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  W: R. López (5-8)   L: B. McKay (1-1)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, July 19, 2019
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 16,971

White Sox look for first win post ASG against Rays

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Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Rays swept the White Sox in early April this season, outscoring them 24-7 in the three-game set. However, the White Sox swept the series in Tampa Bay last season, winning each game by one run.
  2. The White Sox have lost each of their first seven games of their current road trip, combining for just 17 runs against the A's and Royals. Since the start of June, Chicago has averaged 4.08 runs per game, third fewest in MLB.
  3. The Rays lost three of four at the Yankees, managing just 11 runs in the series. The Rays are now 5-12 against the Yankees but 18-9 against the rest of the AL East this season.
  4. Yoan Moncada hit a homer at Kansas City, matching his home run total of 17 from last season in 63 fewer games. He has increased his slugging percentage by 129 points this season (.400 to .529), the largest increase among qualifying AL batters.
  5. Nate Lowe went 3-for-3 with two doubles against the Yankees on Thursday. He is the fifth AL player in the live-ball era (since 1920) with at least five doubles, five home runs and 15 runs through 20 career games and first since Devon Travis in 2015.
  6. Brendan McKay owns a 1.69 ERA with one walk in his first three major-league starts. He is just the sixth pitcher in the last 50 years with an ERA under 1.70 with one or zero walks through three career starts (minimum 10 innings).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/19/2019 thru 7/21/2019

Chicago White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez pledged to make the second half of his season better than his first.

After limiting the Oakland Athletics to one unearned run in six innings in a no-decision on Sunday, Lopez is on his way to accomplishing that objective. To make the resurgence stand, however, he'll need to maintain a newfound mental command, continuing with Friday's visit to the Tampa Bay Rays.

"I kept my focus, no matter the situation, during (Sunday's) game," Lopez said through a translator. "In the first half, there was always something that made me lose focus. That was the key: I didn't let anything bother me."

Collectively, Chicago has sputtered out of the second-half gate, losing its first seven games after the All-Star break.

The White Sox hope Lopez (4-8, 5.97 ERA) can produce another solid start as the club looks to reverse course at the end of a 10-game road trip.

"The All-Star break gives everybody a chance to take a step back," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "A lot of it has more to do with conviction and a mindset. He's got the stuff. (Sunday) was a tremendously positive outing for him. He was challenged, and he responded."

While the Rays enter the series at 13 games above .500, their run differential is minus-45 in going 5-12 against the New York Yankees and plus-135 in compiling a 51-31 record against the rest of major league baseball.

The Yankees swept the Rays in a doubleheader on Thursday to take three games in a four-game set.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash acknowledged his club's uneven performance against the Yankees, but is hopeful the Rays still can draw positives from playing in the Bronx -- the result notwithstanding.

"It can help us," Cash said. "It should help us. When there's a lot of fans in the seats ... that's what you see in postseason baseball, so hopefully this will help us. ... If we've got to take some tough-luck losses, get hit in the face a little bit here and there to make us better for a September-October run, that'd be nice."

The Rays' bullpen struggled in New York, namely on Tuesday, when the relief corps was unable to protect leads of 3-1 in the sixth and 3-2 in the eighth en route to an 8-3 defeat. Cash discussed the importance of not only better performance from pitchers, but of inflating their cushion whenever possible.

"I would say it's more or less us not scoring enough runs," Cash said. "We've got to score more runs and make that gap a little bit bigger. You're not going to do it every night, but ... if we can get something going offensively early, it would be nice."

Cash told reporters after Thursday's doubleheader that rookie left-hander Brendan McKay would "most likely" start against the White Sox. McKay is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts this season but has not faced Chicago in his brief career.

Lopez is 0-2 with a 9.58 ERA in two career starts against the Rays, with four home runs allowed in 10 1/3 innings. He yielded three of those round-trippers in an April 10 home loss to Tampa Bay, scattering eight runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 19, 2019

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