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Gamethread: Royals at White Sox

Eloy Jiménez will be tonight’s DH and cleanup hitter

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
Back in action: Eloy Jiménez is back in the lineup.
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

After the thrilling 2-1 victory over Cleveland (52-51), the White Sox (62-44) are back in action tonight against the Royals (45-59). The Royals enter tonight’s action with a three-game losing streak, but prior to that, they had won eight of their last nine games.

For the second time in the past week, Dylan Cease will start a game against the Royals. Cease’s last start was on July 26, when he allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings against Kansas City. Cease got a no-decision, but the White Sox won by a score of 5-3. Cease enters tonight’s game with a 4.14 ERA, 3.88 xERA, 3.61 FIP, and 2.5 fWAR.

Kris Bubic, a 23-year-old left-hander, will start for Kansas City. Bubic has a 4.58 ERA, 5.63 xERA, 5.51 FIP, and -0.2 fWAR this season. Bubic has pitched 11 23 innings against the White Sox this season, and his numbers are strong (1.54 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, .154/.233/.179 opposing slash line).

Here are tonight’s starting lineups:

Eloy Jiménez is back in the starting lineup, folks. That is excellent news for the middle of the order.

Earlier, the White Sox made the following announcement:

Foster will replace Jimmy Lambert, who was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.

The game will start at 7:10 p.m. CST. As usual, NBC Sports Chicago will televise the game, and WMVP 1000 AM will have the radio coverage. Time to solve Bubic for the first time this season.