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  • 10 May 2019
    CHICAGO -- The Philadelphia Phillies will visit Chicagos South Side for the first time since 2004 when they open a two-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.Much has changed in the 12 years since the teams last met at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won the World Series in 2005 and the Phillies won it in 2008, but neither team has sniffed the postseason as of late.The Phillies (58-67) are hoping to avoid a third consecutive last-place finish in the National League East. They have lost four of their past six games and have been outscored 41-19 during that span.The White Sox (59-64) have not fared much better, as they are on pace for their fourth straight sub-.500 season. However, home games are proving to be a different story. Back-to-back wins over the weekend against the visiting Oakland Athletics pushed Chicagos home record to 31-27, compared with its road record of 28-37.Home games, away games, it doesnt matter, White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said. I dont know what our splits are right now, but I think we enjoy playing on the road just as much as playing at home.The rivalry of going into someones house and winning has been fun for us. We enjoy winning at home, as well. All games matter, especially in the position were in as a unit right now.Left-hander Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26 ERA) will start for the White Sox. The 23-year-old never has faced the Phillies during his career, and he is 2-2 with a 5.96 ERA in five career interleague matchups.Lately, Rodon has shown glimpses of the talent that led to him being the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 draft. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his past three starts against the Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins and Cleveland Indians. He is 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 18 innings during that span.The Phillies will send rookie right-hander Jake Thompson (1-2, 8.79 ERA) to the mound for the fourth start of his big-league career. The 22-year-old was a second-round draft choice by the Detroit Tigers in 2012 before they shipped him to the Texas Rangers in 2014 for right-handed relief pitcher Joakim Soria. One year later, the Rangers dealt Thompson to Philadelphia as part of a package to acquire left-hander Cole Hamels.In his first three starts, Thompson has not made it past the fifth inning. He has allowed 14 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings, including five runs in five innings in his most recent outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Command has been a problem for Thompson, who has issued nine walks to go along with 11 strikeouts.The one thats putting me in the most amount of trouble is my sinker, Thompson told the Delaware News Journal. Not commanding it down in the zone, falling behind and trying to use four seams to get back in pitchers counts. Just struggling with it a little bit.Phillies manager Pete Mackanin expressed confidence in the rookie pitcher. 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General manager Jarmo Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch on Friday that he wants to see Gaboriks contributions go beyond the scoresheet before considering a long-term deal for the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent. The Seattle Seahawks could go into their Week 12 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without two starters in their secondary: safety Earl Thomas and cornerback DeShawn Shead.Both players are dealing with first-degree hamstring strains, coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly appearance on the Brock and Salk show on 710 ESPN Seattle.Those are usually 10 to 14 days, so well see what happens, Carroll said.Thomas suffered the injury running downfield on a deep ball that ended up being intercepted by Seahawks cornerback?Richard Sherman in the third quarter versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Sheads injury occurred during practice over the weekend. He tried to play in Sundays game, but he was pulled after the first series.Thomas, a five-time Pro Bowler, has never missed a game in his NFL career. If he cant play Sunday, Steven Terrell will start in his plaace.dddddddddddd Shead has started every game this season. Jeremy Lane would replace him.Meanwhile, running back?Thomas Rawls is a little banged up after playing 40 snaps against the Eagles. Carroll said the Seahawks will take care of Rawls during the week, but hell be ready to start against the Bucs.And the Seahawks could get defensive end Michael Bennett back for Sundays game. Bennett has been sidelined since injuring his knee in Week 7.Hes trying. Hes going for it this week, Carroll said.Carroll said the Seahawks wont have a timetable on running back C.J. Prosise for a couple weeks, but he confirmed that Prosise fractured his scapula. Surgery is not required, but Prosise will be sidelined for an extended period of time. ' ' '