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Gamethread: Cleveland at White Sox

Lance Lynn takes the mound, looking to continue his strong start to the year

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels
The White Sox hand the ball to Lance Lynn, who is coming off his own shutout on this homestand.
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It’s a quick turnaround after Carlos Rodón’s no-hitter on Wednesday. The Chicago White Sox (6-6) look to take the series against Cleveland (6-5) on Jackie Robinson Day, with eyes on the first winning record of the season for the South Siders.

Lance Lynn is coming off his own dominant shutout, which saw him fan 11 batters in a 6-0 win over Kansas City a week ago. He hasn’t allowed an earned run through his first two starts (13 23innings) in a White Sox uniform. Lynn looked fantastic against the Royals, and his 1.09 FIP, .157 xBA and .229 xSLG back up the eye test.

As seen in this series, Cleveland is far from an offensive juggernaut, so another long start could be in the cards for the White Sox’s workhorse. If not, the bullpen should be rested after having four off days in the past week.

Cleveland’s Aaron Civale has pitched deep into both of his starts against the Detroit Tigers. He owns a 2.45 ERA (4.78 FIP) over 14 23 innings, along with 12 strikeouts and three walks. The White Sox present a much tougher challenge, obviously. They’ll have a chance to hit a few home runs given Civale’s surrendered three long balls this year, and 11 in 12 starts last season. Civale started three games against the South Siders last year, touting a 3.32 ERA and 1.316 WHIP in 19 innings.

Here are today’s starting lineups:

Welcome back, Tim Anderson. The White Sox DFA’d Nick Williams to make room.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CST. NBC Sports Chicago will televise the game, and WMVP 1000 AM will have the radio coverage. Let’s keep the momentum rolling.