Chicago Tony Graffanino doesn't get the chance to play every day so he knows he must make the most of his few chances.
Graffanino hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night to send the Chicago White Sox to an 8-7 win over the Kansas City Royals.
"I'd love to play every day, but I know my role on the team," said Graffanino, who entered as a pinch runner in the eighth inning. "Every chance I get to get in there, I try to do something."
Paul Konerko walked with one out in the ninth against Doug Henry (2-2), and pinch-runner Royce Clayton stole second as Jose Canseco struck out. The throw from catcher Gregg Zaun went into center field for an error, and Clayton went to third.
That brought up Graffanino, who scored the tying run in the eighth inning and made a nice catch at third base in the top of the ninth.
He completed his productive night by hitting the first pitch from Henry into left field for the game-winner.
"Tony comes every day and puts forth a good effort, so we don't hesitate to use him in any situation," White Sox manager Jerry Manuel said. "His performance was very rewarding for him and uplifting for the team because they see the effort he puts in."
Graffanino came in hitting .306 in 134 at-bats, and he was a solid contributor off the bench last year during Chicago's division-winning season.
Sean Lowe (9-4) pitched one inning for the win.
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