Captain Konerko is back, and Sox aces look to overcome those pesky Royals

Captain Konerko is back, and Sox aces look to overcome those pesky Royals
Paulie ready to return.

The good news is that Paul Konerko is scheduled to be in tonight's White Sox lineup, the South Siders just won their four-game series in Toronto and increased their division lead over the Tigers to 2 1/2 games. The other news, potentially not so good, is that the  Sox begin a three-game series in Kansas City.

Since getting swept in Detroit from August 20-22, the White Sox have swept the Twins in Chicago, won two of three from the Rangers in Texas, the Twinkies in Minnesota, the Angels and A's at the Cell and as of yesterday took three of four from the Blue Jays north of the border.

The only blip? Losing two of three to the lowly Royals August 6-8, and getting stymied by  the likes of Bruce Chen and Jeremy Guthrie.

Our hope is that past is not prologue because the Sox will once again be facing Chen (Saturday night) and Guthrie (Sunday). Luis Mendoza will be on the mound for K.C. against Friday, and even he gave Sox hitters a battle. Looking on the bright side, the Sox will counter with their three aces. It'll be Chris Sale (14-3, 2.60) vs. Mendoza, Jake Peavy (9-8, 3.04) vs. Chen and Jose Quintana (5-2, 2.77) vs. Guthrie.

If the past two nights are any indication our pitchers will have a lot of support. Last night, in the 7-2 victory in Toronto, five different Sox players hit homers and major league leader Adam Dunn wasn't one of them. Interestingly, the only hit apart from the Dewayne Wise, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers, Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez homers was a Kevin Youkilis single. On Wednesday night, Dunn, Viciedo and Wise did the home run damage in a nine-run, 11 hit barrage in the 9-5 triumph.



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