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Gamethread: Royals at White Sox

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Jackie Robinson Day is as important as ever

Jackie Robinson: Baseball wasn’t even his best sport, but her pursued it professionally and created a precedent and legacy, breaking the color barrier. Thank you, Jackie.

Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

As we recognize history and comprehend what is happening today, we acknowledge that Jackie Robinson joining the Brooklyn Dodgers did not end racism in baseball, and of course not society. He was told what to do and how to act. His presence and legacy ring large as we continue the fight for equality and equity.

Reynaldo López (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will take the mound in his second start since coming off of the injured list. He performed in the best possible way in that start against the Detroit Tigers, and he looks to continue that growth and development into tonight’s matchup against the Kansas City Royals.

Danny Duffy (2-2, 3.99 ERA) has pitched fairly well for the Royals this season, and overall, he pitches decently against the White Sox. Baseball-Reference notes that Duffy is a 10-6 with a 4.04 ERA against our Good Guys. As for pitching at Guaranteed Rate Field, Duffy is 6-3 with a 2.51 ERA. It’s time for these ERAs to inflate a bit.

These Sox batters hold the goal to win 10 out of 11 games — and wreak havoc on Duffy:

Although Nick Madrigal has been activated from the IL, the hot hand of Danny Mendick will start at second and bat eighth in the lineup. Yoán Moncada, battling a slump, slides down in the order to bat sixth. Even with that, this lineup is dangerous, one through nine.

These Royals will attempt to spoil all the momentum the Sox have had:

Whit Merrifield, known White Sox killer, leads off; he will once again play a position away from his natural second base. Aldalberto Mondesi drops to the seventh spot, but he can be dangerous. This is a fun lineup; let’s hope ReyLo can slice ’em and dice ’em into the outs column.

This game has been moved up an hour from its original 7:10 p.m. CT spot, but the faster this game starts, the faster the weekend is officially here! NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast the 6:10 game, and WGN has the radio. Let’s start the weekend off strong!