But while four opening day starters -- catcher A.J. Pierzynski, designated hitter Adam Dunn, center fielder Alex Rios and second baseman Gordon Beckham -- were all out of the lineup, guys like Tyler Flowers, Brent Lillibridge and Alejandro De Aza stepped in and contributed to the White Sox 5-4 victory.
After the Royals used a four-run fifth inning to take a 4-2 lead, Flowers immediately answered with his first Major League home run to lead off the bottom of the inning and pull the White Sox to within one. Then, after the White Sox had tied the game at 4, De Aza worked a four-pitch, bases loaded walk, forcing in Omar Vizquel for the winning run.
"He kept us close in the game," Guillen said of Flowers' blast. "The way we were swinging the bats on the road, we got shut down [Saturday] and we lose A.J., so to have [Flowers] contribute to today's game, it was huge. This kid, we know he can catch, but he contributed with the bat, that's a plus."
While Pierzynski was out with a bruised left wrist and Dunn was addressing a family matter, manager Ozzie Guillen was simply giving Rios and Beckham the day off and said both will be back in the lineup on Sunday.