Pierzynski captures first career Silver Slugger award

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Pierzynski captures first career Silver Slugger award

White Sox catcher and current free agent A.J. Pierzynski took home his first career American League Silver Slugger Award Thursday night.

The 35-year-old Pierzynski joined Carlton Fisk as the only catchers in team history to win the award. Fisk captured the Sliver Slugger in 1981, 1985 and 1988, which honors the best offensive performers at each position voted on by coaches and managers.

The former White Sox catcher batted .278 with a career-high 27 home runs and 77 RBI in 135 games in 2012. The 27 homers were the second-highest total in franchise history, trailing only Fisk's 37 dingers in 1985. Also, Pierzynski set career-highs in runs scored (68), slugging percentage (.501) and OPS (.827).

One of the highlights of Pierzynski's season came when he homered in five consecutive games from July 20-August 5.

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Red Sox ace Chris Sale doesn't have time to get emotional in return to Chicago

Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox are about to roll through Chicago's South Side.

At the tail end of the holiday weekend, Sale and Co. will return to the place he called home for seven years.

Sale was initially scheduled to start in the series opener Monday against longtime teammate Jose Quintana, but the Red Sox will now throw out David Price in his 2017 debut.

The 28-year-old Sale is slotted in for Tuesday night's outing.

Asked how emotional he'll be returning to Chicago, Sale brushed it off:

"I don't have time to think about that right now," he said. "Get ready for it like any other start. I've pitched there a lot so I should be alright."

Sale last pitched Wednesday against the Texas Rangers, picking up his fifth win of the season with 7.1 strong innings. It was also the first time Sale didn't strike out at least 10 batters in a start since his 2017 debut on April 5, going eight straight starts with double digit whiffs.

On the season, Sale is 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 0.81 WHIP averaging a ridiculous 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Sale leads the league in games started, innings, strikeouts, WHIP and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching).

The big southpaw appeared in 228 games for the White Sox — including 148 starts — posting a 74-50 record with a 3.00 ERA, 1.065 WHIP and 1,244 strikeouts in 1,110 innings.

Preview: White Sox host Tigers in doubleheader today on CSN

Preview: White Sox host Tigers in doubleheader today on CSN

The White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage for Game 1 begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 3:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Game 1 starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (1-4, 4.85 ERA) vs. Matthew Boyd (2-4, 5.36 ERA)

Game 2 starting pitching matchup: Tyler Danish (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Buck Farmer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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