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White Sox 9, Royals 0
By Times Staff
Published April 18, 2006
CHICAGO - Jose Contreras became a different pitcher halfway through last season. Since that dramatic turnaround, brought about when he changed arm angles and started throwing strikes, few pitchers have been better.
Contreras and two relievers combined for a one-hitter and the White Sox scored five in the first to send Kansas City to its eighth straight loss.
"Since halfway through last year this guy has probably been the best pitcher in the major leagues," Chicago's Paul Konerko said of Contreras. "I don't think anyone's been better. I'm just glad I don't have to face him. He's nasty."
Contreras was 11-2 in the second half last year and won his final eight starts to get the White Sox into the postseason. He was 3-1 in the playoffs.
Now, he's at it again.
Contreras retired the first 10 before Mark Grudzielanek doubled past third base with one out in the fourth.
NOTABLE: Royals starting pitchers are 0-7 this season.