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LIVE: Floyd, White Sox facing Indians


LIVE: Floyd, White Sox facing Indians

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011
Posted: 8:50 a.m.

(AP) -- Not long ago, the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians were contenders in the AL Central race. Now, both are playing out the string as a disappointing season draws to a close.

The teams begin a four-game set with a day-night doubleheader Tuesday at Progressive Field, where Chicago has won four of five meetings.

The White Sox and Indians both trailed first-place Detroit by 5 12 games on Sept. 1, only to falter amidst slumps which took them out of contention. Cleveland (75-75) fell below .500 during a 2-8 stretch, while Chicago (74-78) halted a seven-game losing streak Sunday by beating Kansas City 10-5.

"It was nice to have a good day and get a win. It feels like its been a while," said White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who had two homers among his four hits. "That gives us a chance to relax a bit. You feel like every day you're grinding, grinding, grinding and now we're going towards the offseason."

Paul Konerko added his 30th homer of the season, giving him at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs for the fifth time in his career.

"It's one of those things that when I came into the season that I kind of felt like that's my job, to drive in runs," Konerko said.

The Indians gave up plenty of runs Monday, falling 12-6 to Seattle to end their three-game winning streak in a game called due to rain after seven innings.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer and is 7 for 9 over his last two games after an 0-for-20 slump.

Cabrera and the rest of the Indians will face Chicago starter Gavin Floyd (12-11, 4.42 ERA) in Game 1.

Floyd suffered his first loss since Aug. 3 when he allowed four runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-0 defeat to Detroit on Tuesday. He's winless with a 5.06 ERA over his last three starts, not pitching through the sixth inning in any of them.

The right-hander has pitched well against Cleveland this season, going 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts - all White Sox victories.

He'll be opposed by Fausto Carmona (6-15, 5.26), who has fared much worse against Chicago in 2011.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 9.14 ERA in four starts versus the White Sox this season, including an opening-day outing in which he gave up 10 runs in three innings of a 15-10 loss. Carmona last faced them Sept. 10, when he allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings of Cleveland's 7-3, 10-inning defeat.

Konerko is 8 for 20 with two homers lifetime off Carmona.

On the positive side for Carmona, he did earn his last victory against the White Sox on Aug. 17, when he gave up one run in a season-high 8 1-3 innings. He's 0-3 with a 6.97 ERA in six starts since after allowing six runs - five earned - in six innings of a 7-4 loss to Texas on Thursday.

The Indians will also be looking for a better performance out of Zach McAllister (0-1, 12.27) in the nightcap.

The 23-year-old rookie right-hander begins his third stint with the Indians after making a pair of spot starts which didn't go very well. He allowed three runs - two earned - in four innings before Cleveland rallied for a 5-4 win over Toronto on July 7, then gave up 10 runs - eight earned - in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-7 loss to Seattle on Aug. 23 - also the second game of a doubleheader.

He'll be opposed by Dylan Axelrod (0-0, 2.25), who is looking to stay hot.

The rookie right-hander is coming off a solid first major league start, allowing two runs and striking out eight in six innings of Chicago's 6-5, 10-inning loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

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Will Ozzie Guillen ever manage again? 'I think my time's going to come up, maybe'

Will Ozzie Guillen ever manage again? 'I think my time's going to come up, maybe'

Will Ozzie Guillen ever manage again?

He was the guy who helped bring a World Series championship to the South Side in 2005 hasn't been a big league skipper since 2012, in his one ill-fated season managing the Miami Marlins. But his name has come up as a social-media suggestion for open jobs for years, including just two winters ago when the White Sox needed to replace Robin Ventura.

But Guillen, who spent eight seasons as the White Sox manager, said on the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast that he hasn't interviewed for any jobs since leaving the Marlins and discussed the trend of hiring young managers who just recently finished their playing careers.

"A couple tried, not to interview me but say, 'Can we talk to you about it?' And I knew I'm not going to be the manager of that team," Guillen told NBC Sports Chicago's Chuck Garfien. "When you look at the manager list, you're going to interview me and you have kid, kid, kid, kid, kid, Ozzie. What's the chance I'm going to manage that team? None. 'Thank you for thinking about me,' and it's cool.

"I've known I'm not going to be the guy because the list. Before, they interview you for a managing job, it's two or three or four guys. Now they've got 30. Nowadays, it's harder to become a manager than win the World Series. Because there are so many interviews.

But does that mean he'll never manage again?

"I think my time's going to come up, maybe," Guillen said. "I always think about (former Florida Marlins manager) Jack McKeon. Jack McKeon was out of baseball for 30 years and all of a sudden came out and won the World Series (in 2003). ... I hope I don't die before that. Jack was 70-plus when he was managing. But we'll see."

Guillen talked about his hopes to be more involved in the White Sox organization after the way his tenure ended back in 2011, saying he hopes to be at spring training with the team one day.

"I'd like to go to spring training with them, that's the first time I'm going to say that, just because I see everybody in baseball, they're bringing former players to the field," he said. "But the problem is, I go there, here we go. 'Why is it ... you're coming here?'

"I don't (want to be a distraction), and I never will be."

Hear more of Garfien's interview with Guillen on the White Sox Talk Podcast.

Eighteen White Sox questions for 2018: Will Avisail Garcia be on the White Sox by season's end?


Eighteen White Sox questions for 2018: Will Avisail Garcia be on the White Sox by season's end?

White Sox fans might have their eyes on the future, but the 2018 season has plenty of intrigue all its own. As Opening Day nears, let's take a look at the 18 most pressing questions for the 2018 edition of the South Side baseball team.

Avisail Garcia was great last year for the White Sox.

But does that mean he's a long-term part of this rebuilding team or a potential trade piece?

How Garcia follows things up in 2018 will go a long way in determining the answer to that question, as well as a perhaps more pressing one: Will Garcia still be on the White Sox when the 2018 campaign comes to a close?

Whatever your scouting-eye impressions might have been, statistically, Garcia was one of baseball's best hitters last season. He ranked second in the American League with a .346 batting average. Only league MVP Jose Altuve ranked above Garcia. The White Sox right fielder also ranked sixth in the AL with a .380 on-base percentage. His .885 OPS ranked in the top 10 in the Junior Circuit.

It was the much-anticipated breakout for a guy who's had big expectations ever since he hit the bigs as a 21-year-old in 2012, when he carried a pressure-packed comparison to Detroit Tigers teammate and future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera. After coming to the South Side in a mid-2013 trade, his first three seasons were impacted by injuries and featured an unimpressive .250/.308/.380 slash line with only 32 homers in 314 games.

But last season, that all changed. He had a career year, slashing .330/.380/.506 with 18 homers, 80 RBIs, 27 doubles and 171 hits. Garcia was named to the AL All-Star team and established himself as the second best hitter on a team where the best hitter, Jose Abreu, is one of baseball's most productive and most consistent.

So can he do it again? That remains to be seen, of course. The scale of the improvements in so many statistical categories make one think that Garcia being able to do it two years in a row would almost be as surprising or more surprising than him doing it just once.

But if Garcia can repeat his performance, at least in the season's first few months, he could potentially draw the eyes of numerous contending teams looking for a bat to add to their lineups. One season of production perhaps wasn't enough to demand the kind of return package Rick Hahn's front office got in return for Chris Sale, Adam Eaton and Jose Quintana. But a few good months at the outset of 2018 could draw plenty of interest, making the question of whether Garcia will stay in a White Sox uniform for the entirety of the season a valid one.

All that being said, Garcia's situation — he's under team control for two more seasons — allows the White Sox to be flexible. Garcia's still young, entering his age-27 season. The White Sox could opt to keep a talented hitter, extend him and make him a part of the rebuilding effort, penciling him into the lineup of the future alongside younger hitters like Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert. Or they could wait to move him, perhaps next offseason or at the 2019 trade deadline.

But Garcia's performance will dictate how viable each of those options ends up being. He finally put it all together in 2017. In 2018, he'll have to keep it all together.