Tim Stebbins

Jon Lester, notorious slugger, hits home run against Pirates

Jon Lester, notorious slugger, hits home run against Pirates

Treat yoself, Jon Lester.

With the Cubs already leading the Pirates 7-0 in the third inning, Lester helped his own cause at the plate. The Cubs starting pitcher took Pirates pitcher Chris Stratton deep for his first home run of 2019.

Lester also hit a two-run single in the first inning.

When Lester joined the Cubs in 2015, he held an 0-for-36 line at the plate with just one career walk to his name. While he's now hitting just .121 in his Cubs career, the 35-year-old has now hit a home run in three-straight seasons.

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White Sox activate Dylan Covey from IL, designate Juan Minaya for assignment

White Sox activate Dylan Covey from IL, designate Juan Minaya for assignment

The White Sox starting rotation received a boost on Saturday in the form of Dylan Covey.

Ahead of Saturday's game against the Athletics, the White Sox activated Covey from the 10-day injured list. In a corresponding move, the team designated reliever Juan Minaya for assignment.

Covey, who will start Saturday's game, landed on the injured list on June 9 with right shoulder inflammation. Although Covey holds a 4.58 ERA in nine games (seven starts) this season, he posted back-to-back solid outings before hitting the shelf. He allowed one earned run in six innings on May 31 against the Indians and two earned runs in five innings on June 5 against the Nationals.

The White Sox starting rotation has been a revolving door of sorts this season as Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodon recover from Tommy John surgery. Since Covey went down, the team has started Odrisamer Despaigne (June 10, 16 and 22), Manny Bañuelos (June 11 and 15), Carson Fulmer (June 25, though in a bullpen day) and most recently Ross Detwiler (June 28 and July 3). Dylan Cease has since made his major league debut, too, of course.

Detwiler has pitched admirably, allowing just two earned runs in each of his two outings. Whether he will continue to start or move to the bullpen is yet to be seen, though the fact that Minaya was DFA-ed rather than Detwiler says something.

Minaya holds a 3.90 ERA in 22 games/27 2/3 innings this season, though 10 of the 12 earned runs he's allowed this season came in June and July.

Following today's moves, the White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 39.

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White Sox prospect Luis Robert has a grand Triple-A debut with Charlotte Knights

White Sox prospect Luis Robert has a grand Triple-A debut with Charlotte Knights

They say you only have one chance to make a good first impression.

It's safe to say that Luis Robert made more than a good impression with the Charlotte Knights. In his Triple-A debut on Thursday, the White Sox No. 1 prospect crushed a grand slam to left field, putting the Knights ahead 9-2. It was his first hit with the Knights.

Robert hit another home run in his fourth plate appearance of the night. He finished the game 3-for-5 with two long balls and seven RBIs in a 15-12 win.

Robert's debut shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as he's been crushing the ball all season in the White Sox farm system. Entering Thursday, the 21-year-old outfielder holds a .349/.401/.618 slashline, with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs across 75 minor league games this season. He made it to Triple-A about three months after making his season debut with Single-A Winston-Salem.

Although Robert's skill and potential appear to be endless, the team isn't going to rush him to the South Side. However, if he keeps crushing the ball the way he has been, calls for the team to promote him to The Show sooner rather than later will only increase.

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