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Carlos Rodon works in B game as White Sox fall to Indians

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Carlos Rodon works in B game as White Sox fall to Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — With the big game at the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Rodon and several major league relievers pitched in a B game Monday morning at Camelback Ranch.

The White Sox fielded a major league lineup, but the bullpen ran out of gas in a 9-4 loss to the Indians at Goodyear Stadium. Melky Cabrera doubled and homered, and Tyler Saladino also doubled in a run as the White Sox grabbed an early 4-0 lead. Todd Frazier also had two singles and drove in a run.

Rodon said he’s nearly ready to go and saw some positives even though he struggled with fastball command, walking four pitchers in six innings at Glendale, Ariz. In his second to last tuneup, the left-hander yielded three runs and seven hits and struck out six.

“It was a rough one,” Rodon said. “Fastball command was not good, although I’ll take some positives out of it, some good changeups out of there.

“Worked on the slider a little bit, got it back again.”

“(Fastball command) the last outing wasn’t that great, but the two before that were spot on, which is surprising because they were the first two outings I had.

“It seems like I’m getting stronger.”

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Those earlier outings have manager Robin Ventura confident Rodon is in the right place. Rodon only issued two walks in 10 1/3 innings in his first three starts, including one that he didn’t throw his trusted slider the entire time.

“We’ve seen him throw some great innings already,” Ventura said. “Not worried about him. He can pick himself apart. Today was useful, it was productive and now we move forward and get him going.”

Jake Petricka, Zach Duke and Matt Albers all completed two innings in the same contest. Petricka struck out three and allowed a hit but no runs. Duke struck out three as he allowed an unearned run and two hits. Albers allowed a run and three hits with one strikeout.

Back in Goodyear, the White Sox defense had a standout day. Carlos Sanchez, Brett Lawrie, Austin Jackson, Jerry Sands, Todd Frazier and Jacob May all made highlight-reel plays.

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