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The AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox wasted a brilliant pitching performance from Chris Sale in his last start, unable to muster any offense against a former Cy Young Award winner.
It would seem the budding star could be poised for another gem in going up against a light-hitting Minnesota Twins team, and facing the struggling Nick Blackburn in Wednesday's finale also seems to bode well for the White Sox lineup.
In his first season in Chicago's rotation, Sale (8-2, 2.24 ERA) is already being mentioned as a possible starter for the AL All-Star team. He leads the league in ERA, and he has yielded two runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts.
The left-hander and Milwaukee's Zack Greinke were matched in a pitchers' duel Friday at U.S. Cellular Field, in a game the White Sox (39-35) lost 1-0 in 10 innings. Pitching on six days' rest, Sale went eight, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out seven, leaving a good impression on Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke.
"I see why his record and his ERA are where they are," Roenicke said. "He's really funky along with great stuff."
The Twins (30-43) are already aware of how overpowering Sale can be after he limited them to two hits - singles by Joe Mauer and Trevor Plouffe - while striking out six in seven innings of Chicago's 6-0 win on May 23.
It could be a similar story this time, considering Minnesota is 13th in the AL in runs with 295, and has scored two or fewer in five of the last eight games. Mauer is batting .438 in five games after missing three with a bruised right quadriceps but has driven in just one run, while Plouffe has one homer in his last 10 contests.
The Twins were on the verge of being shut out for the second time in four games Tuesday until Jamey Carroll's two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning. It wasn't enough, however, as the White Sox hung on for a 3-2 victory, their third in four games to increase their division lead over Cleveland to 1 12.
Chicago finished with five hits, with Alex Rios going 2 for 4 with a two-run homer and Alexei Ramirez adding a triple and RBI single. Ramirez is batting .471 with seven RBIs in his last 10 games, raising his average 31 points to .246, and is hitting .333 in 36 career at-bats against Blackburn (4-4, 7.45).
The White Sox haven't enjoyed much success against Blackburn, who is 7-2 with a 3.43 ERA in his last 10 starts in the series, but the right-hander hasn't been particularly sharp this season.
This is especially the case early. He has allowed at least one first-inning run in eight of his 11 starts, and opponents are batting .426 off him in the opening frame.
Although Blackburn has posted a 6.00 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled list (left quad strain), the Twins have won each of those games. In Cincinnati on Friday, he allowed four runs on a pair of two-run homers and three other hits over five innings of a 5-4 victory.
Kevin Youkilis, 2 for 8 in his first two games with the White Sox, is batting .353 in 17 career at-bats against Blackburn.
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Kevin Youkilis went 1-for-4 in his second game with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, but this time in a 3-2 win over the Twins at Minnesota thanks to Gavin Floyd's seven scoreless innings. However, Youkilis still couldn't escape the national spotlight. This time it was presidential. Youkilis heard the news that a flap resulted when President Obama, a White Sox fan, made...
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Welcome to Chicago, Kevin. We’re going to get you right in the lineup. You’re going to hit second for us and play third. We’re so happy to have you, we’ll SPELL YOUR FREAKIN’ NAME WRONG.
That’d be Y-O-U-K-I-L-I-S, not Youklis like White Sox manager Robin Ventura or whichever coach wrote the lineup card.
Then again, if it were me, I would have spelled it P-U-K-E...
Kevin Youkilis didn't have exactly the best of debuts with the White Sox last night, going 1-4 in a loss to the Minnesota Twins.
The lineup card at the beginning of the game should have been an omen.
The White Sox spelled Kevin Youkilis' last name as "Youklis". The White Sox however got the name on his jersey correct and even got his old number 20 back from outfielder...
Our friend Blake from The Great Mambino blog wrote his weekly blurb on fantasy and baseball in general. Here's what he wrote:
In the move that everyone saw coming, the Boston Red Sox finally traded Kevin Youkilis on Sunday. After rumors flew around fast and furious like a CC Sabathia batting practice, GM Ben Cherington shipped his third baseman to the Chicago White Sox for...
Francisco Liriano spoiled Kevin Youkilis' first game with Chicago, throwing a season-high seven innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-1 victory over the White Sox on Monday night.
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Make no mistake about it, Mr. President. Those were "boos" you were hearing. President Barack Obama made a few enemies during a fundraiser at Boston's Symphony Hall on Monday when he thanked the city for Kevin Youkilis. Youkilis, of course, was traded to Obama's beloved Chicago White Sox on Sunday, much to the president's delight. When Obama expressed his pleasure...
This is Barack Obama talking to Bostonians about the Kevin Youkilis trade. It goes pretty well, I guess.
Now I hope you'll all go into the comments and scream at each other about politics. Ohhhh boy there's nothing that makes my day like strangers on the internet screaming at each other about politics.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Francisco Liriano spoiled Kevin Youkilis' first game with Chicago, throwing a season-high seven innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-1 victory over the White Sox on Monday night.
Making his first start against the rival White Sox since his no-hitter in Chicago nearly 14 months ago, Liriano (2-7) allowed just three singles, two walks and a double. The...
It wasn't exactly scripted, but Bobby Valentine knew what he was doing to make Kevin Youkilis' final moments in a Boston Red Sox uniform special. In a segment exceprted from The Bobby Valentine Show, the Sox skipper recounts the conversation he had with general manager Ben Cherington when he was informed that Youkilis was about to be officially traded. There was a bit of...
Mitt Romney's campaign has found an opportunity to try to swing a few votes away from President Barack Obama in Massachusetts. Obama thanked the city of Boston at a fundraiser on Sunday for trading Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox, his favorite team. His mild-mannered joke didn't go over well and was met with booing. Romney's campaign, in turn, criticized Obama for the...
MINNEAPOLIS Nick Blackburn was at a loss for words Wednesday when asked what more he can do to turn things around, shortly after he and the Minnesota Twins fell, 12-5, to the Chicago White Sox.The Twins are seemingly out of options, too, meaning they have no choice but to keep Blackburn in the rotation. Wednesday's outing was his worst this month, as the right-hander allowed...
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When Kevin Youkilis first came on the scene in Boston, he didn't look like a whole heck of a lot. What Red Sox fans quickly learned, however, was that there was more to this third baseman than met the eye -- a fitting distinction for someone who would be come to known for his eye at the plate. Youkilis somehow found a way to make it work on the diamond, and he somehow found a...