For the '09 Salute to the Negro Leagues, the Royals went back yet again to the 1924 Monarchs uniforms, the fifth time they sported the look. Their opponents were the Chicago White Sox, who wore uniforms in the style of the 1926 Chicago American Giants. Gil Meche and Mark Buehrle faced off, and were in a 2-2 deadlock after seven innings. John Bale pitched the eighth for KC, and yielded a run. Buehrle came out for the eighth, but the first batter, Miguel Olivo, hit a bomb to tie the game back up. Juan Cruz got the call to pitch the ninth for KC, but couldn't hold, as theWhite Sox touched him for two and the game ended in a 5-3 White Sox victory.