LIVE: White Sox, Royals knotted at 6-6 in 12th

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LIVE: White Sox, Royals knotted at 6-6 in 12th

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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Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland not satisfied despite strong outing in White Sox loss

Derek Holland turned in one of his best starts of the season on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the White Sox had nothing to show for it after a 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon.

In six innings, Holland allowed four hits, one earned run, and two walks while recording six strikeouts. He was charged with his only run in the seventh, when he allowed a single to Yonder Alonso, who came around to score after Holland had been pulled from the game.

Despite his confidence in the bullpen, which has been one of the White Sox biggest strengths this season, Holland would like to see himself go deeper into the games.

“I should be getting into the 7th and not having 110 pitches,” Holland said. “The bullpen's done a great job of picking us up in the seventh, eighth and ninth. The starters, and really pointing more to myself, we need to...I need to go out there and go longer."

Entering Sunday, three of Holland’s last four starts had been the worst outings of the season – allowing 22 earned runs over those four games. Despite the team’s 5-3 loss, Holland felt his outing was a step in the right direction.

“I felt good about everything out there,” Holland said. “(Omar Narvaez) and I were right on the same page. There were just a couple of things that got away from us. Just one of those things. Defense made the plays for us when they needed to, unfortunately we just didn't come out on top."

Manager Rick Renteria also had high praise for the 30-year-old southpaw, who bounced back from one of his shortest outings of the season.

“I thought Holland, hopefully what's not lost is Holland's outing today was really, really good,” Renteria said. “He kept us in the ballgame. They've got some kids that can swing the bat. They were putting things together. All we were trying to do at the end was minimize any damage they could produce. We weren't able to.”

Tough luck for Tommy Kahnle as White Sox blow lead, get swept by A’s

Tough luck for Tommy Kahnle as White Sox blow lead, get swept by A’s

Tommy Kahnle has been one of the White Sox brightest bright spots, but fell victim to some tough luck that could ding on his under-the-radar All-Star bid.

Kahnle allowed the tying and go-ahead runs in the White Sox 5-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics Sunday in front of 28,089 at Guaranteed Rate Field, marking only the sixth time in 31 games the 27-year-old right-hander has allowed a run in 2017.

In the eighth inning, Kahnle allowed a broken bat single to Franklin Barreto, then Ryon Healy reached on a Todd Frazier error. Khris Davis tied the game with a single to left, knocking Kahnle out of the game, and Oakland took the lead when Yonder Alonso blooped a single off David Robertson that plopped into left field out of the reach of Melky Cabrera. Consider the hit probabilities, according to Statcast, of those three hits and the error:

Barreto: 78 percent
Healy: 5 percent
Davis: 62 percent
Alonso: 2 percent

That Kahnle coughed up the lead was surprising given his stealthy success leading a strong back end of the White Sox bullpen this year. The White Sox, prior to Sunday's defeat, were 28-0 when leading after seven innings. 

"Our bullpen's doing a great (job), it really is," manager Rick Renteria said. "I think you can't take away from what they've been doing for us all year long. We've been going to them a lot."

On that improbable Alonso bloop single, Cabrera was shifted more toward center field. 

"He was actually playing a little more to the pull side than he was to the line," Renteria said. "I don't think he was going to be able to get to it, regardless of the effort he might have given us. These guys are all a little fatigued, they're a little tired right now. They're giving you what they've got right now."

Entering Sunday’s game, Kahnle’s 1.2 WAR was sixth-best American League relievers, behind Boston’s Craig Kimbrel (2.2), Houston’s Chris Devenski (1.6), Cleveland’s Andrew Miller (1.6), Los Angeles’ Blake Parker (1.4) and Toronto’s Roberto Osuna (1.3). His 44.8 strikeout percentage is among the five best in baseball along with Kimbrel, New York’s Dellin Betances, Los Angeles’ Kenley Jansen and Milwaukee’s Corey Knebel.

Kahnle has been undoubtedly spectacular this year even with Sunday’s hiccup, though with Garcia seeming likely to be on the American League All-Star roster, Terry Francona wouldn’t have to take him to fill the game’s requirement. That this year’s All-Star Game doesn’t count — it’s the first since 2002 that won’t dictate home-field advantage in the World Series — could alter Francona’s roster construction to reward more starters and closers, and the Cleveland Indians manager would certainly be justified if he wanted to take his own setup guy in Miller.

The White Sox handed Kahnle the lead on Adam Engel’s first career home run (a solo shot in the third) and Jose Abreu’s dash home on a passed ball in the fourth. Starter Derek Holland was solid, allowing one run on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts over six innings. Melky Cabrera added a solo home run in the ninth inning, his eighth of the season.

Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce homered off Robertson and Chris Beck, respectively, in the ninth inning to give the A’s a comfortable ending to their three-game sweep of the White Sox. Beck was hit by a comebacker after allowing that home run and left the game with a bruised left hamstring, and is considered day-to-day.