Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals: Series Preview

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Apr 18, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox are coming off a series win against the Cleveland Indians, and look to continue their series winning ways as they host the Kansas City Royals for a four-game series on the south side of Chicago.  The Royals are coming off a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins where they won two of three.

This will be the second series between the two teams. The Royals swept the White Sox to start the season. However Chris Sale did not pitch in that series and he’ll be opening the series Thursday.

• Season Standings

Kansas City enters the series at 11-4 and tied for the AL Central lead with the Detroit Tigers.

Chicago is 6-8 and in third place in the AL Central.

• Probable Pitchers

Game 1 Thursday, April 23 at 8:10 p.m. ET

Yordano Ventura(2-1) vs. Chris Sale(2-0)

Ventura beat the Sox in Jeff Samardzija’s debut on Opening Day. This will be Sale’s first start against the Royals this year.

Game 2 Friday, April 24 at 8:10 p.m. ET

Danny Duffy (1-0) vs. Jose Quintana (1-1)

Each pitcher gave up five runs in five innings of work the first time they squared off.

Game 3 Saturday, April 25 2015 2:10 p.m. ET

Edinson Volquez (2-1) vs. John Danks (0-2)

Volquez dazzled in his season debut against the White Sox. Danks allowed four earned runs in 5.2 innings, taking the loss in his start against the Royals.

Game 4, Sunday, April 26 at 2:10 p.m. ET

Jason Vargas (1-1) vs. Hector Noesi (0-2)

Vargas in one start against the White Sox last year was torched for seven runs in 4.2 innings.

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