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

TV: Comcast SportsNet Monday and Tuesday; WGN Wednesday

Radio: WSCR 670-AM

Pitching matchups: The White Sox' Chris Sale (8-1) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (5-8) Monday at 7:10 p.m.; Scott Carroll (4-5) vs. Bruce Chen (1-2) Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.; Jose Quintana (5-7) vs. James Shields (9-5) Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.

At a glance: The White Sox have lost four straight and are 3-6 against the Royals this season. Sale makes his first start of the second half. The ace lefty is 5-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 2 complete games in his last 10 starts. Jose Abreu has an 11-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 29 of his last 30 games. The Royals have lost six of seven and are back under .500 at 48-49. First baseman Eric Hosmer has a 16-game hitting streak, hiking his batting average from .246 to .272.

Next: Minnesota Twins at Target Field, Thursday-Sunday

-- Scot Gregor

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