Unbeaten Rienzo on Mound in Series Finale
Sunday, May 4, 2014
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Indians at Progressive Field, Cleveland (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.
Sox Starting Lineup: De Aza LF, Beckham 2B, Abreu 1B, Dunn DH, Viciedo RF, Ramirez SS, Danks CF, Flowers C, L. Garcia 3B.
Plays of the Day
Scott Carroll had his second straight outstanding outing last night. He went six innings, allowing just a pair of unearned runs, five hits and a walk as the Sox were defeated by the Tribe, 2-0. Carroll has given up only one earned run in his first two major-league starts, good for an impressive 0.68 ERA…Scott Downs (seventh inning) and Jake Petricka (eighth) each pitched a perfect inning…Adam Dunn singled and doubled, is hitting .279 with a .918 OPS and has reached base in 22 of his last 24 games. He is batting .313 with six doubles, three homers, eight RBI, seven runs scored and 15 walks in his last 17 games…Dayan Viciedo and Jordan Danks both made terrific catches in the outfield.
Here’s Tank’s web gem:
And all things considered, this might have been the real “Play of the Day”:
High on Sierra
Outfielder Moises Sierra, who was claimed off of waivers from Toronto, has been added to the 25-man roster. Sierra, 25, batted .290 with 13 doubles, a triple, a homer, 13 RBI and 11 runs scored over 35 games in 2013, but was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays after starting slowly this season. To make room for Sierra, LHP Frank De Los Santos was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte following last night’s game.
Outpatient Surgery for Jones
Nate Jones will undergo a mini discectomy tomorrow at Rush University Medical Center in an outpatient procedure. It is not expected to be season-ending.
It’s a Relief
White Sox relievers have a 1.96 ERA over the last 13 games, the lowest in the American League during that period.
Hot off the Press
From baseball writer Tyler Kepner in today’s The New York Times:
A Rookie in the Zone
The Chicago White Sox could tell early in spring training that their new Cuban first baseman, Jose Abreu, was serious about his job.
“He doesn’t want an ad on Fifth Avenue; he doesn’t want to be on the cover of a magazine for reasons other than baseball; he doesn’t want a fashion spread,” Manager Robin Ventura said last month. “He just wants to be known as a very good baseball player.”
Abreu has achieved that goal. He is not pitching sandwiches or sunglasses; he is simply mashing opposing pitchers. Abreu finished April as the major league leader in home runs (10), runs batted in (32) and total bases (71). All of those figures are major league rookie records for the month.
Quotes of the Day
Adam Eaton on being placed on the 15-day disabled list:
“My legs basically are what make me successful, so I have to take care of them. So take 15 days, and we’ll be excited…the 18th is the day we’ll be back.”
Gordon Beckham on the injury bug that has hit the Sox:
“You can’t quit. It’s not always going to go good. You’re not always going to be as healthy as you want to be, but the guys out there, we’ve got to find a way to get some wins until those guys get back.”
White Sox vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field (7:05 p.m., CT, WCIU) in the first of four games this week for the Crosstown Cup–tomorrow night and Tuesday night at Wrigley and Wednesday night and Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 4.00) for the Sox, RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-3, 1.98) for the Cubs.
Photo of the Day
Sox add Sierra to outfield mix.