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LIVE: White Sox, Royals knotted at 6-6 in 12th

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LIVE: White Sox, Royals knotted at 6-6 in 12th

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Posted: 11:31 a.m.

(AP) -- After a productive weekend atthe plate for each team, the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Soxwill meet for a two-game set at Kauffman Stadium beginning Tuesdaynight.Kansas City (3-1) lost its seasonopener against the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Thursday, but rallied tocapture the four-game series thanks to timely hitting.The Royals closed the weekend with a12-9, 13-inning win Sunday. Matt Treanor hit a three-run homer with twoouts in the 13th and rookie Tim Collins pitched three innings oftwo-hit relief for his first major league victory.
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It capped a dramatic opening weekendfor Kansas City. On Friday, Kila Ka'aihue hit a game-winning homer inthe ninth. The next day, Chris Getz drove in the go-ahead run in theeighth.
"We've been playing some excitingbaseball," manager Ned Yost told the Royals' official website. "I'mdefinitely going to need an off-day after that game, for sure."The Royals have now won their openingseries in three of the last four seasons, though it has yet to meanmuch. Kansas City hasn't had a winning season since 2003.While the Royals did their damagelate, the White Sox (2-1) jumped in front early against Cleveland,scoring 20 of their 24 runs in the first four innings. After two biggames, their offense went quiet in a 7-1 loss to the Indians on Sunday,even hitting into a triple play in the fourth inning.
READ: Quentin earns AL Player of Week honors"The game changed with the bunt,"manager Ozzie Guillen said of the triple play. "It totally changed. Ifwe put the ball down with the bunt, maybe it's a different ballgame."Chicago led 1-0 after five innings,but John Danks gave up a two-run homer in the sixth and the bullpenallowed five runs over the final two innings. White Sox relieversallowed 11 runs and 16 hits in eight innings over the weekend.The White Sox are hoping Gavin Floyd can reverse his April struggles when he makes his season debut Tuesday.Floyd went 10-13 with a 4.08 ERA in2010, but continued his career-long struggles in April, going 1-2 witha 6.49 ERA. The right-hander is 8-8 with a 6.30 ERA in 24 career Aprilappearances.He is 3-7 with a 4.79 lifetime ERA against the Royals.Alex Gordon, who went 4 for 6 with four runs scored Sunday, is 4 for 12 with a home run against Floyd.Kansas City will hand the ball toLuke Hochevar (0-1, 4.76 ERA), who gave up four runs and nine hits in 52-3 innings of a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday.The right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.65 ERA in his career against the White Sox.Chicago slugger Carlos Quentin, whoearned AL player of the week honors after going 6 for 11 with threedoubles, a home run and seven RBIs against the Indians, is 2 for 8 inhis career versus Hochevar.Chicago won the season series against Kansas City 10-8 last year, but lost six of nine at Kauffman Stadium.
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Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

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Strikeout machine Alec Hansen wants to be the best ... OK, one of the best

GLENDALE, Ariz. — On a day when Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada took live batting practice for the first time this spring, off in the distance was a lanky White Sox prospect standing in the outfield grass.

But Alec Hansen was doing more than shagging flies. He was watching both hitters very closely.

“I was looking to see how much pop they had,” Hansen said of Abreu and Moncada. “I kind of look at that to see the difference in power between minor league ball and the major leagues. It’s nice to see it’s not a huge difference. That makes me feel a bit more comfortable.”

At 6-foot-8 — actually 6-foot-8-and-a-half, according to his spring training physical — Hansen is a big man with big plans for his baseball career. He might be quiet on the outside, but he has booming expectations for himself on the inside.

“I want to be the best,” Hansen said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

The best? The very best?

That’s what Hansen aspires to become, though later in our conversation, he did dial back a notch, settling for becoming “one of the best.”

Either is fine with manager Ricky Renteria, who is overseeing these uber-confident White Sox prospects and accepts their lofty expectations.

“I think their mindset is where it’s supposed to be,” Renteria said. “None of these kids are concerned or consumed with the possibility of failure. Much more they’re consuming themselves with the understanding that they might hit some stumbling blocks, but they’re going to have a way to avoid overcoming them and push forward and be the best that they can be.”

In his first full season in the White Sox organization, Hansen led the minor leagues with 191 strikeouts. He’s proud of that accomplishment but admitted something: He’s not that impressed because he didn’t do it where it really matters — in the major leagues.

When you watch Hansen pitch, it’s easy to see that the talent is there. His coaches and teammates rave about his ability. With his enormous size and power arm, he is loaded with strengths.  

Though there is one weakness that Hansen acknowledges he needs to work on.

“Sometimes I have a tendency to think too much and worry. I think worrying is the worst thing that I do just because I want to be perfect,” Hansen said. “I think everyone wants to be perfect, some more than others, and I worry about things getting in the way of achieving perfection.”

To Hansen, that doesn’t mean throwing a perfect game. He actually takes it one step further.

He wants to strikeout every single hitter he faces.

“I love striking people out,” Hansen said. “Not having to rely on anyone else and just getting the job done myself and knowing that the hitter can’t get a hit off me. That’s a great feeling. That they can’t put it in play. Like a line drive out. That’s terrible.”

At some point, Hansen will have to lower these impossible expectations for himself. This is an imperfect game. There’s no place for nine-inning, 27-strikeout performances. Players end up in the Hall of Fame because they learn how to succeed with failure.

In the meantime, Hansen is here in big league camp watching and learning anything and everything.

“I’m a good observer. I listen. I don’t really talk too much. I’m a pretty quiet guy. I like to sit back and observe and see how these guys go about their business. Just trying to be at their level, hopefully one day surpass them.”

Surpass?

“It’s kind of hard to surpass some of these guys. I mean, they’re at the tip-top, like the pinnacle of the sport,” Hansen said. “I guess you could say, to get on that level and then be one of the best in the league.”

He might be on his way.

White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

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White Sox free up spot on 40-man roster by outrighting Dylan Covey

The White Sox freed up a spot on their 40-man roster Sunday, outrighting pitcher Dylan Covey to Triple-A Charlotte.

Covey pitched in 18 games last season, making 12 starts for the South Siders. Things did not go well, with Covey turning in an 0-7 record and a 7.71 ERA in 70 innings.

While there was an outside chance that Covey could have provided at least some starting-pitching depth heading into the 2018 season, the team's recent additions of Miguel Gonzalez and Hector Santiago — not to mention Covey's results from last season — wiped out that idea.

At the moment, the White Sox starting rotation figures to look like this by Opening Day: James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Gonzalez and Carson Fulmer, with Santiago seeming like a good option to provide depth as the long man in the bullpen.