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Gamethread: White Sox at Reds

Reynaldo López gets the start under the lights against the new look Cincinnati Reds.

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox
Lucky 7: Reynaldo López struck out 7 in his last performance, and he is starting on long rest tonight.
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The White Sox will take their 7-14 spring record to Goodyear in a matchup against the Cincinnati Reds.

Reynaldo López enters with a 6.75 ERA this spring. This is his first start since March 9, when he pitched well against the Rangers, striking out 7 and allowing just 1 run in 4 innings. His fastball also reached 96 mph, which is an encouraging sign as we approach the regular season.

Here is the good guys’ starting lineup:

As expected, outside of García in center field instead of Engel, the White Sox’ lineup is mighty similar to how it will probably be on Opening Day. Yesterday, the White Sox’ bats managed very little after Yonder Alonso’s two-run homer in the first inning. They did not score or get any more extra base hits from that point forward. They look to get back on track after that 5-2 loss. In spite of hitless performances yesterday, key starters Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson have an OPS of 1.099 and .965, respectively.

The Reds will line up this way:

That Cincinnati lineup is quite different from what it was last year. Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Derek Dietrich are all new acquisitions who were starters on a different National League team last year. Their top prospect and #6 in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, Nick Senzel, is leading off for them. RIght-hander Lucas Sims, who was a late first round pick in the 2012 draft, will be squaring off against Reynaldo López.

The game starts at 8:05 CST and is available on NBC Sports Chicago.