Chris Bassitt shuts down Tigers
Chris Bassitt | CWS
(September 22, 2014 9:59 PM EDT)
Chris Bassitt notched his first big-league victory by shutting out the Tigers for 7 2/3 innings on Monday.
Bassitt is making his presence known in the pennant race; his four starts thus far have come against Detroit (a loss), Oakland (a no-decision in a White Sox win), Kansas City (another no-decision in a White Sox win) and now Detroit again. This was definitely his best showing to date, but while it lowered his ERA to 3.65, he still has a poor 16/12 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings. The crucial thing is that he's yet to allow a homer in the majors. Bassitt will get one more chance to make a big difference in a team's postseason hopes; he's due to face the Royals this weekend.
Jake Petricka gets four-out save
Jake Petricka | CWS
(September 22, 2014 9:55 PM EDT)
Jake Petricka got four outs against the Tigers for his 14th save Monday.
Petricka came in with two outs in the eighth and struck out J.D. Martinez to strand Victor Martinez on base. He then pitched a perfect ninth. Petricka is 14-for-16 in his ninth-inning save chances since becoming the White Sox's primary closer (he had one other cheap blown save in there after allowed an inherited runner to score in the eighth). He's not going to be assured of keeping the job next year, but he'll be the top choice among the incumbents.
Kyle Lobstein loses to White sox
Kyle Lobstein | DET
(September 22, 2014 9:52 PM EDT)
Kyle Lobstein lost despite holding the White Sox to two runs in seven innings on Monday.
Lobstein certainly did his job tonight, but he got no help from the Tigers offense. He's expected to get another start this weekend against the Twins, and he'll be worth playing in at least AL-only leagues then.
Tyler Flowers homers in victory
Tyler Flowers | CWS
(September 22, 2014 9:50 PM EDT)
Tyler Flowers homered to score the White Sox's two runs in Monday's victory.
Flowers is up to 15 homers and 50 RBI, and the late surge will almost certainly see him welcomed back as the White Sox's starting catcher next year, even if he does have the highest strikeout rate of anyone with 400 plate appearances this season.
Alex Avila strikes out three times in return
Alex Avila | DET
(September 22, 2014 9:48 PM EDT)
Alex Avila went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to Detroit's lineup on Monday.
It was Avila's first appearance in eight days after he suffered a concussion on Sept. 14. Dating back to Sept. 9, he's struck out multiple times in in six straight starts, and he's up to 146 strikeouts in 119 games this season.
Michael Taylor nursing knee injury
Michael Taylor | CWS
(September 22, 2014 9:20 PM EDT)
Michael Taylor has been nursing a right knee injury since last week.
Taylor hurt the knee on a slide. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but he's still sore and it's not clear when he'll be available to play.
Adam Eaton (personal) expected back Tuesday
Adam Eaton | CWS
(September 22, 2014 9:18 PM EDT)
Adam Eaton (personal) is expected to rejoin the White Sox on Tuesday.
Eaton was away from the club Monday for personal reasons. He's hitting .347/.399/.443 in 185 plate appearances since the All-Star break.
Aaron Hicks returns to action Monday
Aaron Hicks | MIN
(September 22, 2014 8:53 PM EDT)
Aaron Hicks returned to the Twins' lineup Monday.
Hicks missed the last two games due to back stiffness. The young outfielder has hit .243/.317/.297 in 14 games this month.
Hamilton (shoulder) won't play before weekend
Josh Hamilton | ANA
(September 22, 2014 8:28 PM EDT)
Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will not play until this weekend, at the earliest.
Hamilton had been hoping to return as soon as Wednesday,' but Angels manager Mike Scioscia has ruled that out. The outfielder did hit off a tee Monday and Scioscia said Hamilton is doing "pretty good." Fantasy owners don't need to be counting on him playing at all this week.
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Shoemaker not expected back this week
Matt Shoemaker | ANA
(September 22, 2014 8:26 PM EDT)
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that the chances of Matt Shoemaker (oblique) pitching this week are "very remote."
The good news is that Shoemaker played catch Monday and Scioscia said he's "very encouraged" about the right-hander's chances of being ready for the postseason. The Angels would obviously prefer the rookie right-hander getting a tune-up before the playoffs, but obviously the main goal is to have him available for postseason play, and it sounds like they will.
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