Tag:Mark Buehrle
Posted on: July 14, 2009 8:08 pm

The president's arrival

ST. LOUIS -- Nearly everyone in uniform was looking forward to President Barack Obama's arrival at the All-Star Game, particularly because early plans called for Obama to spend time in each clubhouse greeting each player.

When pitcher Mark Buehrle said he was hoping to get an individual picture taken with the president, someone told him that since Buehrle pitches for Obama's favorite team, the Chicago White Sox, maybe the president would seek him out.

"I'm not sure if he knows about that or cares about that," Buehrle said. He's got more important stuff to do."

American League manager Joe Maddon joked that he may borrow Buehrle's White Sox cap and wear it for Obama's arrival in the AL clubhouse.

Shortstop Derek Jeter, who warned President George W. Bush before his 2001 World Series first-ball toss not to bounce it or the crowd will boo, said he had no such advice prepared for Obama.

"We're in St. Louis," Jeter said. "They don't really boo that much. I'll just tell him, 'Don't get hurt.'"

Posted on: October 6, 2008 3:04 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2008 4:59 pm

Sox to go with Buehrle if Game 5 is necessary

CHICAGO -- The switch is on: If the Chicago White Sox can get their AL Division Series to Game 5 on Wednesday, they'll hand the ball to left-hander Mark Buehrle.

"That's the guy, the best guy we have," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Monday before Game 4.

The change means Javier Vazquez, whom the Sox no longer trust in their biggest games, gets bumped. It also means that Vazquez and left-hander Clayton Richard will be available in long relief -- not only in Game 5, but in Game 4 later today if Gavin Floyd is chased early.

"Right now our bullpen is fresh," Guillen said. "Right now, we see Floyd and as soon as Floyd comes out and it's not (going) the way we thought he is going to be, you are going to see a couple of guys up right away.

"We can't sit down and hope for one good inning. And you are going to see Richard up right away. Like (Sunday), we are going to bring (Matt) Thornton in the sixth because I thought we need to get that done in the sixth in case (John) Danks was in trouble. And you know, you don't see Thornton in the sixth during the season.

"But now, Thornton, (Scott) Linebrink, you're going to see them early in the game if we have to."

Posted on: September 25, 2008 1:00 am

Buehrle good, gets little help

MINNEAPOLIS -- Part of what especially frustrated the Chicago White Sox in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Minnesota was that ace Mark Buehrle was on the mound and, with any run support at all, he walks away with a win instead of maddeningly watching his record fall to 14-12.

"Great game," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of Buehrle. "You can't ask for any better than that.

"We better start hitting."

Buehrle held the Twins to three runs and eight hits over seven innings. He threw 121 pitches and, during his time on the mound, he held Minnesota, a very good clutch-hitting team, to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The way he worked catcher Joe Mauer, who came into the game leading the American League with a .329 batting average, was especially impressive.

In four at-bats, Mauer tapped four ground balls -- a couple harder than others, but nothing significant -- to second base.

What especially impressed Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire, and an early tip-off that Buehrle had his 'A' game, was during Mauer's second-inning at-bat. One out, bases loaded and Buehrle falls behind Mauer 3-and-1.


"He got him to swing down-and-away, and that never happens with Joe," Gardenhire said. "That tells you a little bit about how good this guy is."

The swing resulted into a ground ball to second base, and the play actually scored what turned out to be the winning run when Mauer beat the double-play relay to first base.

"He can run, too," Gardenhire said. "That's the bonus we have with our catcher."

By evening's end, after 42,126 had hollered themselves hoarse and the AL Central had narrowed to a nearly impossibly slim margin with just four games left -- the White Sox lead the Twins by half-a-game -- everybody was spent.

"Exhausted," Gardenhire said. "I mean, exhausted. You sit in that dugout, it's intense. You sit in that dugout and look at the people that are going crazy ... this is what you play for."

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