Sox Challenge Tigers and Royals After Series Win Over Rays

Monday, September  22, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

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.

Starting with the three games in Motown and concluding with four against the Royals in Chicago, the White Sox will have a lot to say about the fates of both of these two American League Central contenders during the season’s final week. Detroit is currently 1.5 games ahead of KC in the divisional race and the Royals are in the second wild card spot a half-game behind the A’s and a game-and-a-half ahead of the Mariners.

Plays of the Day

The Sox put together a pair of big innings yesterday, scoring four in the second and six in the sixth…Avi Garcia hit a pair of solo homers (Nos. 6 and 7), Marcus Semien connected with a three-run shot (5) and John Danks was outstanding as he no-hit the Rays for 5.1 innings in the Sox’ 10-5 victory over the Rays as we took two of three in the series…Danks tossed six innings in all, allowing two runs and two hits for his 10th victory of the season…Alexei Ramirez doubled in a pair of runs (71 and 72) and Jose Abreu (105), Andy Wilkins and Josh Phegley added an RBI apiece.

Enjoy Avi’s two long ones (top link) and Semien’s blast:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36474093

http://atmlb.com/1rd87Xo      

Tape Measure Shot

Per ESPN, Garcia’s sixth-inning homer, his second of the day, was calculated at 468 feet–the longest hit by a White Sox player since Jim Thome‘s 471-foot HR in 2008.

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More Plays of the Day: Defense

Moises Sierra showed off his strong throwing arm in yesterday’s win, shooting down Yunel Escobar at the plate in the seventh inning (click on link below). Thanks to South Side Sox, the photo below shows Moises’ priceless reaction after he threw out Escobar.

http://atmlb.com/1rdohQk

And here’s Carlos Sanchez making an impressive acrobatic grab:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36464971

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Sox Starters Shine

Including Danks’ performance yesterday, White Sox starting pitchers have posted an impressive 3.12 ERA over the last 16 games.

Quote of the Day

Robin has announced that Wednesday will be Chris Sale‘s last start of the season. The skipper explained his reasoning:

“(Chris) going through the season the way he has, and where we’re at, you want to be able to stretch him out and give him the proper rest. For us, we’re not in it to try to grind him out three more starts just to have him throw three more starts. I don’t think him not pitching one more game’s gonna be a make-or-break for him (in terms of his Cy Young Award chances). He’s got a pretty good body of work.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Tigers at Comerica Park (6:08 p.m., CT, CSN). Starters: RHP Scott Carroll (5-10, 5.01) vs. LHP David Price (14-12, 3.37) for Detroit.

Photo of the Day

Paulie acknowledged the fans’ applause yesterday at Tropicana Field after the Rays honored the captain with a video tribute.

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