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LIVE: Royals pounding Sox, Stewart


LIVE: Royals pounding Sox, Stewart

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011Posted: 12:00 p.m.

Associated Press

Thanks in part to rookie Eric Hosmer, the Kansas City Royals are winding down another sub-.500 season on a positive note.

The Royals seek their first seven-game winning streak in three years Saturday night against the visiting Chicago White Sox, who will try to avoid a season high-tying seventh straight loss.

Hosmer helped Kansas City (66-86) extend its run Friday by doubling in the winning run in the ninth inning, lifting the Royals to a 7-6 victory.

"I got beat up pretty good," said Hosmer, who finished with three hits and is batting .346 (9 for 26) over the last six games. "You're just so happy when you get a walk-off win. You can't even feel it. You just look for the bruises later."

Though he didn't debut until May 6, Hosmer leads all AL rookies with 139 hits and trails only Atlanta's Freddie Freeman (154) for the major league lead. Hosmer's total is the most by a Royals rookie since Angel Berroa had 163 en route to winning the AL rookie of the year award in 2003.

Kansas City, 8-5 against Chicago this year, hasn't won seven in a row since Sept. 13-18, 2008.

"Hopefully we can keep this streak up and go into the off season looking good," said Alex Gordon, who scored the winning run.

Regardless of their late-season surge, the Royals will finish below .500 for the seventh straight year.

Brent Morel hit his sixth homer in 14 games this month for the White Sox (73-77), who last dropped seven in a row April 13-20.

"It's tough," Morel said of the skid. "We haven't been playing good."

Morel, who hit two homers in his first 99 games, is batting .167 (8 for 28) against Kansas City.

Chicago will try to end its losing streak as it faces Royals rookie Everett Teaford, who's coming off his first major league win. Teaford (1-0, 2.73 ERA) surrendered three hits and struck out five over five scoreless innings in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Seattle.

"To have my 100th (professional) start, my first big-league start and my first win of my career, and my dad here. ... You can't write a better story than that," Teaford said.

The left-hander will be making his first start in Kansas City after going 0-0 with a 4.58 ERA and one save in 15 appearances at Kauffman Stadium.

In two games against the White Sox, Teaford has yielded two hits in 1 1-3 innings.

Fellow rookie Zach Stewart (2-4, 4.63) gets the start for Chicago and will be looking to avenge a loss in his first meeting with Kansas City.

The right-hander allowed two runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 5-1 defeat to the Royals on Aug. 12. Since then, Stewart has gone 1-2 with a 5.59 ERA in six games, including four starts.

Coming off a one-hitter Sept. 5 at Minnesota, Stewart gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings of Sunday's 7-3 loss to Cleveland.

White Sox opposition research: What's there to know about the Baltimore Orioles?


White Sox opposition research: What's there to know about the Baltimore Orioles?

As the 2018 season nears and the White Sox get ready to take on the rest of the American League, we're taking a team-by-team look at all 14 of their opponents.

What’s there to know about the Baltimore Orioles?

Perhaps a better question for White Sox fans: When’s Manny Machado coming to the South Side? (Better question from me, personally, is when Chicago might acquire Maryland's greatest creation: the crab pretzel. Had in College Park last summer. It's amazing.)

Whether that ends up happening or not is a question for next offseason, but that query is one that plenty of South Side baseball fans on social media have asked for years now. Machado, mentioned in trade rumors during the Winter Meetings in December, is most likely entering his final season as an Oriole. His contract is up at season’s end, and he’s expected to land a gargantuan deal next offseason.

The funny thing is that for all the hullabaloo over the 25-year-old infielder, he’s coming off his worst statistical campaign as a big leaguer. In 2017, he slashed .259/.310/.782, all three of those percentages seeing huge dropoffs after a sensational 2016 campaign a year prior. His power numbers stayed relatively consistent, but his run and hit totals plummeted as the O’s weren’t quite as a competitive as in years past.

Now, Machado is likely still cruising for a big contract regardless of what he does in 2018. He’s moving to shortstop, which will be interesting. But he’s young enough that even another season like last year won’t make too big a difference, considering how good he’s been throughout his career.

That’s who White Sox fans will be watching whenever their gaze falls on the Baltimore baseball club. (They won’t be alone, by the way, and some contending teams might even try to add him at the trade deadline.) But the O’s are making news for other reasons, recent reasons, in fact.

The biggest name left on the free-agent market finally signed this week, and now the Orioles have a big-time addition to their starting rotation. Unlike Jake Arrieta, it appears Alex Cobb’s waiting game paid off in the form of dollars, years and a no-trade clause. How nice for him. It’s also nice for the O’s, who get to add a guy to a low-key decent starting staff.

Cobb, who had a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season, might not be ready to rock for the start of the regular season considering he didn’t ink a deal until a week out from Opening Day — bet he’s good at staring contests, too — but the trio of Dylan Bundy, Andrew Cashner (another new addition) and Kevin Gausman will be ready, and all those guys are coming off a solid-enough 2017. Bundy had a couple good stretches, posting a 3.03 ERA over his first 13 starts and then a 2.00 ERA in the month of August. Gausman had a 3.31 ERA over his final 18 starts. Cashner, another free-agent signing, had a 3.40 ERA with the Texas Rangers.

So while the likes of Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo and the better-than-Machado-last-year Jonathan Schoop still make the O’s an offensive threat in a hard-to-win AL East, the starting pitching might be where the magic is this time around.

2017 record: 75-87, fifth place in AL East

Offseason additions: Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner, Colby Rasmus, Alex Presley, Pedro Araujo, Joely Rodriguez, Nestor Cortes Jr.

Offseason departures: Welington Castillo, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty, Seth Smith, Jeremy Hellickson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Wade Miley

X-factor: I said it just above, and I'll say it again: Jonathan Schoop was better than Manny Machado last season. Schoop made the All-Star team and finished with 32 homers, 105 RBIs and a .293/.338/.503 slash line. His .841 OPS was one of the best 50 in the game. Should we expect Schoop to be the best middle infielder on the O's in 2018, too? Maybe that's a little extreme, but hey, good to have this guy.

Projected lineup:

1. Tim Beckham, 3B
2. Jonathan Schoop, 2B
3. Manny Machado, SS
4. Adam Jones, CF
5. Chris Davis, 1B
6. Trey Mancini, DH
7. Colby Rasmus, RF
8. Caleb Joseph, C
9. Alex Presley, LF

Projected rotation:

1. Dylan Bundy
2. Andrew Cashner
3. Kevin Gausman
4. Chris Tillman
5. Mike Wright Jr.

Prediction: Third place in AL East, no playoffs

Catch up on the AL:

Oakland Athletics
Texas Rangers
Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Angels
Houston Astros
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles

Catch up on the NL:

San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks
San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Dodgers

Sounds like we know how the White Sox starting rotation will line up to start the season


Sounds like we know how the White Sox starting rotation will line up to start the season

Rick Renteria's starting rotation isn't exactly official for the start of the season, but it's about as close as it can be.

Maybe "unofficially official" is the best way to go?

The South Side skipper agreed with the assessment of reporters Wednesday in Arizona, saying that an order of James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Miguel Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer "sounds right."

Shields was already announced as the White Sox starter for the season opener next Thursday in Kansas City. That wasn't much of a surprise considering Shields' veteran status in this rotation.

Giolito, who made seven starts at the end of last season and looked mighty good doing it, might be the best starting pitcher on the team going into the season. He posted a 2.38 ERA in those games, with many fans hoping he would have been the one to take on the Royals in the opener. It sounds like he'll likely pitch two days later in Game 2 against the Crowns.

Lopez made eight starts at the end of last season, turning in a 4.72 ERA in those starts. He's another former highly touted prospect who will get a full season to continue his development at the major league level.

Gonzalez was brought back this winter after being traded away from the South Side last summer to bring another veteran mentor type to help along these young pitchers. He had a 4.31 ERA before the trade to the Texas Rangers after a 3.73 ERA in a full season with the White Sox in 2016.

Fulmer is another young arm who will be looking to earn a spot in the crowded rotation of the future this season. He's had a rough spring — though turned in his best start of the spring earlier this week — but he'll be given every opportunity to prove he can succeed as a big league starting pitcher after showing some promise at the end of last season.

Those first three guys will face off against the Royals on the season's opening weekend. Gonzalez and Fulmer are expected to make their first starts of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada.