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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Royals 3, White Sox 1

By Doug Padilla



CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo and Adam Dunn combined to strike out seven times Thursday and the White Sox dropped their first game of the season in a 3-1 defeat to the Kansas City Royals.

HOW IT HAPPENED: Without a long ball Thursday, the White Sox were unable to close out the sweep in the first series of the season. After scoring all six of their runs in the first two games via the home run, the White Sox could only manage to manufacture one run Thursday. Gavin Floyd was solid over six innings, but another outfield error contributed to the Royals’ three-run fifth inning.

WHAT IT MEANS: Any time Jeremy Guthrie wants to return to the National League, the White Sox would probably help with the travel arrangements. His one run allowed over six innings, mirrored what he did last season after coming over from the Colorado Rockies. In four starts against the White Sox in the second half of 2012, he gave up just one earned run, good for a 0.30 ERA over 29 2/3 innings.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: The White Sox got everything they could have hoped for from their first three starters. Floyd gave up two earned runs (three total) in his outing, a day after Jake Peavy gave up one earned run (two total). Chris Sale went 7 2/3 scoreless innings on Opening Day. The rotation has a combined 1.37 ERA after three games.

OFF BEAT: The Los Angeles Angels actually had more errors through the first three games with five, but the oddity with the White Sox’s four miscues is that all of them happen in the outfield. Alexei Ramirez was charged with one of the four, but that came when Dayan Viciedo bumped into him on a popup in shallow left field. Dayan Viciedo, Dewayne Wise and Alejandro De Aza have the other errors for a team that set a franchise-best mark for fielding percentage last season.

UP NEXT: The White Sox open a three-game series against the Mariners on Friday with left-hander Jose Quintana (6-6, 3.76 ERA in 2012) on the mound. Seattle will counter with right-hander Blake Beavan in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.