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KC@CLE: Shields allows one earned run over six frames

The White Sox will look to continue their winning ways in Sunday's series finale against the Royals.

After a rout Friday and a dramatic win Saturday afternoon, Chicago is attempting to sweep the series. The Royals will send James Shields to the mound.

The White Sox had struggled in Kauffman Stadium until they reversed fortunes this weekend. Chicago had lost 13 of its past 19 games, including seven of its past 10, in Kansas City entering Saturday.

Chicago will look to right-hander Dylan Axelrod to try to continue the recent trend of success.

The Royals' bullpen, though strong of late, surrendered the winning run in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the White Sox. But Shields said it's a group the club has confidence in.

"I think that we have a great bullpen, which as a starter helps you keep your confidence late in a game," Shields said. "Being able to execute your pitches late in the game, and you know someone will come in behind you and get the job done. We're just consistent so far this year and we need to keep that consistency going."

As a group, the relievers have posted a June ERA of 2.18, surrendering 13 earned runs in 53 2/3 innings for the month, and converted seven of eight save opportunities. The bullpen is a big reason the Royals' staff led the American League in ERA entering Saturday.

The starters, in turn, will try to repay the favor by going deep enough into games to limit the bullpen's workload, as Wade Davis did Saturday with his seven innings of work.

"I think it's huge," Shields said of going at least six innings, which he's accomplished in 29 consecutive starts. "Right now a lot of people don't understand how big it is because it's so early in the season, but in August and September we need our bullpen fresh, and if we can keep our bullpen fresh in August and September, that is when you make your run."

Shields hasn't won in his past nine outings, although he owns a 2.53 ERA in that span and the Royals have won each of his past four starts.

White Sox: Ventura cautious with Beckham's hand
Second baseman Gordon Beckham did not start Saturday against the Royals.

Beckham has been back from the disabled list since June 2, after he missed about three weeks with a left hand fracture.

Manager Robin Ventura said he just wants to be careful with Beckham's injury.

"The way his hand is, we can get him a day here, play a game, a day off, play two and get him another day off," Ventura said, noting the two off-days next week.

Royals: Dyson back from DL
The Royals recalled outfielder Jarrod Dyson from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday and optioned second baseman Chris Getz to Omaha. Getz was hitting .214 in 47 games. Dyson pinch-ran and stole second in the eighth inning after Billy Butler drew a walk

Dyson was on the disabled list with a high right ankle injury, which he injured May 15 in Anaheim while climbing the outfield wall.

Worth noting
• White Sox reliever Jesse Crain extended his franchise-record streak to 29 consecutive scoreless appearances with a scoreless eighth on Saturday. Crain (2-1) got the win.

• Royals starters are a collective 6-4 in June with a 2.68 ERA. They've given up 37 earned runs in 124 1/3 innings.

• White Sox pitchers have a 1.83 ERA against the Royals this season and have allowed three runs or fewer in seven of the eight games.

• Beckham is 6-for-17 (.353) off Shields in his career and Alexei Ramirez is 11-for-29 (.379).

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