Clinging to a 1/2-game lead in the American League Central, the Chicago White Sox travel to Kansas City for a huge four-game set with the defending champion Royals, who sit two games back in third place.
The South Siders desperately need to have a good showing in Kansas City to regain some of the momentum they had in the early part of this 2016 season. Since sweeping the Rangers and Blue Jays towards the end of April, the White Sox have won only one of their eight series since then and that was a sweep of the last-place Minnesota Twins.
Trying to get things started tonight is number five starter Miguel Gonzalez, who’s still looking for his first win of the year, but is coming off of a solid outing in which he allowed just two runs in six innings in a 2-1 loss to these very same Royals just five days ago.
Kansas City will counter with left-hander Danny Duffy, who got the win in that same game on May 21. Spending the early part of the year in the bullpen, Duffy is on a pitch count since joining the rotation, which was evident after leaving last Saturday’s game in the fifth inning after giving up zero runs on 63 pitches. His limit is expected to be 70-75 tonight.
Here’s everything else you need to know about tonight’s series opener.
Chicago White Sox (27-21) at Kansas City Royals (24-22)
Time: 7:15 PM CT
Location: Kauffman Stadium
Radio: WLS 890
Starting Pitchers: Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.57 ERA) vs Danny Duffy (0-0, 2.13 ERA)