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KC@ATL: Davis sits down seven in seven shutout frames

There was a time not that long ago when the White Sox owned the Royals.

The years were 2006-10, when the White Sox went 54-37 against Kansas City. In Chicago, that stretch is beginning to feel like a distant memory.

The tables turned the past two years and don't appear to be shifting in 2013. Kansas City has Chicago's number, winning 25 of the past 40 meetings between the clubs.

On Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, Royals right-hander Wade Davis looks to continue that success -- and personally rebound from two difficult outings -- against Chicago and left-hander Jose Quintana.

Davis had a rough first month as a Royal after coming over from Tampa Bay in one of the offseason's biggest deals. He's turned in two scoreless outings, but otherwise hasn't been able to find his groove.

Two starts ago he didn't make it out of the fourth, giving up seven runs (three earned) and walking four against the Tigers. Last time out, he surrendered eight runs on 12 hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings against the Indians.

Davis' biggest issue, Royals manager Ned Yost said, has been location.

"In Detroit he was up. Made the adjustment against Cleveland," Yost said. "Got the ball down, down, down in the bottom of the zone. Just caught too much of the plate. That's baseball. It's all about adjustments every time you go out there."

Quintana looks to make an adjustment of his own Sunday after going only five innings in each of his past two starts. For all of Chicago's recent struggles against Kansas City, Quintana fared quite well against the Royals last season. The left-hander allowed two runs in seven innings in two of his three starts against the Royals in 2012.

White Sox: Peavy 'doubtful' for Monday
• Right-hander Jake Peavy, who has dealt with back spasms since Thursday, said before Saturday's game he was hopeful that he'd be able to start Monday.

"Obviously, there's a lot more treatment [to come], but I do feel better," said Peavy, who worked with a chiropractor before Saturday's game.

However, a pregame session of catch Saturday did not go well for the veteran hurler.

"Unless we have a really good day [Sunday] and things turn quick, I'm highly doubtful for Monday," Peavy said.

Manager Robin Ventura said it could be Chris Sale or someone else making Monday's start. That decision was still being discussed late Saturday evening.

• Closer Addison Reed is 10-for-10 in save situations this season and has converted 16 straight dating back to last season.

• All four of Tyler Flowers' home runs have given the White Sox the lead.

Royals: Holland on a roll
• Closer Greg Holland has struck out 14 of the 23 batters he's retired in his last 7 1/3 innings.

• Kansas City has 10 come-from-behind victories this season.

• Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie's shutout on Saturday was his 17th straight start without a loss, setting a Royals record.

Worth noting
• Friday's postponed game is scheduled to be made up at 1:10 p.m. CT on Monday.

• It's not just the Royals who have Chicago's number. The White Sox are 2-7 in their last nine games against division opponents.

• The White Sox have lost six of their last seven and 12 of their last 16 at Kauffman Stadium.

• Davis is 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA in seven appearances (four starts) against the White Sox.

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