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Kansas City Royals Team Report - April 16th

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(Sports Network) - Mike Sweeney's two-run homer highlighted a four-run ninth inning, as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox, 8-5, in the first of a three-game set at U.S. Cellular Field.

Sweeney finished with two hits and three RBI, while Joe Randa went 3-for-5 with a homer for the Royals, who are off to their best start in club history with an 11-1 mark. Sweeney led Kansas City to a 12-4 pounding of Cleveland on Monday.

Miguel Asencio permitted four runs and five hits over six innings of work. He also walked three and struck out a batter. Albie Lopez (2-0) earned the win despite allowing Frank Thomas' homer in the eighth. Mike MacDougal walked two and struck out a pair in the ninth for his seventh save.

The game also featured incidences of fan interference. After Carlos Lee flied out to right field to end the eighth inning, a fan ran onto the field and attacked first base umpire Laz Diaz. Diaz defended himself well and Royals outfielder Brandon Berger hustled to his aid.

Three times earlier Tuesday night the game was delayed when fans ran onto the field before being tackled by security guards. Last September in Chicago, current Kansas City bullpen coach Tom Gamboa was attacked by a pair of fans while coaching first base.

Sweeney is 4-for-9 in his last two games with two home runs and seven RBI. Sweeney is now batting .294 on the season.

The Royals will send their ace pitcher, Runelvys Hernandez to the mound for his fourth start of the season. Hernandez is 3-0 on the season with an amazing ERA of only 0.45. Hernandez has allowed only one run in 20 innings of work this year.

In his previous outing, Hernandez threw seven strong, scoreless innings of baseball, allowing only seven hits, while striking out four batters.

Hernandez is 1-0 against the White Sox this season. In the start against the Sox, Hernandez threw six shut out innings, allowing only two hits, while registering five strike outs. Hernandez is 1-1 in two career starts against the White Sox. He has an ERA of 3.55 in 12 2/3 innings of work.

04/16 11:34:05 ET

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