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Gamethread: Astros at White Sox

While PawPaw Verlander conjures up his next get-off-my-lawn act, the White Sox try to salvage a win against the world champs

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
Help Us, Reynaldo López: You’re our only hope.
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Brett Ballantini started at South Side Sox in 2018 after 20 years of writing on basketball, baseball and hockey, including time on the Blackhawks and White Sox beats. Follow him on Twitter @BrettBallantini and email your site feedback to

The benching/not benching of Yoan Moncada took an interesting turn this morning, as a new leadoff man took his first steps in Sox Park:

The way Reynaldo López has been pitching, he might stand a chance even with the new addition, Penguín Chappas, in the lineup at second base.

Actually, the White Sox attempt to stop not winning this afternoon, with this lineup:

While ol’ PawPaw Verlander trades barbs with enraged South Siders, and wins the hearts and minds of simpleton Stros fans in the process, here’s the color-coded lineup from the World Champs:

#NeverSettle for Your Ace Attempting to School Fans With Cutesy Signage™