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  W: C. Rodón (3-0)   L: Z. Plesac (1-3)   S: L. Hendriks (3)
3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)4:10 PM CT, April 20, 2021
Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio  Attendance: 4,176

Indians open homestand against Carlos Rodon, White Sox

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Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

  1.  The White Sox and Cleveland alternated wins over a four-game series in Chicago earlier this season. In 2020, Cleveland won six of seven home games against Chicago. The White Sox had the lead or were tied in the fifth inning or later and lost each of their last four games in Cleveland last season.
  2. The White Sox split a four-game set with the Red Sox in Boston. Chicago is tied for the fifth-best run differential in MLB despite having a losing record. The White Sox are 6-0 in games with 10+ hits this season and 2-9 in games with fewer than 10 hits.
  3. Cleveland lost two of three games against the Reds in Cincinnati; the Indians are 4-1 at home and 4-6 on the road this season. The Cleveland pitching staff has allowed a .157 batting average in its five home games, second lowest in MLB behind the White Sox (.155).
  4. Carlos Rodon threw a no-hitter against Cleveland in his last start. Rodon has not allowed a run over 14.0 innings in two starts this season, both wins. That is the longest scoreless innings streak to start a season by a White Sox starting pitcher since Jose DeLeon in 1987 (14.1; innings pitched in starts only).
  5. Tim Anderson was 7-for-13 over three games in Boston with three hits in each of his last two games. Anderson has 11 games with three or more hits since the beginning of 2020, tied with Trea Turner for the most such games in MLB.
  6. Jordan Luplow hit two home runs against the Reds in just six plate appearances. For the season, Luplow is hitting a home run every 8.0 plate appearances, tied for the second-best mark in MLB behind Minnesota's Byron Buxton (7.2; minimum 25 plate appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/20/2021 thru 4/21/2021
(AP Photo/David Banks)

Carlos Rodon has had nearly a week to savor a memory that will last a lifetime.

Fresh off throwing his first career no-hitter, Rodon returns to the mound on Tuesday as the Chicago White Sox visit the Cleveland Indians.

Rodon (2-0, 0.00 ERA) retired the first 25 batters he faced last Wednesday before hitting Roberto Perez on the back foot with an 0-2 slider to end his bid for a perfect game. Undaunted, Rodon recorded the final two outs as the White Sox posted an 8-0 victory over the Indians.

Prior to this season, Rodon hasn't provided as much bang for the buck as one might expect for a pitcher selected with the third overall pick of a draft (2014).

Signed to a low-risk, one-year, $3 million contract in February, the 28-year-old returned with some extra zip on his fastball. He has struck out 16 batters in two starts, including seven against the Indians.

"He made a lot of delivery changes, but I also think the one thing ... is he's feeling good all the time," Chicago pitching coach Ethan Katz said of Rodon. "When you're battling a lot of things, it's hard to go out there because you're battling yourself, you're battling the opponent, there's a lot going on. He's feeling good right now, his stuff is showing that. He's in a good place, and we just have to continue with that."

Rodon sports a 6-5 record with a 2.69 ERA in 18 career appearances (16 starts) versus Cleveland.

The White Sox answered splitting a four-game series against the Indians by doing the same versus the Boston Red Sox. A six-run first inning led to Chicago's undoing in an 11-4 setback on Monday, with manager Tony La Russa electing to use designated hitter Yermin Mercedes and infielder Danny Mendick on the mound in the late innings.

"We've got several that could have pitched in a competitive game, but if they pitched (Monday), they're out (against the Indians)," La Russa said.

Adam Eaton had a pair of doubles and drove in three runs on Monday. He hit safely in all four games last week against Cleveland, highlighted by a three-run homer in a 4-3 win on April 12.

The Indians open a nine-game homestand Tuesday on the heels of salvaging the series finale against the Buckeye State rival Cincinnati Reds.

Jose Ramirez belted a solo shot and Jordan Luplow and Perez also went deep in Cleveland's 6-3 win on Sunday. The Indians' feast-or-famine offense has featured 22 homers in 15 games; however, it also has mustered just 57 runs and is batting a paltry .209 as a team.

Ramirez began his four-game hitting streak with a go-ahead, two-run homer in the Indians' 4-2 win over the White Sox on Thursday. Ramirez is tied with Luplow and Franmil Reyes for the team lead in homers (four).

Right-hander Zach Plesac (1-2, 5.27 ERA) returns to mound on Tuesday looking to respond to the shortest outing of his career. He allowed six runs on seven hits and recorded only two outs to take the loss last Wednesday.

"This has been the toughest game, day, of my entire career so far," Plesac said after that loss. "Minor leagues, big leagues, high school, college, anything. It hurts, man."

Plesac owns a 1-3 record with a 4.59 ERA in six career starts versus the White Sox.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 20, 2021

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