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Chicago White Sox (27-23) vs. Kansas City Royals (26-22) Game 49 Open Thread

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Don't turn this game off til its over.

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The Royals have staged some impressive comebacks the last two days, including an epic comeback yesterday afternoon, but they face another big challenge today if they want to finish off the sweep. The White Sox juggled their rotation after the postponement on Thursday and will now start left-hander Chris Sale today. Sale has been the one of the best pitchers in the American League this year with a 9-1 record, a 2.26 ERA and 8.6 strikeouts-per-nine innings. His 2.1 fWAR trails only teammate Jose Quintana in the American League.

Sale has pitched well against the Royals in his career, but has just a 7-9 record against them in 26 games, with a 2.84 ERA. The lefty brings a fastball that sits at 93, a change up, and one of the best sliders in the game. Lefties are hitting just .201/.258/.252 against him in his career, so expect a challenge for Eric Hosmer.

Edinson Volquez goes for the Royals this afternoon. Volquez allowed just six earned runs in five starts against the White Sox last year for a 1.64 ERA, but went just 2-2.

Kendrys Morales is back, but Brett Eibner stays in the lineup in left field.