Friday, April 10, 2015

Twins, White Sox seeking first win in series opener

The new-look White Sox, who added players such as Jeff Samardzija, Adam LaRoche, Melky Cabrera, Zach Duke and David Robertson this offseason, head home to Chicago to show off their upgraded roster in their home opener against the Twins on Friday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi gets the start opposite Twins left-hander Tommy Milone, with both teams still searching for their first win of the year.
Things to know about this game:
• Milone won the fifth-starter competition in Spring Training over Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May, but he moved up a spot in the rotation after Ervin Santana was suspended 80 games for the use of a performance-enhancing substance. Milone struggled with the Twins after being traded to Minnesota at the non-waiver Trade Deadline last year, but he was pitching with a benign tumor in his neck that was removed in December. Milone has had a lot of success against the White Sox in his career, as he's posted a 1.82 ERA in 24 2/3 innings against Chicago in four career starts.
• The White Sox are 64-51 in home openers all time and have won seven straight home openers, as well as 12 of their last 13. Their last home-opening loss came in 2007 against the Indians.
• Noesi is considering wearing the smaller protective covering under his hat that guards pitchers against getting hit by line drives. Noesi wore it once during Spring Training.
"If you don't think about it, you don't feel something in there," Noesi said. "During the game, you're just concentrating on making your pitches."

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