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Sunday, July 28th (All times Eastern)

Kansas City Royals (50-51) at Chicago White Sox (40-61), 2:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Bruce Chen (4-0, 1.97) Chicago - Hector Santiago (3-6, 3.38)

(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals will be shooting for a series sweep and their sixth consecutive victory as they take on the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Kansas City's pitching staff has been excellent during its recent winning streak and the starting rotation has a 0.79 ERA over that span. The White Sox has felt the wrath of the Royals' pitching staff in this series as they have produced just one run through the first two games.

Chicago starter Chris Sale went nine innings in Saturday's affair, giving up the lone run on seven hits and a walk, but the lack of run support spoiled an otherwise impressive performance. The 1-0 loss dropped the White Sox to 21 games below the .500 mark for the first time since Sept. 25, 2007.

"Yeah, I mean, just gotta stay on the positive," Sale said of his mindset. "Can't get down on yourself or anyone else. Just keep grinding it out and things will turn around."

Conor Gillaspie's homer in the eighth inning of the opener was the lone score of the series for the White Sox, who have lost five of their last six games. Gordon Beckham and Josh Phegley have combined to go 0-for-13 at the plate through the first two games.

Chicago will need to figure out a way to generate more offensively to help out Sunday's starter, Hector Santiago.

Santiago has been solid so far this month, with a 2.81 ERA in four starts, but he has not took a winning decision since June 21. Although he has not allowed more than three earned runs in a game in July, he has been taken yard once in all four starts.

The Royals will counter with the undefeated Bruce Chen, who has allowed only one run in 12 innings since moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The 36-year old southpaw improved to 4-0 on Tuesday as he gave up just one run on a solo shot over six innings versus Baltimore.

"He just keeps you off balance. He never gives in," Oriole centerfielder Adam Jones said. "It's a true testament to how he's maintained and stayed around as long as he has. He's not tricking you, because he can't blow it by anybody. He just makes his pitches. I was sitting out in center field wondering how we only had three hits. How? But he makes his pitches and you have to respect that."

Billy Butler has been leading the charge offensively for the Royals of late. He went 2-for-3 on Saturday to register his fourth-straight multi-hit game and is also batting .450 over his last 10 games. Lorenzo Cain has driven in a run in both games of the series.

Kansas City has won six of the 11 matchups between these divisional rivals this season. The Royals are seven games back of Detroit for first place in the AL Central while Chicago is 17 games behind with sole possession of last place in the division.

07/28 10:27:09 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHI 5
CAR 2
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
Final
MIA 115
PHO 98
Final
MIN 105
LAC 110
Final
DAL 102
NOP 93
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
Final
HOW 61
NORST 59
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
Final
NO 79
NICST 89
 
Final
SAV 49
NCCU 62
 
Final
ALAAM 75
TXSOU 77
 
Final
VT 59
BC 66
Final
MVSU 66
GRAM 62
 
Final
ISU 77
OKLA 70
 
Final
ALAST 65
PVU 67
 
Final
ARKPB 64
JST 62
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
Final
CHI 5
CAR 2
2nd
SJS 3
MON 0