White Sox Vs. Royals: Paul Konerko Out Of The Lineup For Series Finale

Paul Konerko will be out of the lineup for the White Sox as they attempt to earn a series victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

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Chicago White Sox Vs. Kansas City Royals: Sox Lose, 4-3, In Bottom Of 9th

The Kansas City Royals may have started slow against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night, but they turned it on at the right time as a Johnny Giavotella triple in the fifth inning served as catalyst for their 4-3 comeback win. The reaction from the White Sox was to pull pitcher Francisco Liriano, and it proved to be the right move as reliever Nate Jones went 2⅓ innings with no runs allowed. While this stopped the bleeding for much of the game, an Eric Hosmer single ultimately finalized the comeback and sealed a 2-1 series win for the Royals.

Early on, it looked like Chicago would stroll through Thursday night's game, as they amassed four hits and three runs in the first two innings. A.J. Pierzynski got his 74th RBI of the season, and the White Sox bats were hot. However, Royals' pitcher Jeremy Guthrie settled down and found his rhythm, finishing with six innings pitched and one earned run.

The White Sox now head west for a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. Your probables for Friday night are Jake Peavy and Ervin Santana, as the Sox look to stave off Detroit, who remain two games back.

For more on the Chicago White Sox please visit South Side Sox, and for more on the Kansas City Royals head over to Royals Review

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White Sox Vs. Royals Preview: Chicago Tries To Solve Jeremy Guthrie

The Chicago White Sox will try to win their series with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night and increase their two game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.

Chicago will send Francisco Liriano (3-1, 5.10 ERA) to the mound, hoping he can build on his last outing in which he went for seven innings and allowed two runs on only one hit against the Twins on Sept. 15. His last time against the Royals Liriano struggled however, allowing five runs in five innings.

The Royals will counter with Jeremy Guthrie (4-3, 3.13 ERA) who has had the White Sox number this season. Guthrie has led the Royals to three wins against the White Sox since Aug. 8 without allowing an earned run. In those three starts Guthrie has pitched 23 2/3 innings and only allowed 13 hits and two unearned runs.

First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. CT.

For more on the White Sox, visit South Side Sox or SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Royals, check out Royals Review. And for more news, notes and analysis from around MLB, head over to Baseball Nation.

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2012 MLB Standings: White Sox Still Up 3 Over Tigers

After winning on Tuesday night, the Chicago White Sox extended their winning streak to five -- and maintained a three-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central.

With the win, the White Sox improved their playoff odds, via coolstandings, to 84.5%, while Detroit's fell to 20.8% with Chicago's win. The Tigers only have a 17% chance of winning the division going forward.

AL Central Standings

WLPCTGBSTRK
Chicago 81 66 .551 0 Won 5
Detroit 78 69 .530 3 Won 1
Kansas City 66 81 .448 15 Lost 2
Cleveland 61 87 .412 20.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 61 87 .412 20.5

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Chicago has a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way. After the White Sox play Wednesday and Thursday against the Royals, Robin Ventura's team will head to Los Angeles to take on the Angels for a three-game series -- a series that the Angels will need to win in order to remain in the hunt for the wild card.

After that, though, the White Sox face the Indians and Rays at home in Chicago, before ending the season in Cleveland.

Detroit, though, also has an easy schedule. The Tigers have two more games against the Athletics, before hosting the Twins and Royals, and then ending the season on the road in Minnesota and Kansas City.

For more on the White Sox, check out South Side Sox.

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White Sox Vs. Royals Preview: Sale Takes Mound Against Kansas City

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale starts Wednesday for the White Sox in their game against the Kansas City Royals as Chicago hopes to build on the three-game lead it has over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.

Sale has been brilliant this season and will make his 28th start of the year Wednesday. He's thrown 175 innings so far this season and has 173 strikeouts to 44 unintentional walks, and his ERA is currently at 2.78.

The left-hander had struggled in the four road starts prior to his last outing away from US Cellular Field, giving up at least four earned runs in those four starts. But he seemed to figure things out in his last start, which just so happened to be on the road. He gave up no runs and three hits in six innings of a road start against the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

The Royals will send lefty Bruce Chen to the mound to counter Sale. Chen was roughed up in his last start against the White Sox. On Sept. 8, he gave up five earned runs in six innings to the White Sox, and the White Sox won that game 5-4.

First pitch between the White Sox and Royals is set for 7:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday. The game is on WCIU television in Chicago.

For more on the White Sox, visit South Side Sox or SB Nation Chicago. For more on the Royals, check out Royals Review. And for more news, notes and analysis from around MLB, head over to Baseball Nation.

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