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Chi White Sox2 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 x 8101
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  W: L. Giolito (3-3)   L: I. Kennedy (4-13)
11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET14:10 ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST1:40 PM VEN22:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, September 24, 2017
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 18,791

Royals' Kennedy welcomes son, set to face 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 -- Six years, four months, five children, one boy.

It almost sounds like an official scorer or broadcaster reciting a pitching line, but those figures simply illustrate the particulars for Kansas City Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy, his wife, Allison, and their growing young family.

"There's a lot going on there," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

The Kennedys welcomed their fifth child and first son, Isaac Patrick, on Friday, and the boy's father wasted no time in imparting a lesson on commitment.

Ian Kennedy is scheduled to start for the Royals in Sunday's series finale against the host Chicago White Sox. He traveled from Kansas City to Chicago on Saturday, Yost said.

Kennedy (4-12, 5.39 ERA) returned to the rotation on Tuesday after missing his previous start with fatigue in his throwing shoulder. He entered the sixth inning with a shutout before the Toronto Blue Jays' Darwin Barney smacked a two-run home run on an 0-2 changeup with none out.

Although Kennedy took the loss for the Royals, Yost still expressed optimism in his five-plus innings of three-hit, two-run, two-strikeout ball. It was Kennedy's first start without a walk all season.

"He threw very well," Yost said. "You know, he had rotator cuff fatigue and it dropped his arm slot. We skipped him one start, it was 11 days, and it got everything back on track. And now he's been on top of his arm slot, and everything's been good."

Kennedy, who is 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA in eight career starts against the White Sox, will look to keep the Royals afloat in a muddled American League wild-card race. Kansas City (76-78) rebounded from Friday's frustrating loss in the series opener with an 8-2 victory against Chicago (62-92) on Saturday.

The Royals stand 4 1/2 games back of American League Central rival Minnesota for the second wild-card spot with eight games to play, but also are battling Los Angeles and Texas, among other teams in a jumbled race.

White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito (2-3, 2.58 ERA) will make his second career start against the Royals. Giolito took a no-decision in a Sept. 13 start at Kansas City, spacing one run, four hits, three walks and three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

The Royals are no strangers to in-season births in players' families. In August 2016, left-handed reliever Mike Minor was in Sacramento on a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha when his wife prepared to give birth to the couple's second child.

Minor remembers a whirlwind stretch surrounding the joyous news in his native Tennessee.

"My wife went into labor and then they contacted us, contacted the team, they did everything to get me the first flight home, and I went right to the hospital. ... I only took maybe a day or two, and then I was back."

Fellow reliever Brandon Maurer was born during baseball season -- in July 1990 -- but said, "I've had a pretty standard ride, I guess," when it comes to experiencing in-season family milestones. Or in his case, a lack thereof.

Several teammates texted Kennedy Friday to offer well wishes.

"A lot of guys reached out and just made sure everything went OK," Maurer said.

Updated September 24, 2017

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