Dayan Viciedo has struggled through most of the month of June, but in one at-bat against David Robertson, he made up for whatever offensive deficiencies he had in the last few weeks. Viciedo's three-run homer brought the White Sox from down 3-1 to up 4-3 in the top of the ninth, and the Sox wound up winning by that score.
Prior to the game, CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes joined David Kaplan to talk Kevin Youkilis and the Yankees on the BMO-Harris Look Ahead:
So that's a pretty good way to start off the four-game series with New York. Alex Rios had another good game, picking up two hits, the latter of which started the three-run ninth inning rally. On the season, Rios is now hitting .305.342.496, which he believes is the product of simplifying his approach at the plate.
For the record, I have Rios as the most surprising player on the White Sox this season -- and he has the majority of votes in our poll, too. Although Jose Quintana would be a fine choice, and plenty are going with Chris Sale. If you haven't weighed in, drop us a line in the comments of that post.
The White Sox purchased the contract of lefty Leyson Septimo from Triple-A Charlotte to replace the recently-DFA'd Will Ohman. Septimo, 26, is a converted outfielder who has gaudy strikeout numbers but some control problems -- although that culminated in a 1.48 ERA with Triple-A Charlotte before his call-up.
Kevin Youkilis expected boos from Yankees fans, which he certainly received when he stepped up to the plate Thursday. These fans probably weren't saying Youuuuuuk, though.
Maybe Dan Patrick should start predicting more things for the White Sox:
Around the division: Cleveland stopped its losing streak at five with a 7-2 win over Baltimore, while Detroit also kept pace with a 5-2 win over the reeling Rays. Kansas City and Minnesota were idle, and in other news Travis Hafner should return to Cleveland's lineup Monday, while the chances of Victor Martinez returning this season remain slim.