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Chicago at Kansas City

Venue: Kauffman Stadium
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Strong pitching is one reason why the Kansas City Royals are among the best home teams in the AL this season.

That's been the case against the Chicago White Sox for much longer than that.

The Royals are hoping Wade Davis can draw some inspiration from a record-setting performance from Jeremy Guthrie on Sunday, when they try to beat the White Sox for the seventh time in eight games at Kauffman Stadium.

Kansas City (16-10) is 9-4 at home, and the staff's 3.15 ERA is among the lowest in the league.

The Royals have won 12 of 16 when hosting Chicago (12-16), and the pitchers have been vital over the last seven meetings with a 1.43 ERA.

Guthrie silenced the White Sox's bats again in the opener of this three-game series Saturday, tossing a four-hitter in a 2-0 win as he set a team record by going unbeaten in 17 straight starts.

Kansas City, though, was limited to eight hits Saturday after collecting 29 and scoring 17 runs in a rain-shortened two-game sweep of Tampa Bay.

Davis (2-2, 5.55 ERA) may need another big effort from the offense.

The right-hander turned in one of the worst performances of his career during Monday's 9-0 loss to Cleveland. He matched his career high by surrendering eight runs with 12 hits - two homers - and three walks before getting pulled with two outs in the fifth.

"I made some bad decisions and didn't execute," said Davis, who was tagged for seven runs with four walks in 3 2-3 innings of a 7-5 loss at Detroit five days prior.

Davis, though, has found success against the White Sox, going 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA in seven games. The most recent of his four starts was a victory with Tampa Bay on April 20, 2011, when he yielded one run in seven innings.

Lorenzo Cain leads Kansas City with a .326 average, going 5 for 13 with two triples and five RBIs over the last three games. He's hitting .393 in seven home meetings with Chicago after his two-run triple in the first inning proved to be enough Saturday.

Eric Hosmer has also pounded the White Sox at Kauffman, batting .379 in 16 matchups - going 9 for 22 in the past six.

The White Sox have lost nine of 14 on the road, batting .238 and averaging 3.5 runs in those games. Of their four hits Saturday, only Paul Konerko's single and double came prior to the eighth inning.

The first baseman, though, is hitting .180 with three homers and six RBIs over his last 15 visits to Kansas City.

Scheduled starter Jose Quintana (2-0, 3.58) will try to rebound from his worst outing since his season debut. The left-hander allowed four runs and eight hits, including homers on consecutive pitches in the fourth, over five innings before leaving without a decision in a 10-6 loss at Texas on Tuesday.

He had been 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA over his three previous starts.

Quintana is 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in three starts against Kansas City, all coming as a rookie last year.

Cain and Hosmer are a combined 3 for 17 off Quintana, but Mike Moustakas has four hits in nine at-bats with two homers, while Jeff Francoeur is 5 for 6 with a solo homer and three walks.

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Probable Starters

Jose Quintana, LHP
2013 stats
27.2 Innings Pitched 24.1
2-0 Wins-Losses 2-2
3.58 Earned Run Average 5.55
7 Walks 10
22 Strikeouts 20
94 Pitches Per Start 90
Career vs. opponent
19.0 Innings Pitched 29.1
0-1 Wins-Losses 3-1
4.26 Earned Run Average 1.84

Wade Davis, RHP
Weather
weather image  Drizzle. Overcast. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
62°F46°F10mph/N61%38%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Chi White Sox4th AL Central4449.4739 ½ 5-5 L 2
Kansas City2nd AL Central4744.5165 ½ 5-5 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Wade Davis
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Ramirez93120.333
Keppinger31000.333
Konerko134022.308
Wise103102.300
Dunn41012.250
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jose Quintana
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Francoeur65130.833
Moustakas94202.444
Escobar83020.375
Perez93101.333
Cain82012.250
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Chi. White Sox 115 Kansas City -125
Injuries
Chi White Sox
PlayerInjury
A. GarciaShoulder
N. JonesBack
M. LindstromFoot
F. PaulinoShoulder
Kansas City
PlayerInjury
N. AokiGroin
A. GordonWrist
L. HochevarElbow
M. MoustakasIllness
D. ValenciaHand, wrist
J. VargasAppendectomy
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Mar 31DETDET 4-3Nathan Davis 
Apr 2DETDET 2-1Alburquerque Collins 
Apr 3DETPPD   
May 2KCDET 8-2Porcello Shields 
May 3KCDET 9-2Smyly Duffy 
May 4KCDET 9-4Verlander Vargas 
Jun 16DETKC 11-8Vargas Verlander 
Jun 17DETKC 11-4Ventura Scherzer 
Jun 18DETKC 2-1Guthrie Smyly 
Jun 19DETDET 2-1Sanchez Duffy 
Jul 10KCDET 16-4Smyly Guthrie 
Jul 11KC 8:10 PM EDT  
Jul 12KC 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 13KC 2:10 PM EDT  
Sep 8DET 4:08 PM EDT  
Sep 9DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 10DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 19KC 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20KC 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21KC 2:10 PM EDT