The Red Sox marketing department didn't waste any time promoting the return of Kevin Youkilis, who was dealt to the White Sox Sunday after receiving a rousing ovation from the crowd at Fenway Park after being lifted for a pinch-runner. The Red Sox have already put out an advertisement pumping their July 16-19 series against the White Sox in Boston as the return of Youkilis, who spent the first nine seasons of his career with the club.
White Sox fans hoping to celebrate the return of Brent Lillibridge will have to wait until the playoffs or 2013, as the Red Sox are not scheduled to come to U.S. Cellular Field again in 2012.
Boston took three of four from the White Sox in Chicago in late April, with Youkilis belting a grand slam off Philip Humber in the Sox starter's first outing since throwing a perfect game. Youkilis played in Boston's three wins, his final three games before hitting the disabled list for nearly a month with a lower back issue.
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.
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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