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Detwiler, de-lovely

Easy 6-1 win for the South Siders sees superb starting pitching and a return game ding-dong from YoYo

MLB: Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox
Pitching for 2020: Ross Detwiler was masterful against the Rangers, throwing six innings of three-hit ball.
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If you thought tonight’s game was the Texas Rangers’ “Dylan Covey” against one of the endless variations of the Chicago White Sox’s “Dylan Covey,” well you were maybe a little ... disappointed?

The Rangers’ Covey, Ariel Jurado, wore it for Texas, pitching an eight-inning complete game and giving up six earned runs and two homers in the process. Chicago’s Covey, Ross Detwiler, was magnificent: six innings (with probable room for a seventh), three hits, one earned, eight Ks and zero walks. (If not for Kelvin Herrera issuing a free pass in the ninth, White Sox pitching would have made it two straight games without a walk.)

A little limited with highlights today, so let’s get right to the biggest — or, at least most heartening — blow of the game, Yoán Moncada’s screaming meemie in the third, doubling the White Sox lead to 4-0:

Just a ton of good stuff in the game, beyond the stellar hurling from Detwiler, Jimmy Cordero and Herrera. James McCann homered after Moncada, and both hitters added doubles to enjoy 2-for-4 nights.

Based on this first game, the Rangers may be ripe for picking this weekend, and a tight three-of-four is not out of the question. Tomorrow’s challenge will be the biggest, with rookie Dylan Cease taking on Lance Lynn, at 7:10 p.m. Look for Schoolly_D on the telecast, trolling or just plain goofing in his Derek Holland Rangers jersey!