Yankees Next for First-Place White Sox, Unbeaten Sale
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Despite Wednesday’s loss, the White Sox maintained their five-game lead over the second-place Indians in the American League Central. The Sox still have the best record in the A.L. at 23-12.
Off Day Thursday, Sox vs. Yanks on Friday Night
The Sox are idle on Thursday. On Friday night, it will be the White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, N.Y. (6:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series. Starting pitchers: LHP Chris Sale (7-0, 1.79) for the Sox, RHP Luis Severino (0-5, 6.12) for New York.
Sale is set to make his eighth start of the season. Along with his unblemished won-lost record, he has struck out 47 with a .165 opponents average. He is the only seven-game winner in baseball this season and the first Sox hurler to win each of his first seven starts since Jon Garland (8) accomplished the feat in 2005.
Chris earned the win in his last start on May 7 vs. the Twins, tossing seven innings and allowing just two runs on three hits with nine strikeouts. The Sox’ All-Star lefty has gone 3-1 with a 1.21 ERA and .161 opponents average lifetime vs. the Yankees.
Todd Frazier belted a solo homer (11) and Brett Lawrie (5) went deep with a two-run shot in the three-run fourth inning of the Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Rangers…Austin Jackson singled in a run and Dioner Navarro singled and had an RBI double. Tyler Saladino collected a pair of singles and an RBI…Frazier hit three homers, drove in 10 runs and scored five times in the Texas series. He has driven in 13 runs in his current five-game RBI streak (@ckamka).
The Frazier and Lawrie homers:
Quote of the Day
Robin on resting Frazier and the uber-energetic Lawrie:
“Fraze you want to give a day off, but he’s swinging well. Brett, I just don’t want him sitting by me.”
As fate would have it, Frazier did get some rest yesterday, but certainly not how he would have liked. After getting injured leaping into the stands chasing a foul ball, he left the game in the fourth inning and received five stitches for a lacerated lower lip. The good news is that Robin indicated Todd will be in the lineup on Friday.
Is Adam Eaton the Game’s Premier Right-fielder?
Take a look at this FanGraphs chart:
Good Early Season Results
Cricket Meets Baseball at U.S. Cellular Field
The Chicago White Sox welcomed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a sports demonstration Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The 1983 American League Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle, international cricket legends and USA cricket prospects took a swing at cricket and baseball on the iconic green grass at U.S. Cellular Field.
The demonstration was a kick-off event for ICC’s four-day combine in Bolingbrook, Illinois, on May 12-15. In addition to similarities between the two sports, the White Sox first home game was held at the home of the Chicago Wanderers Cricket Club, located a few blocks south of U.S. Cellular Field at 39th and Princeton. Former owner Charles Comiskey bought the site in 1900 for the team and built a wooden grandstand to seat 15,000 fans. The Sox played their last game at the park on June 27, 1910.
White Sox vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium (12:05 p.m. CT, CSN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-1, 1.38) for the Sox, RHP Ivan Nova (1-1, 4.34) for New York.
Photo of the Day
Former All-Star reliever Dan Plesac–who grew up in Crown Point in Northwest Indiana–will join Hawk Harrelson in the TV booth during the weekend series at Yankee Stadium replacing Steve Stone. Plesac is currently an analyst with the MLB Network.