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  • 04 Apr
    CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon hopes to wrap up his second big league season no worse than his first as the Chicago White Sox open a season-ending series with the Minnesota Twins on Friday.If the 23-year-old left-hander earns his ninth victory in his 28th and final start of 2016, it would match the win total from his rookie season.It would also complete a successful late-summer rebound from the 2-8 record he owned on July 31 after giving up five runs on eight hits in a 6 1/3-inning outing during Chicagos 6-4 loss to the Twins.Entering Friday, Rodon is 8-10 with a 4.08 ERA. He went 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in five August starts, and he is 3-2 with a 4.80 ERA over five starts in September. The White Sox (77-82) have won seven of his past 10 starts.In his most recent start, Rodon delayed the Cleveland Indians American League Central clincher with a superlative outing Sunday. He threw eight scoreless innings and struck out a career-best 11 in the White Soxs 3-0 victory. He gave up two hits and walked three.That was the best Ive seen him, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. Strike one was the biggest thing, and it was with authority. It was placed well. After that, it just seems like he got better as the game moved along. A couple of guys get on, he seems to turn it up in key situations in the middle of the game, late in the game. He just had it all.Rodon is 2-2 with a 3.71 ERA in six career games (five starts) against the Twins, including 2-1 with a 4.32 ERA in four starts against them this season.Minnesota (57-102) snapped a three-game losing streak Thursday with a 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals.The Twins, who come into the series with 10 losses in their last 12 games, will send out right-hander Tyler Duffey (9-11, 6.18 ERA) for the 26th and final start of his second big league season.Duffey beat the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, allowing two runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts over seven innings.I finally found a good rhythm to keep me composed, to keep from pulling off the ball, Duffey said after the game. I located a lot better today. Got behind a couple times, but defense bailed me out, had some good plays in the outfield and scored enough to win.He is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA in two career starts against the White Sox. In his lone appearance against them this season, he took the loss on May 8 after allowing three runs in seven innings.Duffey spent most of the season in the Twins rotation before being sent down to Triple-A Rochester in late August. He rejoined Minnesota when rosters expanded earlier this month.The series continues Saturday afternoon as Minnesota left-hander Hector Santiago (12-10, 4.87) meets White Sox righty James Shields (6-18, 5.82 ERA).Shields has the second-most losses in the American League behind Tampa Bays Chris Archer, who beat the White Sox on Thursday go close his season at 9-19.Ventura said Thursday that ace left-hander Chris Sale (17-9, 3.21) would start the season finale Sunday against Twins lefty Jose Berrios (2-7, 8.61).The White Sox have outscored the Twins 88-71 through 16 matchups this year. The teams have split the past 10 games after Chicago won the first six. Wholesale Jerseys China . PETERSBURG, Fla. Cheap NFL Wholesale China Jerseys .ca. 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The inaugural season of ELeague will conclude on Saturday, when the grand final will take place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. Semifinals are scheduled to take place on Friday, meaning we currently have four teams that remain in the competition for the $390,000 first-place check. Lets take a look at how each of the teams made it up to this point.For clarification, the format of ELeague is such that the 24 teams were split into six groups of four. Those four groups first played round-robin group stages, with two games against everyone, for seeding purposes. All four teams in each group then proceeded to intra-group playoffs, from where the winners made it to the actual playoffs, while second- and select third-place teams were placed in a last-chance qualifier bracket.FnaticGroups A through C produced no semifinalists, but group Ds top dogs Fnatic have made it this far. ELeague marked the return of Olof olofmeister Kajbjer Gustafsson, who prior to his injury was considered the worlds best player, and thus set high expectations for the Swedes. The all-time greats finished its group with a 5-1 record, losing a map against FaZe following a 16-0 thrashing in their first encounter, but the team was also tested by Canadian Team SoloMid, who put up 13 rounds in the opener on cache.Kory Semphis Friesens TSM also took a map from Fnatic in the Group D playoffs, but ultimately fell short in a close three-map series. The groups final then saw Fnatic steamroll FaZe, the team that had stolen a map from it days earlier, with two comfortable wins to guarantee a spot in the playoffs.In the quarterfinals of Eleagues playoffs, Fnatic were paired up with EnVyUs, a French squad that once battled for the title of the worlds best prior to winning a major in 2015 and slowly beginning a decline. While Fnatic is not at its peak either, the Swedes, led by Robin flusha R?nnquist, ground out a win on cobblestone to start the series, and dominated Kenny kennyS Schrubs team on dust2 to clinch a 2-0 win, and a spot in the semifinals.NaViFacing the previous world champions in the first semifinal will be the ex-CIS juggernaut Na`Vi, a team that claimed the throne of Group E by having a better round difference than mousesports (both squads share the same record). The team, starred by Ladislav GuardiaN Kovács, split the games against mousesports and North American Echo Fox, but were able to close out a quick 2-0 win over fellow ex-CIS team FlipSid3 to make the semifinals of the group.In Group Es playoffs, Na`Vi showed up in significantly better form than its earlier series against Echo Fox, and lost just 13 rounds across a two-map series, that sent Sean sgares Gares team packing and put Na`Vi through to the final of Group E. In the final, the team, coached by former member Sergey starixIschuk, faced FlipSid3, which it had previously defeated 2-0 in groups, and easily came out on top with another 2-0 win to secure a playoff spot.mousesportsMeanwhile in Group E, mousesports finished with an identical 4-2 record with losses to Na`Vi and FlipSid3. The team, led by arguably the worlds best player Nikola NiKo Kova?, also played a close series versus Echo Fox, and scored a win over FlipSid3 in overtime. This meant mousesports round differential was significantly weeaker than Na`Vis, giving NaVi the top seed going into the playoffs.ddddddddddddIn the playoffs, mousesports was expected to go through FlipSid3 only to fall to Na`Vi later, but it fell short of that. While FlipSid3 had previously won few best-of-three series as underdogs in the teams lengthy history, it handily bested mousesports with two 16-9 wins led by Counter-Strike 1.6 superstar and former Na`Vi member Yegor markeloff Markelov, marking the beginning of the teams rise. It also sent mousesports to the last-chance qualifier.Mousesports were drawn in a tough bracket, having to face G2 -- arguably a top-three team in the world -- in the opener. However, illness forced Cédric RpK Guipouy from the French team to stay home, and a legendary performance by NiKo was enough to send the Frenchmen packing with an overtime win on map two. Then, the teams coach Aleksandar kassad Trifunovi? now was the teams in-game leader -- a key change from the group-stage portion of ELeague -- and was paired up with FaZe.The duo split the opening maps, making cache the decider. FaZe won nine rounds in the opening half, and a 5-0 start on defense quickly saw it with a commanding 14-6 lead. However, NiKo once more refused to lose, and his heroic performance saw mouseports win five rounds in a row, and then ultimately forced overtime, in which the squad prevailed.With playoffs beginning, mousesports were again underdogs versus Danish Astralis, a team that had outplaced NiKos team at the major despite having to attend with a stand-in. But Nicolai dev1ce Reedtzs team surprisingly had no answers to mousesports -- partly due to mistakes in the map veto process -- which gave the Danish Astralis its worst loss on mirage at 2-16. It was swiftly eliminated on map two, as mousesports clinched the teams best-ever placing in CS:GO.Virtus.ProThe fourth and final team still in the competition at ELeague is Virtus.pro, whose campaign started in Group F. The Polish side led by former member Jakub kuben Gurczyński, who now acts as the quasi-in-game leader from a coaching position, wound up losing the top spot in the group to EnVyUs, the team Fnatic knocked out later, due to dropping nuke to Gambit in their series. Versus EnVyUs, Virtus split the games while also securing two wins over compLexity.Janusz Snax Pogorzelski and company had a much easier route through the last-chance qualifier. Group F rivals Gambit took them to overtime on dust2, but failed to put up a fight. Likewise, Australian Renegades could contend on only one map, and it came after losing cobblestone in a lopsided game. Virtus.pro were through to the playoffs of ELeague following two quick wins.In the quarterfinals, Virtus was paired up against Filip NEO Kubskis rival for the title of the GOAT in Counter-Strike 1.6, Patrik f0rest Lindberg from Ninjas in Pyjamas. As often in big games in history, NEO prevailed with a commanding 2-0 series win, including a vintage performance from him that saw a finish with a 1.40 rating and 104.1 damage per round, far above others in the series. The Poles will next take on mousesports -- a team they defeated at the last major -- in the semifinals on Friday. ' ' '