White Sox rally vs. Reds thanks to Dylan Cease's bat in NL park

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Cease, batting in NL park, helps Sox rally vs. Reds originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Dylan Cease, batting?

Thanks to the designated hitter being used in both the American and National Leagues, pitchers hitting briefly became a thing of the past. But the NL went back to normal for the 2021 season, and with the White Sox visiting the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, they sent their starting pitcher to the plate for the first time since 2019.

And it paid off.

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Whether you like the DH or not, the White Sox benefitted from having their pitcher swing it in the second inning Tuesday. Cease strolled to the plate for the first time in his career and chopped a ground ball so high to third base that a play couldn't be made, allowing Cease to pick up a hit in his first at-bat as a pro.

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Not only was it a fun accomplishment for Cease, but it helped the White Sox rally in the second inning. José Abreu started the frame with a home run. Cease's infield hit loaded the bases with two outs, and when Tim Anderson followed with his own base hit, two more runs came home, turning a minimal 1-0 lead into a 3-0 edge for the White Sox.

In his second at-bat, Cease did even more raking, doubling off the wall and nearly homering.

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So maybe the NL has been on to something with this whole pitchers hitting thing?

Nah. But at least it helped out an AL club Tuesday night. And with Luis Robert joining Eloy Jiménez on the injured list, the White Sox will take offense from wherever they can get it.

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