July 15, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza (39) delivers a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

Royals Vs. White Sox: Luis Mendoza Solid But Kansas City Falls 2-1

The Royals start the second half of the 2012 MLB season looking to climb the standings, and they'll host first-place Chicago to start.

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Royals Vs. White Sox Final Score: Chris Sale Out Duels Luis Mendoza 2-1

The Kansas City Royals drop two of three to the Chicago White Sox as they lose on Sunday by a score of 2-1. The Royals got a solid performance from starter Luis Mendoza who once again didn't get very much support from his offensive teammates.

Mendoza gave up a run in each of the first and second innings including a first inning homerun by Adam Dunn. He settled down from there pitching 7 1/3 innings while allowing just four hits. Chris Sale picks up his 11th win of the season going eight innings and scattering 10 hits and allowing one run. Addison Reed picked up his 14th save of the season with a scoreless ninth.

Four different Royals had at least two hits including Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain. Kansas City however was just 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position, hit into two double-plays and left eight men on base.

For more on the Royals, check out Royals Review. White Sox news and notes can be found at South Side Sox, and all your MLB news is available at Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. White Sox Starting Lineups: Kansas City Takes Their Shot Against Chris Sale

Chris Sale is one of the toughest left handed pitchers in the league but the Royals are one of just two teams to hang a loss on the tough Chicago lefty this season. Lorenzo Cain will be making his eighth start of the season and will be hitting clean up for the Royals. Cain is hitting .238 with three RBIs since coming off the disabled list.

Here is a look at the full lineups for Sunday's series finale between the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago White Sox:

Kansas City Royals

1. Alex Gordon LF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Billy Butler 1B
4. Lorenzo Cain CF
5. Yuniesky Betancourt DH
6. Jeff Francouer RF
7. Mike Moustakas 3B
8. Salvador Perez C
9. Chris Getz 2B

Chicago White Sox

1. Alejandro De Aza CF
2. Kevin Youkilis 3B
3. Adam Dunn DH
4. Paul Konerko 1B
5. Alex Rios RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski C
7. Dayan Viciedo LF
8. Alexei Ramirez SS
9. Gordon Beckham 2B

For more on the Royals, check out Royals Review. White Sox news and notes can be found at South Side Sox, and all your MLB news is available at Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. White Sox Sunday Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Kansas City Royals will turn to Luis Mendoza as they seek a series win over the Chicago White Sox Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals suffered a 9-8 loss on Friday night coming out of the All-Star break but bounced back with a 6-3 win on Saturday.

Mendoza is 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA on the season and took the loss after allowing three runs in six innings last time out against Toronto. Mendoza could use some support from his offense after receiving just seven runs in his last five starts.

The White Sox will counter with All-Star lefty Chris Sale who is 10-2 with a 2.19 ERA on the season. One of Sale's two losses on the season came at the hands of the Royals who clipped him for three runs and seven hits in just five innings of a 5-0 win back on May 12.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, July 15, 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

TV: Fox Sports Kansas City

Radio: KCSP 610

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on the Royals, check out Royals Review. White Sox news and notes can be found at South Side Sox, and all your MLB news is available at Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. White Sox Final Score: Alcides Escobar Hits A Pair Of Home Runs As KC Defeats Chicago 6-3

Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar scored the eventual game winning run when he hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the seventh off of Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy. The home run broke a 3-3 tie and the Royals ultimately won 6-3.

The Royals offense kept clicking as they put up a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Royals up three. The two runs came when Jeff Francoeur hit a RBI single which knocked in pinch runner Jason Bourgeois, and the other run came when pinch hitter Lorenzo Cain hit a sacrifice fly that scored Mike Moustakas.

The Royals got a decent effort from starting pitcher Luke Hochevar who lasted five innings and gave up three earned runs, but it was the four relievers who helped seal the deal for the Royals. The relief staff pitched four innings of scoreless baseball and allowed only three hits. Greg Holland earned the win by pitching 1.1 innings by pitching in the seventh and eight innings, and the save went to Jonathan Broxton who pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save of the year.

For more on the Royals, check out Royals Review. White Sox news and notes can be found at South Side Sox, and all your MLB news is available at Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. White Sox Game 2 Lineup Announced

The Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox are in the second game of their third game set, and even Friday night's 14-inning game the Royals lineup has little changes. Chris Gets will be batting seventh and is getting the start at second base with Yuniesky Betancourt getting the night off. Jarrod Dyson gets the nod at centerfield and will bat ninth over Lorenzo Cain.

The only change for the White Sox is having Tyler Flowers getting the start at catcher with A.J. Pierzynski getting the evening off after catching the entire 14-inning game on Friday night.

Royals lineup:
1. Alex Gordon LF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Eric Hosmer 1B
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Mike Moustakas 3B
6. Jeff Francoeur RF
7. Chris Getz 2B
8. Salvador Perez C
9. Jarrod Dyson CF
Luke Hochevar P

White Sox lineup:
1. Alejandro De Aza CF
2. Kevin Youkilis 3B
3. Adam Dunn 1B
4. Paul Konerko DH
5. Alex Rios RF
6. Alexei Ramirez SS
7. Dayan Viciedo LF
8. Tyler Flowers C
9. Gordon Beckham 2B
Jake Peavy P

For more on the Royals, check out Royals Review. White Sox news and notes can be found at South Side Sox, and all your MLB news is available at Baseball Nation.

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Kansas City Royals Vs. Chicago White Sox: Saturday Preview, TV Schedule And More

After losing a 14 inning contest on Friday night, the Kansas City Royals look to rebound on Saturday night. And to do so, they'll need a strong effort out of starting pitcher Luke Hochevar.

Friday night's starter Bruce Chen couldn't escape the fifth inning, and Kansas City's bullpen threw nearly 10 innings in the one-run loss to the White Sox.

Hochevar will be tasked with quieting Chicago's bats, and working deep into the game. The start will be Hochevar's first since July 5, when he sprained his ankle. To date, Hochevar has a 6-8 record, 5.14 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. Hochevar has held opposing hitters to a .281 average, while striking out just 71 in 98 innings of work.

Kansas City's offense will face off against 2012 All-Star and former Cy Young award winner Jake Peavy. Peavy has regained his Cy Young form this year, as evidenced by his 0.99 WHIP. Peavy has struck out 108 and walked just 26 in 120 innings of work, and has a 2.85 ERA and 7-5 record to show for his strong efforts.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CT. Televised coverage can be found on FOX Sports Kansas City.

For more on the Royals, head over to Royals Review.

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Royals Vs. White Sox Final Score: KC Drops 14 Inning Game, 9-8

The Kansas City Royals didn't get the second half started on the right note on Friday night, losing a marathon game to the Chicago White Sox. Nine pitchers later, the Royals fell to Chicago 9-8 in 14 innings.

The Royals led the White Sox 7-6 headed into the ninth inning, but potential trade bait Jon Broxton blew the save -- his fourth blown save of the year.A.J. Pierzynski singled home Kevin Youkilis in the ninth, tying the game at seven all. Broxton really struggled in his outing, giving up two hits and two walks in an inning, and was lucky only to allow one run.

It looked like the Royals were going to lose in the 12th inning, after Gordon Beckham doubled home Jordan Danks in the top half. KC's offense battled back, though. Alex Gordon grounded out, scoring Jeff Francoeur and knotting the game up at 8-8 after 12 innings.

Everett Teaford was unable keep Chicago's offense suppressed, though. In the 14th, Kevin Youkilis hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Gordon Beckham, and giving the White Sox a 9-8 lead -- a margin that they'd win by.

Teaford picked up the loss, allowing one run on three hits and a walk in two innings of work.

Kansas City's starter Bruce Chen did not factor into the decision. Chen surrendered six runs on nine hits and three walks in four and 2/3 innings of work.

With the bullpen throwing nearly 10 innings on Friday night, the Royals will hope from a strong effort from Luke Hochevar.

For more on the Royals, head over to Royals Review.

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Royals Vs. White Sox: Friday's Lineups Announced

Fresh off hosting the All-Star Game, the Royals welcome the AL Central-leading White Sox to town. Bruce Chen will take the mound for the Royals, while Jose Quintana will pitch for Chicago. Friday's lineups have been announced.

Here is the Royals lineup:

1. Alex Gordon LF

2. Alcides Escobar SS

3. Eric Hosmer 1B

4. Billy Butler DH

5. Yuniesky Betancourt 2B

6. Mike Moustakas 3B

7. Jeff Francoeur RF

8. Salvador Perez C

9. Lorenzo Cain CF

Here is the White Sox lineup:

1. Alejandro De Aza CF

2. Kevin Youkilis 3B

3. Adam Dunn DH

4. Paul Konerko 1B

5. Alex Rios RF

6. A.J. Pierzynski C

7. Dayan Viciedo LF

8. Alexei Ramirez SS

9. Gordon Beckham 2B

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. Chicago White Sox news and info can be found at South Side Sox, and all your MLB news is available at Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. White Sox: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

The Royals start the second half of the 2012 MLB season looking to climb the standings, and they'll host first-place Chicago to start.

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