The Chicago White Sox enter this second of three consecutive games at the Kansas City Royals with two straight losses, including losing the series opener Friday by a 7-5 score.
Standing at 2-2 overall and this being their fifth consecutive game, the starting lineup for the White Sox will have a bit of a different look, as you will see in the lineups listed.
For Danks this spring, he went 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in five starts, which equaled 24.1 innings pitched.
In 2013, Danks had an overall record of 4-14 with a 4.75 ERA in 22 starts (138.1 innings pitched). Danks struck out 89 batters.
In a recent article, Scott Merkin of MLB.com quoted Danks as saying about being improved this season over last year:
“Keep the ball in the ballpark. That’s what hurt me a lot last year. Try to keep the walks where they were and keep the ball in the ballpark. I think the cutter is getting back to where I think I can use it a little more aggressively helps.”
Chen didn’t have the greatest of spring trainings this March, finishing with an ERA of 7.27, along with an 0-4 record in 17.1 innings pitched. Of the 16 runs given up this spring, 14 were earned for Chen.
In ’13, Chen was 9-4 with a 3.27 ERA. Against the White Sox, Chen has an career record 7-2 since 2011.
• Player to Watch: Jose Abreu (White Sox): He has five RBIs the past two games and six RBIs for the season. He’s built a .313 batting average.
• Tyler Flowers will have the day off. Flowers has eight hits this season with two runs. His batting average sits at .571.
• Paul Konerko will be the DH for the White Sox today.
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