Kansas City Royals defeat Chicago White Sox, 5-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brian Bannister pitched six strong innings, Jose Guillen drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Sunday.

Bannister, who had lost his previous two starts while allowing 11 runs in nine innings, retired 13 of 14 in one stretch after giving up two runs in the third inning. Bannister (2-3), who had a 7.91 ERA in 14 career starts, allowed three runs and seven hits.

Guillen, who had hit .127 in his previous 18 game...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- How many times have the White Sox hoped that a win was going to be the spark?

How many times have they then followed it up with more disappointment, more losses?

''Dirtbags?''

It was a nice idea from Jake Peavy on Saturday to nickname his team after their comeback against the Royals in the hope of giving them something to rally around in 2010 -- an identity that they lack.

By late Sunday afternoon, the only ''dirt'' associated with the Sox i...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Of course manager Ozzie Guillen was not surprised that his general manager is losing patience.

The fact that the two ''haven't talked about it'' definitely leaves a ''now what?'' feeling that continues to permeate the White Sox clubhouse.

Ken Williams was asked in a text by the Sun-Times on Saturday if he was losing patience, and he responded ''Yes.'' It was a much different answer than the GM gave 12 days before in Chicago when he seemed OK with ...