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White Sox, Reds to play doubleheader Saturday


White Sox, Reds to play doubleheader Saturday

The White Sox and Cincinnati Reds will play a doubleheader on Saturday after Friday’s game was rained out.

The teams are set to begin their doubleheader at 3:10 p.m. CST on Saturday with the regularly scheduled 6:10 p.m. game to follow.

The White Sox have already had four games postponed this season.

The team has a split doubleheader scheduled for July 17 to makeup an April 25 rainout against the Kansas City Royals. The White Sox also return to Baltimore on May 28 for a one-day doubleheader after citywide civil unrest resulted in the cancellation of games from April 27-28.

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And that doesn’t count the suspension of the team’s April 24 contest against the Royals, which was completed on April 26.

Combined with scheduled days off, the White Sox have not played eight times since the season started on April 6.

With so much rest, White Sox manager Robin Ventura hasn’t had to sit his starters often, which has led to less playing time for some of the team’s role players. Emilio Bonifacio has 18 plate appearances through the team’s first 25 games and even though J.B. Shuck made three straight starts in Minneapolis, he only has 21 plate appearances.

“Those guys are probably hurt by the way our schedule has been, as much as anything because we really haven’t had that consistent stretch of playing games where you maybe need to give a guy a breather, get a guy in there,” Ventura said. “Shuck got a few games in there when Eaton was gone in Minnesota, but the games that were cancelled the rainouts and things like that, it’s been tough. …

“You’re trying to figure out a way to get some guys in there and get some at-bats and win the game at the same time.”

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This is already the fourth time this season Hector Noesi has had a start disrupted. He was scheduled to start on April 25 and had his turn pushed back to April 27. When that game was cancelled, Noesi’s turn was skipped. The White Sox also opted to skip Noesi’s turn during the second week of the season because they had scheduled offdays on April 13 and April 16.

Noesi won’t be skipped this time around, however. Ventura said Friday he would start during Saturday’s doubleheader no matter what.

Johnny Cueto starts for Cincinnati in the first game against Noesi while Carlos Rodon makes his first major league start in the nightcap against Jason Marquis.

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.