White Sox, Phillies set for Interleague doubleheader

White Sox, Phillies set for Interleague doubleheader
July 13, 2013, 9:45 am
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Vinnie Duber

"Let's play two" might have been the trademark phrase of a famous North Sider, but it's exactly what the White Sox will be doing Saturday.

After rain washed away Friday night's contest before it could even get started, the Sox and Phillies will play a doubleheader Saturday in the Keystone State. And Comcast SportsNet will have all of the action — a day full of White Sox baseball.

Things get started with White Sox Pregame Live at 1:30 p.m. before making way for the first pitch of Game 1, scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT. White Sox Postgame Live follows Game 1, and then it's a brief break before settling in for Game 2 (estimated start time of 7:15 p.m.). Then wrap up the day with another edition of White Sox Postgame Live and SportsNet Central.

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The off day, while providing needed rest after a 10-day, four-city swing for the Sox, might have eased the momentum they rode into town with following a series win over the division-rival Tigers.

Additionally, the day off saw the departure of reliever Matt Thornton. The team's second longest tenured player was traded to the Red Sox on Friday for outfield prospect Brandon Jacobs.

So it's quite a different scenario for the Sox than what they expected the series-opener to be Friday. Still, though, some elements remain the same.

The rains couldn't wash away the Sox misfortune against National League opponents this season. They are just 5-9 in Interleague contests, with three of those wins coming against the NL-worst Marlins, and they've been outscored 70-43.

And Friday's scheduled pitching matchup remains the same for Game 1, with John Danks opposing Philadelphia's Jonathan Pettibone. Danks is looking for the same run support that allowed Chris Sale and Jose Quintana to pick up wins in the Detroit series. Danks has allowed three earned runs or fewer in six of nine starts this season, including each of his last three, where he allowed a total of six earned runs in 21 1/3 innings. But even in those three most recent contests, his record is 1-2.

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The Sox will give the ball to Hector Santiago in Game 2. It's been a mixed bag for the left-hander since returning to the rotation June 9. He gave up just two runs in his most recent outing but lasted only 5 1/3 innings in what ended up being an 8-2 loss against the Cubs.

Philadelphia will throw John Lannan in the day's second game. The Sox aren't scheduled to see All-Star pitcher Cliff Lee in the weekend series, though Sox pitchers will have to contend with the team's other All Star: outfielder Domonic Brown, who ranks third in the National League with 23 home runs.