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5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, May 29, 2019
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 16,167

White Sox, Royals hope weather holds out for series finale

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox

  1. The Royals have hit .340 with runners in scoring position in their last seven games, driving in 29 of their 35 runs that way. In their previous seven games they averaged 3.0 runs while hitting .228 with runners in scoring position.
  2. The White Sox were swept by the Twins in three games, scoring five runs while allowing 26. Since May 3, the White Sox have been outscored by 45 runs, fifth worst in baseball.
  3. Yoan Moncada is hitting .417 while slugging .833 in six games against the Royals this season. Both rank second against Kansas City this season (minimum 20 plate appearances). Only Miguel Cabrera (.500) has a better batting average and only Daniel Vogelbach (.867) has a higher slugging percentage.
  4. With a home run on Sunday, Hunter Dozier has 11 on the season in 48 games after hitting 11 home runs in 102 games last season. His .605 slugging percentage is the third highest in the American League in 2019 (among qualifiers), behind only Joey Gallo (.652) and George Springer (.643).
  5. Ivan Nova will be making the 200th start of his career. In his last home start he went 3.0 innings, allowing eight earned and three homers. Opponents are slugging .782 against him at Guaranteed Rate Field this season, second highest in MLB versus any pitcher at home (min. three starts) behind Dan Straily (.904).
  6. Adalberto Mondesi has 24 extra-base hits and 18 steals this season, becoming the fourth player in franchise history with at least 20 extra-base hits and 10 steals before June 1. The only other players to do such are Carlos Beltran (2004 and 2002), Bo Jackson (1989) and Amos Otis (1978).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/27/2019 thru 5/29/2019

Chicago White Sox groundskeeper Roger Bossard shared at least one thing in common with manager Rick Renteria on Tuesday.

Sitting in the home dugout at Guaranteed Rate Field, Bossard held court with a group of assembled media eager to ask him questions.

Storms and extra field prep have been the norm during this week's series between the White Sox and visiting Kansas City Royals, although both may finally be in the rear view as the teams prepare to close their three-game set on Wednesday night.

"I've got to tell you, this is my 53rd year here, and you know what, I've seen a lot of bad weather," Bossard said. "Nothing like this year. It's really been amazing."

The White Sox are seeking a series sweep after taking both games of a de facto doubleheader on Tuesday, both one-run victories. The first game was the continuation of Monday's suspended game, which was postponed with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning after a pair of lengthy rain delays totaling nearly four hours.

"You know what? Rough evening," Bossard grinned. "It certainly wasn't Disco Demolition."

More rain fell before the suspended game resumed on Tuesday, prompting Bossard and his 24-man crew to again use the tarp to cover the infield.

Additional precipitation may have saturated the field, but it hardly sullied the spirits of the man nicknamed "The Sodfather."

"The field took it well; I was really happy with the drainage system," Bossard said. "But once again, that's the reason why we've got a tarp."

Royals manager Ned Yost announced after the Tuesday nightcap that right-hander Glenn Sparkman would start the Wednesday game. Sparkman (1-1, 2.92 ERA) will be making his 10th appearance and second start of 2019. He has struck out 17 batters in 24 2/3 innings.

In his only previous start this season, on May 1, Sparkman defeated the Tampa Bay Rays behind seven shutout innings, scattering three hits and one walk while striking out six. Sparkman last pitched on Saturday against the New York Yankees, allowing one run on two hits in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

"I did not have my command at all," said Sparkman, who is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three career appearances against the White Sox, all in 2018. "I was fighting mechanics the three innings pretty much. I was trying to get in some type of a groove. I just kept battling, going at guys and working with what I had tonight."

Righty Reynaldo Lopez (3-5, 6.03 ERA) is set to get the call for the White Sox following a rough outing in his most recent start. Pitching on the road against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, Lopez allowed eight runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings while yielding three home runs.

Lopez has surrendered 14 homers in 59 2/3 innings this season but still shown resilience. He boasts quality starts in three of his five May starts and will be making his third appearance against the Royals in 2019.

After losing to the Royals on the road in the first series of the regular season, Lopez bounced back on April 16 in Chicago, earning the victory -- his first of the season -- with six innings of one-run ball. He is 3-2 with a 4.73 ERA in nine career starts against the Royals.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 29, 2019

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