Saturday, April 11, 2015

White Sox look to Samardzija to reverse fortunes against Twins

 The White Sox and Twins continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Jeff Samardzija will start for the White Sox against the Twins' Mike Pelfrey.
While the Twins (1-3) got their first win of the season on Friday, while the White Sox (0-4) are still trying to put one on the positive side of the ledger.
Things to know about this game:
• Samardzija was not sharp in his first start. He walked three, struck out one and hit two over six-plus innings in a loss at Kansas City on Opening Day. The right-hander will be pitching on regular rest, thanks to Tuesday's off-day.
• Pelfrey will make his season debut after moving into the rotation's fifth spot when right-hander Ervin Santana was suspended. Pelfrey missed most of last season after undergoing elbow surgery on June 10. He was 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA before he went on the disabled list.
• Look for Conor Gillaspie to be back in the White Sox lineup Saturday with Pelfrey on the mound. Manager Robin Ventura has not declared a pure platoon, but he has gone with the lefty/right split with Gillaspie and Gordon Beckham at third base.

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