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Gamethread: White Sox at Royals

Gio González makes his first start for the team who drafted him

Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox
Start: Gio will take the ball and will start his very first ballgame for the team who originally drafted him.
Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

The Chicago White Sox are looking to win their first series of the 2020 season, and they can accomplish that tonight against the Kansas City Royals.

Before that goes down, the Sox made a roster move. Tim Anderson, who left last night’s game early with a groin injury, has been added to the 10-day injured list. In his place, Yermín Mercedes has been recalled from the taxi squad. He is not in tonight’s lineup, but look for his name soon!

Gio González will take the bump for his first start of the season. He relieved Reynaldo López and practically had a start of his own in his last outing. However, this will be an official start. Gio did not do too well last week, so he is hoping to bounce back just like Lucas Giolito did a few days ago.

The Royals will send Ronald Bolaños to the mound. In the only game he started this season, he went two innings, but he gave up zero earned runs. However, two unearned runs scored, so he was given the loss for that game. With Ronald still stretching out for the season (he is typically a reliever), it is the perfect time for the South Siders to get their hits early and get into the bullpen early just like they did last night.

These Good Guys will have to get it done:

Luis Robert leads off for the first time in his major league career; this is also his natural position in the lineup. Look for him to take advantage! Edwin Encarnación is back in the lineup at designated hitter, and Nick Madrigal stays in as he bats ninth. Look for him to get his first big league hit!

A similar lineup to last night for the Royals:

Whit Merrifield was awfully quiet last night, so I hope Gio can shut him down again. Ryan O’Hearn, after pinch-hitting in the ninth inning last night, finds himself starting at first base.

This 6:10 p.m. CT ballgame will be broadcasted via NBC Sports Chicago, and WGN has the radio coverage. Let’s make it three in a row wins, White Sox fans!