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CWS@SEA: Noesi tosses 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball

Hector Noesi will open the three-game series against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday as the White Sox kick off a six-game homestand.

Noesi shut down his former team, the Mariners, over 7 1/3 innings Saturday, allowing one unearned run on five hits with four strikeouts. He did not factor in the decision, but the White Sox won in 10 innings.

He's been sharp his last two outings, allowing only one earned run over 14 1/3 innings. Noesi said he's out to silence his critics and the teams that have previously given up on him.

"Sometimes when you don't believe in somebody, sometimes they need to show me that I can do it, that I can believe in something," Noesi said. "When I got here, [White Sox pitching coach Don] Cooper told me a lot of things; we talked. That's why I'm getting better, because he told me that I can do it."

The Blue Jays will respond with Marcus Stroman, who's arguably been their best starter since he was recalled in late May. The rookie right-hander is 6-3 as a starter and owns a 2.59 ERA in 13 career starts.

He went nine innings but took a no-decision in the Blue Jays' extra-innings win over the Tigers on Saturday.

"It was awesome," Stroman said. "Me and [catcher Dioner] Navarro were on a roll; he has been great all year. I felt like I was able to stay in the zone and make quality pitches, use my sinker to get outs."

Blue Jays: Lind returns, Encarnacion expected back Friday
Adam Lind made his long-awaited return to the Blue Jays' lineup in a 6-3 loss to the Mariners on Tuesday night, and Edwin Encarnacion will likely join the team on Friday night in Chicago.

Lind was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He took the spot of left-hander Brad Mills, who was designated for assignment after Monday's 11-1 loss to the Mariners.

Meanwhile, Encarnacion completed his two-game rehab stint with Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. He has been out since July 5 with a strained right quadriceps muscle.

Encarnacion appeared in a total of four rehab games in the Minor Leagues and had three hits in 12 at-bats. The highlight came on Tuesday night when he hit a first-pitch grand slam for the Bisons.

White Sox: Beckham keeps working
Bright spots like his Tuesday night heroics have been few and far between this season for Gordon Beckham, but his manager has admired the mindset and work ethic he's maintained while his batting average has plummeted nearly 80 points.

"There are times when he's frustrated, but he doesn't take it to the field," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Wednesday's series finale in San Francisco. "Look at last night. Defensively, he doesn't take it with him out there. That's a mature response.

"Anybody struggling, not feeling right, sometimes you see they might miss a pitch here or there because their mind might be wandering, but he hasn't let that happen."

Worth noting
• The White Sox have lost 30 games this season after holding a lead, the third-highest total in the Major Leagues behind Texas (36) and Toronto (31)

• Paul Konerko hasn't played many games in San Francisco (Tuesday was his ninth) in his 16-year career, but he is one of the last remaining Major Leaguers to have played at Candlestick Park. Adrian Beltre, Jason Giambi, LaTroy Hawkins, Joe Nathan, Aramis Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and Jamey Wright join Konerko on that slim list. Comments