Those three hurlers tentatively will be followed by Mark Buehrle, Philip Humber and John Danks in Kansas City, depending on how Danks performs during his two injury rehab starts this week. With an off-day before starting an ensuing series in Cleveland, the team could adjust its starters, but if successful, this six-man rotation could be a White Sox staple for the rest of the season.
To date, the six-man setup has produced a 16-11 record with a 4.26 ERA but will have the starters rested and ready for the stretch run.
"Listen, if it's going good, we're probably going to leave it," White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said. "If it's not, if somebody's not taking care of their business individually, then we'll look into it.
"But until there's a reason to look into it, I'm not. As you can see, we're going with six right out of the gate, but we'll see how things go."
Detroit will get a look at three right-handers in Comerica Park, with the White Sox using two southpaws against the Royals. The matchups aren't considered as important with Cooper and the team feeling confident in all six of the hurlers.
"We feel good about anybody going out there," Cooper said. "I know the six-man rotation has worked fairly well. Right now, that's kind of the plan."