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Welcomed Back with a Win

March 31 vs. Minnesota

Daily Sox Crop Report:
300 bushels an acre
Sox newcomers Eaton and Abreu lit up the crowd while De Aza launched bombs. Sox score five.

Short Take:   Sale dazzles as De Aza homers twice

At the time Chris Sale threw the first pitch of the 2014 season, it was 65 degrees at US Cellular Field. Considering how brutal the winter has been, it was a nice change of pace for Chicago. Coming off a terrible 2013, the White Sox were looking to start 2014 with a win, and they did just that, beating the Minnesota Twins 5-3.

Sale was as spectacular, as to be expected. He went 7.1 innings, giving up just five hits and a walk. Three baserunners scored, all on RBIs by Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki. Sale also struck out eight while throwing 108 pitches, 70 for strikes. Ronald Belisario came on in relief, pitching a third of an inning, allowing a hit and striking out one. Donnie Veal finished the eighth without allowing a baserunner. Matt Lindstrom picked up his first save since 2011, allowing one hit in the ninth and striking out one.

While Sale was spectacular on the mound, Sox batters were great at the plate. Marcus Semien, Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers were the only batters who didn't pick up their first hit of the season, but Dunn did draw a walk in his first at-bat. Conor Gillaspie reached base twice via a hit and a walk, and he scored a run. Avisail Garcia went 2-for-4, and Alexei Ramirez went 2-for-3.

But the best came from the bats of Alejandro De Aza and newcomers Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu. Eaton went 2-for-4 today, scoring a run, and Abreu also went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Eaton showed his speed on the basepaths, and Abreu looked like he wanted to crush every ball. He certainly has that capability.

De Aza had a spectacular afternoon. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Those two hits? Home runs. This marked the first time a Sox player has hit multiple home runs on Opening Day since Jim Thome did it in 2008, and it also marks the first time a Sox player has hit multiple home runs on Opening Day AT HOME since Minnie Minoso did it in 1960. That's quite a feat, I must say.

The Sox are off tomorrow, but they will try to continue their good start on Wednesday as Felipe Paulino faces off against Kevin Correia. Correia was the most dependable starter for the Twins in 2013 with a 4.18 ERA in 31 starts. Wednesday's start will be Paulino's first since 2012, as he has been working his way back from UCL replacement surgery on his right elbow.

The Futures Market:
 Eaton, Abreu, Garcia and Gillaspie all showed flashes of what the younger players should be bringing to the table. After one game, I'm buying what the future holds.

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