* The White Sox have won their last four games and, at 7-2, are tied with Kansas City on top of the AL Central. The last time Chicago was in first place (outright or tied) through its first nine games of a season was in 2009. Chicago’s 6-5 home victory over the Rays last August 6 snapped its overall five-game skid in this series, although Tampa Bay has won its last three home games versus the White Sox.
* Tampa Bay was blanked 6-0 by Cleveland on Thursday; it was the second straight game that the Rays have been held to one or fewer runs. The last time they were held to one or fewer runs in 3+ consecutive contests in the same season was June 8-10, 2014 (3 G).
* Adam Eaton has had at least one hit in all seven of the White Sox’s seven road games in 2016, batting .448 (13/29) in these contests. This is the longest such streak from the start of a season by any White Sox player since Conor Gillaspie had 1+ hit in his first 17 road games of the 2014 season (April 4-May 21, 2014) (minimum 1 AB or SF in every game).
* Evan Longoria enters this series with an active six-game hitting streak against the White Sox; he is batting .385 (10/26) with five RBI during this streak.
* Chris Sale has won his last three starts, going exactly 7.0 innings in each of these appearances while posting a 3.00 (7/21.0) ERA and .231 (18/78) opponent average. The last White Sox pitcher to win 4+ straight starts (streak excludes any relief appearances) was Sale himself; he won five in a row, May 17-June 9, 2012.
* Jake Odorizzi has a career .212 opponent batting average in his 36 career home appearances (34 starts). That is third lowest among active pitchers (minimum 30 home starts).