Sox Right on Q for a Series Win vs. Rays

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rays at Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida (12:30 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber game of the three-game series and finale of the six-game road trip in which we have gone 4-1 and are tied for first place at 8-3 with the Royals in the American League Central. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (1-0, 2.31) for the Sox, LHP Matt Moore (0-0, 3.00) for Tampa Bay.

Q is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in his last 10 starts dating back to August 20 of last year.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox’ five-game winning streak came to an end last night with a 7-2 loss to the Rays….Brett Lawrie belted his first homer of the season, a two-run shot (click on link below) and singled…Adam Eaton collected a pair of singles to raise his batting average to .366.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=594693783

Quote of the Day

Cuban comedian Luis Silva (who plays a popular TV character named Panfilo) paid a visit to the ballpark in St. Pete last night and chatted with fellow Cuban Jose Abreu (pictured together below). Here’s what Silva said about Jose:

“Cuba has a population of 11 million and 11 million people are Abreu fans.”

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Sox By the Numbers Through 10 Games

–The White Sox’ 8-2 mark through 10 games matched the 1982, 1957, 1920, 1919 and 1917 Sox clubs for the best 10-game start in team history.

Chris Sale joined Wilbur Wood (1972-73), Jack McDowell (1993) and Mark Buehrle (2002) as the only Sox pitchers to win three games in the team’s first 10.

–The Sox’ 2.02 ERA was the club’s lowest through 10 games since 1972 (1.56) and the 10th-lowest mark in the majors since 1994. Over the past five seasons, it was the fifth-lowest ERA after 10, trailing only the Tigers in 2015 (1.82), Brewers in 2014 (1.86), Nationals in 2012 (1.99) and Cardinals in 2015 (2.00).

–With two shutouts, it marked the first time since 2003 that the Sox have held the opposition scoreless twice within the first 10 games.

Rightfielder Eaton Improves Defense

http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-white-sox/adam-eatons-easy-transition-has-improved-white-sox-defense

Big Ten Bragging Rights

Rutgers product Todd Frazier, with the media and teammate J.B. Shuck present, wasn’t shy about announcing that his Scarlet Knights defeated Shuck’s Ohio State Buckeyes, 7-4, on Friday.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game homestand that continues with three against the Rangers. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.38) for the Sox, former Sox LHP Hector Santiago (0-0, 3.95) for L.A.

Photo of the Day

Shortstop and apparent soccer whiz Tyler Saladino went through his moves before last night’s game.

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