Monday, September 15, 2014
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and nine-game, 10-day road trip–the last trip of the season before the final four-game homestand against these same Royals. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 5.05) for the Sox, RHP James Shields (14-7, 3.13) for KC.
With seven games remaining against KC, the Sox are well-positioned to derail the Royals’ playoff hopes. KC is currently 1.5 games behind the Tigers for the American League Central lead and are clinging to the second wild card spot.
Plays of the Day
In yesterday’s loss to the Twins, Jose Abreu led off the ninth inning with home run No. 35, a solo shot, and in the process tied Ron Kittle‘s Sox rookie home run record set in 1983 (click on top photo below). Jose also collected an RBI single, bringing his runs batted in total to 102…Rookie Adrian Nieto hit his second major-league homer and first at home (click on bottom link below)…Conor Gillaspie singled in a run and Alexei Ramirez doubled and scored.
Abreu homered in back-to-back games for the fourth time this season and has hit safely in seven of his last eight games (.345). Among all AL hitters he ranks first in OPS (.988) and Slugging Percentage (.604), is tied for second in RBI, is third in homers, tied for third in batting average (.322), is fourth in on-base percentage (.384) and tied for seventh in doubles (35).
According to @ckamka, Jose is also the fourth player in White Sox history with 35 doubles and 35 homers in a single season. The others? Frank Thomas (1993, ’97, ’00, ’03), Albert Belle (1998) and Magglio Ordonez (’02).
Quote of the Day[tweet https://twitter.com/tplouffe24/status/511272097503772672]
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 4.72) vs TBA for KC.
Photo of the Day
Richard Dotson, who won 22 games for the 1983 American League West champion “Winning Ugly” White Sox, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before yesterday’s game. Here, Dot chats with current Sox ace Chris Sale.