Chicago (65-33) at Kansas City (36-63)

Fair Currently: Kansas City, MO
Temp: 68° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Jul 26, 2005
  • TV: CSN, RTN
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If Monday’s game was any indication, the Kansas City Royals aren’t getting any closer to figuring out the Chicago White Sox.

The Royals will try once again for their first win of the season over the White Sox when the teams continue their series at Kauffman Stadium.

The White Sox pounded out a season high-tying 22 hits in their 14-6 win over the Royals in Monday’s opener. Juan Uribe and A.J. Pierzynski homered for Chicago, which has won all 10 meetings between the teams this season.

Jermaine Dye had three hits and four RBIs, and Scott Podsednik, Aaron Rowand, Willie Harris and Pierzynski each added three hits for the White Sox, who have won 15 of 16 against the Royals dating to last season. Eight Chicago batters had multihit games, and the only player without a hit, Carl Everett, walked three times and had a sacrifice fly.

Dye returned after missing the previous four games with an infection from spider bites.

Terrence Long went 3-for-5 with a homer, and David DeJesus also had three hits for the Royals, who have lost four of nine.

Starter Jose Lima will look to reverse Kansas City’s fortunes against Chicago. Lima allowed two earned runs and eight hits over six innings in Wednesday’s 5-3 win over Cleveland as he improved to 3-3 over his last seven starts after beginning the season 0-5.

The 32-year-old right-hander, who won on the road for the first time since Aug. 10, 2004, while still with the Los Angeles Dodgers, lowered his ERA to 6.92—the first time he has been below 7.00 since May 12.

“It definitely feels good to get a road ‘W’ out of the way,” Lima said. “I want to build on this and finish strong.”

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M. Buehrle Tor vs. J. Lima NYM
16-8 Record 5-16
3.12 ERA 6.99
149 K 80
40 BB 61
1.18 WHIP 1.66