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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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Daily White Sox prospects update: Zack Collins hits a pair of homers

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Zack Collins hits a pair of homers

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Zack Collins hit two home runs as part of a three-hit day. He drove in two runs, scored two runs and walked once in a 10-4 loss. Collins now has seven homers on the campaign with an ungodly .421 on-base percentage. He's batting .326 over his last 25 games. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and a walk, and Jordan Guerrero gave up four runs and walked five in four innings.

Class A Winston-Salem

The Dash lost both games of a doubleheader, 10-5 and 7-0. Luis Alexander Basabe, Alex Call and Gavin Sheets each picked up two hits on the day.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had a hit and scored a run in a 2-1 loss.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had a hit in a 2-1 win.

Reynaldo Lopez is changing his place in the White Sox rebuild: 'When I'm on the mound, I'm the best and I don't care about the rest'

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Reynaldo Lopez is changing his place in the White Sox rebuild: 'When I'm on the mound, I'm the best and I don't care about the rest'

Rebuilds are full of surprises.

Fans can pencil in any names they want into their 2020 lineups, but there’s almost no one who’s going to have a 100-percent success rate when it comes to predicting exactly what the next contending White Sox team will look like.

Reynaldo Lopez carried plenty of hype when he was acquired from the Washington Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal prior following the 2016 season. He had a high prospect ranking before he was called up last summer. He hasn’t materialized out of nowhere.

But with names like Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Carlos Rodon and others to compete with for one of those coveted rotation spots of the future, was anyone going to use the term “ace” to describe Lopez?

Well, in this rebuilding season’s most pleasant surprise for the White Sox and their fans, that’s exactly what Lopez has been. He’s been hands down the team’s best starting pitcher, and he’s making the case that he shouldn’t be considered an ancillary piece in this rebuilding process but a featured one.

He might not be getting the attention that others are. But he’s doing the most with his opportunity of being at the big league level right now. In the end, as long as you’re getting batters out, who cares how much attention you get?

“It’s not about what people say or what they are talking about,” Lopez said through a translator. “It’s about the confidence I have in myself, and I have plenty of confidence in myself. For me, I’m the best. I’m not saying the other guys are not. I’m just saying that’s the confidence I have. When I’m on the mound, I’m the best and I don’t care about the rest.”

Sunday marked the best start of Lopez’s young career, so said the pitcher himself. He was terrific in shutting down the visiting Texas Rangers, holding them to just two hits over eight scoreless innings.

It was one heck of a bounce-back performance considering what happened last time out, when he was roughed up for six runs in just two innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The difference? His attitude, his focus, his intensity, his conviction.

“I just changed my attitude in the game,” Lopez said. “I was more positive today than I was in my last outing and that was one of my biggest differences.”

“I do think he came out a little bit more focused, to be honest,” manager Rick Renteria said. “The intensity level was a little higher today. I think he threw the first couple pitches 97, 98 miles an hour, where his last outing they were at 93, 94. There wasn’t a whole lot of commitment or conviction to his pitches (against the Pirates). I think, as we talked after the last outing, (pitching coach Don Cooper) spoke to him a little about making sure he brought that intensity that he has the ability to do, to bring it from Pitch 1 and he did today.”

Renteria liked it all, and he saw something different in his pitcher when he went out to talk to him with two outs in the eighth. Lopez issued a two-out walk, and Renteria considered lifting Lopez from the game.

Lopez made sure his manager wouldn’t pull the plug on this outing.

“I hid the baseball in my glove because I didn’t want to leave the game,” Lopez said. “I asked me, ‘How are you? Are you good?’ And I told him, ‘Yes, I’m good.’ Then he asked me again, ‘Do you think you are able to get him out?’ And I said yes, ‘This is my game, and I’m going to finish it.’”

What did Lopez do with his extra life? He finished it all right, blowing Shin-Soo Choo away with a 96-mile-an-hour fastball. Then he showed as much emotion as he’s ever shown on a major league field. He earned that celebration.

“When you see your manager come out and you’ve already gone through most of your game in terms of what you might think you have in number of pitches available to you, and you reiterate that you want to finish a particular batter because you want to get out of that inning, and you do it, it's an accomplishment,” Renteria said. “It's a big accomplishment. For him, pretty good hitter. He battled him and he was able to get out of that inning and complete a very, very strong eight-inning outing.”

It’s the kind of exclamation point on a dominant afternoon that could stir some big plans in White Sox fans always dreaming of the future. What Lopez has done this season has been a strong case for a spot in that future rotation and a spot at the front of it, at that. Following Sunday’s gem, Lopez owns a 2.98 ERA with at least six strikeouts in four of his nine starts.

There’s a lot of development and a lot of time left before the White Sox contention window opens. But Lopez pitching like this offers a glimpse into the crystal ball, a look at what could be for an organization that’s acquired so much talent over the last two years.

You might not have seen it coming like this, but the future arriving in the form of Lopez is a sign that brighter days are ahead on the South Side.