Nicky Delmonico hit a two-run walk-off homer off Blake Parker in the 10th inning to eliminate the Angels from the American League wild-card race and give the Twins the second wild-card berth.
One return piece in the Adam Eaton trade in December, along with Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning, Lopez said the knowledge the Sox are counting on him to be a key cog in their future rotation will drive him.
"Being part of what this organization is trying to accomplish is something that motivates me and keeps me inspired to keep pushing forward, to try to do my best every day," Lopez said Tuesday afternoon through an interpreter.
Lopez likely will be in the Sox rotation mix next spring with Giolito, Carson Fulmer, James Shields and Carlos Rodon, if all are healthy.
Lopez was 5-3 with a 4.91 ERA in six starts and five relief appearances last year with the Nationals and said he has been proud that he has been able to get deeper into games more consistently and limit his walks.
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