Chicago White Sox: Justin Masterson

Rapid Reaction: Indians 12, White Sox 6

April, 12, 2014
Apr 12
4:47
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Indians scored both early and late to roll to a 12-6 victory Saturday over the Chicago White Sox.

How it happened: Felipe Paulino gave up six runs in five innings, and reliever Ronald Belisario gave up a pair of runs as the Indians won for the first time in the series. Adam Eaton hit his first home run of the season, while Adam Dunn drove in two on a single in the first inning. Alexei Ramirez singled and now has a hit in all 12 games this season. The White Sox fell into a 3-0 hole in the first inning, rallied out of it in the bottom of the inning, but the pitching couldn’t hold back the Indians’ offense.

What it means: The White Sox’s offense might be better, but it isn’t going to be able to outslug teams every night. Right-handed starters, and the bullpen, have been sore spots for the White Sox and that trend continued. Paulino has a 7.98 ERA after three starts. He last pitched in the major leagues in 2012 after undergoing Tommy John surgery as well as a shoulder procedure. Belisario saw his ERA rise to 15.19. Reliever Scott Downs, who is carrying a 16.20 ERA, didn’t allow a run, but walked the only batter he faced.

Outside the box: The White Sox continue to make life difficult on opposing starters. Justin Masterson, who beat the White Sox four times last season, went just 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits. No Indians pitcher has lasted five innings over the first three games of the series, a sign the White Sox are not just getting on base, but going deep into counts as well.

Off beat: At just 5-foot-8, Eaton showed he has some power for a smaller guy. His second-inning home run cleared the Indians’ bullpen in right field. But his White Sox teammates reminded him of his diminutive stature when he arrived back in the dugout after rounding the bases. Some White Sox players held their high-fives so high in the air that Eaton was forced to jump to reach them.

Up next: The White Sox will send left-hander Jose Quintana (0-1, 2.77 ERA) to the mound against the Indians in Sunday’s series finale. Cleveland will counter with right-hander Corey Kluber (1-1, 7.71) in the 1:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

White Sox alter lineup vs. Masterson

April, 12, 2014
Apr 12
12:50
PM CT
Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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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.

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2011 Season Stats
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
114 24 76 53 .343 .257
Carlos Quentin has 24 home runs on the season, but he'll be sitting Thursday as the Chicago White Sox try to win their series against the Cleveland Indians.

Justin Masterson is starting for Cleveland, and Quentin is 1-for-8 with no home run vs. the right-hander.

The Sox lineup is:

Juan Pierre, LF
Alejando De Aza, RF
Paul Konerko, DH
Adam Dunn, 1B
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Alex Rios, CF
Omar Vizquel, 3B
Tyler Flowers, C
Gordon Beckham, 2B

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.323 35 102 76
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 35
RBIJ. Abreu 102
RA. Ramirez 77
OPSJ. Abreu .986
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 1.99
SOC. Sale 192