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Clevinger concedes 4 runs in season debut as White Sox fall to Rays


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Proper-hander Mike Clevinger was recalled by the Chicago White Sox and allowed 4 runs and 6 hits over two-plus innings in his season debut on Monday night time in an 8-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Clevinger walked 4 and had no strikeouts. He threw 31 of 54 pitches for strikes.

Clevinger acquired a late begin to the season after finalizing a $3 million, one-year contract on April 4.

“I am excited,” Clevinger stated. “This was a very long time coming. It is actually cool to get in right here and really feel power on this clubhouse once more.”

Not signing till April did permit Clevinger the chance to spend time along with his ailing father, who handed away on March 20.

“It was a special low season,” Clevinger stated, “I believe every part occurs for a purpose. I misplaced my father this offseason. If I used to be out in Arizona (for spring coaching), I would not have the ability to make it again for the day earlier than. I acquired to drive again as much as Jacksonville and see him.”

The 33-year-old made two begins for Triple-A Charlotte, permitting three runs and 10 hits, together with seven strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings.

The Rays loaded the bases with no outs within the second earlier than scoring 3 times on Jonny DeLuca’s two-run opposite-field floor single to proper and a run-scoring fielder’s selection grounder by Yandy Díaz.

Amed Rosario had a leadoff triple within the third and scored on Harold Ramírez’s RBI single because the Rays went forward 4-2. Clevinger was changed by Jared Shuster after strolling José Caballero that put runners on first and second with no outs.

Shuster retired all three hitters he confronted within the third.

“Command was a bit off,” White Sox supervisor Pedro Grifol stated. “I’ve seen his stuff clearly so much crisper than the place it was immediately. However what, it is his first outing and we acquired to only construct from there. Clev goes to be okay.”

Clevinger can earn a further $3 million in bonuses for begins and innings: $100,000 per begin from 11-25 and $100,000 for 55 innings and every further 5 by way of 125.

Clevinger went 9-9 with a 3.77 ERA and two full video games in 24 begins with the White Sox final season, then grew to become a free agent.

He’s 60-39 with a 3.45 ERA in 128 begins and 24 reduction appearances in eight seasons with Cleveland (2016-20), San Diego (2020-22) and Chicago (2023). He missed the 2021 season after Tommy John surgical procedure.

Chicago additionally positioned right-hander Dominic Leone on the 15-day injured listing with decrease again tightness.

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