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JJ Comments 1
Tony: Can't deny them the top spot still.
JJ: Continue to re-load by adding Oswalt.
Tony: Kemp's injury will "hamstring" this team as some point.
JJ: Harper deserves love, but so does Gio Gonzalez.
Tony: Bryce Harper is the man, you guys.
JJ: Until they cool off, they deserve to be this high.
Tony: Longoria's coming back, but will Zobrist turn things around?
JJ: Slipping, and don't look now, but the Giants are right there.
Tony: Man are they hot. This is a legit playoff team.
JJ: This year, they have the pitching to win the division. 6
Tony: 20 years ago, they drafted Derek Jeter. He's still got it.
JJ: They'll move up when Longoria gets back.
Tony: Still may favorite to win the NL Central.
JJ: Hoo boy, do they need a starter. Matt Garza, anyone?
Tony: Are they starting to come back to earth?
JJ: Quietly, pitching has been outstanding.
Tony: Giancarlo, Big Z leading the charge.
JJ: Speaking of outstanding pitching...
Tony: Great week includes Johan no-no, Dickey CG SHO.
JJ: If Lincecum gets going, they could really challenge LA.
Tony: They're really starting to show their true colors.
JJ: Like his team, Pujols not all the way back, but getting there.
Tony: Don't look now, but they're withing spitting distance of first.
JJ: They're finally looking like the Orioles. Can they rebound?
Tony: Lost three straight series to AL Central opponents.
JJ: They're better than this, and will eventually show it.
PHOENIX — Dylan Covey exited Tuesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks with left oblique soreness.
The short-handed White Sox won’t know until Wednesday at the earliest how long they might be without their Rule 5 starting pitcher. Covey sustained the injury in the third inning of a 5-4 loss to Arizona in front of 17,865 at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks homered twice off the right-hander, scoring four times in 2 1/3 innings. The bullpen pitched well enough to allow the White Sox to rally back but they fell just short despite the 100th home run of Jose Abreu’s career and loading the bases in the eighth inning.
Though both James Shields and Carlos Rodon are on the mend, the White Sox are already down two starting pitchers. Rodon is further along having thrown off a mound four times, including 60 pitches in a simulated game on Monday. But the White Sox don’t have a lot of depth in the farm system as they’re not willing to forgo development to fill a need in Chicago.
Covey exited the game after he recorded the first out of the third inning. He induced a ground ball and signaled the bench, which brought out manager Rick Renteria and trainer Herm Schneider. Covey, who allowed two more home runs on Tuesday, didn’t attempt to throw any warmup pitches before he exited.
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The right-hander brought an 0-3 mark and a 7.64 ERA into the contest. Paul Goldschmidt tripled in a run off Covey with one out in the first inning ahead of a two-run home run by Jake Lamb. Chris Herrmann also blasted a solo homer to left to start the second inning. Covey, who had made only six starts above Single-A before the White Sox selected him in the Rule 5 draft last December, has allowed 13 home runs in 37 2/3 innings this season.
The White Sox bullpen picked up the slack as Chris Beck, Gregory Infante, David Holmberg and Tommy Kahnle combined to allow one run over the final 5 2/3 innings.
That allowed the White Sox to work their way back into the contest. Melky Cabrera homered in the second inning to make it a two-run game. After Arizona scored in the bottom of the second, Todd Frazier’s two-run homer made it a 4-3 game in the third inning.
Abreu blasted a solo shot off Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth to get the White Sox within a run. They loaded the bases with one out but J.J. Hoover struck out Omar Narvaez and Yolmer Sanchez to maintain the one-run lead for Arizona.
PHOENIX — Jose Abreu became the third Cuban player to hit 100 home runs for the White Sox when he hit blasted one Tuesday night.
The White Sox first baseman reached the left field seats with a 386-foot drive in the eighth inning off Arizona’s Jorge De La Rosa. The homer was the ninth hit by Abreu this season in 184 plate appearances.
Minnie Minoso hit 135 home runs for the White Sox and Alexei Ramirez had 109.
Abreu is on pace to hit 33 homers this season. He burst onto the season and hit 36 home runs en route to winning the American League rookie of the year award in 2014. Abreu’s homer total dropped to 30 in 2015 and dipped to 25 last season.
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All nine of Abreu’s homers have come away from Guaranteed Rate Field this season. The White Sox have only played 16 games at home. Prior to 2017, Abreu had homered 46 times at home and 45 on the road.
Abreu’s 100th homer had an exit velocity of 104 mph off the bat and a launch angle of 40 degrees.