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Posted on: August 24, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Olde English D suits Damon well

SAN FRANCISCO -- Just when you think they're all mercenaries who only care about the next whopping contract, along comes Johnny Damon thumbing his nose at Boston.

We already knew Damon to be an exciting, if aging, ballplayer. We already knew him to be one of the game's extraordinarily nice guys.

Now we know he's not a phony.

Nothing against the Red Sox, who are doing a marvelous job of hanging in there despite losing players to the disabled list so frequently this summer that Terry Francona has been reduced to playing guys who are unrecognizable even to their own mothers.

But Damon has been there, done that, and it did not end pleasantly.

Looking for work this spring, he and his agent, Scott Boras, suddenly did more for Detroit's image than the Renaissance Center ever did. Damon professed his love for the Red Wings and all things Detroit. Boras rhapsodized about how much Damon always has loved Detroit.

It would have been sickening -- if it weren't true.

How do I know? Well, I couldn't resist. I sat down with Damon in Lakeland, Fla., this spring and administered a quiz covering all things Detroit and Michigan. Not only did he good-naturedly play along, he did quite well.

Anyway, seven months later, Damon told the Tigers he wouldn't accept a deal to Boston because Detroit is where he wants to be. He individually talked to all of his teammates first to make sure they still wanted him around. He said he hopes to play again in Detroit in 2011, and he said he knows that if manager Jim Leyland reduces his playing time down the stretch, it could cost him money on the free agent market this winter.

Didn't matter. Damon didn't want to change his stripes. (And his chances of stepping into a pennant race in Boston wasn't exactly guaranteed, either).

Next time you become disenchanted with the modern athlete for whatever reason, remember Damon. Maybe you hated him when he was with Boston, maybe you hated him when he was with the Yankees. Perhaps you never liked him with long hair, or maybe you were angry when he chopped his locks.

Whatever. Bottom line is, Damon showed this week he is a man of principle.

Likes: Ah, San Francisco. Gorgeous summer day today. Hot. It actually reached 100. And that brought the crazies out (even more than usual). Walking between the Rasputin music store and Border's books, I passed a raggedy-looking man on the street grinning and holding up a homemade sign fashioned from a cardboard box reading, "Ass watching is a sport." When I walked back 30 minutes later, he was still at his post proudly displaying his sign. Meantime, John Fay, Reds beat man for the Cincinnati Enquirer, saw two older men walking down the street completely naked protesting, as Fay said, something. ... If the White Sox do get Manny Ramirez on waivers, he and Ozzie Guillen will be quite a combo. And Guillen always thought Frank Thomas was a handful. ... Great run along the Embarcadero on Tuesday morning down to AT&T Park. Love the atmosphere around empty ballparks early in the day before they come to life at night.

Dislikes: Still haven't caught up to the final three Friday Night Lights episodes from this summer. Looking forward to carving out some time to see them. ... School starting again. I know lots of parents eagerly anticipate the kids going back. Not me. I like having mine around.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"When that last guitar's been packed away
"You know that I still want to play
"So just make sure you got it all set to go
"Before you come for my piano
"But the band's on the bus
"And they're waiting to go
"We've got to drive all night and do a show in Chicago
"or Detroit, I don't know
"We do so many shows in a row
"And these towns all look the same
"We just pass the time in our hotel rooms
"And wander 'round backstage
"Till those lights come up and we hear that crowd
"And we remember why we came"

-- Jackson Brown, The Load Out

Posted on: June 27, 2010 12:12 am
 

Reeling Burnett stranded without Eiland

LOS ANGELES -- The Yankees skipped Phil Hughes' start this time around in deference to his innings-pitched count, but it was A.J. Burnett who again pitched like the guy who really needs to be skipped.

Turning in his fifth consecutive clunker in Saturday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers, Burnett again was wild, looked lost and was working on mysteries without any clues.

Burnett now has lost five consecutive starts for the first time since 2005, when he was still pitching for Florida.

How difficult is that to do for the Yankees?

Very, it would seem. The Yankees rank second in the American League in runs scored.

"I'm pretty upset," Burnett said in response to a question about how calm he seems in the midst of his worst slump in years. "I'm pretty upset. But the guys in this clubhouse, they don't let you act that way.

"I've had a handful of guys talking to me."

Burnett, 33, has been high-maintenance throughout his career. Last season, Jose Molina evolved into his personal catcher. Molina no longer is around. And his current slide, coincidence or not, started about the same time pitching coach Dave Eiland took a leave of absence for personal reasons.

In the interim, bullpen coach -- and former pitcher -- Mike Harkey is acting as pitching coach.

"Everybody misses Dave here," Burnett said. "But I pitched 10 years without Dave also.

"We're not putting things on nobody but No. 34."

Which, of course, is Burnett's number.

"You look at everything and say, yeah, it could be," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Eiland's absence. "But A.J. knows what he has to do. He understands what he has to do.

"It's hard to pinpoint why. But he has to correct it and he has to work through it."

Over his past five starts, Burnett now has allowed 29 earned runs and nine homers. His ERA during that span is 11.35. On Saturday, 12 of 20 Dodgers Burnett faced reached base.

"Let's not forget that this game is not easy," Girardi said. "I've said all along that he's going to get out of this, and he will."

Last time out, Monday in Arizona, Burnett became the first Yankee to surrender three first-inning homers in a game since Ron Guidry in 1987.

Saturday in Los Angeles, the Dodgers scorched Burnett for two runs and three hits in the first, immediately vaulting them back into the game after the Yanks had scored three in the top of the first. But it was the third inning, when Burnett surrendered four walks (one intentional) and a couple of hits, that really cost him.

Burnett, who walked six (one intentionally) and has walked 17 hitters over his past 23 innings, said he had an "unbelievable" warm-up pre-game and that "the results were terrible but I felt a little better, believe it or not."

Burnett went through a rough time last August with the Yankees, going 0-4 with a 6.03 ERA in six starts, before pulling it together again in September (3-1, 3.83).

Difference now is, Eiland isn't around (and neither is Molina).

Still, Girardi said his inclination is to not skip Burnett's next start, scheduled for Friday at home against Toronto.

"We're 10 minutes after the game, but my thought is not to skip him," Girardi said. "It's a gut feeling of mine. His stuff is there. His command isn't. My gut is to run him out there."

Likes: Dodgers manager Joe Torre on Derek Jeter whiffing three times on his 36th birthday Saturday: "Well, it was my present to him." ... Jerry Reinsdorf for owner of the year. The White Sox, who won their 11th consecutive game on Saturday, have not lost since Reinsdorf scolded GM Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen. ... Nice run by Texas, too. ... Fernando Valenzuela never fails to elicit a loud roar in Dodger Stadium when they show him on the big scoreboard. ... Steve Martin's "leaked" tour demands for his banjo tour with the Steep Canyon Rangers. Great stuff. ... Pompilio's Italian restaurant in Newport, Ky. Good neighborhood place. Had lunch there a week or so ago. Added bonus: The Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman characters in Rain Man had a meal here in the movie (the scene where Hoffman's character insists on counting the toothpicks the drop off of the counter). ... Mojo, the new disc from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Don't love it, but like it quite a bit.

Dislikes: Carlos Zambrano signs a $91.5 million contract a few years ago and behaves like this. And the Cubs should not be happy that he went out to dinner with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen later Friday night. After that embarrassing public meltdown, he should have stayed in and looked in the mirror.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Well poor Tom Jefferson
"He loved the little maid out back
"Midnight creepin’ out to the servant’s shack
"Kept a secret under the bed
"Wrapped in a burlap sack"

-- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jefferson Jericho Blues

 

Posted on: May 28, 2010 6:34 pm
 

Country Joe West must be stopped

Baseball has ruled in the Joe West/Chicago White Sox balk flap, and the ruling is clear: Umpire Joe West, yer out ... of line.

He was. And is. Beyond reason. And without a shadow of doubt.

Now, this isn't exactly what baseball said. No. Fines were levied to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, pitcher Mark Buehrle and West, according to the Associated Press, and no suspensions were dished out.

How is that blaming West?

Easy: Guillen was not suspended.

Given Guillen's profanity-laced tirade following the game, including telling the media that West is a f------ a--hole, a suspension for him was a given. Wasn't it? No way managers are ever allowed to take off on an umpire like that.

Unless the umpire is dead wrong.

Bottom line here is, Country Joe West must be stopped. He is a bad umpire, he's arrogant and he has his own publicist. Seriously. The only thing missing when he blows into town are the trumpets heralding his arrival.

His publicist has sent out multiple mass e-mailings already this summer offering up Country Joe for interviews, mostly touting his country music CD that he's recorded. The e-mails usually land in the in-boxes of local media a few days before West's crew arrives in town to umpire a game.

Best case, it is crass and in poor taste for an umpire to be drumming up publicity for himself.

Worst case, it's sending a blatant signal that he's as big -- or bigger -- than the game.

The old cliché is true, that an umpire is at his best when you don't notice he's on the field. That's as it should be. Fans don't buy tickets -- or tune in on television -- to see the umpires.

That's all bad enough. But West's behavior in the White Sox game the other day was beyond reprehensible. He's making himself look like a buffoon and, worse, he's damaging the integrity of his profession.

Posted on: February 25, 2010 2:22 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2010 2:23 pm
 

Braves only hope to contain Heyward (and cars)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- OK, the legend of Atlanta phenom Jason Heyward is growing to crazy -- and wildly fun -- proportions.

The latest?

"I think we're going to put up some nets over the cars in the parking lot," Braves manager Bobby Cox said following Wednesday's workout. "I'm serious. He's smashing too many.

"He's hitting them off of fenders, bumpers. He hit 'em over the cars today."

Heyward drilled a Coke truck the other day with a liner over the right-field fence. That's the area in which the Braves park their cars as well, and the Coke hit wasn't even close to the most damaging. Heyward also sent a screamer over the fence the other day that smashed the sunroof in the car of Bruce Manno, Atlanta's assistant general manager.

"Cost $3,400 to fix it," Cox said. "It also bent the sunroof frame. We thought it was going to be around $900."

The frame, though, jacked up that bill. And the deductible on the Braves' company car was $2,500.

Oops.

Cox joked that the club should fine Heyward. But in truth, the Braves could not be more thrilled with what they're seeing from their top-round pick in 2007. Heyward, 20, probably is the best position-player prospect in the game and has a very good chance at cracking the Braves' opening-day lineup.

"You know when he's taking batting practice," Cox said.

You sure do. The buzz is electric.

Sunblock Day: Yes, but also a jacket day. The car temp read 42 degrees at 7:30 this morning and the wind chill was in the 30s. Cox wore a jacket during the entire workout. And it's supposed to get worse Friday.

Likes: Braves starter Tim Hudson, back from Tommy John ligament transfer surgery two Augusts ago, says this is the best his arm has felt in eight years. "I feel like I'm 24 again," Hudson says. Catcher Brian McCann says Hudson has impressive bite again on his two-seam fastball. ... Bobby Cox changing uniform pants four times before Wednesday's workout had even begun. The Braves had a lot going on -- yearbook photos, in-house television stuff -- that resulted in different uniforms. Cox ambled onto the field for the workout wearing white pants while the other 50, 60 players and coaches were wearing gray. So after starting with white, changing to gray for photos and then going back to white, he went back inside to change to gray. More costume changes than Cameron Diaz for the decorated skipper. ... Ozzie Guillen on Twitter might be the greatest thing of the spring. Tweet of the day from Ozzie (at least, in my book): "I love what I'm doing now. Followers, don't worry. I will be here for all of you."

Dislikes: Don't get me started on Avatar. Yes, the special effects were groovy. But I cannot begin to tell you how much I absolutely hated the movie. You watch the special effects for 15 minutes, then you've still got two and a half hours to go. Pedestrian plot, way more violent than I thought and the "battle" scenes were endless. Ugh.

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train
"And I'm feeling nearly as faded as my jeans
"Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
"It rode us all the way to New Orleans
"I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
"I was playing soft while Bobby sang the blues
"Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobby's hand in mine
"We sang every song that driver knew"

-- Janis Joplin (Kris Kristofferson), Me and Bobby McGee

Posted on: November 25, 2009 1:56 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2009 2:29 pm
 

Thanksgiving

This long weekend, we give thanks. For all sorts of things. ...

 For turkey and dressing. Because after a 162-game season, man needs something other than hot dogs and beer.

 For loving (and understanding) family and friends. Because, really, you can only cuddle up to the Rally Monkey or your authentic Derek Jeter jersey for so long.

 For the Yankees' 27th World Series title. Because their long-suffering fans have been so patient and understanding during such a drastic drought.

 For wall-to-wall football on the big-screen TV during Thanksgiving weekend. Because as much fun as it is to watch football, it also reminds us of how much we're missing when the baseball season goes dark.

 For childhood memories at the holidays that continue to keep you warm all those decades later. Playing football with your brother in a soft snowfall in the vacant yard next door that seemed so big then and looks so small now. Watching the Lions lose again (yes, even back then) while mom -- every bit the artist in the Thanksgiving kitchen that Picasso was with a brush -- put the finishing touches on dinner. Nighttime dominoes and pumpkin pie with homemade whipped cream. No school, wide-open days and Christmas around the corner.

 For CC Sabathia. Because even the Yankees are likeable behind his smile.

 For Cy Young races as close as the NL this year with the Tim Lincecum-Chris Carpenter-Adam Wainwright finish. Because it is things like this that give us something to argue about all winter, which sure beats discussing your wife's plans for the kitchen remodel or your daughter's unlimited texting plan!

 For the game No. 163 that the Twins and Tigers gave us in October. We knew then that there was no way any other postseason game was going to match that one in terms of drama and emotion, and we were right. For anybody with a pulse, it was one of the great moments of the season. Or, as Orlando Cabrera called it, the "most unbelievable game I've ever played or seen."

 For the Angels' Torii Hunter, the Twins' Joe Mauer, free agent Jason Bay, Baltimore manager Dave Trembley, the Tigers' Curtis Granderson, the Brewers' Trevor Hoffman and the many other good people in the game who have given back to their community over and over again, reminding us why a big league club can be so valuable to a community.

 For the Web site The Sports Pickle, which keeps us howling at times throughout the year with "stories" like this one: MLB to Complete Long-Awaited 1994 Season.

 For crazy folks like the guy who voted Detroit's Miguel Cabrera first on his AL MVP ballot, the only one of 28 voters who didn't have Mauer first. Because it is mistakes like this that make us realize that when we do bone-headed things on our own, we're not alone. The only explanation I can think of is that Keizo Konishi of Kyodo News in Japan -- he's based in Seattle and covers the Mariners -- turned in his ballot before the final weekend of the season, when Cabrera pulled an all-nighter and police were summoned to his home to quell a domestic disturbance with the Tigers battling to hang onto their AL Central lead. Because given that stunt, Cabrera not only didn't deserve a first-place vote, he didn't deserve to be on the 10-deep ballot.

 For two years' worth of touring from Bruce Springsteen and the E St. Band, whose odyssey just closed on Sunday night in Buffalo, N.Y., leaving many of us to ponder when we'll ever attend another concert that matches that level.

 For Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. Because we all need living museums.

 For the two wacky managers in Chicago, Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen. Because they're so passionate, and so entertaining.

 For Christmas being just around the corner. Because you know several cool surprises are just around the corner. And look, here's one now. You've got to check out this crazy Bob Dylan video from his new Christmas album. It'll put a smile on your face for the rest of the day, I promise.

 For good health, good cheer and good friends.

 To all who come around here regularly, whether to cheer or to boo, thanks. And a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Likes: A hearty shout-out to the Falcons of Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, who clipped Constantine 23-17 in a Michigan state football semifinal on Saturday and will play for the state title on Friday against No. 1-ranked Montague at Detroit's Ford Field. Congratulations to the Falcons and old classmate and friend Coach Jack Giarmo, whose work with a proud program continues to be top-shelf. Go get 'em on Friday, fellas. Go green! Scouting report is here (from the good guys' perspective, of course).

Dislikes: Still looking for a reasonable last-minute airfare to get to Friday's title game. Still looking. ... Still looking. ...

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Catholic Central hats off to thee
"To your colors true we will ever be
"Firm and strong, united are we
"Rah, rah, rah, rah
"Rah, rah, rah, rah
"Rah for the Falcon team"

-- Monroe (Mich.) St. Mary Catholic Central High School fight song

Hey, the state title game is this week. We gotta go with this one.

 

Posted on: May 26, 2009 10:56 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2009 11:08 pm
 

White Sox wait for Quentin news

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Chicago White Sox had used 33 different lineups in their first 44 games heading into Tuesday night's contest against the Los Angeles Angels, and with outfielder Carlos Quentin headed back to Chicago for tests on his sore left foot Wednesday, manager Ozzie Guillen is going to have to keep juggling.

Quentin felt something pop in his left foot on Monday night. He will re-join the team in Kansas City on Friday, and the White Sox hope it's for active duty. But there remains a chance that Quentin, who has been bothered by plantar fasciitis for much of the season, will land on the disabled list.

"It's too early to say how it's going to be, how it will react," Guillen said. "We're (playing it) by ear."

Guillen said that part of the treatment prescribed by doctors is to place Quentin's foot in a cast for a couple of days until it calms down.

"It's hard to come to the field every day (asking) can you play or can you not play?" Guillen said of Quentin, who finished fifth in last year's American League Most Valuable Player voting after a season in which he slammed 36 homers and had 100 RBI. "I'd rather have him shut it down for good (until he's full speed).

"Carlos is the type of guy who wants to be on the field. He might try to play through soreness or pain just to be on the field. That doesn't work because the more pain you have, the more days you're going to lose."

The Sox seem to have passed that point already. Quentin, hitting just .229, has been playing with a sore left foot for quite awhile.

"I don't know the exact date, but it's gone on awhile, a good many days," White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker said. "He's limped into the batting cage several times.

"I don't think that's been his only issue, but it's been bothering him."

Quentin started off hot, tying a club record with seven home runs in Chicago's first 12 games. But he's batted only .193 with one homer and seven RBI over his past 26 games.

"He's a max-effort guy," Walker said. "Early on, he was swinging the bat great. He didn't have a lot of numbers, but he had home runs. But he's also had a lot of bad luck, and I don't say that lightly. Usually, when Carlos squares a ball up it's hit so hard that nobody can get to it."

Quentin missed five games between May 16 and 20. Now, he and the Sox, who have been shut out a major-league high six times, appear to be at another crossroads.

"I've got to sit down in Kansas City with him and Kenny (Williams, Sox general manager) and make sure he's honest with us," Guillen said.

Likes: This New York Times story from Saturday on the makers of the Zamboni. ... You know, I've gotta be honest here: There are far worse things than a Taylor Swift concert. Took my daughter and her friends Saturday night. I like that Swift writes her own lyrics and seems to have some actual talent and things to say, as opposed to, oh, I don't know ... Britney Spears, perhaps. ... Biking along the Pacific Coast Highway through Carlsbad, Leucadia and the funky beach areas. ... The grilled salmon with the rub that includes chili powder, cocoa and sugar we made for dinner on Memorial Day.

Dislikes: Oh no, Tigers radio broadcaster Dan Dickerson injured in a jogging accident Tuesday in Kansas City, badly enough that he wasn't in the booth? Get well soon, my friend. I hope it's not as bad as it sounds. ... Ugly play in Wrigley Field the other night, Pittsburgh closer Matt Capps taking that line drive off of his elbow. ...

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"If I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars)
"Well I’d buy you a green dress (but not a real green dress that’s cruel)
"And if I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars)
"Well I’d buy you some art (A Picasso or a Garfunkel)
"And if I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars)
"Well I’d buy you a monkey (haven’t you always wanted a monkey?!)
"And if I had a million dollars I’d buy your love"

-- Barenaked Ladies, If I Had $1,000,000

Posted on: October 6, 2008 11:08 pm
 

"We got every ounce out of this team. ..."

CHICAGO -- When their remarkable run of winning when they had to was finally finished, there were no tears in the Chicago White Sox clubhouse. At least, none that were visible.

Maybe it was simply sheer exhaustion as their wild, two-week sprint to out-race time finally expired. Maybe there was comfort in knowing that, yet again, they had out-shined the crosstown Cubs (check this out: In the White Sox's last two postseason appearances, they've won 12 games. In the Cubs' past two postseason appearances, they've won zero).

Most likely, however, it simply was accepting the reality of what was.

"We feel we can hold our heads high," first baseman Paul Konerko said in a subdued and disappointed -- but not distraught -- clubhouse. "We got every ounce out of this team that we could."

Konerko -- and others in the room -- mentioned the absence due to injury of "shoo-in MVP" Carlos Quentin, third baseman Joe Crede and starter Jose Contreras. But it was more matter-of-fact. It wasn't in a whiny, searching-for-excuses manner.

"We did our best," Konerko said. "We just ran out of gas."

General manager Kenny Williams said he will step back and let a bit of time pass -- "get away from the moment" -- before assessing everything and again assembling a club "that's going to give you a run for your money."

The one saving grace of this season, Williams said, was the fact that many of the new White Sox who weren't around for the 2005 World Series run learned what the postseason is like. Guys like Alexei Ramirez, John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Josh Fields, Jerry Owens and reliever Matt Thornton.

"We have a new core," Williams said. "That's one of the things we've tried to do, rebuild and compete at the same time, have the new core learn from the World Series core, add to the puzzle for sustained success.

"In that respect, that might be the only happy thing standing here today. Our young guys got some major, major playoff experience."

Williams perhaps was most pleased that this particular White Sox club showed him some fight and, in that respect, he and his manager were thinking alike.

"We played hard," Ozzie Guillen said. "I feel proud of my ballplayers. We went through a lot of tough times. One thing nobody can take away from us is we fight every day. We fight every day."

Guillen said he spoke with his players after Tampa Bay ended their season, telling them "make sure you keep your head up, feel proud of yourself, walk on the street with your head up and feel proud of what (you) did.

"It's not an easy season for us, but we do a lot of nice things for this organization and for the players."

In beating Cleveland, Detroit (rain makeup) and Minnesota (one-game playoff) last week, the Sox became the first big league team ever to defeat three different teams in three days, all while being on the verge of elimination.

Then they beat Tampa Bay here in Game 3 on Sunday, again while facing elimination. As their run progressed, the White Sox appeared to thrive on the pressure.

"Most of us said a couple of weeks ago that if we don't make the playoffs, let's not let it be because we're tight," Konerko said.

And, in the end, they didn't lose because they were tight.

Their season simply ran out because they weren't quite good enough -- especially in the end, playing without injured outfielder Carlos Quentin, third baseman Joe Crede and starter Jose Contreras. And for a team that, this spring, was an afterthought behind Detroit and Cleveland, there's no shame in that.

"All in all, when I look back at this year, I think we went exactly as far as we were supposed to go," Konerko said.

Likes: Late night at at Giordano's Pizza on Rush St. Sunday following a day with the White Sox and Rays. Fabulous deep-dish sausage pizza at the bar watching an even more fabulous Angels-Red Sox game from Boston. ... The good people who have worked in Tampa Bay's organization for so long finally getting to enjoy a winner.

Dislikes: Just how many Viagra commercials must we endure this postseason?

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"Who's the man who hired all the criminals
"The White House shadows who hide behind closed doors
"They bend the facts to fit with their new stories
"Of why we have to send our men to war"

-- Neil Young, Let's Impeach the President

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."

 
 
 
 
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