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Gamethread: White Sox at Astros

There will be no clouds for Grandpa Verlander to yell at tonight; Minute Maid’s roof is closed

MLB: Houston Astros at Minnesota Twins
Mope on a Rope: If Tim Anderson steals a base tonight, pray to the Fun Police it’s in a Verlander-approved circumstance.
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OK, first, today’s White Sox news:

First, Nick Madrigal signed for his slot recommendation of $6,411,400. They also inked their remaining unsigned pick among the Top 15 (No. 14 Davis Martin, a starter from Texas Tech). Thirty-four of 40 draft picks, and every on in the Top 30, has now signed with the White Sox.

Also, Charlotte news, on a starter who is 28, 9-2 with a 2.65 ERA is on the move. But not to Chicago:

Hector Santiago and Chris Volstad are probably the team’s true “emergency” starters, but in case the club needs to break glass with a Knight, Roach’s departure signals that Jordan Stephens or Michael Kopech will be the next men up.

No Adam Engel and no Charlie Tilson means max offensive capability for the White Sox tonight against Jason Verlander. Perhaps it will make no difference, but the Pale Hose will be trying for their first win this season against the Houston Astros:

Yes, indeed, Grandpa Verlander takes the bump against the whippersnapper White Sox. Hope José Abreu’s shin guard is the proper shade, or Avisaíl García’s walk-up music is appropriate for the venue, or the accent over the a on Omar Narváez’s jersey isn’t too “showy.”

Actual photo of Verlander’s pregame reading, taken surreptitiously in the Houston locker room at Minute Maid: