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White Sox DH Adam LaRoche emerges from 2-for-25 slump
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:19 pm ET) White Sox DH Adam LaRoche tied a season high with three hits and had his third straight multihit game during a 3-2 win in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles. He had two doubles, one single and one RBI.

LaRoche is 7 for 12 in his last three games after being mired in a 2-for-25 slump in his previous eight games. Still, he has just one home run in his last 33 games.


Orioles' Travis Snider starting in right field for Game 2 Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:18 pm ET) Orioles outfielder Travis Snider is starting in right field and hitting second for the nightcap of Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Snider was the final out as a pinch-hitter in the first game, which the Orioles dropped 3-2. 

Snider will take the place of Delmon Young, who went 2 for 4 in the first game, but is not in the lineup for the second game. 


White Sox's Petricka nets first save with Robertson unavailable
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:12 pm ET) With White Sox manager Robin Ventura looking to stay away from closer David Robertson on Thursday, he turned to Zach Duke and Jake Petricka to close out a 3-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader against the Orioles.

Ventura kept Duke in the game in the ninth inning after he relieved Chris Sale with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Duke struck out Manny Machado in the eighth to preserve a 2-0 lead. He took the mound in the ninth with a 3-0 lead.

He struck out the first two batters in the ninth before running into trouble. Delmon Young had a two-out single, and then Chris Davis parked a two-run homer into the right-field seats to cut the deficit to one.

Ventura went to Petricka for the final out of the game. He struck out Travis Snider for his first save of the season and 15th career save.


Orioles 1B Chris Davis blasts 11th home run in Game 1 Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:07 pm ET) Orioles first baseman Chris Davis launched his 11th home run of the season in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox. But, it was not enough as the Orioles fell 3-2.

Davis' home run, his only hit of the game, was a two-out, two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth off Zach Duke. It was his third longball in the last two games after going 13 games without one.


White Sox SP Chris Sale strikes out 12 in dominant performance
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4:07 pm ET) White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale was dominant in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles, as he struck out a season-best 12 in a 3-2 win. The left-hander allowed just four hits and no walks in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

Sale (4-2) got off to a blistering start Thursday. He struck out the side in the first inning and retired the first eight batters he faced before giving up a two-out single to Everth Cabrera in the third inning.

Sale gave up another two-out single in the fourth inning, and two more singles in the seventh inning.

He was lifted after striking out the first two batters in the eighth. Sale also struck out five straight batters at one point, with the streak starting in the bottom of the fifth.

Sale has at least 10 strikeouts in three of his last four starts. He had no 10-plus strikeout games in his first five starts.

He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Texas.


Orioles P Tyler Wilson impressive in first MLB start
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:04 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson, making his first Major League start, was solid in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Thursday. Wilson went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. 

Wilson (1-1, 3.38 ERA) walked one and struck out one, needing just 86 pitches to get through the six frames. Unfortunately for him, he was outdueld by Chris Sale and the Orioles were defeated 3-2.

The only runs scored on him came in the sixth inning on RBI-doubles from Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche. 

Still, it was an impressive outing from the 25-year-old. It remains to be seen if the Orioles will keep him the rotation for now, or if he will head back down to Triple-A after the game. He has made eight starts at Norfolk this season.


Orioles 3B Manny Machado ejected on Thursday vs. White Sox
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:37 pm ET) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was ejected in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox. In the bottom of the eighth, Machado was called out on a check-swing strike three, and proceeded to slam his bat on the ground in front of home plate umpire Tony Basner. Basner immediately ejected Machado.

It was Machado's third strikeout of the game, as he went 0 for 4 on the afternoon. Ryan Flaherty replaced him at third base in the ninth. 


Rockies prospect David Dahl suffers injuries in on-field collision
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:13 pm ET) Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl sustained multiple injuries in an on-field collision Thursday, according to Yahoo Sports. Dahl has a likely concussion, broken rib and possible ruptured spleen, a team source told Jeff Passan.

The doctors found bleeding in his spleen and are trying to mend it with surgery, according to Passan.

Dahl started Thursday's game for Double-A New Britain. He went 2 for 3 with two runs and one strikeout before leaving the game in the sixth inning.

The 2012 first-round pick entered play Thursday with a .263/.290/.374/.665 slash line in 43 games. He is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 22) and MLB.com (No. 59).


Red Sox's Farrell: David Ortiz to be held out of lineup for a few days
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Red Sox DH David Ortiz will be held of the starting lineup for "a couple of days" to work on his swing, manager John Farrell told WEEI on Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told MLB Network Radio that Ortiz would likely be held out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

Ortiz, who hasn't started just five times in the first 47 games, has been struggling offensively for most of the season. He is mired in a 1-for-20 slump in his last five games and is batting just .171 in his last 18 games, dropping his average from .250 to .216.

Ortiz also has just six home runs and a .377 slugging percentage on the season.


Blue Jays option reliever Scott Copeland to Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:51 pm ET) The Blue Jays optioned reliever Scott Copeland to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. Copeland has tossed three scoreless innings of relief for Toronto, allowing two hits and two walks.

 
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