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First Pitch: Milledge replaces Dunn vs. Royals


First Pitch: Milledge replaces Dunn vs. Royals

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Posted: 12:23 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini

KANSAS CITY Indeed, Lastings Milledge is starting today due to Adam Dunns appendectomy. But it doesnt hurt that hes tapped out two homers in eight career at-bats vs. Kansas City Royals starter Jeff Francis. Francis, in fact, has had little success vs. Chicago:
Jeff Francis splits

In April: 2-7, 4.92 ERA, .834 OPS, 1.56 WHIP, 1.34 KBB

Vs. the White Sox: 0-1, 6.75 ERA, .955 OPS, 1.75 WHIP, 0.40 KBB

At Kauffman Stadium: 1-1, 4.08 ERA, .819 OPS, 1.30 WHIP, 1.67 KBB
career month worsts

career vs. team worsts
White Sox vs. Francis

Juan Pierre, dh: 14-30, 1.017 OPS, two SH

Gordon Beckham, 2b

Alex Rios, cf: 1-3, .667 OPS

Paul Konerko, 1b: 1-5, .533 OPS, GIDP

Carlos Quentin, rf: 0-8, .111 OPS, two Ks

Alexei Ramirez, ss

Lastings Milledge, lf: 5-8, two HR, four RBI, 2.042 OPS

Ramon Castro, c: 1-2, RBI, 1.107 OPS

Brent Morel, 3b

Billy Butler and Melky Cabrera terrorized the White Sox last night, and are two of the Royals who have had the most success against todays White Sox starter, Mark Buehrle.
Mark Buehrles splits

In April: 23-18, 4.18 ERA, .714 OPS, 1.22 WHIP, 2.09 KBB
Vs. Royals: 21-11, 3.57 ERA, .726 OPS, 1.25 WHIP, 2.30 KBB
At Kauffman Stadium: 10-8, 3.71 ERA, .726 OPS, 1.24 WHIP, 2.37 KBB
career month-best
Royals vs. Buehrle
Mike Aviles, 3b: 8-28, .712 OPS

Melky Cabrera, cf: 8-14, HR, five RBI, 1.429 OPS
Alex Gordon, lf: 6-23, HR, two RBI, .813 OPS

Billy Butler, dh: 14-54, two HR, nine RBI, .814 OPS

Kila Kaaihue, lb

Jeff Francoeur, rf

Alcides Escobar, ss

Brayan Pena, c: 3-6, 1.000 OPS

Chris Getz, 2b

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.