White Sox notes: Gillaspie steps in for Keppinger

White Sox notes: Gillaspie steps in for Keppinger
August 20, 2013, 7:00 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Conor Gillaspie has been inserted into the White Sox lineup on Tuesday after Jeff Keppinger was scratched with a sore lower back.

Gillaspie, who is hitting .237 with 10 homers and 29 RBIs, is starting for the first time since Friday.

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Keppinger is hitting .247 with three homers and 34 RBIs this season.

“It’s kind of precautionary more than have him out a few days,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We can put Conor in and not have to push Kepp to go out there and play. He’s still available.”

On the farm

Tyler Danish, the team’s second-round selection in June’s amateur draft, has been promoted to Single-A Kannapolis.

Danish, 18, was selected with the 55th overall pick.

[More: White Sox intrigued by second-round pick Danish]

He went 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 13 appearances at Advanced Rookie Bristol. Danish allowed four runs in 26 innings and allowed 15 hits in 91 at-bats. A prep star at Brandon, Fla.’s Durant High, Danish had a 0.00 ERA in 94 innings in his senior season.

Erik Johnson, the club’s top pitching prospect, allowed seven hits and issued a walk over eight scoreless innings at Triple-A Charlotte on Monday. Johnson is 11-3 with a 2.01 ERA in 22 starts between Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham.

Danks vs. Royals

White Sox pitcher John Danks has never lost in 12 career starts against the Kansas City Royals. Danks, who is 2-10 with a 4.54 ERA in 17 starts this season, is 5-0 with a 2.74 ERA against the Royals. Kansas City’s Ervin Santana, who is 8-6 with a 3.19 ERA, will oppose Danks.

Let it spoil

The White Sox have a chance to damage other team’s postseason hopes. Of the club’s next 26 games, 23 are against teams with records of .500 or better.

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Of the team’s final 39 games, seven are against the Royals, who beat the White Sox in 12 of 18 meetings last season. The White Sox have won five of 12 meetings against Kansas City this season.