Kansas City (25-43) at Chicago (46-22)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Mon Jun 20, 2005
  • TV: RTN, WCIU
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Dominant starting pitching has helped the Chicago White Sox earn baseball’s top record.

Rookie Brandon McCarthy hopes to continue that trend when he takes the mound for the opener game of a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox will place right-handed starter Orlando Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season Monday due to tightness in his right shoulder. McCarthy will be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place in the rotation.

Hernandez is 7-2 with a 4.88 ERA in 11 starts for Chicago this season, but allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 10-4 loss to Arizona on Tuesday.

“He’s going to be on the DL two weeks to feel real strong,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “I want to make sure he’s fine.”

In two starts with the White Sox this season, McCarthy is 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA. Following his start against Kansas City, the 21-year-old could start next Sunday against the Chicago Cubs if the rotation holds.

Guillen could change his rotation, however, since the White Sox are off Thursday.

Chicago has a 3.58 team ERA to rank second behind Cleveland (3.50) in the majors.

The White Sox rallied for two runs in the eighth inning Sunday to pull out a 4-3 comeback victory over the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Royals are 12-6 since manager Buddy Bell took over for Tony Pena on May 31.

Runelvys Hernandez pitched one-hit ball for seven innings and Emil Brown hit a three-run homer, leading Kansas City over Houston 7-1 on Sunday.

Brown, who had eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 209 big league games entering this season, has eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 58 games this year. Brown’s home run broke a four-game homerless drought by the Royals.

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J. Lima NYM vs. B. McCarthy LAD
5-16 Record 3-2
6.99 ERA 4.03
80 K 48
61 BB 17
1.66 WHIP 1.18