Sale’s Mission: Win Third Straight Start

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field, Minneapolis (6:10 p.m, CT, WGN). LHP Chris Sale (8-11, 2.73) for the Sox, LHP Andrew Albers (2-0, 0.00) for Minnesota. Chris is coming off two straight wins–against the Yankees on August 6, when he didn’t allow an earned run, and a complete game victory Monday vs. the Tigers in his last start. Sale ranks fifth in the American League in strikeouts (167) and ERA (2.73). He is 3-1 with a 1.85 ERA in 12 career games (four starts) vs. the Twins.

Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza, CF; Beckham, 2B; Ramirez, SS; Konerko, 1B; Dunn, DH; Garcia, RF; Keppinger, 3B; Viciedo, LF; Phegley, C.

Roster Move

Reliever Ramon Troncoso has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and rookie righthander Jake Petricka has been promoted from Class AAA Charlotte. Petricka posted a 2-0 record with a 1.17 earned run average in 10 games for the Knights and was 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 21 games at Class AA Birmingham. It’s interesting to note that Petricka (who is called both Jake and Jacob) is from a Minneapolis suburb and will have plenty of support the next two days at Target Field as he reaches the major leagues for the first time.

Play(s) of the Day

Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn hit third-inning solo homers (click links below) to give the Sox a 4-1 lead and some breathing room for Jose Quintana. “Q” pitched another strong game in the Sox’s 5-2 victory, allowing just two runs and six hits along with seven strikeouts in winning his seventh game of the season….Dayan Viciedo, returning to the starting lineup after sitting out with a left thumb injury, went 2-4 with two RBI.

Quote of the Day

Robin on last night’s win:

“Quintana was good. He kind of gutted it out and went extra long for us tonight. But offensively our guys swung the bat. That’s good stuff.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Twins at Target Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: LHP Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.37) for the Sox, RHP Samuel Deduno (7-6, 3.54) for Minnesota.

Did You Know…

…that Paulie leads all active players with 50 home runs and 133 RBI vs. the Twins?

Photo of the Day

PK congratulates Adam last night after Dunn hit his 28th homer of the season and 434th of his career. It ties him for 41st on the all-time home run list with Andruw Jones and Juan Gonzalez.

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