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Lucas Giolito looks to build on his strong Cactus League performance

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago White Sox
Riding the momentum: Lucas Giolito looks to build on his strong Cactus League performance this afternoon.
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After an exciting 4-4 tie yesterday in which Carlos Rodón and Garrett Crochet looked terrific, the White Sox enter with a 6-10-5 record this spring. The South Siders will be facing the Giants, who are 8-9-3 in Cactus League play.

The White Sox’s ace, Lucas Giolito, will start on the mound. In 12 23 innings this spring, Giolito has a 2.13 ERA, a 0.789 WHIP, and hitters only have a .515 OPS against him. Last Monday, manager Tony La Russa announced that Giolito will be the Opening Day starter against the Angels.

Kevin Gausman, a 30-year-old righthander with limited MLB experience (84 23 innings), will start for San Francisco. Gausman, who was drafted fourth overall in 2012 by Baltimore, has a 2.08 ERA this spring.

Here are today’s starting lineups:

The first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CST. Fans can stream this game on whitesox.com, YouTube, and Facebook (for in-market folks). There are only 10 days until the regular season starts, but for now, let’s get spring training victory No. 7.