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James Shields returns to White Sox, but liked what he saw in Triple-A

James Shields returns to White Sox, but liked what he saw in Triple-A

James Shields is back with the White Sox and will come off the disabled list to start Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

The 35-year-old right-hander threw 90 pitches in his third rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday and said Wednesday he’s “ready to rock.” Shields was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 21 (retroactive to April 18) with a strained right lat. 

“I’m still getting my arm back in shape and I feel like it’s pretty good right now, but as of right now I feel pretty solid to go,” Shields said. 

Shields spent about a week and a half with the Knights during his first trip to the minor leagues since 2006. He enjoyed a bit of nostalgia while riding the bus on a road trip, but more importantly, he had an opportunity to observe and spend time with some of the White Sox prized young minor league arms. 

Shields saw Lucas Giolito throw well in two starts, totaling 16 strikeouts over 12 2/3 innings while allowing four runs, six walks, 11 hits and one home run. Reynaldo Lopez threw seven innings of three-run ball June 6, while Carson Fulmer threw five shutout innings June 9, with both of those starts coming in front of Shields. 

So it’s no wonder he came away with a positive impression of the talented Knights’ rotation. But those guys also picked Shields’ brain, taking advantage of having a longtime veteran in their clubhouse. 

“They asked me a lot of questions, they wanted my opinion on some of their games,” Shields said. “Giolito threw two heck of ballgames when I was up there, I think he had 11 strikeouts in one game, threw really well in Gwinnett. He works hard, he’s looking really good. Fulmer, same way. Lopez pitched a great game as well. 

“That pitching staff is doing really good down there. They’re all working hard and I’m sure they’re biting at the bit to get up in the big leagues.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Who will win the AL Central in 2020?

With only 60 games to play in the 2020 MLB season, it seems like there will be a three-team race to the top of the AL Central. To discuss and debate, Chuck Garfien is joined by Anthony Castrovince and Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com to discuss who will be crowned the division winner.

(4:30) - Is the AL Central a three-team race or will the Twins win it again?

(10:30) - Who will have the best hitting in the division?

(16:49) - Who has the best starting pitching?

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(23:38) - Bullpen break down

(31:52) - Final rankings on who should win the AL Central

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MLB The Show: White Sox take down Blue Jays behind Dallas Keuchel

MLB The Show: White Sox take down Blue Jays behind Dallas Keuchel

NBC Sports Chicago is simulating the 2020 White Sox season via MLB The Show during the postponement of play. The White Sox, stocked with young talent and veteran offseason acquisitions, were expected to take a big step forward in their rebuild this season. Follow along as we play out the first few months of the season.

Result: White Sox def. Blue Jays 7-1
Record: 51-36 this season, first in AL Central (3 games ahead of Twins)

W: Dallas Keuchel (5-5)
L: Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4)

Game summary: The South Siders continued their three-game set vs the Blue Jays north of the border on Wednesday. And just like Canadian summers, their bats took a little longer than normal to warm up in this game.

Fortunately for the White Sox, they didn’t need a lot of runs early as Dallas Keuchel had his entire repertoire working. The veteran lefty, a frequent sore spot in the rotation this season, went eight innings while allowing just one run and striking out five batters. Sporting an ERA above 7 at times this year, Keuchel is now sitting at 5.90.

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After just scoring just two runs through the first seven frames, the White Sox offense broke out in the eighth. Tim Anderson emerged from his power slump in a big way, hitting a three-run bomb to left. Then, Nomar Mazara also went deep, slugging his 17th homer of the season.

The White Sox winning streak is now at three games, the same total they lead the AL Central by as All-Star weekend approaches.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 0-4 (.311 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, 2B (.251 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 1-5, HR (23), RBI, R (.278 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-3, 2 BB, R (.309 BA)
Jose Abreu: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 R (.311 BA)
Tim Anderson: 1-5, HR (15), 3 RBI, R (.275 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-5, R (.256 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-3 (.283 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 2-4, HR (17), 2 RBI, R (.257 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top first

Yoan Moncada homered to left field. 1-0 CHW.

Top fourth

Nomar Mazara singled to left field, Luis Robert scored. 2-0 CHW.

Bottom fifth

Bo Bichette homered to left field. 2-1 CHW.

Top eighth

Tim Anderson homered to left field, Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu scored. 5-1 CHW.
Mazara homered to right field. 6-1 CHW.

Top ninth

Anderson reached on throwing error, Abreu scored. 7-1 CHW.

Notable performance: Mazara is the human embodiment of the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Despite being in the nine-hole, Mazara has hit 16 homers and is ninh in the AL with 63 RBIs. There's no reason to move him elsewhere in the lineup.

Next game: Thursday, July 2 - Game 88: White Sox at Blue Jays (Dylan Cease, 4-4, 5.40 ERA vs Ryan Borucki, 6-4, 5.11 ERA)

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