Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Chi White Sox leads 1-0 (as of 5/19)

Game 1: Monday, May 19
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Kansas City6
Game 2: Tuesday, May 20
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Kansas City6
Game 3: Wednesday, May 21
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Kansas City3

White Sox 7

(22-24, 11-14 away)

Royals 6

(22-22, 12-10 home)

    8:10 PM ET, May 19, 2014

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

    123456789 R H E
    CHW 003130000 7 11 2
    KC 500100000 6 9 2

    W: Z. Putnam (2-0)

    L: J. Vargas (4-2)

    S: J. Petricka (1)

    White Sox-Royals Preview

    STATS LLC

    After placing their rookie slugger on the disabled list and losing two of three to the AL's worst team, the slumping Chicago White Sox need something to go their way.

    However, Kansas City's Alex Gordon appears to be breaking out of his slump and that could spell more trouble for the White Sox.

    Chicago looks to avoid a seventh loss in nine games in Monday night's series opener at Kauffman Stadium.

    The White Sox (21-24) placed Jose Abreu on the 15-day DL with ankle tendinitis Sunday, a massive loss considering the first baseman is among the league leaders with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs in his first 44 games in the big leagues.

    "You could tell (Saturday), when he went to swing, it was like his foot going over fire," White Sox captain Paul Konerko told the team's official website. "No matter how tough you are, and he's a tough kid, there was just no getting through that type of pain."

    Things only got worse for Chicago when they took the field for the first time without Abreu and lost 8-2 in Sunday's finale in Houston.

    "Everything gets frustrating, especially when you have games like this," manager Robin Ventura said. "It just needs to be cleaned up."

    Konerko figures to get plenty of Abreu's at-bats, though the veteran went 0 for 4 Sunday and is batting .192.

    Gordon entered Sunday 2 for 17 over a five-game stretch and had gone 10 straight contests without an RBI before leading the Royals (22-21) to an 8-6 win over Baltimore. The left fielder went 4 for 4 with two home runs and a career-high six RBIs, which brought on his first curtain call.

    "I didn't know what to do," said Gordon, who entered Sunday with one homer after hitting a team-high 20 last season. "They told me just to go wave my helmet. They just started yelling at me. I was downstairs enjoying the moment. They told me to come up and give the crowd a wave. It was my first. Hopefully, it's not the last."

    Gordon went 4 for 13 with two doubles and four RBIs against Chicago from April 4-6 to help Kansas City take two of three at Kauffman Stadium. He is batting .345 during a seven-game home hitting streak against the White Sox.

    Gordon and his teammates will get their first look at Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.24 ERA), who will be making his fifth career start.

    Carroll has lost three straight starts, and the last two have been disastrous with 12 runs and 22 hits allowed over nine innings.

    "It's just kind of leaving me a little salty because I know I'm better than that," the rookie right-hander said after surrendering six runs and 11 hits in five innings in Tuesday's 11-0 defeat at Oakland.

    Chicago starting pitchers have a 6.59 ERA in the last 10 games, a 3-7 stretch.

    The Royals counter with Jason Vargas (4-1, 3.00 ERA), who has a 1.32 ERA in winning his last two starts after going 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in his previous two. The left-hander held Colorado to two runs and five hits with a season-high eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of Wednesday's 3-2 home win.

    Vargas tossed seven shutout innings to win his lone start against the White Sox last season after recording a 9.70 ERA in his previous four starts against them. Alexei Ramirez is 8 for 18 with two home runs off Vargas while Adam Dunn is 3 for 7 with a pair of homers.

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    Gameday Matchup

     ChicagoKansas City
    W-L62-7574-61
    Night43-4551-40
    Grass59-7470-58
    Current StreakW1L3
    Last 103-74-6

    Pitching Matchup

    ChicagoKansas City
    S. Carroll
    5-9, 5.07 ERA

    Last Game:
    8/29 vs DET
    5.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss
    J. Vargas
    10-7, 3.27 ERA

    Last Game:
    8/29 vs CLE
    6.0 IP, 4 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.ChicagoKansas City
    1. A. Eaton, CF N. Aoki, RF
    2. G. Beckham, 2B A. Escobar, SS
    3. A. Ramirez, SS E. Hosmer, 1B
    4. A. Dunn, 1B B. Butler, DH
    5. P. Konerko, DH A. Gordon, LF
    6. D. Viciedo, LF S. Perez, C
    7. T. Flowers, C L. Cain, CF
    8. M. Sierra, RF M. Moustakas, 3B
    9. M. Semien, 3B J. Giavotella, 2B

    Research Notes

    Jose Abreu is 4 for 28 (.143) with a 58 percent groundball rate in at-bats ending with a fastball or changeup from a left-handed pitcher. Jason Vargas throws those two pitches 86 percent of the time.

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