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The return of Hector Santiago—and his screwball!

Chicago White Sox Photo Day
Trick Up His Sleeve: Santiago’s screwball returns to his arsenal today.
Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

Maybe the White Sox just need to get away from Camelback Ranch for a day?

Even as Fernando Tatis Jr.’s home run on Friday at the Peoria Sports Complex is still rattling around the bullpen, a short jog north up US-60 to take on the Seattle Mariners might do the young Chicagoans some good.

Time: 2:10 p.m. CST

Webcast: none

TV: Seattle: ROOT Sports; Chicago: nope

Radio: nada

Lineups:

  • Hector Santiago is making his first start for the White Sox in five years. The non-roster invite has rediscovered his screwball, which he last threw to significant effect in 2011 (29% of the time, per FanGraphs).
  • Mike Leake starts for the Mariners. The $53 million remaining on his contract was dumped on Seattle by the St. Louis Cardinals last August. He has never faced the White Sox in regular season action.
  • Former White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham remains on the Mariners as a non-roster invite. He spent most of last season with Seattle’s AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers. He has a career 5.7 WAR in 964 games. Bacon’s father-in-law, Scott Fletcher, had 32.0 WAR in 1,612 games.

Here is who to expect on the mound today for the White Sox (Chris Volstad giving way to Dane Dunning after the third or fourth inning ought to create a bit of cognitive dissonance):