White Sox Vs. Tigers: White Sox Drop Series-Finale

The Chicago White Sox weren't able to pull off the sweep against the Detroit Tigers.

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White Sox Vs. Tigers Update: Chicago Drops Series-Finale

The Chicago White Sox saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in the finale of their series against the Detroit Tigers, as the Tigers prevented the sweep with a 5-2 victory. With the loss, the White Sox dropped a 1/2 game behind the Tigers in the Central Division.

Chris Sale was solid in his first loss of the season, allowing three earned runs in five innings on the mound. However, the White Sox had no answer for Rick Porcello, who picked up his first win of the season. Porcello allowed only one earned run and five hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Prince Fielder continued his strong start to the season for the Tigers, batting 2/5 and driving in his fifth run of the season. Fielder is hitting .353 over the first nine games for Detroit. A.J. Pierzynski and Dayan Viciedo each drove in a run for Chicago in the loss.

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Chicago White Sox Line Up: Fukudome, Escobar Get The Call

The Chicago White Sox are more or less going with what has worked this weekend vs. the Detroit Tigers, with a few minor changes. Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham, both of who are one again off to slow starts, are getting the day off, with Kosuke Fukudome and Eduardo Escobar, respectively, slotted as their replacements.

Otherwise, the White Sox's batting order is the same as it has been in the series, and despite slow starts as well from Brent Morel and Adam Dunn, it's hard to fault Robin Ventura for going with what has worked:

Here's today's line up:

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Brent Morel, 3B
  3. Adam Dunn, 1B
  4. Paul Konerko, DH
  5. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  6. Alexi Ramirez, SS
  7. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
  8. Dayan Viciedo, LF
  9. Eduardo Escobar, 2B

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White Sox Vs. Tigers: Chicago Enters Sunday With Chance At Sweep

The Detroit Tigers were the consensus preseason pick to run away with the AL Central, and many prognosticators had the Chicago White Sox in the division's basement, but when the two teams take the field in Chicago on Sunday, it's the South Siders that will be looking for the sweep. The Tigers offense, which bashed the pitching staffs of the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, has been all but shut down by the White Sox, and Chris Sale will be tasked with keeping that going in the series' final game.

Sale, the converted reliever, was very solid in his first major league start against the Cleveland Indians last week, giving up three hits and only one earned run over 6.2 innings. The Tigers offense is a step up from that of the Indians, though, and manager Jim Leyland figures to pack the line up with right handed batters, and the start will be a good test for Sale.

The Tigers are countering with Rick Porcello, the young right hander who threw a gem vs. the Rays in his opening start, going seven innings and only allowing two earned runs. For his career, Porcello has faced the White Sox seven times, posting a 6.91ERA in 41.2 innings.

Game time/date: Sunday, April 15, 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, Ill.

Starting Pitchers: Chris Sale (1-0, 1.35 ERA), Rick Porcello (0-0, 2.57 ERA)

TV: WGN

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White Sox Vs. Tigers Update: Chicago Earns Series Win

The Chicago White Sox continued their impressive start to the season with a dominant 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. With the win, the White Sox won their fourth straight and moved into the top spot in the Central Division.

Gavin Floyd bounced back from a rough start in his season-opener and looked absolutely tremendous in the win over the Tigers. Floyd pitched six shutout innings and struck out six batters to earn the win. At the plate, the White Sox combined for three home runs, with Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko all going deep.

The Tigers received a steady performance from Adam Wilk in the first start of his career. Wilk allowed only two earned runs in five innings. Unfortunately, he received no offensive support in his debut, as Detroit generated only five hits in the loss.

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Tigers Vs. White Sox: Lineups, Starters And More

The Chicago White Sox look to clinch their series with the Detroit Tigers when they host the second game of this series on Saturday afternoon at US Cellular Field. The White Sox opened the series with a 5-2 victory, as Jake Peavy was excellent over 6 2/3 innings. Peavy struck out eight batters and allowed only two earned runs in his first win of the season.

Gavin Floyd will be on the mound this afternoon with the White Sox hoping to win their fourth straight. The Tigers will look to rally around rookie pitcher Adam Wilk, who will be making the first start of his career this afternoon. Here are the starting lineups for game two of this series:

DETROIT TIGERS

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Brennan Boesch, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Andy Dirks, DH
9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

1. Alejandro De Aza - CF
2. Brent Morel - 3B
3. Adam Dunn - DH
4. Paul Konerko - 1B
5. Alex Rios - RF
6. Alexei Ramirez - SS
7. Dayan Viciedo - LF
8. Tyler Flowers - C
9. Gordon Beckham - 2B

Date/Time: Saturday, April 14 / 3:10 p.m. (CST)

Location: US Cellular Field, Chicago, IL.

Starting Pitchers: Gavin Floyd (0-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. Adam Wilk (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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Tigers Vs. White Sox: Chicago Can Grab First Place In The AL Central With A Win On Saturday

The Chicago White Sox won their 2012 home opener at U.S. Cellular in convincing fashion, and now they get a chance to clinch a series win and to move into first place in the AL Central with another victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon. The standings don't really matter at this point in the season, but for a White Sox team that typically underwhelms in April and is expected to flounder this season, it would be an early boost to draw in fans and get people excited about the season.

Gavin Floyd will take the mound for the Sox, and despite a gaudy 6.35 ERA, he pitched fairly well in his first start of the season against the Texas Rangers. Five hits over 5.2 innings doesn't look so bad, but when three of those hits are home runs it really puts a damper on the performance. Floyd will look to keep the ball down in this outing and avoid the long ball against a potent Tigers lineup.

As for the offense, Jim Margalus of SB Nation's excellent White Sox blog, South Side Sox, broke down why there is hope that Adam Dunn will hit better at home (and likely everywhere) this season:

Among the incredible things about his 2011 season is that he slugged the exact same pitiful percentage home and away, even though he hit eight of his 11 homers at U.S. Cellular Field.

  • Home: .149/.267/.277, 32 BB, 97 K over 236 PA
  • Away: .169/.315/.277, 43 BB, 80 K over 260 PA

I imagine it has to go better for him this time. He's hitting .222/.364/.389, but .364/.462/.636 against right-handed pitching (he's 0-for-7 so far against lefties). He's using more of the field. He's seeing the most pitches in the league (5.05 per plate appearance), which is a combination of increased selectivity and increased ability to cover more of the strike zone. He's showing a lot more fight when he gets behind in the count. He's a couple hits off lefties away from being back to what he was, when adding up his components.

In the opener on Friday Dunn went 0-4 in four plate appearances with four strikeouts, so he's even more due to breakout at U.S. Cellular now.

As for the Tigers, Brandon Inge could make his 2012 debut after completing his rehab assignment in Toledo and rejoining the team for the series in Chicago.

Here is the key information for today's game.

Date / Time: 3:10 PM CT, Saturday, April 14, 2012

Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL

Starting Pitchers: Gavin Floyd (0-1, 6.35 ERA) vs. Adam Wilk (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

TV: CSN-Chicago

Radio: AM 670 The Score

Streaming: MLB.tv

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Tigers Vs. White Sox Final Score: Chicago Defeats Detroit 5-2

Behind a strong start from Jake Peavy, the Chicago White Sox were able to overcome a slow start at the plate to defeat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in front of a sellout crowd at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday afternoon.

Related: Gamethread: Opening the Cell

Peavy went 6-2/3 innings, striking out eight and giving up just two hits in the process. Delmon Young took a Peavy breaking ball out of the park for a two-run home run in the top of the seventh, but other than that, it was smooth sailing for the Sox starter.

Dayan Viciedo broke a 0-0 tie in the fifth with a solo home run to left-center; the White Sox added two runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth.

Hector Santiago worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to pick up his third save of the year.

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White Sox Vs. Tigers: Pierzynski Triple Gives Chicago 3-2 Lead

The Chicago White Sox were held scoreless through the first four innings, but after a LF Dayan Viciedo home run and an C A.J. Pierzynski triple, Chicago has taken a 3-2 lead over the Detroit Tigers.

SP Max Scherzer dominated the White Sox lineup through the first four frames, striking out 9 White Sox hitters and allowing only two hits. But in the bottom of the fifth, Viciedo powered a home run to left center to give the Sox a 1-0 lead. Then, in the bottom of the 6th inning, CF Alejandro De Aza walked, 1B Paul Konerko knocked him in with an RBI single, and then Pierzynski knocked the ball to deep right for an RBI triple.

In the top of the 7th inning, however, the Tigers finally got to SP Jake Peavy, hitting a two-run homer for a 3-2 White Sox lead.

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IMAGE: White Sox, Tigers Game Delayed Due To Misplaced Chalk

In one of the more bizarre delays in baseball history, the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers had to suspend action in Friday's afternoon game because the right-handed batters box had been painted askew. Timothy Burke of 30FPS provides an image of the umpires and grounds crew as they re-chalk the box:

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via 30fps.mocksession.com

According to the official rules of the MLB, each batters box must be 6 feet by 4 feet and perfectly parallel to each other. A slight difference in the two boxes can affect the angle at which the batter stands, causing them to struggle to see and connect with pitches.

Play has since resumed at US Cellular Field with the scored tied at 0-0.

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Tigers Vs. White Sox: Lineups, Starters, TV Schedule And More For Friday's Home Opener

The Chicago White Sox open their home schedule at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday afternoon against the consensus lead dog in the AL Central, but even if they lose to the Detroit Tigers, the smell of grilled onions and the game day atmosphere on the south side of Chicago should overcome an disappointment in the result.

Jake Peavy gets the start for the Sox, while Max Scherzer will try to bounce back after being shelled by the Red Sox in his first game. These are the starting lineups for Friday's opener at U.S. Cellular Field:

Detroit Tigers

1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Brennan Boesch, RF
3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B
5. Delmon Young, LF
6. Alex Avila, C
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Andy Dirks, DH
9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

Chicago White Sox

1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
2. Brent Morel, 3B
3. Adam Dunn, DH
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. A.J. Pierzynski, C
6. Alex Rios, RF
7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
8. Dayan Viciedo, LF
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

Here is the key information for today's game.

Date / Time: 1:10 PM CT, Friday, April 13, 2012

Location: U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL

Starting Pitchers: Max Scherzer (0-0, 23.63 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

TV: CSN-Chicago

Radio: AM 670 The Score

Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on the Tigers, visit Bless You Boys. White Sox news and analysis is available atSouth Side Sox. Check out MLB Daily Dish for off-season rumors and reports. And for more news and notes from around baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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Tigers Vs. White Sox: 2012 Home Opener Comes Against A Daunting Detroit Squad

The Chicago White Sox open their home season at U.S. Cellular Field with a weekend series against the high-powered Detroit Tigers.

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