Game Preview: Chris Sale to face John Farrell’s Boston Red Sox


Jun 23, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher

Chris Sale

(49) pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Hopefully tonight Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale can show John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox why he was deserving to be selected on the 2014 American League All-Star roster.

Jun 11, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox manager

John Farrell

(53) listens to a question from the media in the dugout prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Farrell and a player vote left Sale off the AL roster, though he’s entering the game with an 8-1 record with an ERA of 2.16 and 96 strikeouts, but apparently those numbers aren’t good enough to earn a spot in AL roster by the ASG manager.

Sale, who is currently leading the AL Final Vote, is undefeated in his past three starts with a 2-0 record and a 2.05 ERA with 21 strikeouts. He’s pitched 12.2 innings against the Red Sox in his career, with a 1-0 record and a 0.71 ERA (16 K’s).

Jonny Gomes has a home run against Sale in six at-bats. David Ortiz has a .250 batting average in four at-bats against Sale.

Sale will be facing Rubby De La Rosa, a left-handed pitcher for the Red Sox. De La Rosa is 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA this season.

De La Rose in his past three starts (19.2 innings) is 1-1 with a 2.29 ERA with 17 strikeouts. Nobody on the White Sox roster has faced De La Rosa.

Earlier today the Red Sox released catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who played eight seasons with the White Sox. This was his first year with the Red Sox.

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Here are the starting lineups for Wednesday, July 9, 2014:

Chicago White Sox (44-47)
1. Adam Eaton (CF)
2. Gordon Beckham (2B)
3. Jose Abreu (1B)
4. Adam Dunn (DH)
5. Alexei Ramirez (SS)
6. Conor Gillaspie (3B)
7. Dayan Viciedo (RF)
8. Alejandro De Aza (LF)
9. Tyler Flowers (C)

Boston Red Sox (39-51)
1. Brock Holt (RF)
2. Dustin Pedroia (2B)
3. David Ortiz (DH)
4. Mike Napoli (1B)
5. Jonny Gomes (LF)
6. Xander Bogaerts (3B)
7. Jackie Bradley Jr. (CF)
8. Mookie Betts (CF)
9. Christian Vazquez (C)