Saturday, June 25, 2016

White Sox on a roll when facing Blue Jays

The Blue Jays might have to contend with Jose Abreu on Saturday in the middle of a three-game series against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Abreu didn't start Friday in the first game because of soreness in his left leg and tightness in his right leg, the result of the White Sox playing a number of long games recently and getting hit by a pitch Thursday in Boston.
"I never want to sit him," manager Robin Ventura said. "Let's be up front with that. I'd rather have him in the lineup every single day, but I understand that's part of the way it has to be right now. There's a day when a guy gets hit like that, and he needs a day, and [this was] that day."
Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (1-2, 4.29 ERA) will make his 10th start of the season for the White Sox, after throwing four quality starts in his first nine. Gonzalez took a no-decision in his last start, Monday in Boston, yielding just one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Gonzalez has made 13 career starts against the Blue Jays, going 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA, including a no-decision April 25 in Toronto.
Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (4-8, 4.08 ERA) will start for the Blue Jays, who've lost their past six games against the White Sox and eight of the past nine.
Dickey has lost his past two outings despite allowing just five earned runs in 12 1/3 innings (3.65 ERA) and throwing 63 percent of his pitches for strikes. Dickey started and took the loss against the White Sox on April 26 in Toronto, allowing six runs on eight hits, including two home runs, in six innings.
Three things to know about this game
• Dickey's best month to pitch is June. He's 21-16 in 64 career June games (43 starts), with monthly career bests in ERA (3.34) and strikeouts (246).
• Michael Saunders will likely head back to the outfield for Toronto with Gonzalez pitching for Chicago. Junior Lake, called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, will likely sit until Sunday, when the White Sox will start left-handed ace Chris Sale.
• Abreu has reached base safely in 20 consecutive games. In that span, he's hitting .333 with seven doubles, five home runs, 20 RBIs and 10 multihit games.

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