American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 5
(All times Eastern)
Chicago White Sox (12-16) at Kansas City Royals (16-10), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jose Quintana (2-0, 3.58)
Kansas City - Wade Davis (2-2, 5.55)
(Sports Network) - Jeremy Guthrie was again the man of the hour for Kansas
City on Saturday as the team finally got their series against the Chicago
White Sox off the ground. The American League Central foes continue their
three-game set Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Guthrie was untouchable as he allowed just four hits and a walk in his first
career shutout, a 2-0 final that saw the hurler drop his ERA down to 2.40.
Even more impressive is the fact that Guthrie has now made a team-record 17
straight starts without suffering a defeat. The run eclipsed the club mark of
16 in a row set by Paul Splittorff between the 1977-78 campaigns.
"It's just something I'd never been able to accomplish. Had a few
opportunities, so it's really special to go out there in the ninth inning and
hear that little roar from the crowd. It was really cool and backed me up,"
While Guthrie was weaving his magic on the mound, Lorenzo Cain was supplying
the only offense the hosts would need as he tripled in the bottom of the first
inning to score Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer with two out. The latter finished
with three of the unit's eight hits as they won their third straight and the
sixth in eight tries in order to remain within a half game of Detroit for the
top spot in the division.
Of the four hits generated by the White Sox, a team which saw a brief two-game
win streak come to an end, two were notched by Paul Konerko. A career .282
hitter, the slugger is currently batting just .238 for a Chicago squad that is
in last place in the AL Central.
Without any sustained offensive support, Dylan Axelrod suffered the setback,
his second in as many decisions this season. The starter allowed just two runs
on eight hits and a walk, yet failed to strike out a single batter over 7 2/3
innings of work.
"That's my goal, to get a quality start," Axelrod said of his performance.
"Every time out, give your team a chance to win. I'm trying to build off
After failing to figure into the decision in his most recent outing on
Tuesday, Jose Quintana heads back to the mound for the White Sox this
afternoon. The left-hander, now in just his second major-league campaign, is
2-0 this season with a 3.58 ERA in five appearances.
Against Texas earlier in the week, Quintana was touched for four runs on eight
hits and a walk, while fanning two through five innings in what turned into a
10-6 setback for Chicago on the road.
When it comes to facing Kansas City, Quintana is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three
Countering for the hosts today is Wade Davis, who is trying to snap a two-game
slide. The Florida native has been smoked in the last two outings, giving up a
combined 15 runs, although four of those in the loss to Detroit on April 24
More recently Davis was rocked by Cleveland at home on Monday, allowing eight
runs on 12 hits and three walks, striking out three, in just 4 2/3 innings of
The right-hander, who spent the first four seasons of his career with Tampa
Bay before joining KC this year, has a record of 3-1 with a minuscule 1.84 ERA
all-time against Chicago.
The teams will continue this series on Monday after the Friday opener was
postponed due to inclement weather.
05/05 10:28:28 ET