KANSAS CITY -- For the third time since joining the White Sox on Sept. 1, Dan Johnson was in the starting lineup Thursday night.
The veteran started the series finale against the Royals at designated hitter with Paul Konerko out of the lineup. In his previous seven games since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte, he went 5-for-11 with a double, an RBI, three walks and three runs scored.
Johnson knows a thing or two about a playoff chase. He was part of the thrilling festivities on the final day of the regular season last year as a member of the Rays. He hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against the Yankees. The Rays famously won the game on a walk-off home run by Evan Longoria in the bottom of the 12th inning to earn a spot in the playoffs.