White Sox’ Dallas Keuchel tagged for seven runs in Cactus League start

Zack Collins and Matt Foster were among the White Sox’ roster cuts.

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Dallas Keuchel pitches against the Athletics Friday at Camelback Ranch. (Daryl Van Schouwen)

Athletics 12, Sox 4

Keuchel hit hard in final start

White Sox left-hander Dallas Keuchel allowed seven runs and 11 hits in his last start of spring training Friday. Kevin Smith and Sheldon Neuse homered in a six-run inning.

Lined up to be the Sox’ fifth starter, Keuchel walked one and struck out four and had to be pulled in favor of minor-league extra Edgar Navarro with two outs in the third. He pitched two scoreless innings.

“Couldn’t really get command going early,’’ Keuchel said. “So it was tough. But at the same time, I liked the way the pitches were moving. It’s going to be about fastball command for me.”

In a team-high 11⅓ Cactus League innings, Keuchel allowed 10 earned runs and 19 hits (7.94 ERA), walked five and struck out nine. He will throw in a sim game Wednesday before the team flies to Detroit in advance of Opening Day on Friday.

Limited relief

Liam Hendriks didn’t complete a full inning, and lefties Aaron Bummer and Bennett Sousa each gave up home runs. Bummer and Hendriks each had two strikeouts, however.

Collins, Foster among cuts

Catcher Zack Collins, right-hander Matt Foster, infielder Jake Burger and outfielder Adam Haseley were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, and infielder Zach Remillard and outfielders Dwight Smith Jr. and Luis Basabe were reassigned to minor-league camp. Outfielder Blake Rutherford cleared waivers and was outrighted to Charlotte.

Seby Zavala and Nick Ciuffo are getting the most starts behind Yasmani Grandal, but “we still view Zack as having upside and a guy who could potentially help us over the course of the summer,” general manager Rick Hahn said.

Ciuffo, a left-handed hitter, threw out a runner stealing and had two hits, including an RBI single.

On deck

Sox at D-backs, Scottsdale, 8:10 p.m., Lance Lynn vs. Merrill Kelly.


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