Per James Fegan, Nicky Delmonico begins a rehabilitation assignment tonight with Double-A Birmingham, as the Barons DH.
After last night’s HBP in the eighth, Tim Anderson is resting his sore forearm, if by “resting” you mean he’s taken batting practice and is available off of the bench. Leury García starts at shortstop in Anderson’s stead. More Yo-Yo at the top of the order tonight; I am too lazy and/or harried to manipulate website stats to prove it, but it feels like these guys at the top of the order are clicking OK.
Next year’s Opening Day starter, Reynaldo López, takes the bump in what is likely Chicago’s best chance to steal a game in Houston.
We haven’t gotten any answers on the Baseball Grandpa Code of Ethics from @JustinVerlander, so let’s just assume that if you are 5-foot-7 or shorter, it’s OK to stand at the plate and watch your home run, make an exaggerated bat flip, slow jog, and weird helmet removal scream/psyche-up back at home plate.
Anyway, José Altuve, the only guy who didn’t look like a future Hall-of-Famer against closer Joakim Soria last night, bats third tonight.
Top 20 strikeout fiend Lance McCullers, Jr. takes on a White Sox team that whiffed 11 times and had nary a walk last night.