Scott Carroll: Act II

Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (5:05, CT, WGN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (1-0, 1.23) for the Sox, RHP Justin Masterson (0-1, 4.84) for the Tribe. Carroll had a brilliant major-league debut on Sunday, allowing just one earned run and six hits over 7.1 innings pitched vs. the Rays.

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

Plays of the Day

Jose Abreu stroked his major-league leading 11th homer of the season in last night’s loss to the Indians (he’s also tied for the MLB lead with 33 RBI and leads the AL in slugging percentage at .625 and extra-base hits with 20)…It’s the most home runs in team history through 30 games and the most by a major leaguer since the Mets’ Mike Jacobs hit 11 in 2005. Here’s an unusual stat for you. Abreu’s homer was calculated at 359 feet and had an apex of 160 feet, the highest apex of any home run this season…Adrian Nieto had a career-high three hits (two singles and a double) and his first big-league RBI, Alejandro De Aza had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI and Alexei Ramirez, who came into the game leading the AL in hitting, collected a pair of base hits, scored a run and is now leading the league at .356.

Sox Moves

Adam Eaton left last night’s game with a strained right hamstring and he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Left-handed pitcher Frank De Los Santos was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte, Nate Jones was moved to the 60-day DL and the Sox claimed outfielder Moises Sierra off waivers from Toronto…De Los Santos, 26, has made eight appearances in relief this season between Charlotte and Class AA Birmingham, going 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA and 10 strikeouts. He has limited opponents to a .184 average….Sierra, 25, batted .290 with 13 doubles, a triple, a homer, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored over 35 games in 2013, but he didn’t live up to expectations in 34 games this season and was designated for assignment.

Getting Better

Conor Gillaspie is leaving today for a rehab assignment at Charlotte and hopefully will be back with the Sox soon.

Prospect Report

In his first start at Charlotte since being optioned, Erik Johnson pitched six scoreless innings on the road vs. Buffalo last night, allowing just three hits and a walk with six strikeouts…good news, bad news for Birmingham. Micah Johnson knocked out three hits last night at home vs. Mobile, lifting his average to .364, and made a spectacular catch (click on link below). However, he and the Barons lost the longest game in time–five hours, 25 minutes (5-3, 17 innings)–in franchise history spanning back to 1885.

Quote of the Day

Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, who finished April with a .354 batting average, nine RBI, 11 runs scored and nine multi-hit games, talks about his success so far this season (compliments of Colleen Kane in the Trib).

“I feel like a different player, the whole works–catching, throwing, my stance, the swing, all of that. It feels good to be more productive. I think I showed that to the White Sox this spring; otherwise, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to be where I am right now. I guess other people see it too.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field (12:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starters: RHP Andre Rienzo (2-0, 4.05) for the Sox, RHP Corey Kluber (2-3, 4.14) for Cleveland.

Photo/Video of the Day

Number 11.

http://atmlb.com/1n74XUZ

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