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Gavin Floyd Impresses, But Chicago White Sox Drop Series Finale To Kansas City Royals

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Despite a solid pitching performance from right-hander Gavin Floyd, the Chicago White Sox dropped their first game of the season to the Kansas City Royals by a score of 3-1 this afternoon.

Floyd pitched six plus innings allowing just two earned runs on four hits. However, the Sox offense couldn’t provide enough run support for the 30-year-old hurler, and Floyd got the loss in his first start of 2013.

Although the Sox were unable to sweep the Royals this afternoon and now sit 2-1 on the year, Floyd’s performance was very encouraging. With lefty John Danks on the DL, Floyd has been called upon to be a more dominant arm on the Sox staff. As long as he continues to pitch like he did today, Floyd should have no trouble picking up double digit wins this season.

Today’s start by Floyd was the third consecutive quality outing by a Sox starter. Chris Sale started the year off right on Opening Day, Jake Peavy had a great showing yesterday and than Floyd was able to follow suit in his start this afternoon. Through the first three games this season, the South Siders’ starting pitching has allowed only three earned runs.

Coming into the 2013 season, it was obvious that the Sox rotation would be their strength. Now a full series into the year, the Pale Hose starters have pitched even better than expected. With Jose Quintana and Dylan Axelrod still left to make their 2013 debuts, it will be interesting to see if the stellar starting pitching can continue for the Sox.

Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha and add him to your network on Google