The White Sox finished a gritty and high-scoring four-game series with the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon. The Sox improved to 7-6 after Alexei Ramirez hit a walk-off two-run home run to seal the 4-3 victory. The home run was Ramirez’s third of the season, as he continues to create havoc for opposing pitchers in the first 13 games.
The Good Guys move onto a three-game home set with the defending World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox. The BoSox are off to a slow 5-8 start in 2014 and the wrist issues with Dustin Pedroia have been a main focus. From reports on Pedroia’s injury, the 2008 AL MVP has been diagnosed with left wrist inflammation. No fracture was found.
The Sox will finish up the third turn in the rotation by sending Erik Johnson and John Danks to the hill in the first two games of the series. In the series finale, the Sox send ace Chris Sale to the bump, opposite of Boston’s Jon Lester.
On Monday, the Sox signed RHP Frank Francisco and assigned him to Triple-A Charlotte. Francisco, 34, has 73 career saves with three different teams.
Injuries and poor control made Francisco a poor fit as a closer, but he’s always missed plenty of bats and thrown plenty hard. If healthy he could help Chicago in a setup role, especially given the White Sox’s current need for bullpen depth. For now he’ll head to Triple-A at age 34. -Aaron Gleeman/HardballTalk.NBCSports.com