The Royals lead in the American League Central was cut to two games thanks to a 5-4 loss in Chicago. Esteban Loaiza entered the game with the second lowest ERA in the American League and even though his earned run average inched up a little, he still got his 14th win of the season. Kansas City took a 1-0 lead thanks to Raul Ibanez, who drove in a run with a single. In the second inning, Chicago rallied for five runs off Kyle Snyder who left the game after the inning with tightness in his shoulder. Ken Harvey’s RBI single in the third made it 5-2 White Sox and the score didn’t change until the ninth when the Royals scored two runs to make it 5-4. The two teams wrap up their three-game series with afternoon. Later this week, Kevin Appier is expected to join the team after clearing waivers with the Angels on Monday. Appier started his career in Kansas City in 1989 and remained with the team until 1999. He was 7-7 with Anaheim this season and had an ERA of 5.63.
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