Mar 10, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox Opening Day Live Game Thread


Mar 10, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to Opening Day folks! After a long, seemingly endless winter, White Sox baseball has begins today as Chris Sale takes on the Minnesota Twins and Ricky Nolasco.

Sale will likely give the White Sox an excellent chance today. Despite the improvements that the Twins made in the offseason, they are still considered to finish at the bottom of the American League Central. On a young, rebuilding team, having a strong start from Sale can only help build their confidence.

Today also features the much anticipated major league debut of Jose Abreu, the prized prospect who the White Sox, and seemingly everyone in the majors, is expecting great things from. It is going to be fun to see how those expectations translate to the major leagues this season.

We will be updating the thread in the comments section during the game, so feel free to jump in and give us your insight! We’re looking forward to chatting with you during the game.

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  • Dave Hill

    Chris Sale had an excellent top of the first, but Nolasco matches him in the bottom of the inning. Scoreless heading to the second.

  • Dave Hill

    Just announced during the broadcast that Matt Lindstrom will be the White Sox closer, at least at the start of the year.

  • Dave Hill

    Another excellent inning by Sale. Despite giving up a hit, Sale still faced only three batters.

  • Dave Hill

    Welcome to the major leagues Jose Abreu! What a shot!

  • Dave Hill

    Alejandro De Aza hammers a two run home run to give the White Sox the lead.

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    Kurt Suzuki tied the game with a two out, two run single. Leadoff walk comes back to haunt Sale.

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    Sale gets Mauer to end the third. Game tied at 2-2.

  • Dave Hill

    Abreu strikes yet again, taking the sinker down and in to left for an RBI single.

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    Head’s up baserunning by Gillespie to score on the pop foul out to give the White Sox a 4-2 lead.

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    Still 4-2 White Sox heading into the top of the fifth.

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    Semien with a drive to left, but Willingham managed to run it down at the wall.

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    Gillispie is making things happen on the basepaths. Moved to second on a ball that barely got away from the catcher.

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    Another easy 1-2-3 inning for Sale. White Sox still up 4-2 heading to the bottom of the sixth.

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    De Aza with his second home run of the game! 5-2 White Sox!

  • Dave Hill

    Sale is in a groove right now. Ten in a row set down, and he strikes out the side in the top of the seventh. Still 5-2 heading into the bottom of the inning.

  • Dave Hill

    Pitching change. Swarzak comes in for the Twins, as Nolasco lasted six innings.

  • Dave Hill

    That’s all for Sale. 108 pitches over 7.1 innings, striking out eight while allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. He is also responsible for the runner on second, so his line is not yet complete.

  • Dave Hill

    RBI single for Suzuki gives him all three RBIs for the Twins today. That also leaves Sale as having given up three earned runs. Donnie Veal comes in for Ronnie Bellasario, who got one out.

  • Dave Hill

    Veal gets Mauer on a groundout to end the threat. 5-3 White Sox heading to the bottom of the eighth.

  • Dave Hill

    Abreu hammered that ball to center, but the wind turned that into a long out.

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    Lindstrom is in for the save.

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    Two batters, two very hard hit balls. Colabello’s double brings the tying run to the plate.

  • Dave Hill

    It may not have been pretty at the start, but Lindstrom gets the save. White Sox win on Opening Day 5-3!