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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," Guthrie said.

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 that."

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 appearances.

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 were unearned.

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 work.

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

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Saturday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Toronto

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Duke vs. UConn

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 620am

  • WBB: Duke vs. UMass Lowell

    Friday at 6:30 pm on 620am

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
4th
CHA 106
PHO 109
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
 
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
 
4th
CHA 106
PHO 109
 
4th
DET 73
DAL 83
 
4th
BOS 87
ORL 75
 
3rd
MIA 55
UTA 67
 
Half
TOR 53
BRK 52
 
2nd
SAN 21
MEM 44
 
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POR
MIL
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DEN
HOU
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LAC
IND
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
 
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
 
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
 
2nd
UCF 68
DET 58
 
2nd
UNCW 52
LIB 53
 
2nd
LOYC 46
ABCHRIST 32
 
2nd
MURST 55
ALCOR 32
 
Half
HOU 16
ARKPB 27
 
2nd
NW 43
CMICH 46
 
2nd
WKENT 43
CHIST 36
 
2nd
ODU 37
UGST 35
 
2nd
SMU 34
ILLCH 22
 
2nd
LALAF 81
MLGN 58
 
2nd
TULSA 48
MIZST 44
 
2nd
UWGB 36
MORE 27
 
2nd
NEOM 51
NCOL 42
 
2nd
TTU 61
SCST 23
 
2nd
DEN 45
TAMCC 31
 
Half
STEPH 27
TXST 30
 
2nd
STLU 38
TXPA 31
 
Half
MEM 42
USCU 29
 
2nd
ILLST 34
TENNM 32
 
1st
MSU 10
EMICH 5
 
1st
GRCN 6
INCWORD 10
 
1st
STAN 14
LMU 16
 
1st
BAY 8
NMST 7
 
1st
CIN 6
SDST 8
 
1st
AUB 12
WINT 6
 
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NMU
CARK
 
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PEPP
HOW
 
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CPSL
NE
 
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UNLV
PORT
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OREG
CSNO
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WASH
GRAM
3rd
NJD 0
OTT 1
 
2nd
MIN 1
BOS 2
 
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DAL