American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, July 30th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago White Sox (40-63) at Cleveland Indians (57-48), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Andre Rienzo (0-0, 0.00)
Cleveland - Scott Kazmir (6-4, 3.96)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Andre Rienzo will become the first Brazilian-
born player to pitch in the major leagues on Tuesday when the Chicago White
Sox visit the Cleveland Indians in the second game of a four-game set at
Chicago had planned on starting righty Jake Peavy, but the former National
League Cy Young Award winner has reportedly been scratched, as the team
entertains offers for him with Wednesday's non-waiver trade deadline looming.
Peavy, who's won 128 times in 296 big-league outings, has been with the White
Sox since 2009, when a July 31 deal sent him from San Diego in exchange for
Aaron Poreda, Clayton Richard, Adam Russell and a minor- leaguer.
He won 11 games for Chicago in 2012 and has gotten victories in six of his
last nine starts this year, including home wins against Atlanta and Detroit in
his two most recent outings.
Rienzo, meanwhile, is one of the Sox' top pitching prospects, and had allowed
just four runs on 11 hits while striking out 28 in 29 1/3 innings of his last
four starts for Triple-A Charlotte.
For Cleveland, lefty Scott Kazmir aims to maintain a perfect record at home in
The 29-year-old Texan is 5-0 in eight 2013 starts at Progressive Field, the
last coming on July 13, when he defeated Kansas City with 6 1/3 innings of
Kazmir has gone 1-0 in two road starts since that win, picking up his sixth
overall victory of the season - and first away from home - with a 10-1 triumph
at Seattle on July 24.
He's 3-5 in 10 career starts against Chicago.
On Monday, Jason Giambi's pinch-hit leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth
sent Cleveland past Chicago, 3-2.
Batting in place of Mark Reynolds, Giambi's winner touched down beyond the
wall in center. It gave the 42-year-old a major league record as the oldest
player to hit a game-ending home run, replacing Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
"Walk is just as good as a hit there to try to get that leadoff guy on,"
Giambi said. "I wasn't trying to do too much. I just wanted to see it and kind
of hit it. I got a pitch up in the strike zone and ended up catching up to
Ramon Troncoso (1-3), who turned in a scoreless eighth inning, served up the
deciding blast in defeat. Chris Perez (3-1) stranded a runner on second in the
top of the ninth for the win.
Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera knocked in a run each for the Indians, who
stretched their win streak to five games.
The Indians won seven of the first nine games with the White Sox in 2013,
including four in a row from June 28-June 30.
07/30 11:30:46 ET