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Sanchez switches up walk-off celebration

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CHICAGO -- It was Carlos Rodon who threw eight scoreless innings Friday night, Jace Fry who escaped a ninth-inning jam and Daniel Palka who hit the walkoff home run during a 1-0 White Sox victory over the American League Central-leading Indians.

But it was Yolmer Sanchez and third base coach Nick Capra who drew the most day after attention.

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CHICAGO -- It was Carlos Rodon who threw eight scoreless innings Friday night, Jace Fry who escaped a ninth-inning jam and Daniel Palka who hit the walkoff home run during a 1-0 White Sox victory over the American League Central-leading Indians.

But it was Yolmer Sanchez and third base coach Nick Capra who drew the most day after attention.

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Sanchez, who has previously dumped Gatorade on himself during walkoff celebrations, changed his routine this time by dousing Capra instead. Capra was caught completely by surprise, focused on Palka coming into third base.

"I had no idea. He snuck up on me," Capra said. "He ambushed me from behind. He got me pretty good. It's all in fun. It was a blast."

When asked why he chose Capra in this moment, Sanchez smiled and said, "Because I thought it was funny." Fair enough.

"He said, 'You got me good.' But he was laughing," Sanchez said. "I always say I want to enjoy every second I spend here, and that's what I try to do, especially when we win games."

"That's how he is. He's so creative," Capra said. " He thinks up something different every day. He has grown a lot, and he's a blast to have around. He's a great teammate. He's great for the coaches. He's very coachable on the field. The personality is unbelievable. I love him to death."

Sanchez wouldn't reveal who his next Gatorade target would be, but he said players, coaches and even media were all possibilities. White Sox manager Rick Renteria enjoyed the moment, but quickly added he stays in the dugout to let the players celebrate and stay out of Sanchez's range.

Third to first

• The team still hasn't decided if utility player Leury Garcia will need a Minor League rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list. The switch-hitter was sidelined by a left hamstring strain on Aug. 6.

"We don't have to make a decision today," Renteria said. "But we can certainly have an idea once we get through this weekend without putting him on a timetable."

• According to STATS, Friday marked the White Sox first-ever walk-off homer in a 1-0 victory and the second in franchise history in a scoreless game. Don Buford was the first to accomplish the feat when he hit a walk-off grand slam off Cleveland's Orlando Pena on Sept. 14, 1967.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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