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MLB: Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Lucas With the Lid Off: Tonight, Giolito seeks his 12th victory as he faces a plucky Minnesota lineup.
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Because sometimes you’re on the menu at the fish fry, an otherwise valiant performance by Reynaldo López was eaten last night by a two-run homer by César Puello in the eighth inning. The Chicago White Sox fell 2-0, losing the series to the Miami Marlins. The offense did not bring its appetite, but ReyLo has been bringing the tartar sauce: In three starts, he boasts a 1.71 ERA with 25 strikeouts and only four earned runs in 21 innings.

Eliminating fish from our diets and opting towards processed snack cakes, tonight the Sox begin a four-game set facing the AL Central leaders, the Minnesota Twins.

José Berríos, or La Makina, if you prefer, is on the hill for Minnesota. He’s currently fourth in the AL in ERA at 2.96, touting an 8-5 record. In 15 plate appearances, James McCann is .400/.400/1.133 against Berríos, with three home runs.

Raging against the machine is Lucas Giolito, with whom you’re very familiar. He didn’t factor into the decision in his last outing against the Rays, but he did strike out nine, allowing only one earned run. Giolito’s July ERA is at 4.79, but he is at 3.12 for the season. Tonight, he seeks his long-awaited 12th win, which would tie him for second-most in the American League.

Below is Rentería’s hopefully now-hungry lineup:

The Twins lineup is as follows:

In other news, Tim Anderson did very well to begin his rehab assignment yesterday in Charlotte, going 3-for-4, hitting a single in his first at-bat. Looking good, TA!

You may view this 7:10 PM CST ballgame via television at NBC Sports Chicago; if radio’s more your style, tune into WGN 720.

And as always, Happy Lucas Giolito Day; celebrate safely.