Frankie Montas joins the Chicago White Sox on Friday in a double-header against the Kansas City Royals.

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Samardzija was inconsistent before the All-Star break but closed the first half on a high note with a four-hit shutout of Toronto on July 9. Chris Sale has a 2.72 ERA over 17 starts, 14 of which are quality, and has just eight victories to his name.

The Royals (53-34) improved on their American League-best record with their second straight win and eighth in their last nine.

“I just took my time out there”, Samardzija said. They’ve played less games than most teams, but the next closest team on that list is the Philadelphia Phillies, who have 16 more runs, so it’s not as if catching up in games will make a significant difference. “You don’t want to stand out there for 20-30 pitches and start sweating”.

Chicago catcher Geovany Soto’s leadoff homer to left forced a 1-1 tie third. Hosmer is 13 for 40 over his past 10 games….

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar drew a walk to open the game, stole second and scored on center fielder Lorenzo Cain’s one-out double to right.

White Sox: GM Rick Hahn said RHP Matt Albers (fractured right pinky finger) and RHP Nate Jones, recovering from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, are progressing in their rehabilitation. He has no major league experience.