Chicago White Sox: Gordon Beckham, Carlos Sanchez in lineup


The Chicago White Sox will play their second game of the season Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

The White Sox enter the game losing to the Royals on Opening Day by a 10-1 score, with the White Sox sending left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana to the mound to face Danny Duffy (LHP) tonight.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. CT (8:05 ET) in Kansas City.

Before we take a closer look at the White Sox lineup this evening, here is what manager Robin Ventura will be sending out:

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1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Melky Cabrera (LF)
3. Jose Abreu (1B)
4. Avisail Garcia (RF)
5. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
6. Adam LaRoche (DH)
7. Gordon Beckham (3B)
8. Tyler Flowers (C)
9. Carlos Sanchez (2B)

Since the White Sox are facing a left-hander, missing from the lineup are Conor Gillaspie at third base and Micah Johnson at second base.

Last season vs. LHP, Beckham batted .293 with a .431 slugging percentage. In 33 at-bats last season vs. lefties, Sanchez batted .364 with a .485 slugging percentage.

This move makes sense in playing the odds, because Johnson has just one game of MLB experience under his belt, and Gillaspie batted just .221 with a .317 slugging percentage in 104 at-bats vs. LHP.

I’m still not sold on Beckham being any help to this lineup, but tonight will be his first chance for him to prove his critics wrong. During spring training in 60 at-bats (22 games), Beckham batted .217 with five doubles and one home run.

Now here is what the Royals’ lineup will look like on Wednesday night:
1. Alcides Escobar (SS)
2. Mike Moustakas (3B)
3. Lorenzo Cain (CF)
4. Eric Hosmer (1B)
5. Franklin Morales (DH)
6. Alex Gordon (LF)
7. Alex Rios (RF)
8. Salvador Perez (C)
9. Omar Infante (2B)

Apr 6, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals right fielder Alex Rios (15) connects for a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Looking at the lineup of the Royals, they are coming off an Opening Day outing where they scored 10 runs off White Sox pitching, along with defeating the White Sox by a 10-1 score. In that win, the Royals totaled 13 hits and no errors.

Escobar, Moustakas, Rios and Perez combined for nine hits with all having multi-hit games. Rios was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and one run against his former team in the White Sox. No White Sox batter had a multi-hit game on Monday.

Tonight’s game can be viewed on WGN and on MLB.TV. The game can be listened to on WSCR 670, WRTO 1200 and online via MLB Audio.

On Thursday, the White Sox and Royals start at 1:10 p.m. CT (2:10 p.m. ET) with John Danks facing off against Edinson Volquez.

Next: White Sox Game Day Info

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