In Thursday afternoon MLB action, the Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays will wrap up their series from the Rogers Centre. The White Sox (73-55) are a game below .500 on the road and hold a comfortable nine game lead in the AL Central Division race. Last night, Chicago managed just six hits and struck out 16 times during a 3-1 road loss.
Twenty-eight year old left-hander Carlos Rodon (9-5 2.38 ERA) will come off the injured list to start this game. Rodon, who was sidelined with shoulder fatigue, has struck out 160 batters in just 109 plus innings.
The Toronto Blue Jays are seven games above .500 at home and trail Boston by five games for the final AL Wild Card spot. On Wednesday, Toronto SP Robbie Ray fanned 14 batters in seven innings and did not factor in the decision. OF Corey Dickerson contributed an RBI triple for the Blue Jays, who improved to 66-59 on the season.
The Blue Jays will give the nod to thirty-four year old lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-6 3.54 ERA) in the series finale. Last time out, Ryu scattered five hits across seven innings during a 3-0 home victory versus Detroit.