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« on: January 30, 2019, 04:21:39 AM »

The Chicago White Sox know that their sub-.500 season rapidly is coming to an end Authentic Baker Mayfield Jersey , but that doesn’t mean they will roll over in their home park against their crosstown rivals.The White Sox (61-92) will go for their second straight win against the Cubs (89-64) when the teams meet Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox won the series opener 10-4 and have split the first four games in the season series.The Cubs have lost back-to-back games and must regroup in the final week to prevent the Milwaukee Brewers from catching them atop the National League Central standings. Meanwhile, the White Sox have won two in a row and could leapfrog the Detroit Tigers for third place in the American League Central with a strong final week.Article continues below ...Cubs left-hander Jon Lester (16-6, 3.43 ERA) will make his 31st start of the season. The 34-year-old is looking to pick up his 60th win with Chicago and the 176th of his career. The only active pitchers with more career wins are Bartolo Colon (247), CC Sabathia (244), Justin Verlander (204) and Zack Greinke (186).Lester has been terrific in his last six starts, going 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA. He has walked eight and struck out 37 during that span.However, back soreness interrupted Lester’s progress. He showed no ill effects in his most recent outing Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds, but the Cubs gave him an extra day of rest heading into this weekend.“It kind of ended up moving to my hip,” Lester said to the Chicago Daily Herald. “Then, we were able to get some mobility back in there and it was fine. Like I said, good drugs and good docs, so we’re all good.”In 16 career starts against the White Sox, Lester is 8-6 with a 4.15 ERA. He faced them once this season, allowing one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings to collect the victory on May 12. He threw 56 of 92 pitches for strikes.The White Sox will counter with right-hander Lucas Giolito (10-11 Greg Joseph Jersey Elite , 5.77 ERA), who also will make his 31st start. The former first-round pick hit a groove in August with five quality starts in six outings, but he faced adversity his last time out by allowing six runs (four earned) and eight hits in six innings against the Baltimore Orioles.Giolito leads the majors in earned runs allowed (106) and leads the American League in walks (83) this season. But he also has showed great potential with a rising fastball and a hard-snapping breaking ball. He remains part of the team’s rotation plan along with fellow young starters such as Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez and injured Michael Kopech (Tommy John surgery).In his only career start against the Cubs, Giolito allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings for a 4.76 ERA. He collected the victory.“Pitching up here is not about development; it’s about what you can do now,” Giolito said recently to the Chicago Sun-Times. “You have to produce to earn your spot. I am lucky they allowed me to work through it up here at this level. I wouldn’t have had that chance in other organizations.”The Cubs will play their second straight game without shortstop Addison Russell, who was placed on administrative paid leave by Major League Baseball as it investigates allegations that he physically and verbally abused his former wife. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christian Yelich made it to the World Series, just not the way he hoped.The Milwaukee Brewers star accepted the Hank Aaron Award as the outstanding offensive player in the National League before Game 3 between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday. Boston slugger J.D. Martinez was the AL recipient.Yelich and the Brewers were one win shy of reaching their first World Series since 1982, but lost to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NL Championship Series. Yelich said he isn’t over the disappointment yet, but he’s tried to move on.“To be that close is definitely disappointing, but like I said earlier, use that as motivation throughout the offseason and into next season,” Yelich said. “It was a great learning experience for us as a team and I think it’s going to help us going forward.”Yelich and Martinez each won the award despite being in their first seasons with their respective clubs. Yelich, acquired in a trade from the Miami Marlins http://www.clevelandbrownsteamonline.com/greg-joseph-jersey , led the NL with a .326 batting average, was second in RBIs with 110 and third in home runs with 36.Martinez, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent, led the AL in RBIs (130) and finished second in home runs (43) and batting average (.330).“My goal going in was to be the player that they traded for, nothing more, nothing less, and just contribute to what they already had going there,” Yelich said. “It was an unbelievable year. It was a lot of fun.”Martinez made it three straight years that a player on a World Series team has taken home the award. The Cubs’ Kris Bryant and the Astros‘ Jose Altuve were the previous two.“I feel very honored to receive it from where I was five years ago to today. It’s really a blessing,” said Martinez, who struggled early in his career with the Astros before thriving the past five seasons with the Tigers, Diamondbacks and Red Sox.The award, in its 20th year, is presented to the top hitter in each league as determined by a panel of several Hall of Famers and fan voting.Aaron said during Friday’s presentation that the sport is in good hands with players like Yelich and Martinez. One of the things he wishes, though Authentic Greg Joseph Jersey , is that some of the game’s top players would be a little more embarrassed to strike out.“It always was embarrassing to me. I never, and I said this, bragging about my career for 23 years, that, no, I never struck out 100 times,” he said. “It was quite embarrassing to me if I walked up to the plate, even facing pitchers like (Don) Drysdale or (Sandy) Koufax and those guys, if they got me one time, I felt I could go home and sleep well at night. I felt very well that I had a very good night striking out once a night rather than four times.”
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