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Stewart shelled; Chen dominates Sox again

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Stewart shelled; Chen dominates Sox again

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011
Posted: 9:55 p.m. Updated: 11:03 p.m.

Associated Press

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Bruce Chen enjoys U.S. Cellular Field, especially since he's figured out how to pitch on the home field of the Chicago White Sox."I know it's a hitter's park, but if you keep the ball down, you give yourself a chance," Chen said.Chen allowed only two hits in eight strong innings and the Kansas City Royals hit four home runs off Zach Stewart to rout the White Sox 11-1 Friday night.Jeff Francoeur, Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar homered for the Royals. Kansas City has won nine of 11 overall in a late-season surge.Chen (12-8) finished 3-1 this season against the White Sox, with all three of the wins at U.S. Cellular Field. His lone loss to Chicago came last Sunday in Kansas City, when he gave up nine hits and four runs in 5 13 innings.The only hit allowed by Chen through the first six innings was an infield single by Dayan Viciedo in the second. It was a grounder in the hole that third baseman Mike Moustakas fielded, and he spun around and threw high to first. Paul Konerko hit his 31st homer in the seventh inning.Chen walked one and struck out four. Vin Mazzaro pitched a hitless ninth."Bruce has been good against us and pitching well all year long. Now it's no mystery," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who was Chen's teammate with Atlanta in the late 1990s. "He owns the White Sox."With Guillen's future unclear, Chicago has lost 10 of 13. And Friday night's defeat left the White Sox at 76-81, ensuring they won't have a winning record despite a 127 million payroll."Obviously it's been a very tough season for everyone," Guillen said.Hosmer hit a solo shot in the second, his 19th of the season. Perez had a three-run drive in the fourth, his third of the season, and Escobar followed one batter later with his fourth homer of the season.Francoeur connected for his 20th of the season, a two-run shot, in the fifth to reach the 20-20 plateau. He also has 22 steals."It was a lot of fun. It's something I really wanted to accomplish," Francoeur said."It's been a good year. To be able to do that tonight. I credit Seitz (hitting coach Kevin Seitzer), and with the base stealing, Siss (first base coach Doug Sisson) gets all that (credit). I came in the first day of camp and he was on my butt about stealing bases. He told me I'd steal 20. I didn't believe him."Stewart, who gave up 12 hits and nine runs, also committed two errors in four-plus innings. Stewart (2-6) lost for the third straight time since pitching a one-hit shutout against the Twins on Sept. 5."It's very frustrating. ... it just makes you sick all the way around," Stewart said.Kansas City finished with 18 hits, four by Moustakas.NOTES
Everett Teaford (2-0) will pitch in Saturday's game against the White Sox. John Danks (7-12) goes for Chicago. Teaford beat the White Sox last Saturday in KC, giving up four hits and a run over six innings. Danks is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts against the Royals this season and 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his career against the Royals.Copyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: