With scheduled starter Jake Peavy still ailing from back issues, the White Sox are calling on Chris Sale one day early to try to avoid a three-game sweep on Monday against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
The late notice shouldn't be too much of a problem for Sale though, as the left-hander will still be on normal rest because of Friday's rainout in the series opener.
Monday will also be a rematch of an Opening Day pitchers' duel with Sale taking on Royals right-hander James Shields. On April 1, Sale defeated Kansas City by tossing 7 2/3 scoreless frames with seven strikeouts. Shields took the hard-luck loss, allowing just one run in six innings as the White Sox won, 1-0, on Tyler Flowers' solo homer.
"It's always fun getting their best guy," Sale said of the rematch with Shields. "It's what you want. It's not going to be easy, but it's a challenge and we look forward to challenges. That's the nature of the game."
While the White Sox didn't announce that Sale would start the game until Sunday, the Royals figured their American League Central rivals might make the move.
"We expected that, with the off-day putting him back on the regular rotation," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It'll be a good rematch that I'm excited to see."
The Royals have won seven of their last nine games, including their last four, while Shields is coming off a victory over the Rays in his last start. Sale won his last time out as well, allowing just two runs over seven innings against the Rangers.
White Sox: DL stint for Peavy possible
Even though the club didn't put him on the shelf on Sunday after announcing he'd miss his scheduled start on Monday, Peavy still might have to go on the disabled list if his back issues linger.
"It's a possibility," manager Robin Ventura said. "We're kind of going by today and [Monday] on how he feels. He's getting better, but I don't know if it's enough to expect him to go out and pitch seven or eight innings. You wait it out and see how he feels."
Peavy has been dealing with back spasms since last Thursday, when he had to be scratched from a start at Texas.
Royals: Wins all that matter to Yost
Counting Sunday's 6-5 walk-off win in 10 innings, the Royals are seven games over .500 going into Monday's series finale against the White Sox -- even though their run production hasn't been in high gear.
The Royals entered Sunday ranked just 11th among the 15 American League clubs in runs scored. The club put six on the board on Sunday, but that upped the season total to just 121 runs, an average of 4.48 per game.
"I want to be higher in the win column," manager Ned Yost said "That's all that matters."
• Chicago has homered in 12 of the last 13 games, including Sunday when Alex Rios hit a solo shot in the seventh inning.
• Kansas City's comeback win on Sunday was its 11th this season.
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.