Jose Abreu Looks To Continue Domination Of R.A. Dickey While Chris Sale Goes For Fifth Win

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After last night’s thrilling comeback victory in the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Chicago White Sox are right back at it tonight at the Rogers Centre.

R.A. Dickey will take the mound for Toronto in search of his second win of the season, but if history is any indication, he might be in for a rough night. Tonight’s White Sox lineup has a collective .304 average against the 41-year-old and Jose Abreu, in particular, has manhandled the knuckleballer. Sure, he’s only faced Dickey nine times, but the White Sox slugger has a .444 average with three home runs and five RBIs against him. Along those same lines, Todd Frazier has two career jacks against Dickey in ten career at-bats to go along with a .400 average. Jimmy Rollins has the most experience against him with 27 at-bats, nine of which have been for hits for a .333 average with four doubles, a triple, a home run and four runs batted in.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that tonight also happens to be Chris Sale’s turn in the rotation. Sale, who has to be in the conversation as an early front-runner for the American League Cy Young Award, has been absolutely dominant in 2016. In 30 innings this season, he’s given up only six earned runs, including only one in his last two starts, and has walked only three batters while striking out 26.

Here’s everything else you need to know about tonight’s matchup.

Chicago White Sox (14-6) at Toronto Blue Jays (10-11)

Time: 6:07 PM CT

Location: Rogers Centre

Radio: WLS

TV: WPWR

Starting Pitchers: Chris Sale (4-0, 1.80 ERA) vs R.A. Dickey (1-2, 6.10 ERA)

Starting Lineups

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Position Player vs Dickey AVG. 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
RF Adam Eaton 1-5 .200 0 1 0 0 1 1
SS Jimmy Rollins 9-27 .333 4 1 1 4 2 6
1B Jose Abreu 4-9 .444 0 0 3 5 0 4
3B Todd Frazier 4-10 .400 0 0 2 3 2 2
LF Melky Cabrera 6-18 .333 0 1 2 4 0 0
2B Brett Lawrie 0-6 .000 0 0 0 0 0 1
DH Avisail Garcia 0-3 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
C Dioner Navarro
CF Austin Jackson 4-14 .286 1 0 1 2 3 3

 

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Position Player vs Sale AVG. 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
LF Michael Saunders 2-6 .333 1 0 0 0 0 2
DH Josh Donaldson 3-11 .273 0 0 2 6 0 2
RF Jose Bautista 1-5 .200 1 0 0 0 0 1
1B Edwin Encarnacion 4-8 .500 0 0 0 1 2 0
SS Troy Tulowitzki 0-1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
CF Kevin Pillar 0-3 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
3B Matt Dominguez 1-6 .167 0 0 0 0 0 1
2B Darwin Barney
C Josh Thole