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Scouting report: Royals at White Sox

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White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field

TV: WCIU today; Comcast SportsNet Saturday and Sunday

Radio: WSCR 670-AM

Pitching matchups: The Sox' Zach Stewart (1-0) vs. Bruce Chen (6-5) today at 7:10 p.m.; Jake Peavy (5-5) vs. Luke Hochevar (8-8) Saturday at 6:10 p.m.; John Danks (4-9) vs. Jeff Francis (4-12) Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

At a glance: If given the choice, the White Sox would probably prefer staying on the road. They have the worst home record (24-32) in the American League, and the Sox lost six in a row to Boston and New York at the Cell during the last homestand. Adam Dunn (.142), Gordon Beckham (.220) and Carlos Quentin (.223) have been the White Sox' worst hitters at home. Dunn is likely to sit out against Chen, a journeyman left-hander who has been tough on the Sox this season. Dunn is 3-for-78 vs. lefties. In 2 starts against the White Sox this season, Chen is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA. In 5 starts since the all-star break, Chen is 1-3 with a 7.09 ERA. Stewart pitched well in his first start with the Sox, allowing 1 run on 8 hits over 6⅓ innings in a win at Minnesota. The White Sox are 3-5 against the Royals this season (1-2 at home).

Next: Cleveland Indians, Tuesday-Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field

-- Scot Gregor

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