Once the excitement of the trade deadline died down, the remaining Royals had a game to play. Jeremy Affeldt was gone, so too was Matt Stairs, and Denny Bautista. They were traded away to other teams.

The White Sox didn’t make any trades and proved that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” as they beat the Royals 8-4, Monday at Kauffman Stadium. Chicago scored all their runs in the first three innings, roughing up KC starter Runelvys Hernandez. The Royals right-hander was taken out after the third having allowed eight runs on eight hits including three home runs.

Alex Cintron led the way for the ChiSox going 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. He hit the first of the team’s trio of dingers, sending a second inning pitch over the wall in center field. Ross Gload had two hits in the game. Westphalia, MO native Joe Crede was 2-for-2 including a two-run homer in the third inning that followed a Jermaine Dye solo shot earlier in the inning.

Mark Grudzielanek and Emil Brown each had multi-hit games for the Royals.

Jose Contreras gave up three runs in the first two frames but recovered and got stronger as the game progressed. He exited the game after seven innings, giving up four runs – three earned – on nine hits while striking out three. Contreras improved to 10-3.

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