Chicago — Mark Buehrle never would have predicted he'd have this kind of outing - not based on his warmups.
"Today I was doing the rain dance in the first inning, hoping the rain would come because I felt that bad in the bullpen," Buehrle said. "Today was one of those days where I hope I don't feel like this too often."
It's a good thing the dance didn't work.
Buehrle pitched five-hit ball for seven innings to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit an RBI single in the first inning then made a sliding catch in the second, and Jermaine Dye added an RBI double to help keep the White Sox a half-game ahead of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.
The Sox played without Carlos Quentin for the second straight game. Quentin was struck on the left forearm by a pitch from Josh Beckett on Monday. He has been hit by a pitch in five straight games - the first player since 1920 with that long of a streak, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.