The Kansas City Royals have little left to play for after falling short of the playoffs for a 28th straight year, but they'll surely want to avoid being shut out a third straight time for the first time in nine seasons.
The Chicago White Sox are already assured of their first last-place finish in 24 years.
Kansas City visits Chicago on Thursday night for the opener of a four-game series to end the season.
The Royals' 6-0 loss Wednesday, combined with victories from all three teams ahead of them in the AL wild-card standings, officially eliminated them from playoff contention. They were a night removed from a 4-0 loss, marking the first time they've been blanked in back-to-back games since May 22-23, 2009, at St. Louis.
Kansas City (83-75), which last made the playoffs in 1985, hasn't been shut out in three straight since July 5-7, 2004, at Minnesota.
"Back-to-back shutouts, you're not going to win any games scoring zero runs," said Alex Gordon, who was 2 for 4. "It's kind of a ...