Friday, April 17, 2015

Samardzija draws Price in first start against Tigers

The White Sox continue their trek around the American League Central, heading to Detroit for the first of three consecutive games.
Jeff Samardzija gets the start for Chicago, facing his new division rival in Detroit for the first time in his career. David Price looks to build upon his 14 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run to begin the season.
Things to know
• Price's streak is the longest run of innings without allowing an earned run to start a year in his career. In each of Price's previous seven seasons, he allowed at least one earned run in his first start of the season.
• Samardzija's season hasn't started quite as hot. He had a tough White Sox debut, allowing five earned runs in six innings with three walks and a strikeout vs. Kansas City. He made some improvements in his next start, against Minnesota, striking out six without a walk, but still allowed four earned runs in seven innings. 
• The Tigers have stolen 13 bases, the highest total in the American League. The White Sox, meanwhile, have had trouble stopping runners from stealing, throwing out just one of 11 runners on steal attempts. Controlling the running game could be key to the series for Chicago.

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