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Dane Dunning starts in the rubber match

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
Seconds: Dane Dunning is back for more starting-pitcher action.
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For the Chicago White Sox, every game against the Kansas City Royals is an interesting one, even when the Royals have been struggling. Sunday afternoon’s ballgame will decide the series winner before each team says, “see you later” ... until this coming Thursday.

Dane Dunning (0-0, 6.23 ERA) starts, in his second career major league game.

In his first outing against the Detroit Tigers, Dunning pitched 4 13 innings, where he struck out seven and surrendered three runs off of five hits and a walk. He ended with a no-decision, but the White Sox ended up winning the game.

Kris Bubic (0-4, 5.96 ERA) will share the mound with Dunning. Five games into his rookie season, Bubic holds a 1.63 WHIP and has been struggling. He pitched against the Sox on July 31, when he gave up three runs (two earned) off of three hits (one homer) and one walk. He only pitched four innings, but it was a fine start against our Sox. Hopefully, the Sox can spark a little more offense than that today.

Today’s Sunday lineup sees a few new starters:

Yasmani Grandal starts at first, José Abreu will DH, James McCann will catch, and Yoán Moncada’s cranky legs will get a break, with Danny Mendick giving him a rest at third.

The Royals will line up like this:

One through eight, this lineup is identical to yesterday’s.

The game starts at 1:10 p.m. CT on WGN radio and NBC Sports Chicago. Let’s go win another series!