The Chicago White Sox open a three-game series on the road Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Chicago is 71-50 following a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. Chicago has won each of the first three games in its current four-game series against Oakland and the White Sox are first in the American League Central with a 12-game lead over the second-place Cleveland Indians.
Tim Anderson is batting .300 to lead Chicago and the shortstop has a team high 132 hits. First baseman Jose Abreu is the leader in home runs with 25 and RBIs with 89, while third baseman Yoan Moncada is the leader in on-base percentage at .367. On Friday, the Chicago White Sox will send Lucas Giolito to the mound. The right-hander is 9-9 with an ERA of 3.83, 161 Ks and 42 BBs.
The Tampa Bay Rays are 74-47 following an 8-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. Ryan Yarbrough pitched five shutout innings in his first start back from the covid-19 injured list. Tampa Bay has won each of the first three games of its current series against Baltimore that concludes on Thursday. The Rays are first in the American League East with a five-game lead over the New York Yankees.
Randy Arozarena is batting .280 to lead Tampa Bay and the left fielder has a team high 114 hits. Second baseman Brandon Lowe is the leader in home runs with 28, while DH Austin Meadows is the leader in RBIs with 81 and Yandy Diaz has a team high .367 on-base percentage. On Friday, Tampa Bay will send Michael Wacha to the mound. The right-hander is 2-4 with an ERA of 5.91, 76 Ks and 24 BBs.