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stats_logo_400x225* The Red Sox captured the final four meetings with the White Sox last season, evening the series at 21 wins apiece since 2008.

* After losing three of four games to the Yankees this weekend, the Red Sox have fallen into last place in the AL East, although they’re just 2.0 games behind the Yankees and Blue Jays. At 5-8, Boston has opened with at least eight losses in its first 13 games for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

* The White Sox’ 4-3 victory over Cleveland on Sunday represented their first win this season when scoring fewer than five runs. Chicago is leading the majors with 6.15 runs per game.

* Jake Peavy has not earned a decision this year despite surrendering just three runs over his first two starts. He’s faced his former White Sox teammates on only one previous occasion, defeating them last August 31 while permitting two runs over 7.0 innings.

* In addition to slugging a walk-off homer on Sunday, Alexei Ramirez notched his eighth multi-hit game, the most in the American League. He also leads the AL in total hits (21) and batting average (.420).

* Erik Johnson has been roughed up in his first two outings of 2014, allowing a .396 batting average and fashioning a 9.58 ERA. Left-handed batters are 9-for-17 (.529) against him.



* Cleveland has won its last 14 games against the White Sox, the longest active winning streak by any team against any opponent and the longest winning streak in the history of the series.

* Indians pitchers have struck out 84 batters through nine games, the second most by the franchise in the last 100 years (91 strikeouts in 1966).

* The White Sox had a feast-or-famine series against Colorado, with a seven-run loss and a six-run loss sandwiching a 12-run win. Chicago has allowed 13 runs in its four wins (3.25 rpg) and 39 runs in its five losses (7.8 rpg).

* Jason Kipnis has at least one hit in 18 of his 19 career games at U.S. Cellular Field. Kipnis is hitting .420 (29/69) with 20 RBI, 15 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in those 19 games. He is the only player with 10+ stolen bases and a career batting average over .400 at U.S. Cellular.

* Alexei Ramirez leads the American League with 14 hits this season. Ramirez is riding a MLB-long 13-game hit streak dating back to 2013.

* Danny Salazar has struck out nine and eight batters, respectively, in his first two career games against the White Sox. He is the first pitcher since Jim Kern in 1975 to notch 8+ strikeouts in his each of his first two games against Chicago. In his first meeting with the White Sox on September 13, 2013, Salazar became the first pitcher in the last 100 years with nine or more strikeouts and no runs allowed in less than four innings pitched.

* This will be the first meeting between these teams since 2011. The White Sox are 6-3 in the all-time series, including 5-1 when playing at Colorado.
* Chicago has scored at least five runs in five of six games this season. After posting the lowest scoring rate (3.69 runs per game) in the American League in 2013, the White Sox are tied for second in 2014 (5.67).
* The Rockies have averaged 9.0 runs in their three victories compared to 3.0 runs per game in their four losses. The top six spots of Colorado’s lineup have combined for a .367 batting average, while the bottom third is hitting just .176.
* While Felipe Paulino is 8-6 with a 3.61 ERA when facing American League opponents in his career, he’s 5-26 with a 5.86 ERA versus the National League. It’s the highest ERA against the NL among active pitchers (minimum 200 IP).
* Alexei Ramirez has hit in all six games this season, collecting multiple hits in four them, tying for the American League lead. While he’s just 1-for-7 (.143) when batting with no outs, he’s 9-for-15 (.600) otherwise.
* Michael Cuddyer has done even better, hitting in all seven games and collecting at least two hits on five occasions, which is tied for the second most in the majors. Cuddyer’s .398 average since the beginning of last September is the highest in MLB (minimum 75 PA).stats_logo_400x225

stats_logo_400x225* The Royals won 10 of the 19 games with the White Sox last season, winning the season series for the third consecutive season. Kansas City had not taken a single-season series from Chicago in the previous 10 years (2001-2010).

* The White Sox won their season-opening series with the Minnesota Twins, 2-1. Chicago pounded out at least 11 hits in all three games marking the first time the White Sox have opened a season with back-to-back-to-back 11+ hit games since 1945 (started with 5 straight 11+ hit games).

* The Royals are still looking for their first win of the season, losing in walkoff fashion twice in Detroit and having the third game of the series rained out on Thursday. It’s the second season in a row the Royals have started 0-2; Kansas City has not started 0-3 since 2001.

* Alejandro De Aza has three home runs in the first three games. He is the first White Sox player ever to have three home runs through the first three team games of a season.

* Salvador Perez is 5-for-7 (.714) with three doubles on the year while Alcides Escobar (0-for-7), Mike Moustakas (0-for-8) and Norichika Aoki (0-for-9) are still looking for their first hit of the season.

* Since 2012, Jeremy Guthrie is 4-2 with a 2.25 ERA (15 ER/60.0 IP) against the White Sox in nine starts.


*Though he’s 0-for-8 in this series with eight groundball outs, Joe Mauer still leads all active players in lifetime batting average at .322.

*The South Siders have not had consecutive losing seasons since 1998 and ’99. When they’ve had losing seasons since then, they’ve bounced back in the following campaign.

*Aaron Hicks has four hits in two games in 2014. Last year, it took him 16 games to get four hits.

*The White Sox have won the first two games of this series; other than the outcome, the games have been dramatically different affairs.


White Sox & Twins – This Series


Mon      Wed (11 inn.)

Time of Game         2:35        4:19

Total Pitches        263         415

Total LOB               9          24

Total Errors            0           3


Wednesday’s game also featured three wild pitches, a passed ball and a balk.


It’s opening day on the South Side. The White Sox start their new season when they host the Twins at the Cell this afternoon.WGN’s Rich King has more on the match-up…

White Sox home opener 2014

White Sox home opener 2014

White Sox home opener 2014