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  W: J. Shields (1-0)   L: D. Duffy (0-1)
1:15 PM PT2:15 PM MT3:15 PM CT4:15 PM ET16:15 ET20:15 GMT4:15 1:15 PM MST3:15 PM EST3:45 PM VEN0:15 UAE (+1)3:15 PM CT, March 29, 2018
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 36,517

New-look Royals open versus White Sox

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Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

  1. The White Sox went 10-9 against the Royals in 2017, the first time they won the season series since 2010. However, the White Sox are 6-14 in Kansas City over the last two seasons, winning only one of the six series.
  2. Chicago finished under .500 for the fifth straight year in 2017, going 67-95 for its worst record since 2013 (63-99). The White Sox did not have a single starter finish with an ERA under 4.00 for the first time since 2006 (minimum 10 starts).
  3. Kansas City finished last in the American League in on-base percentage in 2017 (.311). It was the lowest rate for the Royals since their franchise-worst .309 in 1970. Only two players had at least 50 walks: Eric Hosmer (66) and Lorenzo Cain (54), neither of whom are on the team this season.
  4. Newly acquired Welington Castillo had career-highs in home runs (20) and batting average (.282, minimum 300 at-bats) in 96 games last season. The only season in the past 20 years in which the Sox had a catcher hit at least 20 home runs was A.J. Pierzynski in 2012 (27).
  5. Mike Moustakas set the Royals' single-season record with 38 home runs last season, including six versus the White Sox - his most against any team. The Royals went 24-11 last season when Moustakas homered.
  6. In his last start at Kauffman Stadium on July 21, former Royal James Shields gave up six runs and 10 hits in 4.1 innings, the most hits he allowed and tied for the most runs surrendered on the season. Shields is 7-2 in his career versus the Royals but hasn't won any of his three starts against them in a White Sox uniform, posting a 6.61 ERA.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 3/29/2018 thru 4/1/2018

The Kansas City Royals lost a couple key contributors during the offseason when Eric Hosmer signed with the San Diego Padres and Lorenzo Cain joined the Milwaukee Brewers.

Then the Royals learned this week that they lost five-time All-Star catcher Salvador Perez for at least for the next 4-to-6 weeks. He tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on Tuesday night when he lost his balance while carrying luggage from spring training up the stairs of his house.

"I feel sad," Perez said to The Athletic. "I don't feel angry. I feel sad because I put a lot of work for this year, to be behind home plate (Thursday). And I'm not going to be there."

The Royals hope that Perez's fluke injury is not a bad omen for their third year since a 2015 World Series title. They will open the season against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Kansas City is looking to bounce back after missing the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. The Royals must do so with a few new faces in the lineup, including first baseman Lucas Duda and outfielder Jon Jay. In Perez's absence, backup catcher Drew Butera is likely to earn more frequent playing time.

Meanwhile, the White Sox hope the season opener represents the next step forward in their massive rebuild. Chicago has several top prospects on the roster and others moving quickly through its minor-league system as it tries to snap a streak of five consecutive losing seasons.

Second baseman Yoan Moncada and outfielder Nicky Delmonico will begin their first full seasons with the team. The same goes for right-handers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, each of whom showed promise late last year.

For the opener, however, Chicago will turn to a veteran familiar to Royals fans. Veteran right-hander James Shields, 36, will take the mound against his former team in Kansas City, where he shined in 2013 and 2014.

"No matter how many starts I have on Opening Day, it's always an unbelievable honor," Shields said to the Chicago Sun-Times. "I love this ballpark. The fans are amazing here in K.C. I've been telling the (young) guys that the atmosphere is amazing here, especially on Opening Day. So I'm excited to pitch here and start the season off."

Shields went 5-7 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts last season with Chicago. In 13 career starts against the Royals, he is 7-2 with a 4.05 ERA. He gave up nine runs in 10 1/3 innings in two starts versus Kansas City in 2017.

The Royals will counter with left-hander Danny Duffy, a talented 29-year-old who begins his eighth season with the club. Duffy went 9-10 with a 3.81 ERA in 24 starts last season, which marked a step back from 2016. He experienced shoulder tightness during spring training but was deemed healthy enough to start the opener.

Duffy is no stranger to the White Sox. In 20 appearances (18 starts) against Chicago, he is 7-5 with a 4.20 ERA. The White Sox beat him three times in four starts last season.

Chicago won the season series 10-9 a year ago, outscoring Kansas City 107-89.

Updated March 28, 2018

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