James Shields Looks To Bounce Back Tonight As The White Sox Open A Three-Game Set With Detroit

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I’m not going to sugarcoat anything here. James Shields’ debut with the White Sox last week was just awful. The San Diego Padres must have been laughing it up as the veteran right-hander gave up seven runs on eight hits, including three home runs, in just two innings as the South Siders were rolled by the Washington Nationals this past Wednesday. Shields will get his chance at redemption this evening as the White Sox open a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field with the Detroit Tigers, one of three teams they’re now chasing in the American League Central.

Now 31-32, the White Sox now sit in fourth place in the division. They’re four games behind the first-place Cleveland Indians and a game and a half back of both the Kansas City Royals and these Tigers, which makes this a pretty important series for June. Sure, there’s time left in the season, but a series win here would certainly do a lot for the Sox as far as confidence is concerned. In an attempt to get back to .500, they’ll face youngster Matt Boyd. The 25-year-old hasn’t faced one member of the White Sox roster.

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

Detroit Tigers (32-30) at Chicago White Sox (31-32)

Time: 7:10 PM CT

Location: U.S. Cellular Field

Radio: WLS 890, WRTO 1200

TV: WPWR

Starting Pitchers: Matt Boyd (0-1, 3.38 ERA) vs James Shields (2-8, 5.06 ERA)

Starting Lineups

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Position Player vs Shields AVG. 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
2B Ian Kinsler 10-51 .196 2 0 2 3 3 4
CF Cameron Maybin 3-8 .375 0 0 0 0 1 0
1B Miguel Cabrera 19-55 .345 8 0 2 8 5 11
3B Nick Castellanos 1-10 .100 0 0 0 0 0 4
DH J.D. Martinez 6-18 .333 1 0 1 2 1 8
LF Justin Upton
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia 1-17 .059 0 0 0 0 2 5
SS Jose Iglesias 0-3 .000 0 0 0 0 0 1
RF Mike Aviles 10-33 .303 1 0 2 3 1 4

 

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Position Player vs Boyd AVG. 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO
SS Tim Anderson
CF Adam Eaton
LF Melky Cabrera
1B Jose Abreu
3B Todd Frazier
2B Brett Lawrie
RF Avisail Garcia
C Dioner Navarro
DH Jason Coats