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Shin-Soo Choo has been taking it limit plate. | Al Behrman~AP

Shin-Soo Choo has been taking it to the limit at the plate. | Al Behrman~AP

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Updated: July 10, 2013 6:26AM



CHICAGO NINE TO KNOW

1. The White Sox bullpen has surrendered 10 home runs this season, tied with the Giants for the fewest homers allowed by relievers in baseball.

2. Of Alfonso Soriano’s first 46 strikeouts, only two were looking at a called third strike.

3. May 1 to June 2: Chris Sale in five games threw 37 innings and allowed four runs, while CC Sabathia in six games threw 37 innings and allowed 18 runs.

4. No team in baseball has fewer hits with runners in scoring position than the White Sox, who only have 87; the Cardinals have 168.

5. Scott Feldman is holding batters to a .202 average when he has runners on base but .252 with the bases empty.

6. Edwin Jackson’s .364 batting average for balls in play is the highest in the NL.

7. The Cubs have struck out to end the inning 44 times with RISP, the fewest in the NL.

8. Alejandro De Aza has struck out 63 times to lead all leadoff batters.

9. The White Sox’ 1-2 batters have the fewest walks in the majors with 23. The Athletics’ setup batters lead with 65.

NATIONAL NINE

1. Entering the weekend, Shin-Soo Choo had drawn 55 full counts, most in the majors. He had nine hits, 22 walks and two HBP.

2. The 3-4-5 batters in the Royals lineup have produced just eight (!) homers combined this season.

3. Cardinals starters have allowed only 18 homers, the fewest in the majors; Tigers starters have allowed only 24, best in the American League.

4. The Pirates have been one-hit 61 times since 1916, including twice this season. (They are 2-58-1 when one-hit.)

5. Miguel Cabrera through 58 games in 2012 was hitting .321 with 13 homers and 51 RBI. This season through 58 games: .373 with 17 homers and 66 RBI.

6. The last run Mariano Rivera allowed to the Indians was in 2007. The last walk he issued against them was in 2002.

7. Ten years ago, in 2003, batters aged 31-36 had an OPS of .787. This season it’s .727.

8. Dustin Pedroia leads the majors in having gotten on base one way or another in 58 games this season. Joey Votto leads the NL with 54 games.

9. Pirates starting pitchers had only thrown 5,250 pitches, the fewest in the NL; Twins pitchers had thrown 5,160, the fewest in the majors.

Chicago-gram

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The Week ahead The White Sox host the still-slumping Blue Jays, then visit the oddly hot Astros. The Cubs host the Reds before heading to New York to meet the Mets.

Chicago-GRAM ANSWER: Scott Hairston



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