It’s Tiger Time for Sale, Sox
Monday, August 12, 2013
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (7-11, 2.77) for the Sox, RHP Doug Fister (10-5, 3.50) for Detroit.
Chris ranks fourth in the A.L. with an average of 9.70 strikeouts per nine innings and fifth with 161 strikeouts. He is on pace to record 225 strikeouts, which would be the fifth-highest total in club history and the most since Hall of Famer Ed Walsh fanned 254 in 1912. Sale has struck out 10 or more batters nine times in 50 career starts and five times in 2013, one behind Juan Pizarro (1961) for the second highest single-season total in Sox annals.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza. LF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Dunn, DH; Konerko, 1B; Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 3B; Jor. Danks, CF; Phegley, C.
John and Jordan visited Comer Children’s Hospital today and answered questions from the youngsters.
The Sox officially acquired infielder Leury (lay-OOH-ree) Garcia from the Texas Rangers yesterday as the player to be named later in the Alex Rios deal. He has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte.
Garcia, 22, was hitting .264 (51-193) with four home runs, 19 RBI, 12 stolen bases and 31 runs scored in 47 games this season with Class AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League. He made 42 appearances at shortstop and five in center field.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Garcia made the Rangers Opening Day roster and made nine starts at second base and two each at shortstop and third before being optioned to Round Rock on June 15. Prior to the season, Garcia was named by Baseball America as the No. 20 Prospect, Fastest Baserunner and Best Infield Arm in the Rangers organization. He recorded 30-plus steals each season from 2010-12, including a career-high 51 in 2010.
A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, Garcia is a career .261 (468-1,794) hitter with 13 home runs, 143 RBI, 258 runs scored and 155 stolen bases in 475 games over five minor-league seasons in the Rangers organization. He has played in 400 games at shortstop, 58 at second base and 14 in center field.
His best season came in 2012 when he batted .292 (110-377) with 11 triples, 31 stolen bases and 55 runs scored in 100 games with Class AA Frisco.
Quote of the Day
GM Hahn on L. Garcia:
“Speed may well be his best tool. He’s a plus-plus runner, plus arm and defensive player, switch-hitter, and has the positive of his versatility. Even if the bat doesn’t quite develop to reach his maximum upside, he has some value on the big league club. Then it would be about figuring out the best way to use it.”
Play(s) of the Day
Adam Dunn hit his 27th homer of the season and the 433rd of his career in yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the Twins…Conor Gillaspie smashed his 10th of the year…Dylan Axelrod pitched four scoreless innings in relief, allowing just three hits while striking out three.
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.430) for the Sox, RHP Max Scherzer (17-1, 2.84) for Detroit.
Did You Know…
…that Avisail is the fourth Garcia to play for the White Sox? The first three were pitchers: Freddy (2004-06, 2009-10), Mike (1960) and Ramon (1991).
Photo of the Day
Leury could be the fifth player named Garcia to play for the Sox.