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Miguel González hopes to build some momentum toward the regular season after some shaky starts

Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox
Moving Right Along: González should sidle right into the No. 4 slot in the rotation.
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Time: 3:05 p.m. CST

TV: MLB Network (live broadcast)

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Miguel Gonzalez takes the bump for the Chicago White Sox today. He’s had a rough beginning in limited game action, with two games started, 0-0 record, 16.88 ERA in 2 23 innings and a 4.12 WHIP. In his spring training career, González is 6-8 in 28 games (21 starts) with a save, 5.72 ERA, 85 IP, 52 Ks and a 1.51 WHIP. González is 0-1 in two career starts vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers —both coming for the White Sox, in 2017 — with a 1.50 ERA, nine strikeouts and eight walks.

Like the White Sox, the Dodgers are trotting out a fairly Opening Day-ish lineup:

Hyun-Jin Ryu, No. 99 on your scorecard, draws the start against the White Sox. Ryu is 1-0 in one start this spring, with a 13.50 ERA in 2 23 innings, two strikeouts and a 1.50 WHIP. The 250-pound lefty is 4-4 with a 3.31 ERA in his Cactus career, in 18 games (17 starts), 65 1/3 innings, 55 Ks and a tasty 0.96 WHIP.

In 2017 the “Monster” went 5-9 in 25 games (24 starts), with a 3.77 ERA (whoa, 4.74 FIP), 1.37 WHIP and 1.5 WAR. Ryu has never faced the White Sox in regular season play.

And now, courtesy of @JRFegan, here is the upcoming pitching slate for the White Sox:

Sunday, at Oakland: James Shields, Michael Kopech, Xavier Cedeño. Minor league game: Joakim Soria, Juan Minaya, Danny Farquhar. Sides: Reynaldo Lopez, Dane Dunning.

[Does Kopech draft behind Shields for one or even two more starts this spring, as the unofficial No. 6 starter, to be called up in June?]

Monday, at Arizona: Carson Fulmer, Hector Santiago, Robbie Ross Minor league game: Gregory Infante, Farquhar

[Yep, that’s Fulmer-Santiago, mano a mano, back-to-back, for the No. 5 slot.]

Tuesday, vs. Texas: Lucas Giolito, Aaron Bummer, Luis Avilan, Nate Jones, Rob Scahill, Chris Volstad Sides: Miguel Gonzalez, Shields, Kopech, Soria

[This looks a lot like an arrangement of guys vs. Texas who are going to make the Opening Day roster.]