Ahhh, Interleague play.
When NL teams move to the AL, pitchers no longer have to hit. But when AL teams move to NL parks, they lose the designated hitter, making for some interesting lineups.
What are AL managers to do? Sit one of their best bats all series, or stick a guy out in the field at a position he has no business playing?
First-year White Sox manager Robin Ventura already has a solution when his team heads to the North Side this weekend for the first edition of the Crosstown Classic.
Adam Dunn will play left field.
Yep, seriously. He can't play first, since Paul Konerko will be there and he's just as vital to the White Sox lineup (or maybe more so) as Dunn is.
Dunn has some experience playing outfield. But, that "experience" has been an adventure, as Dunn was widely considered one of the worst defensive players in all of baseball when he played in the National League. He last played left field in 2009 with the Nationals.
Wrigley Field is no Fenway Park, so at least Dunn doesn't have to contend with the Green Monster. If he does, indeed, play left field as Ventura intimates, then Dunn also wouldn't have to deal with the sun as much, since right field typically gets hit harder in that area as the sun sets.
Either way, this should make for an interesting weekend.
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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