Sheets, White Sox beat Angels 9-3 in Maddon’s Chicago return

Sep 14, 2021, 8:55 AM | Updated: 10:05 pm
Chicago White Sox's Gavin Sheets yells after hitting his three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels ...

Chicago White Sox's Gavin Sheets yells after hitting his three-run home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Andrew Wantz during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Maddon’s first game back in Chicago was similar to his final game with the Cubs: a loss.

Rookie Gavin Sheets hit a long three-run homer and had four RBIs in his first three-hit game, and the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Maddon managed the Cubs for five years, leading them to the playoffs four times and a World Series title in 2016 that ended the team’s 108-year championship drought.

“I thought it would always have been interesting to be able to hang together for a couple more. I can’t deny that,” Maddon said before the game. “That group right there was not only very talented, they’re very charismatic, too. I like the people in that room. The way they dealt with pressure or expecations was outstanding.”

Maddon’s contract was not renewed by the Cubs at the end of the 2019 season. He was hired to manage the Angels, a team he coached before he spent 2006-14 as Tampa Bay’s manager.

“Of course, you would think retrospectively you’d like to have a couple more years to get one more shot at the gold ring. It didn’t happen,” Maddon said of his time in Chicago. “And with that, I’ve had this wonderful opportunity to come back to California, be with the Angels again.

“So that’s that side. The flip side is it’s actually turned out pretty well for me and my family. I don’t mean to sound selfish, but where I’m at right now with the group I’m with is pretty special. I’m looking forward to our next trup to the World Series here, too, now.”

Sheets hit a go-ahead single in the second inning off Packy Naughton (0-2) and made it 6-1 with a three-run homer in the third. He narrowly missed a second home run when he doubled to the right-field wall in the fifth.

“He made a statement,” manager Tony La Russa said of the 6-foot-5 outfielder. “He got a pitch to hit, and he hit it a long way. Then he got another one. “There’s an old saying, when you’re a hungry hitter you have a chance to be a productive hitter — and he’s a hungry hitter.”

Sheets, a left-handed hitting 25-year-old, said he got a confidence boost when La Russa placed him in the lineup as designated hitter against Naughton, a lefty.

“It was huge,” Sheets said. “For him to put me in there in a big game when we’re still still fighting for home-field advantage was big for me. Being in the big leagues is a dream come true. To be here and contribute, you can’t ask for more than that in a rookie year.”

Luis Robert had a solo homer and a double as the AL Central-leading White Sox expanded their margin over second-place Cleveland to 12 1/2 games.

Leury García and César Hernandez each had two hits and an RBI for the White Sox (83-61), who reduced their magic number for clinching the division to seven.

Chicago starter Lucas Giolito lasted four innings in his return from a strained left hamstring. He allowed three runs, on homers by Phil Gosselin in the first and Jared Walsh, in the fourth, Giolito walked two and struck out eight, including five in a row swinging.

Gioloto said his hamstring felt fine and that he was on an 80-pitch limit in this one. He tossed 87.

“In my mind, I want work at least five innings with 80 pitches,” Giolilto said. “I wasn’t efficient enough..

Aaron Bummer (3-5) pitched a scoreless seventh.

All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson went 1 for 5 in his return from a strained left hamstring after missing 12 games.

Naughton (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 2 2/3 innings.

“In the second and into the third they were just getting on everything,” Maddon said. “We put more confidence in their tank with the home run by Sheets. And that mentally did some thing for them and against us.”

Robert was clipped in the helmet by a pitch from Oliver Ortega in the fifth, but got up and remained in the game.


Maddon said “if everything goes well between now and then” RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani (9-2, 3.36) could start this Friday against Oakland. The two-way star was tagged for six runs in 3 1/3 innings on Friday at Houston, ending a streak of eight straight winning decisions. Ohtani, second in the majors with 44 homers, went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and a walk on Tuesday.


Eloy Jiménez showed off making the final out in the top of the third — and the play had La Russa on edge for a few seconds.

The Dominican slugger ran back and stretched to the top of the left-field fence to pull in David Fletcher’s drive. Jiménez tumbled to the ground after hitting the wall. After a few second, he rolled up, flashed a “V” with his fingers, grinned and trotted off.

“Holding my breath would be the nicest family way to describe the way I felt,” La Russa said. “That was so scary.”


Angels: OF Jo Adell remained out of the lineup with soreness in the hip and backside area. … Maddon expects RHP Austin Warren and RHP José Marte (COVID-19) to be activated this weekend.

White Sox: Placed OF Andrew Vaughn on the 10-day IL retroactive to Friday with lower back inflammation and right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera on the 10-day IL retroactive to Sept. 11 with a cut right index finger. Tepera cut his finger when he grabbed a doorframe in his apartment. … The White Sox recalled C Zack Collins and LHP Jace Fry from Triple-A Charlotte. Chicago optioned C Seby Zavala and INF Danny Mendick to Charlotte.


Angels RHP Janson Junk (0-1, 2.45 ERA) faces struggling White Sox LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-9, 5.33 ERA) on Wednesday night. Keuchel is 0-3 with a 12.89 ERA in his last four starts.


More AP MLB coverage: and

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and coach Nick Saban celebrate a touchdown against Arkansas during ...
Associated Press

No. 1 Alabama, Texas A&M set to meet again in grudge match

Alabama and Texas A&M have basically taken last year’s scenario and added some offseason spice. Now, can they match the 2021 game itself? The newly top-ranked Crimson Tide and now-unranked Aggies face off Saturday night in a grudge match forged by last season’s 41-38 Texas A&M upse t and the coaches’ infamous war of words. […]
1 day ago
This combination photo shows, from left, Venus Williams at HISTORYTalks in Washington on Sept. 24, ...
Associated Press

Venus Williams, Spike Lee set for Black Entrepreneurs Day

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Venus Williams, Spike Lee, Tracee Ellis Ross, Shaquille O’Neal and Killer Mike are among those set to participate in a celebration of African American business success and opportunity. Black Entrepreneurs Day, founded and organized by “Shark Tank” panelist and FUBU chief executive Daymond John, will be held Oct. 27 at New […]
1 day ago
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball against the Chicago Bears during the...
Associated Press

Rodgers relishes Packers long-awaited London game vs. Giants

LONDON (AP) — Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur has done the London trip twice before as an offensive coordinator and “didn’t leave the hotel either time.” Safe to say he’d prefer star quarterback Aaron Rodgers — a Manchester City fan — not try to venture north for the Premier League champion’s home game Saturday […]
1 day ago
Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game a...
Associated Press

No. 2 Georgia looking for return to top form against Auburn

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Don’t expect Auburn players to empathize with concerns expressed this week about No. 2 Georgia’s sudden dip from championship form. The Bulldogs, who play Auburn on Saturday, fell from the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 this week after having to rally for a 26-22 win at Missouri last […]
1 day ago
Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier ...
Associated Press

Arsenal looking to pile more pressure on Liverpool

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The match at Emirates Stadium on Sunday should prove informative about the prospects of both Arsenal and Liverpool. For Premier League leader Arsenal, it’s the latest test of its ability to mount a credible title challenge against the only team that has managed disrupt Manchester City’s dominance over the past five […]
1 day ago
LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, left, stands with the 4 Aces GC team, from left, Talor Gooch, Captian Dus...
Associated Press

World ranking rejects last-minute LIV Golf bid for points

The Official World Golf Ranking won’t be awarding points to LIV Golf events this year, denying the MENA Tour’s request to immediately add the Saudi-funded series to its schedule. The OWGR said in a statement Thursday the MENA Tour did not give it sufficient notice and there would not be time to finish the review […]
1 day ago
Sheets, White Sox beat Angels 9-3 in Maddon’s Chicago return