American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, June 10th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (27-35) at Chicago White Sox (27-34), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - R.A. Dickey (5-7, 4.66)
Chicago - Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 3.73)
(Sports Network) - R.A. Dickey will try to follow up his best start of the
season on Monday when the Toronto Blue Jays open a three-game series with the
Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Dickey resembled the pitcher who was the National League's Cy Young Award
winner a year ago his last time out on Wednesday in San Francisco, as he held
the defending world champions to two hits over 8 1/3 scoreless innings. He
also struck out five and improved to 5-7 to go along with a 4.66 ERA.
"I was changing speeds a lot today, which was good," Dickey said afterward. "I
was able to throw a 63-64 mph [knuckleball] for a strike and I was able to
throw a 79-mph one for a strike.
"As I've gotten healthier, I felt like I've been able to have a latitude to be
able to do that. Before, it was just trying to muster everything I could to
survive an outing, and recently I've felt a bit better."
Dickey beat the White Sox with six scoreless innings earlier in the year and
is 2-2 lifetime versus them with a 7.36 ERA in seven games (3 starts).
Toronto was denied a series sweep over the Texas Rangers on Sunday, as it
dropped a 6-4 decision. Adam Lind hit a three-run homer and Edwin Encarnacion
drove in the other run for the Jays, who had a three-game winning streak
Starter Josh Johnson needed 109 pitches to get through five innings,
surrendering three runs on five hits along with four walks and as many
"Ideally, we're looking for more innings, but that didn't happen," Blue Jays
manager John Gibbons said of Johnson.
Chicago, meanwhile, salvaged a split in its four-game set with the Oakland
Athletics on Sunday, as Alex Rios and Tyler Flowers each hit solo homers to
back Hector Santiago in the White Sox' 4-2 win.
Santiago (2-4) picked up his first win in over a month in limiting the
Athletics to four hits over 6 1/3 frames. He struck out six and gave up two
runs -- one earned -- while walking three.
"He was effectively wild," said A's third baseman Josh Donaldson. "You had to
respect all of his pitches, he did a good job."
Addison Reed notched his 19th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth, Gordon
Beckham had an RBI double and Conor Gillaspie added a sac fly to help the
White Sox earn their second straight win.
"Teams go on winning streaks too," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, whose
team had dropped 10 of 11 before grabbing their first win of the weekend. "As
cold as you can get, you can get just as hot."
Getting the call for the White Sox will be righty Dylan Axelrod, who is 3-4
with a 3.73 ERA. Axelrod did not get a decision on Wednesday in Seattle
despite throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings. However, he walked five batters in
his team's wild 7-5 win.
Axelrod is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts against the Blue Jays.
Chicago has split its four meetings with the Jays this season.
06/10 10:28:28 ET