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Youkilis propels Sox to win

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Youkilis propels Sox to win

Gavin Floyds recent contributions to the White Sox rotation cannot be overlooked.

The veteran right-hander pitched another gem on Saturday afternoon and Kevin Youkilis stayed hot as the White Sox topped the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in front of 25,399 at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won their fifth straight game and 12th in their last 15 contests, including seven straight at home.

Floyd (7-8) didnt allow a run for the third time in four starts to earn his third victory since June 20 as he matched a season-high with 7 23 scoreless innings.

He and Matt Thornton combined on a five-hit shutout.

Floyd received just enough support as Youkilis blasted a two-run home run in the fifth inning, giving the third baseman 13 RBIs in 12 games since he was acquired in a June 24 trade. The White Sox are 9-3 since they acquired Youkilis and cash from the Boston Red Sox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart.

The timing of Floyds resurgence couldnt be much better with two of the White Sox five original starting pitchers out because of injuries.

Floyd has lowered his ERA from 6.20 to 4.54 over his last four starts. He limited Toronto to four hits and two walks as he matched his May 11 start against Kansas City with 7 2 3 shutout innings.

Thornton pitched 1 13 innings to record his second save in place of Addison Reed, who pitched in the White Sox previous three games.

Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Capitals

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they take on the Washington Capitals at the United Center on Sunday, coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed after morning skate. This will be his fourth start in six games.

Crawford is coming off a game in which he stopped 27 of 28 shots for a save percentage of .964, which earned him the No. 1 star of the game in a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Monday. He stopped 10 of 11 shots and six of seven inner slot shots, saving his team an extra 2.43 goals above average, according to The Point. It was a fantastic performance.

Crawford is 3-5-2 with a 3.61 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in 10 career starts against the Capitals.

The Blackhawks are on the second game of a seven-games-in-12-days stretch, so expect Crawford and Lehner to both get consistent reps over the next two weeks.

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Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks No. 3 overall pick Kirby Dach set to make NHL debut on Sunday vs. Capitals

It's official: Kirby Dach is slated to make his NHL debut on Sunday when the Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals.

Coach Jeremy Colliton said who Dach draws in for and where he will slot into the lineup will be determined during warmups, but it's possible that he starts on the wing.

Dach was taken No. 3 overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. He missed the start of training camp with a concussion and appeared in three games with the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint before getting recalled on Friday.

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