Abreu, Dozier collide, Royals and Chisox split doubleheader

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CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Andrew Vaughn, starting the nightcap at first base after AL MVP Jose Abreu was injured in a frightening collision in the first game, homered to send the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Friday for a doubleheader split.

The Royals ended an 11-game losing streak in the opener 6-2, stopping Chicago's six-game winning string.

The collision occurred in the second inning when Hunter Dozier, after popping up, jogged out of the batter’s box with his head down and grazed past catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Dozier took another couple of steps and then slammed hard into Abreu as he was tracking the ball, knocking both players to the ground about 20 feet from the plate.

Grandal caught the ball as trainers and medical staffs came onto the field. After few minutes, Abreu got up and left the field walking on his own, but looked dazed with his arms draped around two staffers.

Abreu suffered a facial bruise and cut, along with a bruised left knee. Tests for a concussion were negative and he was listed as day to day.

Dozier was put on the seven-day concussion injured list.

Michael Kopech tossed four sharp innings for the White Sox in the second game. He allowed one run, on a homer by Carlos Santana, and two hits while striking out five.

Codi Heuer (3-1) pitched a scoreless fifth to earn the win in the seven-inning game. Aaron Bummer followed with a perfect inning, then Liam Hendriks worked around in infield single in the seventh for his eighth save.

Vaughn made his first career start at first base in the majors and homered for the second time in three games. His two-run drive in the second chased Jakob Junis (1-3) and Chicago scored another run in the inning when Jake Brentz walked Yoán Moncada with the bases loaded.

Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and Michael A. Taylor had a two-run drive in the first game.

Taylor homered on the first pitch from Lucas Giolito (2-4) after play resumed following the collision.

Brad Keller (3-4) allowed two runs on five hits in five innings to help Kansas City end its longest losing streak since a 12-game slide in 2012. The Royals won for the first time since May 1 at Minnesota when they had the best record in the majors.

Abreu and Vaughn each had sacrifice flies for Chicago, which entered with the best record in the majors.

NO NIGHTCAP

White Sox manager Tony La Russa said Abreu told him he wanted to play in Friday’s second game. La Russa decided otherwise.

“He’s a stallion,” La Russa said. “Hopefully we can dedicate a win to him in the second game.”

ROSTER MOVES

Kansas City recalled RHP Jake Newberry from Triple-A Omaha and optioned LHP Daniel Lynch and C Sebastian Rivero to the farm club. One of the Royals’ top prospects, the 6-foot-6 Lynch was 0-2 with 15.75 ERA in his first three major league starts after being recalled on May 3. ... INF Kelvin Gutierrez was recalled from Omaha to take Dozier’s spot.

The White Sox recalled RHP Alex McRae from Triple-A Charlotte and the Royals recalled RHP Ronald Bolaños from Triple-A Omaha to serve as their 27th men for the doubleheader.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: C Cam Gallagher was reinstated from the seven-day IL (concussion) and started the first game. … SS Adalberto Mondesi began a rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Thursday and went 0 for 3 with a walk. He has been out since the start of the season (strained right oblique).

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Mike Minor (2-2, 5.75) faces White Sox LHP Carlos Rodón (5-0, 0.58 ) on Saturday night. Rodón has been dominant in each of this five starts this season, including a no-hitter on April 14.

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Matt Carlson, The Associated Press