the triple play. "It totally changed. Ifwe put the ball down with the bunt, maybe it's a different ballgame."Chicago led 1-0 after five innings,but John Danks gave up a two-run homer in the sixth and the bullpenallowed five runs over the final two innings. White Sox relieversallowed 11 runs and 16 hits in eight innings over the weekend.The White Sox are hoping Gavin Floyd can reverse his April struggles when he makes his season debut Tuesday.Floyd went 10-13 with a 4.08 ERA in2010, but continued his career-long struggles in April, going 1-2 witha 6.49 ERA. The right-hander is 8-8 with a 6.30 ERA in 24 career Aprilappearances.He is 3-7 with a 4.79 lifetime ERA against the Royals.Alex Gordon, who went 4 for 6 with four runs scored Sunday, is 4 for 12 with a home run against Floyd.Kansas City will hand the ball toLuke Hochevar (0-1, 4.76 ERA), who gave up four runs and nine hits in 52-3 innings of a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.The right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA in his career against the White Sox.Chicago slugger Carlos Quentin, whoearned AL player of the week honors after going 6 for 11 with threedoubles, a home run and seven RBIs against the Indians, is 2 for 8 inhis career versus Hochevar.Chicago won the season series against Kansas City 10-8 last year, but lost six of nine at Kauffman Stadium.
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