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Michael Kopech might be nervous to check the weather forecast
Wednesday night.The 22-year-old’s reluctance would be understandable. His first
two starts on Chicago’s South Side have been interrupted because of rain — after
two innings against the Minnesota Twins and after three against the Boston Red
Sox.“I’m going to say a little prayer to Mother Nature and see if we can figure
things out Carlos
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,” Kopech joked after his last start.Article continues
below ...Chicago (56-83) will hope for dry skies in the rubber match of a
three-game series against Detroit (56-83). The finale’s winner will move into
sole possession of third place in the American League Central.Kopech (1-0, 0.82
ERA) is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season for the White Sox. He
has allowed one run in his first 11 innings while walking one and striking out
nine.This marks Kopech’s second career start against Detroit. He limited the
Tigers to one run on seven hits in six innings when he faced them Aug. 26 in
Detroit. The performance yielded his first big-league victory.The Tigers will
counter with right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (6-6, 4.22 ERA), who is slated to
make his 21st start of the year. The 32-year-old has thrown four quality starts
in his last six outings, going 2-3 with a 3.79 ERA during that time.In 12 career
starts against the White Sox, Zimmermann is 5-4 with a 6.26 ERA. He has given up
45 earned runs in 64 2/3 innings, allowing 12 walks and striking out 43. That
includes 20 earned runs allowed in 20 1/3 innings this year.Zimmermann took a
no-hitter through five innings against the New York Yankees in his most recent
performance, but he surrendered three home runs in the sixth.“It’s a tough
situation to be in,” Zimmermann said to the Detroit News after a recent start.
“My mentality my whole career has been to fill up the zone and get guys out in
three pitches or less.“But it seems like on a lot of guys, I get 0-2 and 1-2,
and I tell myself, ‘All right ,
let’s get this over with and make a quality pitch here.’ But there will be a
broken bat and or a jam shot and, boom — two bloops and a blast.”The White Sox
have tagged Zimmermann for 30 hits in his 20 1/3 innings.“It’s not like I’ve
pitched horribly,” Zimmermann said to the Detroit News. “I am just around the
zone too much and they swing at everything.”Outfielder Daniel Palka, who has
homered in each of his past two contests, is one of the White Sox’ most
confident hitters. The slugger has 21 home runs in his rookie campaign.Chicago
has won eight of 12 and 14 of 21.“I think we’re all pulling in the same
direction, and it’s a lot of fun to be a part of right now,” Kopech said. “Since
I’ve been here, we’ve been a winning team, and hopefully it stays that way for a
long time.” The Tampa Bay Rays and manager Kevin Cash hope giant right-hander
Tyler Glasnow figured some things out amid a nightmarish first inning at Fenway
Park last Saturday night.The other members of the Rays staff certainly have.The
6-foot-8 Glasnow, acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Chris Archer
trade, gave up four runs in that fateful first inning against the Red Sox, but
yielded just one run — on a J.D. Martinez home run — after that.Article
continues below ...Since that night Jean
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finish off a four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night at The
Trop in St. Petersburg, Fla.The Rays have won four straight to move a
season-high five games over .500 (66-61), partially thanks to going 6-0 against
the lowly Royals, who lost their 89th game of the season Wednesday night.Danny
Duffy comes off the 10-day disabled list (shoulder impingement) to pitch for the
Royals on Thursday.Glasnow is 1-3 with a 4.10 ERA on the season and 0-1 with a
3.38 ERA in four starts with the Rays. He is 3-12 with a 5.51 ERA in his young
career.The Tampa Bay pitching staff notched 27 straight scoreless innings, tying
a club record, before yielding one run Tuesday after two straight shutouts and
giving up three more runs Wednesday night.Glasnow retired the last 12 batters he
faced and 17 of the last 18 to end Saturday night on a positive.Brandon Lowe and
Mallex Smith drove in two runs apiece and the Rays won another game with an
“opener” starting pitcher on Wednesday night. Ryne Stanek started and worked two
hitless innings before Yonny Chirinos pitched five innings in relief. Sergio
Romo pitched the ninth for his 18th save.The Rays stroked 10 two-out hits as
their offense woke up Wednesday. The 10 two-out hits were the most by the team
in a game in two years.“That’s really, really impressive, especially for an
offense that has been scuffling so much,” Cash said. “There were some great hits
by Mallex, by Brandon Lowe, against a really tough left-hander (Tim Hill). We
pieced together ,
and we needed to separate the game a little bit. It allowed us to line up the
bullpen a little bit. … A lot of good offensive numbers that we kind of
needed.”Duffy (7-11, 4.90) struggled in the two starts before hitting the DL,
yielding 12 earned runs on 16 hits in just 11 1/3 innings. He is 2-1 with a 2.77
ERA in four career starts against the Rays, all in Kansas City.For the Royals,
the misery of the 2018 season continues. They have dropped 16 of their last 20
and lost six straight series.Jakob Junis fell to 6-12 with the loss Wednesday
night, giving up two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.“He’s been consistently sharp,
especially the last four outings,” said Kansas City manager Ned Yost. “I expect
him to go out and make starts like this, give us a chance to win like he
did.”Tommy Pham, who dislocated his right ring finger diving into a base Tuesday
night, reported he felt better but that the finger was still swollen. He’s
shooting for Thursday but Friday appeared more likely.“I think we avoided a
pretty big scare,” Cash said.Rookie first baseman Jake Bauers Denard
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, in a 1-for-33 tailspin, was rested Wednesday, Cash
saying, “He’s been pressing, there’s no denying it. He’s frustrated with
himself.”Jorge Bonifacio, scratched Tuesday with lower back stiffness, rested
Wednesday but was on Kansas City’s bench and available.The current Rays roster
is just a cumulative 4-for-24 (.167) with no RBIs against Duffy. Carlos Gomez is
3-for-7 (.429) but the rest of the players are a combined 1-for-17 (.059).

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