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Gamethread: White Sox at Cleveland

The South Siders are gaining pitching and hitting momentum

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Yoga: Lucas Giolito stretches for a hopeful seven-inning performance, as Iván Nova accomplished last night.
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Yesterday’s team win was exactly what the Chicago White Sox needed in terms of a bounceback from their series against Boston. If the Sox can ride their momentum from last night’s blowout victory, then we can hopefully [insert sunglasses emoji] into the game recap.

Charlie Tilson found himself with a 2-for-4 performance and two runs scored after last night’s hit and RBI parade. So naturally, he is scheduled to hit sixth tonight.

As for Leury García, he went 3-for-5 last night, but finds himself with an off-day today.

Personally, I would keep Yoán Moncada in the two-hole and try Tilson in the leadoff spot. I know Ricky Renteria is going for a flip-flop batting order, but the lineup is questionable when the April Player of the Month bats seventh. Nevertheless, let’s hope that it pays off for the boys.

As for Cleveland, this is how Terry Francona will line up after yesterday’s hitting and pitching disaster:

White Sox murderers Jason Kipnis and Roberto Pérez are batting second and ninth, respectively.

For tonight’s starting pitchers, Lucas Giolito takes the hill for the Boys in Black. Giolito is 2-1 with a 5.32 ERA. Tonight is his second start after coming off of the injured list. If he fares like he did against Boston, then it will be back-to-back solid outings for White Sox pitching this series.

Jefry Rodriguez starts for Francona’s squad after being recalled from Triple-A Columbus. In his two previous big league starts of the season, Rodriguez owns an 0-1 record, 2.13 ERA, and 0.79 WHIP. It appears to be a tough matchup for the Sox, on paper. But after yesterday, the South Siders have it in them to light up the scoreboard against this right-handed pitcher.

The game will be brought to you by NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-AM radio. It’s another lovely 5:10 CT start.