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Gamethread: Indians at White Sox

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Top prospect Eloy Jiménez is slashing 1.000/1.000/2.000 since he signed the contract extension. His defense also seems to have suddenly improved.

MLB: Spring Training-Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago White Sox
Not left out: After signing a contract extension, it appears that left fielder Eloy Jimenez will be in the Opening Day starting lineup after all.
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The White Sox will look to pick up where they left off on Saturday as they square off against the Indians at Camelback Ranch. Yesterday’s game will be a tough act to follow, as Eloy and Moncada combined to go 6-for-7 with a walk and two home runs as they beat the star-studded Dodgers.

Today’s probable starter is 25-year old right-hander Zach Thompson. He has pitched well this spring, as he enters with a 1.23 ERA, limiting opposing hitters to a .574 OPS in 7 13 innings. In 75 13 innings of work across A+ and AA last year, he had a sparkling 1.55 ERA, though the advanced peripherals were not quite as impressive.

Thompson will be facing 23-year old right-hander Shane Bieber, who made his MLB debut last year. Bieber had a 4.55 ERA, but his FIP (3.23) and xFIP (3.30) showed that he was probably unlucky to allow as many runs as he did.

The starting lineups are as follows:

Shortly before today’s matchup, the White Sox announced that José Ruiz has been optioned to Charlotte. As a result, 34 players remain in camp.

Also, the bullpen was announced.

Overall, not many surprises on this list, as most of these guys have a solid track record and/or good numbers this spring. It is also nice to see a good mix of righties and lefties here.

The White Sox enter this matchup with a 9-17 spring record. The game will start at 2:05 CST and will be available on NBC Sports Chicago. Only three Spring Training games to go!