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CWS@KC: Teaford makes a great play to retire Pierre

The White Sox are fully aware that they are out of playoff contention. However, manager Ozzie Guillen still wants his team to focus on finishing out the season strong.

"Obviously, it's been a very tough season for everyone. When you play good -- even when you play bad -- the last homestand, people will think about the way we play here all summer," Guillen said. "Hopefully, the players go out and play the way they should and we win some games here."

While it wasn't pretty for Chicago in Friday's 11-1 drubbing at the hands of the Royals, the team comes into Saturday's contest at U.S. Cellular Field hoping for a better result.

John Danks will be on the hill for the Sox, after getting a win in his last start to snap a three-game skid. Even though he gave up 10 hits, Danks limited the Royals to just four runs.

Meanwhile, Everett Teaford will try for back-to-back wins against the White Sox, in what will be only his third Major League start.

Pitching a solid six innings last Saturday, he held Chicago to just one run on four hits for the win.

"I was very impressed with the way Teaford threw the ball," Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game. "He even pitched out of jams in the third and the fourth innings when were down, 1-0."

Teaford is 2-for-2 in his starts this season and has pitched 11 innings, while giving up only one run on seven hits.

Royals: Cain making most of time
• Lorenzo Cain is expected to be in center field again on Saturday night against the White Sox, with ailing Alex Gordon getting another day of rest.

Cain started in center on Friday night, with Melky Cabrera shifting over to left because Gordon was stricken with flu-like symptoms.

Manager Ned Yost was planning to play Cain in the last five games of the season, but he got an early start because of Gordon's illness. He plans to play Cain in place of right fielder Jeff Francoeur on Sunday.

"I'm going to go out there and play my game, leave it on the field and do the best I can," said Cain.

White Sox: Quentin out for rest of season
• Out for some time with a sprained left shoulder, Carlos Quentin will not play for the White Sox again this season, manager Ozzie Guillen said on Friday.

After spraining the AC joint in his left shoulder while making a diving catch on Aug. 20, Quentin spent time on the 15-day disabled list. He came back for one game on Sept. 12, but hasn't played since.

"Every time he [tries to play], it's just sore and it gets worse and worse. I put him out there, and he went backward -- maybe 10 more days," Guillen said. "I don't know why we have to take that chance. What's he got to prove? Can he play in the big leagues? Yeah, he don't have to prove anything.

"But he's fine, it's not like there's something very serious about it. Just sore. He needs time to recover, and I don't think we gave him enough time to do it."

Worth Noting
• The White Sox trail the season series with the Royals, 10-6.

• Chicago has lost five straight games at U.S. Cellular Field.

• In his last nine games, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer is batting .452 (19-for-42). Comments