Heading West on a Winning Note With Abreu Set to Return
Monday, June 2, 2014
White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles (9:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and six-game, seven-day road trip that, after an off-day on Thursday, continues with three against the Angels in Anaheim. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (3-4, 3.61) for the Sox, LHP Clayton Kershaw (3-2, 3.57) for LA.
It is also expected that Jose Abreu will be in the lineup tonight in his return from the disabled list. According to skipper Robin Ventura, Jose’s injured ankle is feeling “great.”
Plays of the Day
Chris Sale was masterful yesterday, allowing just one run and two hits while striking out nine and walking none in the complete-game 4-1 victory over San Diego. Sale, who improved his record to 5-0 and ERA to 1.59, was supported with homers by Paul Konerko (No. 3) and Tyler Flowers (No. 4) and Paulie’s three-RBI day in the convincing victory. It was the final game of the three-game series with the Padres and the finale of the 10-game homestand, in which we were 6-4.
Take a look at Chris’s masterpiece:
Semien Optioned to Charlotte
The White Sox have optioned Marcus Semien to Class AAA Charlotte to make room for Abreu. Semien: “I never complain playing this game. A lot of stuff can happen. I’ll be ready to work in Charlotte. I know I did some good things. I also have some things to work on.”
Abreu, Ramirez in All-Star Voting Mix
Abreu and Alexei Ramirez are both in second place among American League first basemen and shortstops, respectively, in the latest All-Star voting. Jose trails only Miguel Cabrera and Alexei is behind Derek Jeter.
Sox Notes of Note
White Sox starters own a 2.31 ERA and a .201 opponents average over the last 12 games…Sale pitched the sixth complete game of his career yesterday and the first Sox CG of 2014. Chris is the first White Sox lefty starter to begin a season 5-0 since Mark Buehrle in 2009 and he now owns a 0.72 ERA with 33 strikeouts and a .051 opponents average over his last four starts. Since he returned from the disabled list, hitters are 3-56 against him and he still hasn’t given up a hit to a left-handed batter this season (0-32)…Konerko ranks second all-time with 60 home runs (behind Jim Thome‘s 64) and 177 RBI (behind Alex Rodriguez‘s 203) in interleague play. Yesterday’s homer was PK’s 437th career blast and he needs just one more to tie Andre Dawson for 42nd on the all-time list.
Quote of the Day
Captain Konerko on Sale:
“…He’s the definition of ace. There’s 30 teams in the league and a lot less aces than teams if you really start looking at it. We’ve got one of them. That’s always a good feeling that every time he touches the ball, there’s really no one he can go up against that you really feel like the underdog. Since he’s come off the DL, the ball’s just jumping out of his hand he ‘s got something for both sides. I think that’s the key. He’s got that big slider for lefties and his changeup looks as good as I’ve every seen it.”
White Sox vs. Dodgers at Dodger Stadium (9:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Starters: Hector Noesi (0-4, 4.33) for the Sox, RHP Dan Haren (5-3, 3.28) for LA.
Photos/Videos of the Day
Yesterday’s home run heroes, Paulie and Tyler.