While a heavy workload is looming this week with four games in Boston and three in Detroit, a White Sox win in Kansas City today would give the South Siders a series victory over the Royals and provide a happy plane ride into Beantown--and hopefully a little momentum.
The Sox remain three games ahead of the Indians and three and half in front of the Tigers in the division race as all three clubs lost yesterday. The Sox dropped a 6-3 decision, the Tigers lost 8-6 in 13 innings to the Orioles and the Tribe dropped an 11-9 slugfest to the Blue Jays.
The good news is that All-Star Chris Sale will be on the mound this afternoon, the same bump on which he hurled a scoreless inning in the Midsummer Classic last Tuesday. He brings with him his 10-2 record and sparkling 2.19 ERA. He will face righty Luis Mendoza (3-5, 4.50), who was credited with a victory against the Sox on May 13.
Sox Notes of Note: In last night's loss, Jake Peavy was far from his best (allowing six runs and 12 hits) but competed as he always does and entered the eighth before being lifted for Hector Santiago, who pitched a scoreless inning...Whatever got into K.C. shortstop Alcides Escobar? He entered the game with two homers and matched that total last last night...Adam Dunn went deep, very deep, for his 27th homer and 64th RBI. It was estimated at 451 feet...Dayan Viciedo tripled in Paul Konerko to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth, but that was the extent of the Sox scoring.