The White Sox will wear uniforms honoring the Chicago American Giants as they head to Comerica Park for the 22nd Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday on CSN.
The Giants formed in 1910 and quickly became one of the most dominant Negro League teams, winning seven League titles and two Negro League World Series titles. The team disbanded in 1952.
Saturday marks the fourth time (2007, 2008 and 2011) the White Sox have honored the Giants by wearing replica uniforms.
The Tigers will pay tribute to the Detroit Stars by suiting up in their throwback uniforms. In addition to both teams wearing throwback uniforms, the Tigers will welcome several former players to Comerica Park to celebrate Negro Leagues Weekend.
Melvin Duncan, Minnie Forbes, Eugene Scruggs, Bill Hill, Walt Owens, Pedro Sierra, Ron Teasley, Jake Sanders and Johnny Walker will be among the nine Negro League players recognized during a pregame ceremony. Ron Teasley, a Detroit native and former Negro Leagues player, will toss the ceremonial first pitch.
CSN's White Sox coverage on Saturday begins with Pregame Live at 2:30 p.m., followed by first pitch at 3 p.m.
If it were a cloudy afternoon instead of a pleasant evening, you could've been excused for thinking you were watching a replay of the White Sox Opening Day win in Kansas City.
Remember that home run derby? When the South Siders opened the 2018 season with six homers, 14 runs and a shocking offensive performance?
Fast forward 20-some games, and that firepower didn't last. The White Sox entered Thursday night's game as one of the lowest-scoring teams in the majors.
But they sure seem to like hitting in Kansas City, returning to the scene of that Opening Day slugfest with another offensive eruption, blasting five home runs in a 6-3 win. Matt Davidson, who launched three homers on Opening Day, hit a pair. Yoan Moncada hit a leadoff home run for the second time in as many days. Welington Castillo and Trayce Thompson also hit solo shots.
Some might point to the fact that four of the five long balls came with no one on base, meaning despite the frequency with which the ball was leaving the yard, things never got out of hand — or easy for White Sox pitchers.
But it is pretty crazy how well the White Sox have hit in such limited time in KC this season. Because of that opening-weekend snowout, Thursday's game was just the White Sox third this season at The K, yet they've hit 12 homers there. The Royals, who have played 12 games at their home ballpark, have mustered only seven (including one off the bat of former Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler on Thursday).
Davidson now leads the White Sox with seven homers in 2018. All but two of those have come in a pair of multi-homer games at Kauffman Stadium. In three games there this season, the numbers are silly good.
This continued ability to hammer Royals pitching has to be a good sign for the White Sox considering they're playing four more games in Kansas City before this weekend is over and a total of seven more before this season is over.
They might want to consider moving there if they keep this up.
Yoan Moncada is some kind of dialed in.
For the second time in as many days, Moncada smacked a leadoff home run to give the White Sox a 1-0 lead.
Wednesday, he did it in the bottom of the first inning against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners, taking the first pitch out of the yard. Thursday, he waited until pitch No. 2 to go deep of Jakob Junis and put the South Siders on top of the Kansas City Royals in the top of the first.
Moncada came into Thursday night's series-opener slashing .333/.421/.848 over his previous nine games. In his last 10, including Thursday, he now has nine extra-base hits, five home runs, nine RBIs and nine runs scored. This latest long ball moved him into a tie with Jose Abreu for the team lead, with six on the campaign.
So maybe Robinson Cano's assessment of Moncada as a potential superstar of the future might be on point.