Sale, Kershaw must-see TV tonight on CSN


Sale, Kershaw must-see TV tonight on CSN

On Wednesday, Jake Peavy dueled with St. Louis' surprise ace Lance Lynn in a game that ended with a 1-0 score. It was a outstandingly-pitched game played at a crisp pace, with Lynn striking out 12 and Peavy only allowing a solo home run to Carlos Beltran.

Tonight's Clayton Kershaw-Chris Sale matchup (9:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet) could be better.

Sale enters the night leading the American League in ERA, and his 2.08 mark is second to Atlanta's Brandon Beachy among major-league starters. He's one of 18 starters averaging a strikeout or more per inning during his rapid rise to extended dominance.

We all knew Sale had filthy stuff and the ability to strikeout opponents by the truckload, but that he's done it as a starter so quickly has been incredibly impressive. Every Sale start is a must-watch.

And when he's facing the reigning National League Cy Young winner? What's the next logical step up from must-watch, be really quick with your bathroomsnack breaks?

Kershaw hasn't been as dominant as he was in 2011, in which he posted a 2.28 ERA with an average of 9.57 strikeouts per nine innings and an 0.98 WHIP. His ERA (2.65) and WHIP (1.00) are both good, but his strikeouts are down (8.259 IP), although that's about the only 'blemish' on his record. Kershaw remains an elite pitcher, boasting a mid-90's fastball with outstanding breaking offerings.

In his last start, Kershaw fanned 12 Mariners, a welcome reminder to those in Los Angeles that he still has it.

Kershaw has started against the White Sox once in his career, that coming in his rookie year of 2008. As a 20-year-old making only his seventh big-league start, Kershaw allowed two runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts in four innings as he and the Dodgers were out-dueled by John Danks and four White Sox relievers.

Now 24, Kershaw -- who threw to Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford at Highland Park High School in the Dallas area -- has come into his own with Los Angeles. He hasn't posted an ERA above 3 since his rookie year, and he's someone who very well could take home multiple Cy Youngs in his career.

The Sox hope Sale will follow Kershaw's dominant path as a starter. Tonight, we'll get to see both electric young lefties match up in what looks to be an outstanding battle.

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson out at least 10 days with foot injury

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson out at least 10 days with foot injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The leading candidate to be the team’s starting center fielder, Charlie Tilson has been temporarily shut down after suffering a stress reaction in his right foot.

The White Sox rookie said Sunday that he noticed the injury gradually building up before he decided to stop his workout on Friday and headed for the training room. An MRI performed Saturday on Tilson -- who is rehabbing from a torn left hamstring that ended his 2016 season early -- revealed the reaction, which isn’t severe as a stress fracture. Given Tilson previously had a stress fracture in his right foot, the White Sox said he'll be sidelined from impact work for 10 days, at which point he’d be re-evaluated.

“It started very minimal, and I tried to work through it a little bit, and by the time I addressed Herm, thankfully I caught it before it was anything that would keep me out for too long,” Tilson said. “It’s a minor thing, and it will give my other leg a chance to get stronger in the meantime, and hopefully we’ll turn this negative into a positive.”

Tilson wouldn’t be surprised if his injury is related to overcompensating for his left leg, which he has worked tirelessly to rehab since he suffered the injury on Aug. 2 and then had season-ending surgery. Manager Rick Renteria described it as an “irritation” in the area where Tilson suffered a stress fracture in 2013. In the interim, the White Sox will test some of their other options in camp, including veteran Peter Bourjos and minor leaguers Adam Engel and Jacob May, among others.

“But we don’t foresee it to be a long-term issue,” Renteria said. “By being able to shut him down now, it’ll be something he’ll be able to recover from. We’ll just readjust his timetable.”

Minor as Tilson and the White Sox say it is, the outfielder admitted he’s down about having to deal with it after the progress he’d made in his rehab.

The White Sox acquired the New Trier High School product from the St. Louis Cardinals last July in exchange for left-hander Zach Duke. Tilson was immediately called up as the White Sox intended to try him out in center field the rest of the season. But he suffered a season-ending injury in his major league debut while tracking down a fly ball and had surgery several days later.

Tilson made enough progress to be a full participant in a hitter’s camp at Camelback Ranch last month. Earlier this week, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tilson was a top candidate to take over as the club’s starting center fielder if he was healthy.

“I guess you could say I’m disappointed,” Tilson said. “But it’s a very minor setback and it’s part of the process. I had a major repair, and these things come up and hopefully we can minimize them as much as we can and hopefully this is the last one. But I’m just going to deal with it and do whatever I can to move forward.”

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.