The Royals will have a tough challenge Thursday afternoon going against John Danks, because when Danks faces Kansas City, he seems to be at his best.
Danks, who has the longest current tenure of any player on the White Sox, has a 7-0 mark against the Royals with a 2.43 ERA over 103 2/3 innings. He also is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA over 10 career outings at Kauffman Stadium.
"I feel good, ready to go," Danks said. "I think I can give us just as good of a chance as anybody, and I'm looking forward to showing that."
Edinson Volquez makes his Royals debut in the series finale. Volquez's lone start against the White Sox happened to be his Major League debut on Aug. 30, 2005. He gave up five runs over 4 2/3 innings.
Things to know
• Geovany Soto is scheduled to make his first White Sox start behind the plate.
• Third baseman Mike Moustakas has 10 career homers against the White Sox -- that's his most against any team.
• Danks needs 38 strikeouts to reach 1,000 for his career.
• Outfielder Paulo Orlando could make his Major League debut, filling in for left fielder Alex Gordon, still recovering from December wrist surgery. If Orlando plays, he will become the third Brazilian to reach the Majors -- Yan Gomes (Cleveland) and Andre Rienzo (White Sox) were the others.