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After sitting for four games, Matt Davidson sparks White Sox

After sitting for four games, Matt Davidson sparks White Sox

Matt Davidson hadn't played his team's previous four games before putting on yet another big showing with the bat on Monday night.

But time on the bench hasn't slowed down Davidson. The designated hitter/third baseman continued to make the most of his opportunities as he fell a triple shy of the cycle in a 12-1 White Sox victory over the Kansas City Royals in front 11,484 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Davidson blasted his fourth home run and drove in four runs as the White Sox produced their biggest inning since 2012 and tied a season-high with 15 hits. The outpouring provided ample support for Miguel Gonzalez, who improved to 3-0 after he allowed an unearned run and two hits in eight innings.

"I looked at Jacob (May) tonight and said, 'Man, every time (Davidson) plays he hits a home run,'" said shortstop Tim Anderson, who singled three times and scored three runs. "He's putting together some good at-bats and is definitely one of the lead guys on the offensive side throughout the season. He's been putting together good ABs and crushing balls."

Monday's appearance was the 12th for Davidson this season in 18 White Sox games, but his first since Tuesday in New York and only his ninth start.

Davidson didn't show much rust.

He made up for lost time starting with a solo homer in the second inning off Jason Vargas to put the White Sox ahead 1-0. Four innings later, Davidson helped jumpstart an eight-run rally with an RBI double to right-center field to put the White Sox ahead 5-1. Anderson also singled in a run and Tyler Saladino tripled in two more to make it 8-1. Todd Frazier also had a two-run double before Davidson nearly knocked down the left-field fence with a two-run single. It was the biggest inning for the White Sox since they scored nine times in the fifth inning of a July 3, 2012 contest against the Texas Rangers.

Davidson is hitting .368/.375/.789 with four homers and 14 RBIs in 40 plate appearances this season. He should find himself in the starting lineup again with left-hander Danny Duffy on the mound for the Royals.

"He's going to keep doing what he needs to do," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He's doing it right now. He's playing. He's going to stay working and we're going to get him the opportunities every chance we get like we are now. He doesn't have to do more than he's doing now. He's a part of us and fortunately for us every time he gets in there he does something pretty impactful for us."

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All three of Davidson's hits exited his bat at greater than 103 mph, including the 110-mph single. According to MLB Barrel Alert, Davidson has hit eight pitches off the barrel this season.

He's feeling a ton of confidence and would love to play every day. But after being stuck at Triple-A Charlotte since 2014, Davidson isn't about to complain.

"It feels a whole lot better being here than in Charlotte, so I'm enjoying every single day," Davidson said. "Obviously I want to play, but being here with these guys and being in Chicago is a dream come true."

Whether he's in or out of the lineup, Davidson said he tries to stay sharp for his opportunities by staying focused every day. No matter the score, Davidson heads to the cage around the fifth inning to prepare for a potential late-innings at-bat even if they never arrive. He thinks that helps him take advantage of the days he finds himself penciled into Renteria's lineup card.

"I try to treat it as close to a game as possible," Davidson said. "If I'm not playing it's not like I'm going to go eat a ton of food. I try and not take a day off mentally and screw around."

Gonzalez hasn't been messing around this season whenever he takes the mound. He continued as an outstanding stretch that dates back to July with eight more strong innings.

Gonzalez needed only six pitches to retire the side in order in the first and sixth innings. Only one of the hits allowed by Gonzalez left the infield — Mike Moustakas' game-tying RBI double in the third. He struck out five with only one walk and lowered his ERA since July 1 to 2.54 in 106 1/3 innings.

The team's sixth-inning rally was so long that the right-hander headed into the home batting cages to throw a handful of pitches and stay warm. But he wasn't complaining afterward, either.

"It felt so long but I try not to do too much," Gonzalez said. "We scored eight runs and that's huge for our team."

The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win


The White Sox turned Comerica Park into a Home Run Derby in Saturday's win

Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.

The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).

We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.

Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

Charlie Tilson plays in Detroit for first time since getting injured in his MLB debut

For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.

The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.

Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.

Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.

Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.