It was a long day at the ballpark for the Indians and White Sox on Friday.
The two clubs slugged it out in the first game of their doubleheader, with the Indians picking up a 19-10 win. Then in the nightcap, the Indians got a 9-8 comeback win in a game that finished after 1 a.m. CT at U.S. Cellular Field. With a total playing time of seven hours and 53 minutes, Friday's action set a Major League record for a doubleheader.
Cleveland and Chicago will be at it again on Saturday, with both clubs hoping for a quick contest.
Dylan Axelrod will be on the hill for the White Sox trying to stymie an Indians offense that scored 28 runs on Friday.
Winless in four starts during the month of June, the right-hander last got a victory on May 26 against the Marlins.
In his last outing, against the Royals, Axelrod (3-4, 4.57 ERA) went 4 2/3 innings and surrendered four runs on 10 hits for a no-decision.
Meanwhile, Ubaldo Jimenez gets the nod for the Indians as he looks to continue a stretch of successful outings.In his past six starts, the right-hander has gone 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA and he's held opponents to a .230 average.
In 5 1/3 innings against the Orioles in his last start, Jimenez (6-4, 4.58 ERA) allowed two runs on eight hits for the win. He also struck out six and walked two.
"I'm very happy," Jimenez said after the start. "The Orioles are a tough lineup. I got into some trouble and I was able to minimize the damage. It was good."
Indians: Tribe prospect draws suspension
Indians prospect Dillon Howard, ranked as the club's No. 10 overall prospect by MLB.com, received a 50-game suspension on Friday for violating the Minor League drug prevention and treatment program.
Howard, a second-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, tested positive for an Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance. Howard's suspension is effective immediately.
"The Indians organization values the purpose served by Major League Baseball's Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and we are committed to supporting Dillon as he receives the help he needs," said Ross Atkins, Indians vice president of player development.
Howard spent last season with the rookie club in Arizona, going 1-7 with a 7.90 ERA over 12 appearances (10 starts).
White Sox: Konerko gets breather
Paul Konerko was out of the White Sox lineup for both games of Friday's doubleheader because of a sore lower right back.
Konerko had an MRI on Thursday and then got six injections Friday, hoping that would calm down the problem.
"I want to play Sunday, if not tomorrow, but I don't think that's going to happen," Konerko said before Friday's games. "I'd like to take some swings tomorrow and just get right back in it.
"We have a day off Monday, so if I was sore after Sunday, I'd have Monday to rest. But that's at least my goal. I don't know if it's realistic, but that's what I'm shooting for."
• The White Sox have played in 29 one-run contests this season and are 12-17 in those games.
• Cleveland starter Zach McAllister is close to throwing a bullpen session. He's currently playing catch from 120 feet with tape on, then moving in and taking off the protective covering on his right middle finger.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.