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5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, July 22, 2019
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, Illinois  Attendance: 14,741

Anderson near return as White Sox host Marlins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Miami Marlins at Chicago White Sox

  1. Since 2017, the White Sox are 15-33 in interleague play, worst in MLB. Since 2015, the Marlins are 36-53 in interleague play, fourth worst in MLB. Miami is 4-1 this season in interleague games away from home.
  2. Marlins' hitters have struck out at least 10 times in five straight games, the longest active streak in MLB. There have only been three longer streaks by NL teams this season, and today's opponent, the White Sox, had an eight-game streak of 10+ strikeouts in early May, tied for the longest in MLB this season.
  3. The White Sox return home following a 10-game road trip coming out of the All-Star break that saw the team go 2-8. However, the White Sox have either won or tied each of their last nine home series. This streak is tied with the Cubs for the second-longest active streak in MLB (Yankees, 15).
  4. Jorge Alfaro is hitting .354 in July, which leads MLB catchers (min. 40 PA). His 17 hits are tied with Christian Vasquez for the most by any catcher this month, and his six multi-hit games are tied with Buster Posey for second most by any catcher (Vasquez, seven).
  5. Yolmer Sanchez had five extra-base hits over the White Sox three-game series with the Rays - prior to this series, no White Sox player had any more than three extra-base hits in a series this season. The last White Sox player with more extra-base hits in a series was Melky Cabrera in 2015 (six).
  6. Miguel Rojas has a lifetime .301 batting average in 185 plate appearances against the American League and a .256 batting average against the National League. Rojas has hit .344 in team wins this season and just .244 in team losses.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/22/2019 thru 7/24/2019

Back at Guaranteed Rate Field after struggling through a 2-8 road trip out of the All-Star break, the Chicago White Sox could use some comfort.

It appears to be coming -- in doses, anyway.

While shortstop Tim Anderson remains on the injured list with a high right ankle sprain he sustained on June 25, the White Sox expect to put Anderson through an extensive workout before Monday night's interleague game against the Miami Marlins, which begins a season-long, 10-game homestand.

"He's doing very, very well," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said on Sunday. "We're going to put him heavily through the wringer on Monday at home, with everything -- running the bases, hitting, obviously all the fielding that he's doing -- (being) seen. We'll evaluate it, and hopefully we're in a position where he'll be out on (rehab assignment)."

Anderson ran the bases before each game of Chicago's weekend series at Tampa Bay after recently beginning fielding and hitting drills. The White Sox would welcome his return, to be sure. Anderson was hitting .317 with 11 home runs, 37 RBIs and 15 stolen bases before the injury.

"He really takes a lot of joy in competing and having that edge for us on the field," Renteria said. "It's like anybody who loves to play the game."

Miami was swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-game weekend series to start a six-game road trip. Although the Dodgers routed the Marlins 9-0 in Sunday's series finale, Miami touted its resilience in the middle game. Trailing 6-0 on Saturday, the Marlins tied it before late bullpen struggles ultimately put things out of reach.

"That's the kind of team we are," Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson said. "We're not gonna take any innings off. We're gonna keep fighting until the end."

Right-hander Ivan Nova (4-9, 5.86 ERA) is set to start for the White Sox, making his first appearance at Guaranteed Rate Field since defeating the Chicago Cubs on July 7 for his first home victory of the season. Nova is 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA in two starts covering 10 2/3 innings since, but Chicago can take solace in his sterling career numbers against the Marlins.

Nova enters Monday's game with 4-0 record and 0.98 ERA in four starts against Miami, scattering three runs and 13 hits in 27 2/3 innings. It will be his first appearance against the Marlins this season.

Righty Trevor Richards (3-11, 4.24 ERA) will get the call for Miami as he seeks his first victory since June 2, having lost six of his last seven starts. Richards, who was born in Aviston, Ill., a small community in southwestern Illinois about 35 miles east of St. Louis, hasn't faced the White Sox in his career.

Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas is day-to-day after sustaining a right shoulder strain and leaving in the fifth inning of Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

He was out of the lineup Sunday in what Miami manager Don Mattingly called a precautionary move.

"He's all right today," Mattingly said Sunday. "We're just giving him a day to let this thing settle down. I think he'll be fine. We'll see how it goes."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 22, 2019

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