Be sure to tune in to Comcast SportsNet at 9 p.m. for a special commercial-free broadcast of tonight's White Sox-Dodgers spring training game. Instead of commercials, Comcast SportsNet will air interviews and features with players including Paul Konerko, Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu, among others. Get to know your 2014 White Sox with in-game action and these between-inning vignettes!
On the mound
Chris Sale (5th place in AL Cy Young voting in 2013; 6th place in 2012) vs. Clayton Kershaw (NL Cy Young winner in 2013 and 2011). Also scheduled to pitch for the White Sox: Scott Downs, Ronald Belisario, Nate Jones, Maikel Cleto.
Tonight's starting lineup
Adam Eaton CF
Marcus Semien 2B
Jose Abreu 1B
Avisail Garcia RF
Adam Dunn DH
Dayan Viciedo LF
Alexei Ramirez SS
Matt Davidson 3B
Tyler Flowers C
-- New centerfielder and lead-off hitter Adam Eaton takes CSN Chicago on an unforgettable fishing trip as we learn about Chicago's newest 'grinder.’
--Highly-touted rookie first baseman Jose Abreu signed the largest contract in White Sox history this offseason. We get an inside look on how the new slugger trains with strength and conditioning coordinator Allen Thomas in the White Sox weight room, where cameras are not allowed.
-- New third baseman Matt Davidson sits down with Chuck Garfien for a 1-on-1 about his excitement of playing for the White Sox.
-- Paul Konerko tells CSN Chicago what would define a successful final season.
-- CSN Chicago mic’s up the always-entertaining pitching coach Don Cooper for a candid conversation about this year’s staff.
-- Ever wonder what it's like to get in the batter's box against a professional pitcher? Catcher Josh Phegley gives us that view by wearing a Go-Pro camera while catching starter John Danks.
Expecting the best
Tonight's start will be Clayton Kershaw's final tune-up before starting March 22 against Arizona in Australia in MLB's season opener, so this likely will be less of a working-on-pitches start and more of a serious preparation for a week from today when the game matters for the Dodgers. Chris Sale will make his fourth Cactus League start and is building toward an Opening Day start March 31 -- in his last outing, Sale threw 4 1/3 shutout innings with three strikeouts against Milwaukee.
Over the last five seasons, Kershaw has a 2.43 ERA -- including a sparkling 1.83 mark in 2013 -- with 1,106 strikeouts in 1,072 1/3 innings. He's won the NL Cy Young twice and finished second in 2012, and has made three consecutive All-Star appearances.
Since moving to the White Sox rotation in 2012, Sale has a 3.06 ERA with 418 strikeouts in 406 innings with two All-Star appearances and a pair of top-six finishes in the AL Cy Young race. Along with Tampa Bay's David Price, the 25-year-old Kershaw and 24-year-old Sale are among the most exciting young left-handers in baseball today.