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Kansas City0 0 0 2 1 0 3 2 0 8120
Chi White Sox1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 280
  W: D. Duffy (9-9)   L: D. Covey (0-7)
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Duffy looks to keep Royals in playoff hunt versus White Sox

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Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox

  1. In their most recent road game against the White Sox (August 13), the Royals scored 14 runs, tying the most they have scored in a game against Chicago all-time. Kansas City is 29-16 (.644) against Chicago on the road since 2013.
  2. Both teams rank in the top six in hits and batting average for the month of September. Kansas City has 202 hits (2nd) and a .289 average (2nd), while Chicago has 190 hits (4th) and a .271 average (6th). Both the Royals and the White Sox have had four games with 15+ hits this month, which is the most in MLB.
  3. Jason Hammel has the worst opponent batting average (.374) and the third-worst ERA (7.06) in MLB during the month of September (minimum 20 innings pitched). Hammel is 2-2 in six career starts versus the White Sox with a 4.50 ERA.
  4. Thru his first three starts of the season, Reynaldo Lopez had a 6.06 ERA and was averaging 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Over his last three starts, Lopez has a 3.79 ERA, but is averaging just 1.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
  5. In the second game of their most recent series, the Royals had 13 different players combine for 18 hits against the Blue Jays. The only other team to have 13+ players record a hit in a single game over the past 10 years was the 2015 Astros (13 players against Arizona on October 2, 2015).
  6. Tim Anderson is currently in the midst of a 12-game hit streak, the longest of his career and the longest active streak in MLB. Anderson is batting .397 in September, the best in MLB (minimum 75 plate appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2017 thru 9/24/2017

CHICAGO -- As the Kansas City Royals keep their attention on the present, the Chicago White Sox have already started to turn their attention to next season.

The Royals' postseason hopes were already slim heading into this weekend's three-games series as Kansas City trailed the Minnesota by 3 1/2 games for the American League's second wild card spot.

But the Royals climb got even more difficult after Kansas City blew a four-run lead in a 7-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox that extended their deficit in the wild card chase to 4 1/2 games. Still manager Ned Yost said the Royals' chance to extend their season beyond next week has kept the team motivated.

"If they didn't have that hope, you wouldn't see them fighting as they're fighting on that field every day," Yost said Friday.

The Royals will look to Danny Duffy to get them back on track. Duffy has experienced his share of frustrations this season with a forearm strain and elbow stiffness. Duffy made his first start in nearly a month last Sunday -- a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians -- allowing two runs over five innings when he was limited to 65 pitches.

But after being sidelined with the forearm strain, Duffy is happy to again be part of a Royals rotation that has had its share of issues with injuries this season.

"I've been looking forward to pitching for a long time," Duffy said following the start, according to the Kansas City Star. "It was nice to get back out there. I felt at home."

Duffy, who is 6-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 17 career starts against the White Sox, has struggled this season against Chicago this season, dropping all three of his starts.

As the Royals continue to chase after a postseason berth, the White Sox focus remains on trying to find positives that Chicago can carry into manager Rick Renteria's second season. Despite his team's struggles in a season when the majority of Chicago's star power was traded away, Renteria continues to see a team that hasn't quit.

"I think they've been really consistent in their effort, their preparation, their willingness and desire -- especially with all the changes that have occurred -- to try and compete," Renteria said before his team won its second straight game. "We've been in a lot of ballgames and holding or own. Obviously, the victories haven't been coming as (frequently) as we'd like, but it's not for a lack of effort."

After young right-hander Reynaldo Lopez won on Friday, the White Sox will turn to another youngster on Saturday. Dylan Covey (0-6) will make his fourth start against the Royals this season.

Covey is 0-2 with a 6.61 ERA against the Royals and is part of a youthful rotation that Renteria said needs to find better strike zone command moving forward. Covey has an 8.18 ERA in 16 starts this season and has allowed 18 home runs and has walked 31 in 58 1/3 innings. Like many of his fellow pitchers, Covey will attempt to use his final two starts to try to build momentum heading into the offseason.

"I'm sure (at) the end of the season, every single one of them is going to run in their head what went on this year, what they could have done better," Renteria said. "They will all be, I hope, good self-evaluators. Sometimes, we have to help them in understanding what they're looking at but, I think that all in all they're taking in a lot of information and lot of experience."

Updated September 23, 2017

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