Chicago White Sox (18-13, first in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (16-16, third in the AL Central) Kansas City, Kansas; Sunday, 2:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Lucas Giolito (1-3, 4.99 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 41 strikeouts) Royals: Mike Minor (2-1, 5.23 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 30 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Royals +137, White Sox -158; over/under is 8 runs BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City enters the matchup as losers of their last seven games. The Royals are 7-10 against the rest of their division. Kansas City has hit 31 home runs as a team this season. Salvador Perez leads the club with seven, averaging one every 18.1 at-bats. The White Sox are 9-6 against AL Central Division teams. Chicago has a collective on-base percentage of .338, good for first in the American League. Yermin Mercedes leads the lineup with a mark of .392. The White Sox won the last meeting 9-1. Lance Lynn notched his third victory and Danny Mendick went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Chicago. Daniel Lynch registered his first loss for Kansas City. TOP PERFORMERS: Perez leads the Royals with seven home runs and is slugging .512. Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with six home runs and is batting .211. LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 2-8, .245 batting average, 6.24 ERA, outscored by 28 runs White Sox: 6-4, .242 batting average, 1.99 ERA, outscored opponents by 26 runs INJURIES: Royals: Kyle Zimmer: (left trap), Daniel Tillo: (undisclosed), Jesse Hahn: (right shoulder), Adalberto Mondesi: (right oblique strain), Cam Gallagher: (concussion). White Sox: Jace Fry: (microdiscectomy), Jimmy Cordero: (tommy john surgery), Luis Robert: (hip), Eloy Jimenez: (left pectoral), Adam Engel: (right hamstring). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Royals scoreless streak ended after 28 innings.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Danny Mendick hit a two-run homer during an eight-run first inning for Chicago, and the White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 9-1 on Saturday night. Yoan Moncada drove in three runs on two hits in the first, and Andrew Vaughn, Leury Garcia and Yasmani Grandal each had an RBI. The White Sox hit for the cycle in the inning and scored their most runs in the opening frame on the road in 21 years. Lance Lynn (3-1) allowed one hit in five scoreless innings. He walked four and struck out six. Lynn has shut out the Royals over 14 innings in two starts against them this year. Kansas City, which won 16 of its first 25 games in a surprising surge to first place in the AL Central, has lost seven straight to fall to .500 and now trails Chicago by 2 1/2 games in the division. David Lynch (0-1) didn't make it out of the first inning. He got two outs and was charged with eight runs on seven hits and one walk. Kris Bubic relived Lynch and worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and three walks while striking out two. The Royals got an RBI grounder from Whit Merrifield in the seventh. Yermin Mercedes drove in Chicago's final run with a ninth-inning single. TRAINER’S ROOM Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi (right oblique strain) is in Arizona ramping up his rehab. UP NEXT Lucas Giolito (1-3, 4.99 ERA) takes the mound for the White Sox on Sunday as they try for a sweep of the three-game series. Mike Minor (2-1, 5.23) starts for the Royals. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Avery Osen, The Associated Press