American League Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, June 9th
(All times eastern)
Oakland Athletics (38-26) at Chicago White Sox (26-34), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - A.J. Griffin (5-4, 3.67)
Chicago - Hector Santiago (1-4, 3.35)
(Sports Network) - With their first win of the season against Oakland now
under their belts, the Chicago White Sox try to close out a four-game set on a
positive note Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
Just 2-8 over the last 10 games, the White Sox find themselves all alone in
last place in the American League Central, eight games under .500 and just as
many games off the lead for first place.
On Saturday Chicago moved one game over .500 at home (14-13) thanks to a 4-1
victory in large part to starting pitcher John Danks, who effectively shut
down the visitors. Danks allowed just a single run on three hits, striking out
six over eight innings. Addison Reed stepped in for the ninth inning and
picked up his 18th save.
Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn both accounted for a pair of hits, going deep as
the former delivered his sixth of the season with a two-run shot in the eighth
inning and the latter belted his 14th, a solo shot to lead off the second.
"Man, we know these guys are capable of putting up crooked numbers every
inning," said Danks of the White Sox offense. "We hear what people say about
them outside the field, but when they get here, as a pitching staff we have
full trust in those guys. We know they're capable of busting the game wide
open. We were excited to see that."
Tommy Milone made the start for Oakland, permitting just one run on four hits
and striking out seven over seven innings, but he failed to factor into the
decision after Sean Doolittle was exploited for three runs on three hits and a
walk in the eighth. Charged with his first loss of 2013, Doolittle recorded
just a single out in the frame.
Coco Crisp accounted for two of the four hits produced by the A's, scoring the
team's lone run in the top of the first on a single to center by Josh
Despite the setback, the A's are still tied with Boston for the most victories
in the AL (38) and lead the AL West by one-half game over a Texas group which
has fallen in three straight.
Taking the hill for the A's Sunday before the team returns home to host the
New York Yankees on Tuesday will be A.J. Griffin. The right-hander actually
had one of his best outings of the season the last time out, throwing against
Milwaukee on the road Tuesday, but he failed to pick up a decision.
The A's eventually lost to the Brewers by a final of 4-3 at Miller Park, but
that was by no means the fault of Griffin, who allowed just four hits over
seven shutout innings. The California native issued one walk and struck out
five for the second straight game and third time in the last four appearances.
Now in just his second major league season, this meeting figures to be the
first ever for Griffin against Chicago.
As for the White Sox, they too are going with a relative youngster in Hector
Santiago, who is in just his third major league campaign. A 30th-round draft
pick by Chicago in 2006, the left-hander is going up against Oakland for the
second time this month, having lost to the A's back on June 1 when he gave up
one run on two hits and a staggering five walks in just 1 2/3 innings.
A relief pitcher who has been forced into the starting lineup, Santiago last
pitched four days ago against Seattle on the road, recording just two outs as
the Sox picked up a 7-5 win. In his seven previous appearances, Chicago came
out on the losing end of every single one.
For his career, Santiago has a mark of 0-2 with an ERA of 18.00 after pitching
a mere two innings versus Oakland.
Prior to yesterday's triumph, Chicago had lost all five games to the A's this
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