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First Pitch: K.C. in April? Trouble for Gavin

First Pitch: K.C. in April? Trouble for Gavin

Tuesday, April 5, 2011Posted: 6:35 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

KANSAS CITY Look for the top of the White Sox order, along with No. 8 hitter Alexei Ramirez, to do most of the damage vs. Kansas City Royals starter Luke Hochevarwho has solid career marks vs. the Pale Hose.

Luke Hochevars splits

In April (month worsts in OPSWHIP): 3-3, 5.89 ERA, .890 OPS, 1.74 WHIP, 1.88 KBB
Vs. the White Sox: 3-3, 3.65 ERA, .656 OPS, 1.24 WHIP, 1.38 KBB
At Kauffman Stadium: 10-16, 4.40 ERA, .740 OPS, 0.98 WHIP, 1.27 KBB

White Sox vs. Hochevar

Juan Pierre, lf: 3-6, 1.071 OPS
Gordon Beckham, 2b: 4-11, HR, 1.098 OPS
Adam Dunn, dh
Paul Konerko, 1b: 2-15, .483 OPS
Alex Rios, cf: 1-14, two Ks, .205 OPS
Carlos Quentin, rf: 2-8, .500 OPS
A.J. Pierzynski, c: 2-14, .286 OPS
Alexei Ramirez, ss: 6-13, 1.101 OPS
Brent Morel, 3b

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Gavin Floyd has suffered terribly in the month of April and at the hands of the Royals. Nearly everyone in K.C.s lineup has his the young righthander hard, even super-small sample size hitters like Matt Treanor and Jeff Francoeur.

Gavin Floyds splits

In April (all but record are career month worsts): 8-8, 6.30 ERA, .829 OPS, 1.63 WHIP, 1.23 KBB
Vs. Royals: 3-7, 4.79 ERA, .752 OPS, 1.35 WHIP, 3.20 KBB
At Kauffman Stadium: 1-4, 6.62 ERA, .808 OPS, 1.44 WHIP, 3.14 KBB

Royals vs. Floyd

Mike Aviles, 3b: 6-21, .681 OPS
Melky Cabrera, cf: 3-9, HR, two RBI, 1.178 OPS
Alex Gordon, lf: 4-12, HR, two RBI, 1.051 OPS
Billy Butler, dh: 7-27, .570 OPS, five RBI
Kila Kaaihue, lb: 1-3, 1.667 OPS
Jeff Francoeur, rf: 4-6, HR, two RBI, 1.833 OPS
Alcides Escobar, ss
Matt Treanor, c: 2-4, HR, three RBI, 2.100 OPS
Chris Getz, 2b: 2-3, 1.333 OPS

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

Still in search of guard depth, Bulls reportedly 'planning to sign' Shaquille Harrison

The Bulls are still scrambling to add depth at point guard and found another body to throw in the rotation.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Bulls "are planning to sign" Shaquille Harrison. Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday.

In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.

Harrison went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2016. The Suns signed him and sent him to the then NBA D-League. Last season, the 25-year-old from Kansas City played in 23 games and made two starts in the NBA. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

The Suns signed Jamal Crawford earlier this week and waived Harrison. The Bulls apparently have swooped in.

This move comes just six days after the Bulls added Tyler Ulis, who was also waived by the Suns. Ulis didn't play in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia.

Kris Dunn will miss his second straight game Saturday against the Pistons. His absence against the Sixers showed the lack of depth at guard for the Bulls. Cam Payne started at point guard and split minutes with Ryan Arcidiacono. Payne went 0-for-4 in 21 minutes and led coach Fred Hoiberg to say potential lineup changes are "still up in the air."

Harrison can now join Payne, Arcidiacono and Ulis in a battle for backup minutes at point guard when Dunn returns to the lineup.

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Sunday's game against Tom Brady and the Patriots will be a tough test for the Bears, but it looks like they're going to receive a big break.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't travel with the Patriots to Chicago and is "highly unlikely" to play Sunday.

Avoiding Gronkowski, who is one of Brady's favorite targets, would be a huge break for the Bears' defense. In six games this season, the tight end has 26 receptions for 405 yards and a touchdown; in 14 games last season, Gronkowski had 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gronkowski has not officially been ruled out yet, though time is running out for the Patriots to make a decision.

Meanwhile, Khalil Mack appears set to play Sunday despite dealing with an ankle injury. Between having Mack on the field and Gronkowski off of it, good news keeps coming for the Bears' defense.