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A.J. Reed hits a single in the ninth of his Chicago debut; now he’s hitting cleanup

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland Athletics
Hey Ricky you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind: Look who’s batting cleanup!
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Well, as many are already speculating on Twitter, Chicago White Sox manager Ricky Renteria seems to have found his new Yonder Alonso: A.J. Reed.

Reed went 1-for-4 in his White Sox debut last night, singling in the ninth inning on a 2-1, inside fastball from Joakim Soria. Reed turned on the 92 mph cheese and yanked it to right field.

That was enough to promote him to cleanup, and on a roster that continues to treat Zack Collins as coffee fetch boy, given Ricky’s L-R-L proclivities, yeah, what the hell, Reed cleanup.

But then, doesn’t every White Sox effort out in Oakland ultimately seem like, yeah, what the hell?

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Bassitt gets his third career start against the White Sox, the team that drafted him. He’s 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in his first two career revenge starts.

Dylan Covey makes his DJ-triumphant return with today’s start. In order to make room for the Second Coveying, reliever Juan Minaya got the boot down to Charlotte. There seems to be inordinate giddiness over demoting a 3.90 ERA reliever, but when an entire offseason passes with no notable new acquisitions, I suppose by July we tend to eat our own.

Ballgame is on NBCSCH and WGN-AM at 3:07 p.m. Lotsa stuff buzzing about South Side Sox world these days, so the recap may come in a bit late, so good or bad result today, simmer down, it’s coming.