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Welcome to the Show, Seby Zavala!

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Fresh face: Seby Zavala is here, and his goal is to stay.
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After the Minnesota Twins scored in six of the eight innings in which they played, the Chicago White Sox are hoping to reduce that damage for today’s Saturday afternoon game.

First things first, I have some exciting news to share.

When last night’s pitching atrocity finished, the Sox made the following roster move:

This move allowed for Manny Bañuelos to be reinstated from the injured list.

However, after last night’s pitch to the facemask of Welington Castillo, he finds himself on the seven-day concussion list.

With Castillo on the shelf, Seby Zavala makes his way to the MLB scene!

Zavala won’t find himself in today’s starting lineup, but he should be probable for Monday’s game against the Kansas City Royals. According to the MLB At Bat app, Zavala will sport the No. 59, but look for him on the bench for confirmation.

For today’s game, the Sox will lineup as follows:

Tim Anderson will not have the opportunity to bat flip today, but his teammates will look to it in Anderson’s lineup absence.

Bañuelos will lead the charge as today’s starter. He is 2-3 with a bloated 7.26 ERA. His job is to extinguish the offensive fire that the Twins light up each time they take the field. With the wind blowing out 11 mph to center, it won’t be an easy task.

As for the Twins, they are sending Kyle Gibson to the mound. Gibson is 4-2 with a subpar 4.47 ERA. As if he is the Khris Davis of pitching, Gibson also holds a lifetime 4.47 ERA. He will be gettable in today’s ballgame, so the South Siders will look to take the lead ... and keep it under Bañuelos (I have very little confidence in that happening).

The Twins have thunder in their lineup, and although the day is forecasted to be sunny, look for the batting stormclouds.

Today’s matinee ballgame will start at 1:10 CT. NBC Sports Chicago will be broadcasting, and WGN-AM will have it available by radio. Let’s see if Bañuelos and the Sox can pleasantly surprise us; I’m all in for a good surprise!