American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, April 4th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (0-2) at Chicago White Sox (2-0), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (0-0, 0.00)
Chicago - Gavin Floyd (0-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Jeremy Guthrie seemed to be invigorated by last year's
midseason trade to Kansas City. The right-hander takes the hill for the Royals
on Thursday in the finale of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox
at U.S. Cellular Field.
Guthrie was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 20 in exchange for
pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. He went 5-3 with a 3.16 earned run average in 14
starts after the deal, including a 4-0 mark with a 2.17 ERA over his final 11
Overall on the year, though, he was 8-12 with a 4.76 ERA.
Chicago, meanwhile, will pin its hopes on righty Gavin Floyd, who has reached
double-digit wins each of the past five years. Last season Floyd went 12-11
with a 4.29 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 29 starts.
Chicago has won the first two games of this set. On Wednesday, Alexei Ramirez,
Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers each hit solo homers to help the White Sox to a
Dayan Viciedo added a two-run homer for the White Sox, who saw starter Jake
Peavy (1-0) last six innings and strike out six batters while allowing two
runs -- one earned -- on four hits.
"We've got guys one through nine who can hit the ball out of the park," Dunn
said. "I guess it doesn't really matter how you score runs, only that you
Billy Butler had an RBI and Alex Gordon hit a double and scored a run for the
Royals, while starter Ervin Santana (0-1) picked up the loss after allowing
four runs on five hits -- including three homers -- but did strike out eight
batters in defeat.
Kansas City took the season series last year, going 12-6.
04/04 10:15:37 ET