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[May 02, 2014]
The Chicago White Sox appear to have
a monster on their hands in rookie slugger Jose Abreu, and according to
teammate Adrian Nieto, he's only going to get better. "He hasn't heated
up yet,'' Nieto, a fellow rookie Cuban and catcher, told USA Today.
"When the weather warms up, that's when you're going to see a real
beast.'' Abreu recorded 10 home runs and 32 RBIs in March and April, and
tries to continue his hot start when Chicago visits the Cleveland
Indians on Friday to begin a three-game set.
"Never in my life have I had to adapt to the cold. It's tough to
deal with,'' the 27-year-old Abreu told USA Today. "But ever since
leaving Cuba my mind-set has been to confront any adversity that
comes up. … I can't wait for the summer to arrive.'' The White Sox
finished a 3-3 homestand with two straight losses to Detroit while
the Indians lost all six games of their road trip to San Francisco
and Anaheim and return home where they've won four of their last
five. Cleveland's Danny Salazar is coming off his best start of the
season and opposes John Danks, who has been a stabilizing force in a
rotation which is without ace Chris Sales and Felipe Paulino.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, CSN Chicago, Sports Time Ohio (Cleveland)
PITCHING MATCHUP: White Sox LH John Danks (2-1, 3.48 ERA) vs.
Indians RH Danny Salazar (0-3, 6.04)
Danks reeled off four consecutive quality starts to open the season
before yielding four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-0
loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Austin, Texas, native has struggled with his
command, walking 17 while striking out 18 in 31 innings. Danks is
5-9 with a 5.04 ERA in 19 starts against the Indians but defeated
them 7-3 on April 10, allowing three runs and six hits, and has
struggled against Ryan Raburn (13-for-37, three home runs, nine
Salazar allowed one run and five hits while striking out eight in
seven innings and didn't receive a decision in Cleveland's 4-1 loss
at San Francisco on Sunday. The 24-year-old Dominican Republic
native lowered his ERA by 1.81 after struggling in three straight
starts, allowing five runs in each turn and not getting out of the
fifth inning in any of them. Salazar is 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA and 27
strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings against Chicago, and has been dominated
by Alexei Ramirez (6-for-7, home run).
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Chicago took three of four from Cleveland from April 10-13 as Abreu homered twice and went 2-for-4 in the series opener, but was
1-for-11 in the last three games.
The Indians on Friday were to determine whether 2B Jason Kipnis
(right abdominal strain) would need to be placed on the 15-day
Ramirez (.351) set a franchise record with 40 hits in
March/April, breaking the previous mark of 39 set by Paul Konerko in
PREDICTION: White Sox 3, Indians 2
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