White Sox Game Preview: ‘Good Guys’ look for 2nd straight win


2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher

Felipe Paulino

(55) throws the ball Texas Rangers in the first inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY

The second game of the 2014 Chicago White Sox season is set to begin at 2:10 p.m. ET (1:10 CT) at U.S Cellular Field in what can be described as a pitching matchup between two veteran pitchers.

For the White Sox (1-0), making his first start with the team will be Felipe Paulino, who has been in the majors since coming up with the Houston Astros in 2006, except for last season, as he didn’t pitch an inning in the majors.

This spring, Paulino (RHP) was 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in six games pitched, a total of 22.2 innings pitched.

During the spring, he allowed 32 hits, 17 runs (all earned), three home runs and 10 walks. He did strike out 21 batters as the opposition hit .337 off him.

MLB.com reported the following on Paulino:

"“The White Sox have high hopes for Paulino, whom they slotted second in the rotation to help break up three left-handed starters, and is coming back from ulnar collateral replacement surgery that shelved him for the better part of the past year and a half.”"

The Twins (0-1) will start right-hander Kevin Correia.

This will be the start of Correia’s second season with the Twins, as last year he was 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in seven starts. He pitched 25 innings last season.

During the spring, Correia was 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 innings pitched (four games). He allowed nine earned runs on 19 hits (one home run) and two walks. He hit one batter this spring as he held his opponents to a batting average of .284.

This seems to be an interesting pitching matchup, to say the least. Both veteran pitchers have a lot to prove to show they are better than they were this spring and even last season.

• Here is a Tweet from MLB.com’s Scott Merkin before the game:

Game Info:
TV: Chicago: CSN; Minnesota: FS-N; MLB.TV
Radio: Chicago: WSCR 670, ESPN Deportes 97.5; Minnesota: 96.3 K-TWIN; MLB Audio

• Lineups for Wednesday, April 2

• Chicago White Sox
1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Marcus Semien (3B)
3. Jose Abreu (1B)
4. Adam Dunn (DH)
5. Avisail Garcia (RF)
6. Alejandro De Aza (LF)
7. Alexei Ramirez  (SS)
8. Tyler Flowers (C)
9. Leury Garcia (2B)

• Minnesota Twins
1. Brian Dozier (2B)
2. Joe Mauer (1B)
3. Josh Willingham (DH)
4. Jason Kubel (LF)
5. Trevor Plouffe (3B)
6. Oswaldo Arcia (RF)
7. Kurt Suzuki (C)
8. Aaron Hicks (CF)
9. Pedro Florimon (SS)