Shark, Sox Seek to KO KC
Saturday, August 8, 2015
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City (6:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-6, 4.36) for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-7, 5.65) for KC.
Last Night’s Highlights
Trayce Thompson collected his first two major-league hits, Jose Abreu doubled in a run and Adam LaRoche homered in the Sox’ 3-2 loss to the Royals…Thompson beat out an infield hit in the sixth inning (click on top link and see photo below) for his first and scored on Abreu’s 65th RBI of the season (click on second link), which tied the score at 1-1. Trayce, who replaced Adam Eaton in the fifth after Eaton left the game with a jammed left shoulder while making a fine play in center (he’s listed day-to-day), also knocked out a ground-rule double in the eighth……LaRoche’s solo homer, his 10th, pulled the Sox within a run of the Royals in the ninth (click on bottom link)…John Danks had a quality start, giving up three runs and five hits in six innings, despite absorbing the loss.
Quote of the Day
Avi Garcia, who has homered in two of his last three games and drew the walk-off walk in Wednesday’s win over the Rays, is on the case to improve his performance at the plate (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com).
“I’m working really hard with (hitting coach Todd) Steverson and the manager a little, too. Just trying to be focused and trying to swing at good pitches and trying to learn how they are going to throw to me.”
The Abreu Diaries
Mayberry Jr. Assigned to Charlotte
The White Sox have signed outfielder John Mayberry Jr. and assigned him to Class AAA Charlotte.
White Sox vs. Royals at Kauffman Stadium (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series and brief road trip. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (6-9, 3.50) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (5-5, 4.04) for Kansas City.
Photo/Video of the Day
Reliever Nate Jones, making a comeback after Tommy John surgery, made his 2015 debut last night with a perfect eighth inning, striking out a pair.