Danks, Abreu, Konerko & Company Look to Leave St. Pete With a Series Win
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg (12:40 p.m., CT, WGN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Starters: LHP John Danks (9-11, 4.88) vs. RHP Nathan Karns (1-0, .000) for Tampa Bay.
Plays of the Day
Hector Noesi had a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings, despite taking the loss in the Rays’ 3-1 victory over the Sox last night…Jose Abreu singled in the first inning and walked and eventually scored on Marcus Semien‘s pinch-hit single in the ninth (click on link below):
In the American League Triple Crown categories Jose is tied for third in homers (35) and RBI (104) and is sixth in batting average (.319). Abreu also leads all of the major leagues in OPS (.978) and Slugging Percentage (.592).
Quote of the Day
One of Paul Konerko‘s most unusual career highlights happened on April 11, 2000, at the same Tropicana Field where the Sox are playing this weekend. Never known for his speed, Konerko smashed an Esteban Yan offering off the center field wall and kept running for an inside-the-park homer. Here are PK’s thoughts, via the Trib:
“It was kind of a blur. Well, I wasn’t a blur. But it happened quickly…Once I planned on scoring. If I’d waited to see what (third base coach Wallace Johnson) was going to do, I’d probably have problems. I kept running.”
Furthermore, Konerko finished the night with four hits and four RBI.
White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park, Detroit (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (0-1, 5.29) for the Sox, LHP Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 3.58) for Detroit.
Photo of the Day
PK was presented with an authentic Ted Williams bat from the Williams Museum, which is housed at Tropicana Field. The museum wanted to acknowledge Paul’s career and congratulate him on his retirement.