CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 22: Starting pitcher Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by his teammates in the dugout after completing the eighth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at U.S. Cellular Field on June 22 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

White Sox Vs. Royals: All-Star Chris Sale Returns To Mound

The Chicago White Sox are looking to start the second half off with a series victory.

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White Sox Vs. Royals Final Score: White Sox Hold On To Defeat Kansas City 2-1

It wasn't easy, but the Chicago White Sox were able to go into Kauffman Stadium over the weekend and take two of three from the Kansas City Royals.

After winning on Friday in extra innings and losing Saturday, the White Sox rode the strong arm of Chris Sale to another victory. Sale continued his brilliant season on Sunday, throwing eight innings while scattering 10 hits and only allowing a single run. All in all, it was another sterling performance that led to the 23-year-old picking up his 11th win.

Chicago led the entire game, starting off right with Adam Dunn hitting a solo home run off of Luis Mendoza, his 28th on the campaign. In the second frame, Alex Rios scored on an Alexei Ramirez double-play ball, with that ultimately being the winning run.

The only Royals run came across in the fifth on a Chris Getz single.

The White Sox now head to Fenway Park for a crucial four game series with the Boston Red Sox, with Kevin Youkilis making his much anticipated return.

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Kevin Youkilis Not Responding To Bobby Valentine's Comments, Looking Forward To Homecoming

When the Boston Red Sox traded Kevin Youkilis away, most people figured the rift between he and Bobby Valentine would drift away into history. Apparently that's not yet the case.

Valentine came out on Sunday and blamed the new Chicago White Sox slugger for their icy relationship, according to ESPN.com.

"I think the comment I made early, he made a big issue out of, and I don't think he ever wanted to get over it,"Valentine said when speaking to reporters about Youkilis.

When asked if their relationship was strained, Valentine quipped, "I have no idea. It was whatever he wanted it to be."

Youkilis won't fight back against Valentine, instead looking toward the future, according to CSNChicago.com.

"I got nothing about any of that stuff," Youkilis said. "I’m over all the Boston thing this year. There’s a lot of great past history, but this year I’m focused on the White Sox."

On a different note, Youkilis is looking forward to coming back to Fenway Park on Monday. The ex-Red Sox says he expects it to be an emotional homecoming.

"After the first day, they don’t want me to do well playing against your team," Youkilis said. "So you never know what you are going to get. I think it will be a good reception."

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White Sox Vs. Royals Lineups: Standard Lineup Set For Chicago

The Chicago White Sox are sending out their standard lineup on Sunday vs. the Kansas City Royals, but it's their opponents order that has already raised some eyebrows. The Royals today are batting center fielder Lorenzo Cain in the cleanup spot and maligned utility man Yuniesky Betancourt in the five-hole. Budding start third baseman Mike Moustakas is all the way down at No. 7, thanks to lefty Chris Sale being on the mound.

Here are both teams lineups heading into Sunday:

White Sox

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
  3. Adam Dunn, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Alex Rios, CF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Dayan Viciedo, LF
  8. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

Royals

  1. Alex Gordon, LF
  2. Alcides Escobar, SS
  3. Billy Butler, 1B
  4. Lorenzo Cain, CF
  5. Yuniesky Betancourt, DH
  6. Jeff Francoeur, LF
  7. Mike Moustakas, 3B
  8. Salvador Perez, C
  9. Chris Getz, 2B

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White Sox Vs. Royals Preview: Series Victory Up For Grabs In Rubber Match

Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale hasn't started a game since he faced the Texas Rangers on July 3, but he'll finally get back on the mound on Sunday in Kansas City. The irony, of course, is that the last time Sale pitched in a game at all was in Kansas City for last week's All-Star Game, where he threw a scoreless inning in the American League's losing effort.

The Royals meanwhile will trot out Luis Mendoza, who's posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.53 WHIP on the season. Mendoza has faced the White Sox once this season, when he picked up the win on May 13 after allowing only a single run on seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched.

Game date/time: Sunday, July 15, 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV: CSN

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White Sox Vs. Royals Final Score: Jake Peavy Struggles Late, Chicago Loses 6-3

The Chicago White Sox (48-39) could not pull out a close game late, allowing the Kansas City Royals (38-48) to get away with a 6-3 win Saturday night.

SP Jake Peavy (L, 7-6) held the Royals to just 3 runs through the first 6.0 innings, but in the 7th inning, SS Alcides Escobar launched a homer to give Kansas City a 4-3 lead. Then, in the 8th, Peavy allowed three straight singles to start the inning, and when RP Hector Santiago could not close out the inning cleanly, the Royals managed to stretch their advantage to 6-3.

1B Adam Dunn hit his 27th homer of the year in the top of the 6th inning, but he and CF Alejandro De Aza (2 for 5 with a double and triple) could not provide enough offense to keep the Sox undefeated since the All-Star Break.

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White Sox Vs. Royals: Can Jake Peavy Help Out A Taxed Bullpen On Saturday?

The Chicago White Sox pulled out a 9-8 win over the Kansas City Royals early on Saturday morning, but it wasn't easy. In a game that spanned 14 innings and nearly five and a half hours, the Sox and Royals used 18 combined pitchers -- the most ever in a White Sox game. After getting just five innings from starter Jose Quintana, Chicago used the following pitcher in relief: Brian Omogrosso, Matt Thornton, Nate Jones, Leyson Septimo, Jhan Martinez, Hector Santiago, Addison Reed and Dylan Axelrod.

With the bullpens taxed on both sides, starters Jake Peavy and Luke Hochevar will each be relied upon for strong starts on Saturday.

Game time/date: Saturday, July 14, 6:10 p.m. CT

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV: WGN

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White Sox Vs. Royals Final Score: White Sox 9, Royals 8

It may have taken a little extra time, but the Chicago White Sox got the job done on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals by the score of 9-8 in 14 innings.

The lead changed hands four times in the game, with Chicago being able to find a way in the latter stages of the evening. The White Sox were trailing 7-6 in the ninth inning, before A.J. Pierzynski singled home Kevin Youkilis. Orlando Hudson tried to be the go-ahead run, but was cut down at home.

In the 14th, it was Gordon Beckham scoring on a Youkilis sacrifice fly for the eventual game-winning run. The ex-Red Sox had an incredible at-bat, lasting 14 pitches.

Chicago knocked around Kansas City pitching to the tune of 15 hits, with no fewer than five White Sox with multiple hits. Dayan Viciedo had a fine game going 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored. Adam Dunn and Alex Rios also hit bombs to support Jose Quintana, who only pitched five innings.

Quintana was hit hard, giving up five runs on eight hits including a pair of home runs. For the Royals, Bruce Chen was equally ineffective. Chen was battered in 4.2 innings for six earned runs on nine hits and three walks.

Chicago will try to secure the series with Jake Peavy against Luke Hochevar on Satruday night.

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White Sox Roster: Chicago Recalls RHP Jhan Marinez For Bullpen Help

Dan Hays of CSN Chicago is reporting the Chicago White Sox are calling up RHP Jhan Marinez to add to the team's bullpen:

Marinez has pitched in 26 Triple-A games in the 2012 season, sporting a 3.14 ERA and 3.46 FIP. In his one previous stint in the major leagues -- a 2010 callup with the now-Miami Marlins -- Marinez featured a mid-90s fastball, a high-80s two-seamer and slider.

He joins a White Sox bullpen that has the third-worst bullpen ERA in the American League with a 3.78 ERA.

For more news and updates from around the league, drop by Baseball Nation with Rob Neyer. And for a closer look at the numbers and analysis behind the game, visit the sabermetrics blog Beyond the Box Score or keep up to date with the league's transactions at MLB Daily Dish.

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White Sox Vs. Royals Preview: Second Half Opens In Kansas City

The Chicago White Sox open the second half of the regular season against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

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