Sheets, White Sox beat Angels 9-3 on Maddon return to Chicago

Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a long three-run homer and got four RBIs in his game opener with three hits, and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 in Joe Maddon’s opener in Chicago. .

CHICAGO – Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a long three-run homer and got four RBIs in his game opener of three hits, and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 on Tuesday night in Game 1 by Joe Maddon in Chicago.

Sheets hit a go-ahead single in the second inning against Packy Naughton (0-2) and made it 6-1 with a three-run homerun in the third. He narrowly missed a second homerun, passing the wall from right field in the fifth.

Maddon led the Cubs for five years, leading them to the playoffs four times and a World Series title in 2016 that ended the team’s 108-year championship drought. He left the Cubs after the 2019 season and was hired by the Angels, who are on track for their third consecutive losing season.

Luis Robert had a solo homerun and a brace as the AL Central leaders White Sox increased their margin over second-placed Cleveland to 12 1/2 games.

Leury Garcíaa and César Hernandez each had two hits and an RBI for the White Sox (83-61), who reduced their magic number to win the division to seven.

Chicago starter Lucas Giolito lasted four innings after returning from left hamstring strain. He allowed three runs, on home runs of Phil Gosselin in first and Jared Walsh in fourth, Giolito scored two goals and struck out eight, including five in a row with a swing.

Aaron Bummer (3-5) threw a scoreless seventh.

All-star shortstop Tim Anderson went 1 for 5 on his return from left hamstring strain after missing 12 games.

Naughton (0-2) allowed four runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Robert was hooked to the helmet by a throw from Oliver Ortega in the fifth, but got up and stayed in the game.


Maddon on the Cubs, which deals with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez – on the July 30 trade deadline. “This group was not only very talented, but also very charismatic,” said Maddon.


Maddon said “if all goes well by then” RHP / DH Shohei Ohtani (9-2, 3.36) could start this Friday against Oakland. The two-way star was scored for six runs in 3 1/3 innings on Friday in Houston, ending an eight-game winning streak in a row. Ohtani, second in majors with 44 homers, went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and a walk on Tuesday.


Angels: OF Jo Adell stayed out of the roster with pain in his hip and back. … Maddon expects RHP Austin Warren and RHP José Marte (COVID-19) to be activated this weekend.

White Sox: Andrew Vaughn spot on the 10-day IL retroactive to Friday with lower back inflammation and right-handed lifter Ryan Tepera on the 10-day IL retroactive to September 11 with a severed right index finger. Tepera cut his finger when he grabbed a doorframe in his apartment. … The White Sox have recalled C Zack Collins and LHP Jace Fry of Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago gifted C Seby Zavala and INF Danny Mendick to Charlotte.


Angels RHP Janson Junk (0-1, 2.45 ERA) take on White Sox LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-9, 5.33 ERA) on Wednesday night. Keuchel is 0-3 with a 12.89 ERA in his last four starts.


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