Carlos Rodon has several keepsakes from first victory


He was asked about the game ball, which he hadn’t yet received, but Carlos Rodon already has several mementos from Saturday’s game.

Starting for the first time, the White Sox pitcher earned career victory No. 1 on Saturday night after he struck out eight batters over six good innings.

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The team’s No. 1 prospect -- whom one scout last March called one of the top 10 pitchers on the planet -- delivered the White Sox a much-needed 8-2 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader as they rebounded from a first-game blowout to the Cincinnati Reds.

Rodon already has several keepsakes in his possession as afterward he was presented with three lineup cards and his game-worn jersey authenticated by Major League Baseball. Rodon said he enjoyed the experience more than he thought he might.

“A lot more fun,” Rodon said.

Rodon allowed two earned runs and four hits with four walks over six innings. After Hector Noesi suffered an injury in the opener, the White Sox bullpen provided 7 1/3 innings. Manager Robin Ventura needed a lengthy performance and Rodon provided it in the second game.

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Though he hadn’t received the game ball yet, Rodon was hopeful he’d have it in his possession later.

“Maybe I’ll get it,” Rodon said.

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