Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia elected to playFriday nights game at U.S. Cellular Field under protest.Scioscia made the request with crew chief Dana DeMuth afterPaul Konerko grounded into a bases-loaded fielders choice in the bottom of thefirst inning. On the play, third baseman Alberto Callaspo retrieved thegrounder and threw home to record the first out. But Scioscia argued Konerkointerfered with catcher Chris Ianettas throw to first base by running inside thebase line within the last 45 feet of the base. Konerko reached safely to reloadthe bases.Scioscia argued with umpires for several minutes before theyruled Konerko safe. He continued to argue after the ruling and umpiresreconvened before they elected to stay with their initial ruling.White Sox outfielder Alex Rios followed a five-minute delaywith an RBI single to left to tie the game at 1. On the play, Adam Dunn wasthrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning.Catcher A.J. Pierzynski followed Rios hit with a three-runhome run off Zack Greinke to give the White Sox a 4-1 lead.
Chris Sale will establish a new career high when he takes the mound in Sunday’s regular season finale.
The White Sox ace is set to start one more time this season and in doing so will make a career-best 32nd turn. One of the top contenders for the American League Cy Young Award, Sale has already established career highs for complete games (six) and innings pitched (221 2/3). White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Sale, who pitched on Tuesday, would start against the Minnesota Twins.
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“At first you can look at it like he doesn’t necessarily have to throw,” Ventura said. “But I think he wants to throw and that’s a good sign. He’s motivated to throw and just to go do it. We’re not doing it for numbers or anything, but he wants to throw. I think that’s part of his commitment to being a teammate and all that stuff. So we’ll have a pretty good lineup out there.”
As for what to expect from Sale, Ventura said: “It won’t be four or five (innings), but it won’t be nine. Well, if he has a no-hitter, it’s a possibility. If there’s something special there and his pitch count and everything and he’s feeling good, he would go. But for the most part he’s not going to go nine.”
The White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana (13-11, 3.21 ERA) vs. Chris Archer (8-19, 4.02 ERA)
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