It’s All-Star Sale vs. Rookie Wheeler in Marquee Pitching Matchup
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the opener of a two-game series and nine-game homestand. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69) for the Sox, RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00) for New York. Chris is 11-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his last 16 home starts, dating back to May of 2012. The highly-touted Wheeler made his successful major-league debut last week, notching his first victory with six scoreless innings vs. the Braves.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Ramirez, SS, Rios, RF; Dunn, 1B; Viciedo, LF; Gillaspie, 3B; Keppinger, DH; Beckham, 2B; Flowers, C.
Merkin on Courtney Hawkins
Scott Merkin of mlb.com takes a close look at the progress of the Sox’s No. 1 draft pick in 2012, outfielder Courtney Hawkins, shown below talking hitting with Sox slugger Adam Dunn.
Play of the Day
With the Sox enjoying their off-day, a pair of other top Sox outfield prospects–Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker–were instrumental in Class AA Birmingham’s 14-2 pounding of Huntsville last night. Thompson belted three doubles, scored twice and drove in a run while Walker singled, doubled and scored three times.
Quote of the Day
Dunn, who on Sunday hit his 20th home run of the season and 426th of his career, talked to Mark Gonzales of the Trib about his recent offensive turnaround (he’s hitting .340 with seven home runs, 17 RBI, 13 runs scored and nine walks in his last 14 games):
“I feel more consistent now than I have ever. I’m not just saying that. I felt good all year, but the last couple weeks I’ve really felt like me, like what I’ve been trying to get for two years. It’s a pretty good feeling.”
White Sox vs. Mets at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the two-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (1-4, 5.40) for the Sox, RHP Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) for the Mets.
Did You Know…
…that while Dunn is now tied with Hall of Famer Billy Williams for 46th place on the all-time home run list, Paul Konerko is just two shy of Cal Ripken’s 431 and 43rd place?
Photo of the Day