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Luis Mendoza looks to stake claim to the fifth starter spot in an afternoon classic versus the White Sox.
Yesterday, despite 'feeling the best arm-wise all spring', Bruce Chen was absolutely, positively lit up. As this game was on WGN, we were all treated to a 92 pitch death march as Chen surrendered five home runs in five innings: two to twenty year old Javier Baez. Aaron Crow, by the way, was no great shakes in relief, either.
We also got a look at Johnny Giavotella at second (an error), Christian Colon at short (not much range - albeit on just a couple of chances), David Lough in right (bad route, but still smoking the ball) and Jarrod Dyson in center (airmailed a throw to the plate as badly as I have ever seen at any level). Basically, it was not a great day for Royals.
Moving on, the lineup for today:
- Alex Gordon, LF
- Chris Getz, 2B
- Eric Hosmer, 1B
- Billy Butler, DH
- Lorenzo Cain, CF
- Jeff Francoeur, RF
- Elliot Johnson, 3B
- George Kotteras, C
- Brandon Wood, SS
- Luis Mendoza starts, with J.C. Gutierrez, Dan Wheeler, Nate Adcock, Blaine Boyer and Greg Holland.