Broadway seeks sweep in '08 debut

Broadway seeks sweep in '08 debut

CHICAGO -- Lance Broadway has been in this position before.

In fact, he's been in this exact situation before. Well, sort of.

Broadway will be making the second start of his career Thursday, and first since Sept. 27, 2007, to face the same Royals team he faced nearly a year ago. The first time around, Broadway threw six shutout innings to earn his first Major League win.

The one difference between the two starts, and it in fact may be a big one, is that Broadway is pitching for a first-place team in the midst of a pennant race, as opposed to a fourth-place team, 24 games out of first in the American League Central.

"We need the best outing from him because it's about winning now," Guillen said. "It's not the same situation when he was pitching last year. Last year, he was pitching to see what he had, what [he has] for the future. He has to pitch [the finale] because we need to win this game. I think that he was the best guy to do it."

The White Sox are looking for a sweep of the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday. After dropping the last two series to the Royals, the White Sox have already assured themselves a series victory after Wednesday's win.

This being Broadway's second stint with the big league club, he certainly feels more comfortable on the mound than he did as a September callup last season.

"You know what to expect a little more," Broadway said. "I wouldn't say I'm any more comfortable than I was last year -- it was only a month, a year ago. But it always helps to have experience and kind of know how things work. But, it was only a month -- at a time we weren't in a pennant race, either."

Broadway was chosen over reliever D.J. Carrasco to make the start, but would have been content playing either a starting or a relief role for the team.

"I'm comfortable either way," Broadway said. "The approach is the same for me."

Pitching matchup
CWS: RHP Lance Broadway (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Guillen waited until Wednesday to announce that Broadway would get the nod for Thursday's finale against Kansas City. Broadway will be making his first start of the season and second of his career. He faced Kansas City in his lone start last season, pitching six shutout innings to earn his first Major League win.

KC: RHP Kyle Davies (5-3, 4.66 ERA)
After two straight wins, Davies had a terrible outing against the Twins on Friday night. He served up five walks and three hits, resulting in three runs, before being lifted after 2 1/3 innings. It might have been worse, but he escaped after walking the bases full in the second inning. Control is Davies' ongoing problem, but he'd made progress before this relapse. He's faced the White Sox twice this season with no decision on July 8 and a win on Aug. 2. In 11 innings, he's allowed them six runs.

Tidbits
Chris Getz got his first Major League start Wednesday against Kansas City. He hit a single in the fifth that advanced Juan Uribe, who scored two batters later. Guillen said the start was just an opportunity for Alexei Ramirez to get a break. "I think [Ramirez] needs a day off, mentally," Guillen said. "This kid's been playing every day. We bring Getz to help and maybe I'll give [Orlando] Cabrera a day off in the next couple days. Right now, I think people need a day off at least to recover. It's gonna be a long, tough year and everyone needs to be out there 100 percent." ... Carlos Quentin was out of the starting lineup for the second straight night with soreness in his left forearm. He is expected to start Thursday. ... With Wednesday's win, Mark Buehrle joined Eddie Cicotte and Doc White as the only pitchers in franchise history to win 10 or more games in at least eight consecutive seasons.

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Up next
• Friday: White Sox (Gavin Floyd, 12-6, 3.84) at Athletics (Dallas Braden, 3-2, 4.62), 9:05 p.m. CT
• Saturday: White Sox (John Danks, 9-5, 3.18) at Athletics (Greg Smith, 5-11, 3.92), 2:55 p.m. CT
• Sunday: White Sox (Javier Vazquez, 9-10, 4.50) at Athletics (Gio Gonzalez, 1-1, 4.09), 3:05 p.m. CT

David Just is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.