White Sox Game Notes For Friday vs. Seattle

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*The Mariners are 12-6 (.667) in close (2 runs or less) games in August (.667, tied for third in the AL); the White Sox are 6-8 (.429, 12th in AL).

* White Sox batters have performed extremely well in the final frame this season. Their .288 batting average in the 9th inning is a tick behind the Angels for the best in baseball.

* US Cellular Field has never been kind to Nelson Cruz. His .141 batting average (10/71) is the worst of any hitter at the Cell who has had at least 75 plate appearances.

* Since 1913, no pitcher in baseball history has had has many strikeouts through his first 140 career starts as Chris Sale (1064).