American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 7th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (45-63) at Chicago White Sox (60-48), 8:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Bruce Chen (7-9, 5.66)
Chicago - Jake Peavy (9-7, 3.04)
(Sports Network) - Bruce Chen takes aim at his first win in more than a month
this evening when the Kansas City Royals continue a three-game series with the
Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Chen's winless streak reached seven starts on Thursday, as he allowed four
runs and seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings. He escaped without a decision in
his team's 7-6 win, but remained 7-9 on the year, while his ERA jumped to
"He might have thrown three pitches over 85 miles an hour," Royals manager Ned
Yost said. "Everything's soft and he's just not throwing the ball real well
right now. He needs to pick his game up. To not be able to get out of the
third inning, we need to do better than that."
Over the course of his career, Chen's 19 wins in August are more than he has
in any other month, and his 3.91 ERA is the lowest. He was particularly strong
last season, going 5-1 in six August starts with a 3.19 ERA.
Chen has faced the White Sox 16 times (11 starts) and is 3-4 with a 3.81 ERA.
He was 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three visits to Chicago last season.
Chicago, meanwhile, will counter with former National League Cy Young Award
winner Jake Peavy, who is 9-7 with a 3.04 ERA. Peavy won his second straight
start on Wednesday in Minnesota, as he allowed an unearned run and five hits
in eight innings. He also struck out eight and walked a pair.
Peavy lost to the Royals the last time he faced them and is 4-5 with a 4.92
ERA in 10 starts.
Chicago won Monday's opener, as Gordon Beckham belted the tie-breaking solo
homer in the eighth inning to boost the White Sox to a 4-2 win. Paul Konerko
also homered for the AL Central leaders, winners in four of their last five
contests overall and 13 of 15 at home.
Kevin Youkilis added an RBI double in the eighth and Addison Reed worked out
of a jam in the ninth to secure his 20th save of the year.
Chris Sale (13-3), working on extra rest, continued his success at home by
fanning seven over eight strong innings. The 23-year-old left-hander is 5-0
with a 0.95 ERA over his last six starts at U.S. Cellular Field.
"He battles, he gets through it, he's sharp," White Sox manager Robin Ventura
said of Sale. "He's athletic."
Luis Mendoza (5-8) gave up seven hits and four runs over 7 1/3 innings as the
Royals lost their sixth in a row on the road.
Chicago has won four of seven games against the Royals this season.
08/07 10:31:07 ET