Friday, June 24, 2016

Sanchez, Blue Jays look for payback in Chicago

After a quick two-game homestand, the Blue Jays head back out on the road to take on the Chicago White Sox, with the first of three games Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The two teams squared off in April at Rogers Centre, with the White Sox sweeping all three games and outscoring the Blue Jays, 21-6.
Toronto will send Aaron Sanchez (7-1, 3.35 ERA) to the bump, coming off a stellar performance against the Orioles. Sanchez worked six innings and allowed two runs while striking out six as the Blue Jays took down the Orioles, 13-3. The 23-year-old right-hander has won his last six decisions, and the Blue Jays have come away victorious in seven of Sanchez's past nine starts.
The White Sox will counter with left-hander Carlos Rodon (2-1, 4.16). The 23-year-old has notched consecutive quality starts in a pair of Chicago losses, limiting the opposition to four runs while striking out 15 batters in those outings. The North Carolina State product has struggled at home this season, going 1-3 with a 4.55 ERA in six starts.
"Fastball is coming, had some life," Rodon said after his last start against the Indians. "Decided to get ahead of guys early on, [I] was falling behind. [I was] a little frustrated, then we found the fastball."
Three things to know about this game
• Ezequiel Carrera is expected to make his return to the Toronto lineup on Friday. The 29-year-old outfielder has been filling in for the injured Jose Bautista in right field, but he missed Wednesday's contest against the D-backs with a sore Achilles. Darrell Ceciliani got the start in Carrera's absence.
• White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has feasted on Blue Jays pitching in his career. The 29-year-old slugger has hit .338 (24-for-71) against Toronto, with three home runs and 15 RBIs.
• Friday's outing will be Rodon's first career appearance against the Blue Jays. Sanchez will be making his first career start against the White Sox. He pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against Chicago in 2014.

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