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MLB The Show: White Sox offense supplies fireworks in win over Rangers

MLB The Show: White Sox offense supplies fireworks in win over Rangers

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. Rangers, 9-6 
Record: 53-37, 1st in A.L. Central (4.0 games ahead of Twins)

W: Dane Dunning (5-1)
L: Kolby Allard (6-3)
SV: Alex Colome (18)

Game summary: Fans were treated to a beautiful Fourth of July in Arlington, Texas as the White Sox tried to take down the Texas Rangers after losing the series opener. The White Sox sent Texas’ own Michael Kopech to the mound and he was wayward of the strike zone early and often. The flame throwing righty only lasted three innings while walking six and giving up three earned runs.

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The White Sox got their offense from the middle of the lineup. Down 3-2 in the fifth, Yasmani Grandal hit a home run to left field to put the visitors out front. With 34 home runs, Grandal continues to lead the American League. After Nick Solak tied up the game at 4 in the fifth, Eloy Jimenez joined the homer parade in the seventh with a solo shot to put the Sox up 5-4. Jimenez continues to keep pace with Grandal and now has 33 home runs in his second big league season.

In the ninth, Grandal was once again in position to come through for the Sox and did with the bases loaded, driving in two with a double down the right field line, propelling the Sox to a 7-4 advantage. The Rangers bullpen then lost control, walking in two runs and giving the South Siders a commanding 9-4 lead.

White Sox lineup:

Edwin Encarnacion: 1-4, BB (.319 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 1-4, HR, RBI (.252 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 2-4, RBI (.278 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 2-4, HR, 4 RBI (.307 BA)
Jose Abreu: 2-4, RBI (.316 BA)
Tim Anderson: 0-4, RBI (.272 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-5, 2B (.255 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 0-3, RBI (.281 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 1-5, 2B (.253 BA)

Scoring summary:

Top first:

Jose Abreu singled to left field, Edwin Encarnacion scored. 1-0 CHW.

Bottom third:

Shin-Soo Choo homered to center field. 1-1.

Bottom fourth:

Roughned Odor singled to center field. Nick Solak scored. Todd Frazier scored. 3-1 TEX.

Top fifth:

Yoan Moncada singled off the pitcher's leg, Nomar Mazara scored. 3-2 TEX.
Yasmani Grandal homered to left field, Moncada scored. 4-3 CHW.

Bottom fifth:

Nick Solak sacrifice fly to left field, Joey Gallo scored. 4-4.

Top seventh:

Eloy Jimenez homered to left field. 5-4 CHW.

Top ninth:

Grandal doubled to right field, Encarnacion and Jimenez scored. 7-4 CHW.
Tim Anderson walked, Moncada scored. 8-4 CHW.
Nick Madrigal walked, Grandal scored. 9-4 CHW.

Bottom ninth:

Choo homered to left field. 9-5 CHW.
Willie Calhoun homered to right field. 9-6 CHW.

Notable performance: The White Sox Nos. 3-5 hitters did most of the damage offensively. Moncada, Grandal and Abreu went 6-for-12 collectively, driving in six of the nine Chicago runs.

Next game: Sunday, July 5 - Game 91: White Sox at Rangers (Lucas Giolito, 7-7, 4.46 ERA vs Corey Kluber, 5-6, 3.65 ERA)

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MLB The Show Sim: White Sox ride the long ball in blowout win over Rangers

MLB The Show Sim: White Sox ride the long ball in blowout win over Rangers

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. Rangers 10-1

Record: 10-12, 4th in A.L. Central (2.0 GB of Twins)

W: Dallas Keuchel (1-1)

L: Lance Lynn (1-2)

SV: Jimmy Cordero (1)

Game summary: On a picture perfect Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox came in looking for a much-needed series split with the Texas Rangers and they got it. The Sox offense exploded for 10 runs with five home runs, the first of which came in the first inning from a slumping Yoan Moncada.

Moncada pulverized a blast into the right field bleachers for his sixth home run of the season. He entered the game 3-for-20 in his last five games before going 2-for-4 Sunday.

In the third, the Sox offense got another boost, this time from a Yasmani Grandal three-run shot. The catcher's eighth long ball of the season put the Sox up 4-1. An inning later, the Sox played home run derby, going back-to-back-to-back, starting with Luis Robert's second homer of year.

Former Ranger Nomar Mazara then went deep and Nick Madrigal capped off the inning by taking Lance Lynn deep for his third home run in as many days. The rookie's blast ended Lynn’s day after 3+ innings and seven earned runs.

Mazara got more revenge on his former team in the fifth with a three-run homer, giving the South Siders a 10-1 advantage. It's a welcome sight for Mazara, who's struggled in the early parts of this season.

White Sox lineup:

Tim Anderson: 1-5, R (.271 BA)
Yoan Moncada: 2-4, HR, RBI (.236 BA)
Jose Abreu: 0-3, R (.298 BA)
Edwin Encarnacion: 1-3, BB (.295 BA)
Yasmani Grandal: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI (.282 BA)
Eloy Jimenez: 0-4 (.218 BA)
Luis Robert: 1-3, HR, RBI (.222 BA)
Nomar Mazara: 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI (.225 BA)
Nick Madrigal: 1-4, HR, RBI (.286 BA)

Scoring summary:

Bottom first:

Moncada homers to right field. 1-0 CHW.

Top third:

Joey Gallo doubles to right field. Nick Solak scores. 1-1.

Bottom third:

Grandal homers to right field. Anderson and Abreu score. 4-1 CHW.

Bottom fourth:

Robert homers to left field. 5-1 CHW
Mazara homers to right field. 6-1 CHW.
Madrigal homers to left field. 7-1 CHW.

Bottom fifth:

Mazara (2) homers to right field. Grandal and Robert score. 10-1 CHW.

Notable performance: Dallas Keuchel picked up his first win in a White Sox uniform on Sunday. The lefty was sharp against a former division foe, going six innings while only allowing three hits and one earned run with three punch outs. He probably could’ve gone deeper in the game but was hindered by four walks early in the contest.

Next game: Monday, April 20 - Game 23: Royals at White Sox (Danny Duffy, 1-0, 2.52 ERA vs Gio Gonzalez, 1-0, 1.59 ERA)

Potential Kris Bryant trade market becomes clearer after Anthony Rendon lands with Angels

Potential Kris Bryant trade market becomes clearer after Anthony Rendon lands with Angels

The first domino of this offseason’s third base market has fallen.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, free agent Anthony Rendon is set to sign a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

The Texas Rangers were also linked to Rendon in recent days, but they’ll now have to shift their focus elsewhere. The other superstar free agent third baseman — Josh Donaldson — is reportedly drawing interest from the Rangers and Nationals, Rendon's former team.

The Braves, Donaldson's former team, are also in the market for a third baseman. This leads us to the Cubs and Kris Bryant. With Rendon off the board and Donaldson soon to follow, a potential trade market for the Cubs third baseman is growing clearer.

The Los Angeles Dodgers also were linked to Rendon, though they don’t necessarily need a third baseman with Justin Turner manning the hot corner. Their pursuit of Rendon points to how they’re willing to shift Turner off third base, however. Add them to the list of teams seeking third base help.

Add that all up, and you have four teams in the market for Donaldson. The Cubs aren’t guaranteed to trade Bryant, but they’ll soon find themselves with some leverage. For the three teams that don’t land Donaldson, the most logical move will be to inquire with the Cubs about trading for Bryant. The Nationals have already inquired about Bryant, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

Bryant’s unresolved service time case will be an issue in any potential negotiations. The difference between two years of control (if he loses) and one (if he wins) is big when it comes to his value. Even though they’ll have leverage over interested teams, the Cubs will yield stronger trade proposals for Bryant if he loses his case.

But, again, a trade is no certainty. What is certain is teams will be inquiring about Bryant in the not-so-distant future, once Donaldson chooses his free agent destination.

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