White Sox alter lineup vs. Masterson

April, 12, 2014
Apr 12
Padilla By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox are going heavy with a left-handed lineup Saturday in an attempt to counter Cleveland Indians right-hander Justin Masterson.

Five left-handed hitters and two switch hitters will be in Saturday’s lineup, leaving Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez as the only White Sox hitters that will bat from the right side, at least at the outset.

The White Sox saw how dominating Masterson can be last season. He not only beat the White Sox four times, he became the first pitcher last season to top a single opponent four times.

The only other time an Indians pitcher has defeated a White Sox team four times in the same season was when C.C. Sabathia did it in 2008 and Luis Tiant did it in 1968.

“He’s just so tough on righties that if you have the ability to do it -- which right now we do -- with Jordan (Danks) and Leury (Garcia) here, you do it,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We weren’t real successful last year against Justin. He’s just extremely tough on righties.”

Garcia was in the lineup at second base and starting for the third time this season, as was catcher Adrian Nieto. Danks was making his first start of the year. He was recalled Thursday when Avisail Garcia went on the disabled list with a season-ending shoulder injury.

The complete White Sox lineup Saturday:

Adam Eaton, CF
Leury Garcia, 2B
Conor Gillaspie, 3B
Jose Abreu, 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Alejandro De Aza, LF
Adrian Nieto, C
Jordan Danks, RF

Felipe Paulino is making his third start of the season.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.



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