Crosstown Cup 2013: Chicago White Sox, Chris Sale Look To Even Up Series

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The Chicago Cubs were able to take game one of the Crosstown Cup last night as right-hander Jeff Samardzija shut down the Chicago White Sox in a 7-0 pounding.

With the threat of falling behind 0-2 to their rivals from the North Side, the White Sox will send their ace Chris Sale to the bump tonight at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale, who was skipped in his last start due to some tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, has been unhittable in his last few outings. Currently, the left-hander has a 23-inning scoreless streak and his 0.92 WHIP ranks second in the American League.

With a lineup that sits near the bottom of the league in offense, the Cubs will have their hands full with Sale. The southpaw should have no trouble racking up strikeouts tonight and as long as he avoids getting hurt by the middle of the Cubs lineup, he should be able to add to his already impressive scoreless inning streak.

The Cubs will counter Sale with veteran starter Edwin Jackson. With a 1-7 record and a 6.11 ERA, Jackson has not enjoyed his time so far with the North Siders. However, given the circumstances, the former White Sox hurler is sure to have some added motivation in tonight’s contest.

As another chapter of the Crosstown Classic unfolds tonight in Chicago, the White Sox will look to even up the series before heading to Wrigley Field for games three and four on Wednesday and Thursday. The Cubs, on the other hand, can take a commanding 2-0 series lead with another victory on the South Side this evening.

Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha and add him to your network on Google.

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