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Seby Zavala bats eighth in his first major league start

MLB: Chicago White Sox-Media Day
The first rule of baseball: Seby Zavala plays catcher in today’s baseball game.
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After splitting the series with the Houston Astros, the Chicago White Sox entered the second and final leg of their road trip with newfound momentum and excitement. But, the Minnesota Twins slammed the door shut.

Today, the South Siders are looking for the key to open that door.

Dylan Covey will be sent to the mound, and it’s the perfect time for Covey to earn his first win of the season. He is 0-3 with an unimpressive 5.31 ERA. In his last outing, he faced the Astros; he fared well until the bottom of the fifth, where he gave up four runs. He’ll look to hone in his innings one through four magic for this afternoon’s ballgame.

On the other side of the lake, the Twins will have Jake Odorizzi on the bump. He’s having the best season of his career with a 6-2 record and a 2.38 ERA. He covered only 16 and 15 outs in his previous two outings, respectively. If the White Sox can get to him early, there is hope to salvage the end to the road trip.

The Sox will be without Tim Anderson for the second day in a row. José Rondón will cover shortstop and will bat sixth.

Leury García has also been scratched from the game. Charlie Tilson shifts to center field, and Ryan Cordell will play right.

Seby Zavala will start in his first full major league game. He’ll be positioned behind the plate, while batting eighth.

The Twinkies have Max Kepler back in the lineup. He’ll leadoff, and Jorge Polanco will move to the two-spot.

The Twins are going for the sweep, the Sox want to end the road trip on a positive note, and it’s my goal to bring the sunglasses emoji back. It’s another 1:10 CT start. WGN-AM has the radio coverage, and NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast.