MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi White Sox0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 352
Texas0 7 3 0 0 1 0 0 x 11120
  W: Y. Gallardo (2-0)   L: D. Covey (3-3)
5:05 PM PT6:05 PM MT7:05 PM CT8:05 PM ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 PM MST7:05 PM EST7:35 PM VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 PM CT, June 29, 2018
Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 28,156

White Sox Covey pain free, ready to face Texas

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Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers

  1. The White Sox and Rangers will meet for the second series of 2018, after Texas took three of four in Chicago. The White Sox scored 12 runs in their one win, but put up just five combined runs in the other three games.
  2. The White Sox have won four of their last six following an eight-game losing streak. They managed at least 10 hits in five of those six games after getting to 10 hits in just five of their previous 26 games.
  3. The Rangers have won nine of their last 11 games, winning four consecutive series for the first time since May 2017. They held their opponents under five runs in nine of the 11 games, with a plus-24 scoring margin (62-38).
  4. Shin-soo Choo is on an 11-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 40 consecutive games dating back to May 13. Choo is one game away from tying Odubel Herrera's 2018 record of 41 consecutive games reaching base.
  5. Tim Anderson has at least two hits in five of his last six games including two homers and six RBI. He has 13 home runs already this season after hitting just 17 last season.
  6. Dylan Covey has given up four earned runs in each of his last two starts after going five straight starts with two earned runs or fewer. His 3.45 ERA still leads all White Sox starters with at least five starts this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/29/2018 thru 7/1/2018

Chicago right-handed pitcher Dylan Covey says he is healthy and ready to get back to work when the White Sox head to Texas to begin a three-game series on Friday against the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Covey (3-2, 3.45 ERA) will pitch the series opener while Texas will counter with right-hander Yovani Gallardo (1-0, 12.08).

Covey has been the White Sox's steadiest starter this season and was protecting a 5-2 lead in the fourth against Oakland, his former team, June 23 when he felt some soreness in his hip and groin areas while he was coming off the mound and was removed from the game.

"I don't know exactly what it was," Covey said. "We didn't get any tests done but all the manual tests they did said my strength is good. Just probably like a cramp or something like that that was lingering a little bit. I was feeling it on the mound, so definitely thinking about it."

Covey was sidelined from May 26-Aug. 15 last season with a strained left oblique. He's been a pleasant surprise for the White Sox this year, having drastically cut down his home run rate.

"Everything felt great -- unless something weird happens, I'll be good to go," Covey said of his bullpen session on Tuesday. "That's the plan. It didn't really hurt. It was kind of a precautionary thing, I think."

Covey is 0-0 with a 20.25 ERA in two relief appearances against the Rangers.

Gallardo will make his fifth appearance and third start of the season on Friday. It will be his third start with the Rangers, with whom he's allowed nine earned runs over 10 1/3 innings in his initial two starts.

Gallardo is slated to be working on extended five-days' rest. He picked up the win in his last start, a 9-6 Rangers victory on Saturday in Minneapolis. Gallardo is 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA over four career starts versus the White Sox.

The White Sox had a delayed arrival into Texas after a 2-1 loss to Minnesota in 13 innings on Thursday.

Texas enjoyed an off day on Thursday after a 5-2 win over San Diego that gave the Rangers their fourth straight series win.

Texas got a sterling performance by left-hander Mike Minor, who retired the first 19 Padres' batters before a single from Eric Hosmer with one out in the seventh. He retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced over seven innings.

The Rangers inked Minor to a three-year contract in the offseason. He was a starter with the Braves in 2010-14 before missing all of 2015-16 because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder and is starting to prove that the Rangers made the right move despite a slow start to the season.

I feel better, yeah," Minor said after Wednesday's game. "I feel a little bit more consistent with my delivery, repeating things. It's more about what I think. I think I can do it.

"Early on, I still had the confidence. I just knew that I was a little bit off with my mechanics and everything, but I knew I had the stuff to get through a lineup three times, four times, whatever it is, and to go deep in ballgames."

Texas is 9-3 over its past 12 games after losing six in a row.

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance during Wednesday win over the Padres, extending his on-base streak to 40 straight games.

That ties for the longest such streak in the Majors this season. Odubel Herrera of the Phillies reached base in 40 straight from March 30-May 19.

The Rangers dropped three of four games on May 17-20 on Chicago's South Side in the first series between the two teams this season.

Updated June 28, 2018

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