The White Sox were routed 11-0 on Wednesday, leaving them a season-high six games behind Minnesota for the division lead. Chicago has lost eight of their last 10.
Aaron Rowand was the only White Sox player to reach base on Wednesday, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk while his teammates went 0-for-26. The center fielder extended his hitting streak to five games during which he is batting .476 (10-for-21) with two homers, three doubles and six RBIs.
Against the Royals this season, Rowand is hitting .320 (8-for-25) with two homers and four RBIs.
The Royals won for the third time in four games despite missing Mike Sweeney, the team leader in homers (20), RBIs (71) and runs (51).
Sweeney sat out because of back spasms in his lower back. He was examined by team doctor Steve Joyce, Wednesday, but no MRI was done. Trainer Nick Swartz said that Sweeney’s pain was about the same Wednesday, no worse than Tuesday night, and that the four-time All-Star is expected to miss just “a few days.”
John Buck went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer for the Royals. The catcher, who was acquired from Houston in the Carlos Beltran trade on June 25, is batting .467 (7-for-15) with two homers and six RBIs in his last four games.