#MLB Free Pick from Mike Lundin
Play: Kansas City Royals
This is the opener of a shortened series after Thursday's contest rained out. The Kansas City Royals have won seven of their past 10 games but failed to sweep the Twins when they fell 7-5 on Wednesday. They're 20-8 in their last 28 games following a loss and 4-0 in their last four during Game 1 of a series, and I think they'll take care of business against the Chicago White Sox Friday night.
The White Sox have dropped nine of their past 12 and will send Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.57 ERA) to the hill. Gonzalez is 0-4 with a 6.00 ERA in his last four outings versus Kansas City and gave up two runs on six hits in six innings of a 2-1 home loss to KC on Saturday (pitching opposite Danny Duffy). Jarrod Dyson is 7-for-8 in previous at bats against the right-hander and Lorenzo Cain 3-for-6 with a homer.
Duffy (0-0, 2.13) held the White Sox scoreless on four hits through 63 pitches in 4 1/3 innings of work in Saturday's contest, his second start of the year. Duffy has been working out of the bullpen for a better part of the season but injuries have given him a chance to earn a spot in the rotation. Duffy is 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 career appearances (10 starts) against the White Sox, and while his pitch count is likely to be limited tonight as well, I'm not too worried as KC has a very capable bullpen and the White Sox's bats are cold.
Salvador Perez was 9-for-12 in the Minnesota series and is batting .432 during an 11-game hitting streak. He's 5-for-14 with a homer against Gonzalez.
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