Johnson, White Sox Look to Leave Texas With a Win

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Tex. (2:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 6.35) for the Sox, LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (1-0, 1.00) for Texas. Johnson pitched an outstanding 6.2 innings, allowing just one run, three hits and two walks while striking out nine in his last start against Boston. While he didn’t earn the decision, the Sox won, 2-1.

Sox Starting Lineup: Semien 2B, Gillaspie 3B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, De Aza LF, Flowers C, Jor. Danks CF.

Plays of the Day

Dayan Viciedo went 2-3 with two RBI to bring his batting average to .292. Adam Dunn went 3-4 with a stolen base and lifted his average to .304 while Jose Abreu collected a pair of singles in the Sox’s 6-3 loss last night to Texas. Dunn has now reached base in 14 straight games.

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Sox Notes of Note

Adam Eaton has been struggling with discomfort with the back of his knee that has a connection to his lower hamstring. He also has a sore ankle from Friday night. According to Robin, he will sit for a couple days to get himself healthy…Gordon Beckham doubled and drove in two runs as the DH last night for Class AA Birmingham in the Barons’ 5-4 win over Tennessee. He’s getting closer to returning to the Sox from his injury rehab stint…Beckham’s current teammate Micah Johnson, one of the Sox’ elite prospects at Birmingham, had another special game last night. Read all about it:

http://atmilb.com/1lpHU83

White Sox’ Cuban Connection Featured in The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/sports/baseball/white-sox-furthering-legacy-provide-warm-home-for-cubans-amid-chill.html?ref=sports&_r=0

Quote of the Day

Alexei Ramirez‘s record season-opening streak ended last night at 17. During the streak, Ramirez batted .379 with four home runs, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored. It was the longest season-opening streak in the American League since Alex Rodriguez (18) in 2007. For Alexei, his outstanding performance was more about the team than individual records:

“In the case of the Boston game, yes, I thought about (the record) when I went in there…(but) I’m thinking about the team first. Everything else comes second.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit (6:08 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of a four-game series. Starters:  LHP John Danks (1-0, 3.32) for the Sox, RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 3.21) for the Tigers.

Photo of the Day

Dunner is one of the Sox’ hottest hitters in the early going.

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