Sale, Thompson help White Sox down LA
Lefty whiffs seven over six frames; prospect homers
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Trayce Thompson homered off Josh Lindblom in the seventh inning as the White Sox edged the Dodgers on Thursday, 3-1.
Starters Aaron Harang of the Dodgers and Chris Sale of the White Sox hooked up in a pitchers' duel, each allowing one run over six innings.
Sale struck out five of the first six Dodgers he faced and seven overall, including Matt Kemp three times. The right-handed-hitting Kemp then struck out against another left-hander, Matt Thornton, in the ninth.The White Sox scored off Harang in the top of the fifth on three singles and a wild pitch, Dayan Viciedo scoring on Alejandro De Aza's two-out single.
Adam Dunn knocked in a run with a single in the eighth inning against the Dodgers' Scott Rice.Up next for White Sox: The last spring start for Philip Humber will not take part in a Cactus League game. With the White Sox set to play their final night game against their American League Central rivals from Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz., with a first pitch at 8:05 p.m. CT on Friday, Humber will instead work during a morning Minor League game back at Camelback Ranch. Veteran southpaw Eric Stults, who is still in the running for one of the final bullpen positions, gets the call against the Royals and is scheduled to throw four innings or 66 pitches. Brian Bruney, also firmly in the bullpen mix, will follow Stults. Eduardo Escobar, who appears to have a lock on the last position player vacancy, will lead off and play second.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.