White Sox Vs. Mariners Preview: Chicago Looks To Stay Above .500

The series opener in Seattle couldn't have gone any better for the Chicago White Sox (7-6), who got 11 strikeouts from Chris Sale and a 3-4 performance at the plate -- including two home runs, a double and five RBI -- from slugger Adam Dunn. In game two of the three-game set, Phil Humber takes the mound for Chicago, while the Mariners turn to Blake Beavan. If you don't know much about the young righty, let South Side Sox fill you in:

Blake Beavan sounds like one of those random imaginary minor leaguers MVP Baseball used to fill the lower levels with. But there are pictures and videos of him, so I assure you he is real. Beavan does not strike anyone out and barely did in the minors. He doesn't walk anybody, but pitching to contact can be a risky proposition when not in pitchers' parks. Beavan throws a low-90s fastball, a curveball, a changeup, and a slider.

Date / Time: 3:05 PM CT, Saturday, April 21, 2012

Location: Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington

Starting Pitchers: Philip Humber (0-0, 1.69 ERA) vs. Blake Beavan (1-1, 2.70 ERA)

TV: FOX (Click Here For Regional Coverage Map)

Radio: AM 670 The Score

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of this series, check out South Side Sox and Lookout Landing. For more news and notes from around baseball, visit Baseball Nation.

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