Twins? Check…Rangers, Yankees Next on the Road

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Today’s News

First-Place Report

The White Sox, with an American League-best 22-10 record, now lead the A.L. Central by five games over the Indians with yesterday’s 3-1 win, giving the Sox a three-game sweep over the Twins.

The Good Guys have won six of the last eight games, 12 of 16 and 14 of 19. The Sox are 6-0 vs. the Twins and 7-1 vs. the Central in 2016. They have outscored Minnesota 30-9, allowing just 30 hits. And it was the fourth three-game sweep for the White Sox this year.

Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) earned the win yesterday and has combined with Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) and Mat Latos (5-0, 2.62) to compile a 17-1 mark.

White Sox starters have posted a 2.34 ERA and .204 opponents average over the last 12 home games. The Sox have allowed 1 or 0 runs in 14 of 32 games this season–the most times through the first 32 games of the season in club history.

The seventh-inning offensive magic continued as the Sox, up 2-1, scored an insurance run in what has become by far their most productive inning–a total of 32.

The White Sox now have a +37 run differential (59-22) in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX (7:05 p.m. CT, WPWR) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game road trip that continues with a weekend series in New York against the Yankees. Starting Pitchers: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (0-0, 8.44) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (2-0, 3.32) for Texas.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Todd Frazier drove in a run with a groundout in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1, Austin Jackson doubled in the second run in the fifth and Dioner Navarro doubled in the third tally in the seventh to back another outstanding Quintana performance–one run, six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Q won his fourth consecutive start, a career high, and owns a 0.64 ERA and 24 strikeouts during the streak. He has allowed three earned runs or less in 12 straight starts and owns a 0.81 ERA at home this season. In his last 16 starts, dating back to 2015, he has gone 8-2 with a 2.16 ERA and 92 Ks.

Red-hot Avi Garcia went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored. During his nine-game hitting streak he is batting .467 with two doubles, a triple, two homers, six RBI, 10 runs scored and seven multi-hit efforts.

With a double yesterday, Jose Abreu has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .367 with three doubles, one triple, two homers and 12 RBI over that stretch.

Nate Jones and David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively, with Jones extending his scoreless appearance streak to 12 and Robertson chalking up his 10th save.

Web Gem of the Day

Jackson wowed the crowd and his fellow teammates with this unbelievable catch (click on link below) off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia, the first batter in the ninth. It’s the kind of defense we’ve come to expect of the ’16 White Sox. By the way, the Sox haven’t made an error since a week ago last Saturday at Baltimore.

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=673604083

Quote of the Day

Speaking of great defense, Adam Eaton talks about the analytics that have determined his high defensive standing this season among all major-league outfielders (via @ChiTribKane).

“A lot of guys would agree with me when I say it has created jobs, more or less. If (people) want to pay attention to … sabermetrics and everything that goes along with it, that’s fine. But we just see the ball, we catch the ball. We catch the ball, we throw the ball.”

We’re Just Sayin’

http://www.southsidesox.com/2016/5/8/11634510/white-sox-play-off-odds-increasing

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Globe Life Park (7:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Carlos Rodon (1-4, 4.36) for the Sox, LHP Derek Holland (3-2, 5.40) for Texas.

Photo of the Day

A sight you don’t see every day. Here’s Eaton’s wife Katie throwing a ceremonial first pitch on Mother’s Day while cradling newborn son Brayden.

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