Tag:White Sox
Posted on: August 12, 2010 2:27 am
Edited on: August 12, 2010 11:41 am

AL Central race heating up, as well

Ozzie Guillen Looking for the next basebrawl? Look no further than the other Central Division, there's something brewing between the American League Central leaders.

White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin was 2 for 2 with a homer on Wednesday and has six RBI in the first two games of the series between Chicago and Minnesota.

In the sixth inning on Wednesday and the White Sox holding a 6-0 lead, Twins starter Glen Perkins hit Quentin the for the second time in the game. Home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro warned both teams.

According to the Chicago Tribune , Perkins said he didn't hit Quentin on purpose "I was trying to make a pitch and kind of yanked it a little bit."

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen wasn't buying it.
"It looked like he did it (intentionally)," Guillen said. "If not, the umpire won't do any warning. Easy scenario. First base open, this kid hit a home run. Do I say he did it on purpose? It's up to him about it.

"It seemed like it was. Everything was there. He not pitching well. I'm not 100 percent he did it. I know 100 percent it don't come from the bench. I was very upset because they kick our (rears) Tuesday big time and we don't come close to pitch in

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 11:36 pm

Twins banged up in Chicago

It was a rough night for the Twins -- and not just because they lost 6-1 to the White Sox to fall back into a tie for first in the American League Central.

MLB.com's Kelly Thesier's Twitter account has a running list of the team's injuries:

Reliever Jose Mijares was on crutches in the clubhouse with a likely right knee strain. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Mijares, who gave up a hit to the only batter he faced. Mijares seemed to land awkwardly covering first on Carlos Quentin's leadoff single in the eighth.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy left the game with a sore wrist, but told Thesier he'd be able to play in the series finale on Thursday.

Also hurt was reliever Jon Rauch, who has a "black and blue toe" on his right foot and said it bothered him on the mound on Tuesday. Rauch, replaced as the team's closer when Matt Capps was acquired at the trade deadline, allowed a run in his one-inning of work on Tuesday. Wednesday, Capps finished the game out after Mijares left, despite the team being down five runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 6:49 pm

Guillen pops off about Twins, Cubs

Ozzie Guillen Sometimes it's got to be easy to cover the White Sox -- turn on the tape recorder and let it go.

Of course, that could get old and make you worry about what Ozzie Guillen's going to say when you're not around.

Well, that wasn't a problem today for Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune . As the White Sox returned to Chicago for a showdown with the Twins, here's what Ozzie had to say:

"We're the ones here who should feel very comfortable because I remember a couple months ago we were 10 games behind them, and 30 games under .500," Guillen said. "Just give those guys a little credit to make the season where it is right now."

Guillen told a pack of reporters around him that if the Cubs and Sox had reversed positions, there might be only two people covering the Sox.

"When are they going to give our players the credit to be where we are right now?" Guillen asked. "When we beat the National League, we were a horse(bleep) team. When we beat Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels), they were going down. Now, Baltimore beat the (bleep) out of us, and nobody says anything.

"We have to be where we're supposed to be, and we have to play where we play. But just give those guys the credit. Just a little bit."

Guillen sarcastically waved his hands over a headline hyping the arrival of the Twins. "Who gives a (bleep) who's in town?" Guillen said. "How about, 'the White Sox are back in Chicago after a long trip.'

"Even my wife told me Minnesota is coming to town," Guillen said. "I said, 'Good, you dating somebody from there? Who cares."

So, who do you think his wife is dating? Well played, Mauer.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 9, 2010 6:44 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 4:02 pm

This week in free stuff: Aug. 9-15

A look at this week in promotional giveaways from around baseball:

Tuesday, Aug. 10
Las Vegas 51s (Pacific Coast League) -- Rita Rudner bobblehead. I don't even know what to say about this one. I'm not sure I'd make the effort to get to the ballgame for this one.

Wednesday, Aug. 11
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (International League) -- Hambone mini bobblehead. I'm all for mascot races, especially when they feature pork. Lehigh Valley's features a hot dog, bacon and a side of ham. Everyone's doing them and I don't think it's a bad thing.
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) -- Nutzy bobblehead. Mascot bobbleheads always go for more on eBay, and I think Nutzy the Flying Squirrel will be out of my price range, sadly.
Lancaster JetHawks (California League) -- Hawkette bobblehead. Another mascot, but not one I'll be searching for on eBay.
Lowell Spinners (New York-Penn League) -- Lou Merloni bobblehead. The Spinners are honoring a local legend.

Thursday, Aug. 12
Erie SeaWolves (Eastern Leagie) -- Al E. Gator bobblehead. It must be the week of the
Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League) -- wearable blanket

Friday, Aug. 13
Tampa Bay Rays -- t-shirt. Come for the T-shirt, stay for the Village People postage concert.
Atlanta Braves --  t-shirt
New York Mets -- Johan Santana koozie
Washington Nationals -- beer and pItcher cup set. Nats try to one-up their NL East foes by going all classy with an actual cup for beer drinking.
Trenton Thunder (Eastern League) -- travel mugs.
Springfield Cardinals (Texas League) -- floppy cap.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (California League) -- Torii Hunter bobblehead. That bobblehead may accidentally bobble and hit the umpire and get a bobble suspension.
Lynchburg Hillcats (Carolina League) -- Phil Vassar bobblehead. I had to Google him. He's apparently a country music artist. Go figure.
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- playground ball. No pegging.

Saturday, Aug. 14
Cincinnati Reds -- garden gnome. Let's just say my wife has been bugging me about this one for a while. She loves garden gnomes. I don't get it either. That said, I've seen one and it's pretty cool.
Chicago White Sox -- Miller Lite Beer vendor bobblehead. Now that's an MVP.
Kansas City Royals  -- 1980 A.L. Champion coaster set. I was hoping for a U.L. Washington toothpick holder.
Minnesota Twins -- mini Target Field
New York Mets -- green cap. You know, because Aug. 14 is St. Declan's Day. He was St. Patrick's younger brother.
San Francisco Giants -- Bruce Bochy bobblehead. The rare bobblehead that is in its proper proportion.
Fresno Grizzlies (Pacific Coast League) -- Parker bobblehead. Another mascot.
Oklahoma City RedHawks (Pacific Coast League) -- RedHawks skateboard. This is one of the cooler promo items of the year, several teams have done them. However, I worried about some people when the Reds had a skateboard deck giveaway and someone dropped one from the upper deck. Luckily it didn't hit anybody.
Jacksonville Suns (Southern League) -- Logan Morrison bobblehead.
Arkansas Travelers (Texas) -- pillow cases. Somehow, I don't think my wife would let me use these.
Wilmington Blue Rocks (Carolina League) -- Judy Johnson book, "Judy Johnson Delaware's Invisible Hero." Really cool to educate fans about a former Negro Leaguer.
Lake County Captains (Midwest League) -- fleece blanket
West Michigan Whitecaps (Midwest League) -- superhero cape. A really cool giveaway for kids.
Boise Hawks (Northwest League) -- Tyler Colvin bobblehead. The Hawks apparently knew Colvin would have a good rookie season.

Sunday, Aug. 15
New York Mets -- metal lunchbox
Tampa Bay Rays -- Matt Garza bobblehead
Cleveland Indians -- Mustard (hot dog) plush doll
Cincinnati Reds -- kids chest protector backpack
Washington Nationals -- back-to-school supply kit
Richmond Flying Squirrels (Eastern League) -- metal lunchbox. Again, I gotta give the Flying Suqirrels the nod. The Mets have Jose Reyes, the Flying Suqirrels have Nutzy. Advantage Nutzy.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 9:55 pm
Edited on: August 9, 2010 10:13 am

Beckham may not be ready for Twins showdown

Gordon Beckham
The White Sox finally got Gordon Beckham out of his season-long slump a few weeks ago, but the second baseman is now hobbled by a right groin injury.

Beckham had to leave Sunday's game against Baltimore after just one at-bat due to the injury, suffered when diving for a grounder in the second. He stayed in the game until the fifth when he was lifted for a pinch hitter. The 2008 first-rounder isn't sure if he can make it back Tuesday for the opening of a majow showdown against the Twins. Beckham's ChiSox are a mere half-game ahead of the Twins, who have an off-day Monday to rest up while Chicago has to finish its series against the O's.

Beckham will certainly not play Monday as all eyes are on Tuesday.

"We'll try to do a few things [Monday] and see how it feels," Beckham told ChicagoBreakingSports.com.

"I don't think it's that bad," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't know if he was diving for the ball, or it was just a tight groin. We'll go by ears how he feels. ... We don't want to make one little thing get worse."

Beckham is hitting .386/.432/.644 in his last 25 games (95 plate appearances) after getting the season started off to a miserable .205/.269/.278 line in 294 PA. The surging Sox have needed every last bit of Beckham's contributions to stay atop the Central, and will need them starting Tuesday to stay up there.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 7, 2010 9:03 pm

Looks like Teahen has lost 3B job

Mark Teahen, on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte, made his first start in right field Saturday, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

Teahen was the starting third baseman for the White Sox for the first two months of the season, then broke his right middle finger fielding a grounder on May 30. Since then, Omar Vizquel has played well enough that apparently he'll keep starting at third and Teahen will come back as a utility player -- a situation he's used to. Teahen has played plenty of games in the outfield and started most of the season there for the Royals two years ago.

Teahen has been tearing it up offensively on his rehab assignment, batting .533 in six games entering Saturday.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 7:50 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2010 7:59 pm

Tepid vote of confidence for Jenks

Bobby Jenks Bobby Jenks is still the closer for the White Sox. For now.

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen told the Chicago Tribune 's Mark Gonzalez that Jenks would get the call if a save situation came up tonight against the Orioles, but beyond that, Guillen didn't sound as if he had too much confidence in his closer.

Jenks gave up a three-run, game-tying homer in Thursday's extra-inning victory in Detroit.
"He will give up on himself," Guillen said Friday in explaining why he is sticking with Jenks, who has a 10.56 ERA since the All-Star break. "I don't give up on players, they give up on themselves. The players will dictate to me or us how we're going to use them."

For the third time, Guillen second-guessed the pitch selection of Jenks and put the responsibility on his closer.

"He's the one who threw the ball," Guillen said after Jenks hit Ramon Santiago on a 1-2 curve and then hung a breaking pitch that resulted in the three-run homer to Ryan Raburn. "I don't blame the catcher. You're the one that has the ball in your hands, you're the one that says yes or no.''
Matt Thornton would likely be the next in line for the White Sox, with J.J. Putz or Sergio Santos as other potential candidates. The left-handed Thornton was an All-Star and has performed on the same level since the game, not giving up an earned run in eight appearances since the break.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 4:33 pm

Report: Dunn claimed on waivers

Adam Dunn The Adam Dunn trade rumors will die soon, because according to Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi , an unidentified team has claimed Dunn on trade waivers.

The news means Dunn is less likely to leave Washington -- at least until the offseason.

Because he's been claimed -- and it's unlikely he cleared waivers in the National League -- the Nationals have until Monday to work out a deal for Dunn. Based on what the Nationals were asking for at the trade deadline, it's unlikely a team will be able to meet that price. And because of what Mike Rizzo has been asking for Dunn, it's a near-certainty the Nationals wouldn't just let him go for the cost of his remaining salary (roughly $4 million).

The Nationals want to keep Dunn -- at least through the end of the season -- so it makes it more likely a National League team is just blocking a trade to a contender. A team like the Rockies or Dodgers -- who are 6 1/2 and 7 games out of first in the NL West, respectively -- could have claimed Dunn to block the Giants or Padres from getting the extra bat, with little chance of having to spent the $4 million left on Dunn's salary.

Since National League teams have first crack at waivers, it's unlikely Dunn was claimed by a National League team. Hell, the Diamondbacks could have claimed him just to see White Sox GM Kenny Williams go crazy on MLB Network's "The Club."

The Nationals will likely hold on to Dunn, gamble that he won't accept arbitration and either re-sign him or get the compensation picks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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