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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.

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