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Friday, May 11th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (11-19) at Chicago White Sox (15-17), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Felipe Paulino (1-0, 0.00)
Chicago - Gavin Floyd (2-3, 3.03)
(Sports Network) - The White Sox season series loss to the Royals last year
was their first to the club since 2000. Chicago will try to get its 2012
series with visiting Kansas City off on the right foot this evening behind
streaking starter Gavin Floyd in the opener of a three-game set.
The White Sox dropped seven of 18 to the Royals last season, their worst
record against the club since a 5-7 mark 12 years ago. The 11 losses were also
the most they had against Kansas City since dropping 12 meetings to the
franchise in 1973.
Floyd will look to get Chicago an early advantage tonight and extend his
recent run of excellent starts. The right-hander has given up two runs or less
in four of his six outings this season, including each of his past three.
Floyd has a 1.71 earned run average while striking out 21 and walking just
three over that span, but is just 1-1. He did not factor into the decision of
Saturday's 3-2 victory over Detroit even though he allowed just two runs on
seven hits over seven innings. Floyd also struck out six without a walk.
The 29-year-old is 2-3 with a 3.03 ERA on the season and owns a career losing
mark against the Royals. He is 3-8 with a 4.59 ERA in 14 lifetime encounters,
including a 2-4 mark and 2.86 ERA in seven games -- six starts -- at U.S.
The White Sox would love for Floyd to duplicate Jake Peavy's outing from
Wednesday's 8-1 win over the Indians. Peavy gave up one run on seven hits over
seven innings, striking out five to improve to 4-1 on the year.
"He's been impressive," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said about Peavy.
"There's not much more I can say about him because he's done everything."
Alejandro De Aza's two-run single highlighted a six-run fourth inning as
Chicago picked up its second straight win after losing six of seven. Adam Dunn
added a two-run homer in the first frame, his 10th of the season. The slugger
hit just 11 homers all of last season over 122 games while hitting just .159.
Dunn has one homer in eight career at-bats against Kansas City's Felipe
Paulino, who makes his second start of the season after winning his debut on
The right-hander began the season on the disabled list due to a right forearm
strain, but dominated the Yankees this past weekend. Paulino threw six
scoreless innings, scattering four hits and a walk while fanning six. He
retired the first 11 batters faced and did not give up a hit until the fifth
inning, when he eventually got out of a bases-loaded jam unharmed.
"I feel really strong and confident in myself," Paulino told his team's
official website. "That's the big key in this sport, baseball -- be confident
all the time when you throw your pitches and try to attack the hitter."
Paulino, 28, is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts versus the White Sox.
The Royals seek their third straight winning after wrapping up a seven-game
homestand on Wednesday with a 4-3 win over the Red Sox. Kansas City managed a
winning record on the stand (4-3) after losing its first 10 games at home from
Brayan Pena drove in two runs to back Bruce Chen, who picked up his first win
of the season with 6 2/3 innings of work. He allowed three runs and struck out
"You could tell from the first inning on that he was on his game," said Kansas
City manager Ned Yost. "He was executing, his stuff was good, you could tell
it was gonna be a good game."
Jonathan Broxton pitched his way out of a jam in the ninth inning to earn his
seventh save of the season.
05/11 10:49:24 ET