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Chi White Sox0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 361
Kansas City0 0 3 1 2 0 0 0 x 690
  W: B. Keller (8-6)   L: D. Covey (5-13)   S: W. Peralta (10)
5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 PM CT, September 11, 2018
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 17,613

Royals go for consecutive wins over White Sox

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According to STATS

Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

  1. The White Sox have gone 10-6 against the Royals this season and have an .883 team OPS in those games. That is the third-highest OPS by any team against a divisional opponent in MLB (Bos, .898 vs. Bal; Oak, .889 vs. Tex).
  2. The average age of Royals position players is 26 years, 343 days; for the White Sox, their position players average 27 years, 3 days. These are the first- and third-youngest rosters of position players in baseball, respectively.
  3. The White Sox have won Lucas Giolito's last five road starts, and lost each of his past three home starts. His ERA on the road is 4.27, while his home ERA is 7.91, the largest differential in baseball among ERA qualifiers this season.
  4. In Jakob Junis' last six starts, he has a 1.89 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 7.8 K/BB ratio, and has allowed just one home run. The only other pitchers with a sub-2.00 ERA, sub-1.00 WHIP, 7.0+ K/BB, and one or fewer home runs in six-start spans this season are Jacob deGrom, Chris Sale, Zack Greinke, Ross Stripling, and Justin Verlander.
  5. Matt Davidson has a .956 slugging percentage against the Royals this season, the second-highest mark by any player against any opponent this season (Yelich, .977 vs. Cin; minimum 50 PA). Only Khris Davis and J.D. Martinez have hit more home runs against a team than Davidson's eight against KC.
  6. Ryan O'Hearn is hitting a home run every 10.56 at-bats since debuting on July 31. Only three players in MLB have better marks since that date (minimum 100 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2018 thru 9/12/2018

The Kansas City Royals will go for back-to-back wins when they host the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night in the second installment of a three-game series.

Kansas City (48-95) is coming off a wild 4-3 win in 10 innings in the series opener. The Royals had a runner on second base when Alcides Escobar laid down a sacrifice bunt. White Sox reliever Jeanmar Gomez fired an errant throw to third base to try to catch the lead runner, Brian Goodwin, who instead headed home for the winning run.

The tough ending marked the sixth loss in a row for Chicago (56-88).

White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey (5-12, 5.44 ERA) will make his 18th start of the season and 30th of his career. Covey has been in the bullpen for the past three weeks but is rejoining the rotation to replace rookie Michael Kopech, who tore a ligament in his elbow and will require Tommy John surgery after only four starts in the big leagues.

In seven starts against the Royals, Covey is 0-6 with a 5.87 ERA. He has walked 19 and fanned 20 in 38 1/3 innings. This will be the fourth time this season that Covey has faced Kansas City.

The Royals will counter with right-hander Brad Keller (7-6, 3.14 ERA), who will make the 18th start of his rookie campaign. He has limited opponents to three runs in his past 15 innings for a 1.80 ERA during that span.

In six career appearances (three starts) against the White Sox, Keller is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA. He has walked seven and struck out 17 in 17 innings. He most recently faced Chicago on Aug. 18, when he earned a win and allowed one run -- a solo homer by White Sox outfielder Nicky Delmonico -- in five innings.

Keller has made the most of his opportunity since he was selected in last winter's Rule 5 draft by the Cincinnati Reds and quickly traded to the Royals for a player to be named. The moves gave him an opportunity to jump to the majors after working his way through the Arizona Diamondbacks' system as an eight-round pick in 2013.

"I wouldn't call it effortless, but he comes at you," Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star. "He throws strikes with his stuff. He's not all over the place. He's not pitching from behind. He's coming after you."

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will be available for the second game since coming off the 10-day disabled list. The Cuban slugger needs three more home runs to become the ninth player in history to hit at least 25 homers in each of his first five seasons. Others on the list include Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols.

"Everybody knows I was feeling good with my offense before the injury happened," Abreu said through an interpreter to "Now, I just want to think about the things I can do on a daily basis. We have 18 or 20 games left, and I want to take advantage of every single game."

Updated September 11, 2018

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