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Sale is expected to push for 90 pitches in his start Wednesday against the Orioles, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
Sale, who threw 73 pitches and 3.1 innings in his last start against Cleveland, will pitch the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader. The Red Sox have gradually increased Sale's workload since the left-hander returned from a second stint on the disabled list due to shoulder soreness. There have been no setbacks, but Sale's fastball velocity was at 93.5 mph in his previous start while his season average is 96.2 mph, per BrooksBaseball.net.
Pence went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and three runs scored in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Padres.
Pence delivered a solo blast in the fifth inning -- his fourth long ball of the season -- and also came around to score twice more after reaching on an error and a single. It's been a trying campaign for the 35-year-old, but he's finishing on a high note; over his last six games he's 9-for-23 (.391) with a pair of home runs and four RBI.
Palka went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Cleveland.
Palka rescued the White Sox from defeat with a two-run, walkoff single. Palka's an adventure in the field, but his production at the plate -- he leads the team with 27 home runs and his 66 RBI are second only to Jose Abreu -- could land him a gig as the primary designated hitter in 2019.
Smith was charged with a blown save Tuesday, allowing one run on two hits while striking out one over an inning of work against the Padres.
Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Smith struck out the first batter he faced before allowing a double and game-tying single to take his first blown save since August 24. Despite the blip, the 29-year-old sports an impressive 1.90 ERA and 12.1 K/9 on the season.
Stratton allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and five walks while striking out five over 4.2 innings in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Padres. He did not factor into the decision.
Stratton struggled with command, issuing a season-high five free passes and needing 102 pitches (59 strikes) without getting out of the fifth inning. The 28-year-old would be able to start on full rest against the Dodgers in Sunday's season finale, but with a scheduled off day for the club Thursday, Stratton's spot in the rotation won't come up again barring any changes. He'll wrap up the 2018 campaign with a 10-10 record, 4.85 ERA and 111:52 K:BB over 143 innings.
Reyes went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, an RBI and one run scored in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Giants.
Reyes came through with a game-tying single with one out in the ninth inning, but the Padres would eventually drop this one in 12 innings. The 23-year-old has had a productive rookie campaign and is ending the season strong, with 13 RBI and a .355/.410/.500 line in the final month.
Garcia went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Indians.
Garcia gave the White Sox an early lead with a first-inning homer, his 19th of the season and a new career high. He announced prior to the game that he's been playing with knee pain all season and has planned surgery for October. The injury caused him to miss nearly half the season and, while regression from his breakout 2017 campaign was expected, the knee pain was a contributing factor in his disappointing slash line in 2018. He has one more arbitration-eligible year and could return for 2019. The White Sox are expected to promote Eloy Jimenez to the major-league club at some point in 2019, but there's still room for a capable hitter like Garcia.
Galvis went 4-for-5 with a walk, a strikeout and a stolen base in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Giants.
Galvis tallied a pair of doubles and reached five times in all in this one. It was his second four-hit game in the last week as the 28-year-old finishes the season on a high note, slashing .288/.337/.450 over 80 at-bats since the start of September.
Erlin allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out four over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Giants. He did not factor into the decision.
Erlin turned in a solid performance Tuesday, allowing an unearned run in the first and a solo home run to Hunter Pence in the fifth for the only marks on his ledger. The southpaw has continued to struggle going deep into outings, falling short of six innings in all but one of his 12 starts. Barring a change of plans, Erlin's 2018 season is likely over. He'll close the campaign with a 4.21 ERA and 88:12 K:BB over 109 innings in 39 appearances.
Segura went 2-for-6 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a strikeout in Tuesday's win over the Athletics.
Segura blasted a solo home run in the third inning for his 10th long ball of the year. While he's hit just .205 over 73 at-bats since the start of the month, the 28-year-old is still hitting .303 on the year and sits just two RBI away from matching the career-high 64 he produced in 2016.