DETROIT — Brian Goodwin knows how to make a first impression.
The veteran outfielder made his White Sox debut in their 15-2 win over the Tigers Saturday and, batting second in manager Tony La Russa’s lineup, doubled in a run in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the second against Tigers right-hander Jose Urena.
Goodwin became the third White Sox to reach base three or more times and drive in four runs in his first game with the club. The other two occurred in 1949 (George Metkovich) and Al Zarilla (1951). He collected his fifth RBI on a ground out in the eighth inning.
The ‘next man up’ mantra for the Sox is really becoming a thing. Signed to a minor league contract on May 4 after Luis Robert went down with a hip flexor strain, Goodwin was called up from Triple-A Charlotte Thursday after Nick Madrigal landed on the 60-day injured list with a proximal hamstring tear.
“It felt good, first game give the fans and teammates something to see,” said Goodwin, 30, a .250/.317/.455 career hitter over five seasons with four teams. He was released by the Pirates on May 3.
“I wasn’t too happy about it but it helped me keep that chip on my shoulder,” Goodwin said. “Signed here in May and I’m still [ticked] off. I’m going to take it out on everybody else with how I play.”
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