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Bassitt to make White Sox debut on Saturday

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  • Pitcher Chris Bassitt will make White Sox debut on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. He'll start Game 2 of the doubleheader.

    Pitcher Chris Bassitt will make White Sox debut on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. He'll start Game 2 of the doubleheader.
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Among White Sox minor league pitchers, Carlos Rodon has been attracting the lion's share of the attention since making his professional debut on July 22.

Rodon, the No. 3 overall pick in the June amateur draft, has been doing very well on an exceptionally fast track, and the left-hander is likely to join the Sox next week after making one more start for Class AAA Charlotte on Saturday.

Chris Bassitt stole some of Rodon's thunder when he was named the White Sox' Game 2 starter against Detroit Saturday.

A 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-hander, Bassitt will come up from Class AA Birmingham for his major-league debut.

Bassitt missed the first four months of the season with a broken right hand and is 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 6 starts with Birmingham.

Last season, the Sox' 16th-round draft pick in 2011 was a combined 11-4 with a 3.08 ERA for Class A Winston-Salem and Birmingham.

In spring training, Bassitt pitched an inning in the Cactus League and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. The University of Akron product still made a good impression on manager Robin Ventura.

"He had a live arm," Ventura said. "You look at him, just size wise, and how it comes out of his hand, he's an intriguing pitcher, just because of the way he throws. We were impressed with him then. It was fun watching him in spring training. Now you get a chance to see him up here against some good hitters."

Bassitt is likely to be back with the Sox next week when 25-man rosters can expand.

"He'll have some chances to pitch," Ventura said. "I think, again, these guys that come up, I don't think it's good for them just to come up and necessarily just be around. You want them to play, you want them to get acclimated and see what they can do against major-league competition."

Celebration Saturday:

The White Sox are going to honor the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars Little League team before Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers.

The Sox will present the United States champions with a $20,000 donation, and each of the 13 players on the team will get White Sox jerseys with their own numbers, each autographed by every member of the 2014 White Sox.

In addition, the South Side Little League team will each receive a back to school package, which includes a White Sox backpack, a copy of "Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season" and $100 in school supplies.

The Sox are also going to commemorate Jackie Robinson West's memorable World Series run with a special plaque at U.S. Cellular Field, which will be unveiled next season.

Alvarez up to speed:

Speed skater Eddy Alvarez, who signed with the White Sox after winning a silver medal in the 5,000-meter relay at the Sochi Winter Olympics in February, is tearing it up in the minor leagues.

Alvarez is batting .463 (25-for-54) with 3 home runs and 11 RBI in 13 games with Class A Kannapolis. The 24-year-old infielder debuted with the Sox in the Arizona Rookie League and batted .291 in 27 games.

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