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Preview: White Sox (52-55) at Royals (54-51)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: May 06, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
  

With Jake Peavy's back spasms still causing him trouble, the Chicago White Sox will turn to Chris Sale to try to end their recent woes in Kansas City.

Having beaten the streaking Royals on opening day, Sale will try to produce another splendid start Monday afternoon while once again pitching opposite James Shields.

Sale (3-2, 3.83 ERA) will pitch on his usual four days' rest when the White Sox (12-17) close out their three-game set against the Royals (17-10), who seek their first five-game win streak since taking seven straight Sept. 10-17, 2011. The teams are playing Monday because Friday's game was postponed due to freezing rain.

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Sale will try to lead Chicago to only its second win in the past nine games in Kansas City. The Royals have also won 12 of 16 overall matchups after rallying for a 6-5 victory in 10 innings Sunday.

Billy Butler hit a tying two-run double in the ninth and Alex Gordon singled in the winning run in the extra frame.

"We continue to fight," Butler said. "We just don't give up. We never lost focus or our desire to come back. It's not going to happen every night, but we just continue to put pretty good at_bats together."

Sale has allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out seven while winning each of his last two starts, the most recent a 5-2 victory in Texas on Wednesday. Sale also fanned seven Kansas City batters on April 1 and tossed 7 2-3 innings in a 1-0 season-opening win.

Shields (2-2, 3.00) gave up a solo homer to Tyler Flowers over his six innings.

"It's always fun getting their best guy," Sale told the team's website. "It's what you want. It's not going to be easy, but it's a challenge and we look forward to challenges. That's the nature of the game."

Shields enters this game having pitched at least six innings in each of his first six outings with Kansas City. He's allowed three runs or fewer in five of those starts and gave up two over seven innings in an 8-2 win against his former team, Tampa Bay, on Tuesday.

After giving up both runs in the opening frame, Shields retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced, including 13 in a row.

"The guys had my back, they always do," Shields told the team's website. "That's what this team is all about. We're real resilient."

Shields hasn't earned a win over the White Sox since April 19, 2011, and is 0-2 with a 3.93 ERA in his last three matchups. He has received a combined four runs of support in those games.

Sale is 0-2 with a 4.73 ERA in his last two starts in Kansas City and has gotten a combined two runs of support. He gave up one run and scattered 10 hits over eight innings in his first start there, a 2-1 win July 15.

Alcides Escobar, batting .356 in his last 14 games, is 12 for 27 (.444) against Sale. Alexei Ramirez is 11 for 26 (.423) with two home runs off Shields.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
White Sox at Royals
Fri, May 3 - 8:10PM EDT
 Recaps
GAME 2
White Sox at Royals
Sat, May 4 Final 0 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
White Sox at Royals
Sun, May 5 Final 5 to 6
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
White Sox at Royals
Mon, May 6 Final 2 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 5
Royals at Orioles
Tue, May 7 Final 3 to 4
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 6
Royals at Orioles
Wed, May 8 Final 3 to 5
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 7
Royals at Orioles
Thu, May 9 Final 6 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +127   -175   7 
 KAN  -137   +155   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +130   -170   7 
 KAN  -140   +150   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  39%   43%   40% 
 KAN  61%   57%   60% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 May 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 5 Over: 11 
 KAN 6 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 May 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 0 Under: 2 
 KAN 2 Cover: +100 
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 May 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 0 Under: 0 
 KAN 0 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Apr 4, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 3 Cover: +106 
 CHW 1 Under: 4 
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 Apr 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 2 Under: 7 
 CHW 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 1, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 0 Under: 1 
 CHW 1 Cover: +100 
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 Mar 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 KAN 8 Cover: +100 
 CHW 2 Over: 10 
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 Mar 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 0 Over: 10 
 KAN 10 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Monday, May 6
 
    White Sox at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Athletics at Indians
7:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Braves at Reds
7:10 PM EDT
    Blue Jays at Rays
7:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Cubs
8:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Padres
10:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Giants
10:15 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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