Fukudome, Escobar start against Masterson

Fukudome, Escobar start against Masterson

CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura posted a lefty-heavy lineup for Thursday's series finale against Indians starter Justin Masterson, who handcuffs right-handed batters.

Righties are hitting only .184 against Masterson in five starts this year, compared to a .281 average for left-handed batters.

Because of that, outfielder Kosuke Fukudome and third infielder Eduardo Escobar started in place of Dayan Viciedo and Brent Morel, respectively.

"It's a chance to get [Fukudome] in there," Ventura said. "I don't like him sitting for two and three weeks at a time. Just a chance to get him in there and see some action.

"Fukudome pinch-hit last night, but Escobar needs to get in there and play. It's not like he's going to be playing there for a week straight, but I need him to at least get some time in there."

Thursday marked the sixth start this season for both Fukudome and Escobar.