Sox Counting on Sale in Crosstown Cup Finale

Sunday, August 16, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the finale of the three-game series, six-game homestand and six-game interleague series for the Crosstown Cup. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (10-7, 3.47) for the Sox, RHP Dan Haren (8-7, 3.55) for the North Siders.

Sale will make his 23rd start of the season, 12th at home and second vs. the Cubs. He is 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA lifetime vs. his crosstown opponents. He earned the win on July 11 at Wrigley Field.

Chris earned the victory in his last start on August 10 vs. the Angels, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts over 7.1 IP. He is tied for the American League lead and is third in MLB with 193 strikeouts.

Sale is on pace to record a franchise-record 277 strikeouts, which would be the highest total in baseball since Arizona’s Randy Johnson struck out 290 in 2004. His average of 11.55 strikeouts per nine innings would be the highest in club history.

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Last Night’s Highlights

Carlos Sanchez (groundout), Alexei Ramirez (double) and Jose Abreu (single) each recorded an RBI and Jose Quintana had a quality start, allowing just three runs in six innings, in the Sox’ 6-3 loss…Tyler Saladino‘s stunning defense at third base was responsible for all three Cub outs in the top of the second inning–two of which were back-to-back and extraordinary (see photo above and click on links below):

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=372508683   

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=372526283   

Quote of the Day

Robin on Saladino’s defense:

“He can play anywhere, Tyler has proven that. You put him anywhere on the field and he can play. That stuff doesn’t surprise us right now.”

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Anderson Red-Hot

Top Sox prospect and former No. 1 draft choice Tim Anderson (pictured above) went 1-3 last night for Class AA Birmingham and is now 13-22 (.591) in his last six games.

Anderson, who is only 21, leads the Southern League in runs scored (68), hits (140), stolen bases (45) and ranks among the leaders in total bases (2nd, 189) and average (3rd, .317).

Fulmer Perfect

Carson Fulmer, this year’s No. 1 draft pick, tossed three perfect innings with two strikeouts last night for the Class A Winston-Salem Dash vs. Salem.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim (9:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game road trip that continues in Seattle. Probable Starters: LHP Carlos Rodon (5-4, 4.61) for the Sox, LHP Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.53) for LA.

Photo of the Day

In addition to getting ready for his start tomorrow night in Anaheim, Rodon spent some time yesterday helping out the White Sox Volunteer Corps at the Elliott Donnelley Youth Center.

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