Melky faces White Sox, gets standing ovation

Melky faces White Sox, gets standing ovation

CHICAGO -- Royals outfielder Melky Cabrera made his first trip back to Chicago on Friday and back to see his former White Sox teammates.

But while Cabrera said through White Sox interpreter Billy Russo that he is a little sentimental about the return, Cabrera has no plans to grab any postgame dinners or lunches with his former teammates this weekend.

"I don't have any plans," said Cabrera, who went 1-for-4 and received a standing ovation before his first at-bat in the Royals' 6-3 loss. "We are in the race for the postseason and all my focus is on that. And my family is here."

Cabrera did recall how tough it was almost two weeks ago to be traded, though he was happy to be going to the playoff-contending Royals.

"It was kind of difficult because I played here 2 1/2 years," he said, "but that's part of the business. I have a lot of good memories. I know the guys. It's kind of sentimental. It's tough to be in that situation."

Cabrera did praise White Sox fans who made him one of their favorites.

"I'm just thankful for their support," Cabrera said. "I came here to play hard and I think that is why they supported me so much."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.