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Alejandro De Aza
Chicago White Sox
After a pitiful April, the White Sox opened May with a much-needed victory, downing the Rangers 5-2. Unlike last night’s game where the Rangers took control after tying the game in the middle innings, the White Sox responded tonight and held on for the win. Let’s take a look at what we can take away from this game ...
I was getting ready to call this section “Chris Stale” after his rough second inning. However, Sale righted the ship immediately after, as in that third inning, he looked like he was on a mission to flat-out dominate. His stuff was possibly the best it’s been all season, as his fastball touched 96 mph and his breaking pitches were pin-point.
He proved tonight that he is indeed an ace, and we are lucky to have him in a White Sox uniform.
Home Run Offense
The White Sox have yet to win this season when they do not homer.
Whether that’s troubling or not, it’s a good thing the team received home runs from both Alejandro De Aza and Conor Gillaspie in the seventh inning off Rangers starter Nick Tepesch.
The young righty was starting to leave more pitches out over the plate as the game progressed, and Gillaspie and De Aza (pictured above, H/T Getty Images) did not miss those mistake pitches.
Like yesterday, the Sox were able to strike early, scoring two runs in the first two innings. After a leadoff double from De Aza, Alex Rios singled him in, and the second run scored an inning later after a double play from Tyler Flowers. While it seems like the Sox make a habit of going cold after a hot start to a game, it’s never a bad thing to get a head like the team did tonight, especially with guys like Chris Sale on the bump.
Bullpen Bounces Back
A lot of things have been bad with this ball club recently, but the worst may be the bullpen. Tonight, this unit did a nice job holding down the lead in the final innings. Jesse Crain (pictured below, H/T Getty Images) and Addison Reed both put runners on-base, but found ways to prevail.
Matt Thornton, who has struggled maybe more than anyone lately, did his job by getting the left-handed hitter out. He better be on his game now, too, as Thornton’s the only lefty in the ‘pen with the demotion of Donnie Veal.
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The Rubber Match
The White Sox will look for their first road series win this season when Jake Peavy opposed Justin Grimm tomorrow night. Peavy has been great this season at 3-1, but Grimm counters with a 2-0 record and a 1.59 ERA.
Plus, we all know the struggles the Sox tend to have against young pitching.
A win tomorrow can go a long way with building this team’s confidence and getting them to play a bit looser out there. Let’s hope the Jakemeister can bring it home.
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ARLINGTON, Texas Justin Grimm, who was the starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers Thursday night, can only hope is May is as good as his April was.
The right-hander, who started the season in Triple A Round Rock, was named the American League rookie of the month for April.
Grimm made three starts for the Rangers, going 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA. His ERA is the lowest among AL rookie...
In less than encouraging news for the Chicago White Sox, starting pitcher Gavin Floyd will pursue additional opinions on his flexor mass strain, which has him currently on the 15-day disabled list.
Gavin Floyd in the process of following up with various doctors so CWS have multiple opinions on his prognosis per Rick Hahn via email.
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) May 2, 2013...
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd will have a third opinion on his elbow on Monday. According to Bob Nightengale, Floyd “tentatively plans to have “Tommy John,” surgery on torn elbow ligament” which would end the right handers season.
The injury occurred in Floyd’s last start on Saturday as he was removed in the third inning and subsequently placed on the disabled...
Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis will begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Lewis will be assigned to Triple-A Round Rock after throwing an extended spring training game on Saturday according to ESPN Dallas.
The Rangers expect to welcome Lewis back to the starting rotation before the end of the month.
Last season Lewis made 16 starts for the Rangers going 6-6 with a 3.43 ERA...
Hector Santiago allowed two in five-plus innings filling in for Jake Peavy on Thursday night, Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat Texas 3-1, handing the Rangers their first series loss of the season.
Flowers' drive just inside the foul pole in left field was the third straight hit after Texas right-hander Justin Grimm (2-1) retired 10 in a row...
Conor Gillaspie and Alejandro De Aza homered in the seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Chris Sale (3-2) remained undefeated in his career against AL West teams, settling down after a rough second inning to make it through seven. The left-hander struck out seven and walked two.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Adrian Beltre had a three-run double among his four hits, Derek Holland pitched eight scoreless innings for his fifth consecutive victory over Boston and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox 7-0 Friday night.
While Holland (2-2) had a season-high nine strikeouts and held Boston to six singles, the Rangers had a season-high 18 hits.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront...
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Cast Members Will Meet and Greet Fans
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The team announced the news on its Twitter account Thursday, with Oswalt expected to report to extended spring training.
The 35-year-old Oswalt has a career record of 163-96. He's also 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Coors Field.
On his Twitter account, Oswalt tweeted: ''Always...
This is Norman the Scooter Dog (yes, the name just about says it all), who headlined the Texas Rangers' "Bark in the Park" event on Tuesday against the White Sox.
It’s a battle of power at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as the Boston Red Sox take on the Texas Rangers in what is sure to be a great weekend of baseball in the Lone Star State. The Red Sox come in with the best record in baseball, 20-8, and look to continue their dominance on the road (9-3 road record). Texas, meanwhile, just lost its first series...