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Floyd exits early in White Sox seventh straight loss

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Floyd exits early in White Sox seventh straight loss

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010
Updated 1:21 AM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

OAKLAND It was a game that had all the marks of a Little League makeup game, a March high school game forced inside a gymnasium due to snow, or, well; any recent vintage Chicago White Sox tilt.

The Oakland Athletics were the latest ballclub drawn into the South Siders malaise, matching the visitors gaffe-for-gaffe before breaking through with a seventh-inning rally that erupted from ano kiddingsingle, sacrifice bunterror, bunt single and fielders choice.

Daric Barton was the author of the phantom game-winning RBI in that seventh, and the As would later fully anesthetize the Chisox by plating a couple of two-out runs on a Kurt Suzuki single in the frame. It put Oakland up by the eventual final score, 3-0.

For those fans at home who will be waiting for the Easter Bunny come April, Chicagos seventh straight loss coupled with another (what-new) Twins win drops Minnesotas magic number to clinch the A.L. Central to two.

From the White Sox standpoint, of utmost concern was an injury to starter Gavin Floyd that sidelined the starter just seven pitches into the game, as he battled Oakland leadoff hitter Rajai Davis.

We have to wait and see how he feels tomorrow, Guillen offered as an initial prognosis. Theres no reason to risk this kids year, or career. If we have to well keep fighting with the rest of the guys.

I went out there and let it go, spinning some curveballs, and it felt progressively inflamed, Floyd said. It felt like it wasnt getting better, and I felt it every pitch. I tried to fight through it, even through warm-ups, and felt like maybe it was going to get better, but it got progressively worse when I started throwing other pitches. When I get out there, and I get extension, thats when it bothers me.

Chicagos Tony Pena again delivered yeoman work on short notice, following his sterling start Aug. 21 vs. the Kansas City Royals with Monday nights six innings of six-hit, scoreless ball, striking out three and walking two.

I was surprised, said Pena, who earned the win vs. the Royals but took a no-decision on Monday. They told me I had to be ready because Floyd wasnt feeling good, get in the bullpen and youre going to have a chance to go in the game.

In Kansas City, I got a chance to start and threw seven innings for the win. Tonight, I felt good. My arm feels good. I feel like I can do this.

He was unbelievable, Guillen said. He might take Gavins spot. Im not going to pitch Gavin unless hes 200 percent. Im not taking the chance of further injury.

Oaklands pitching held the White Sox to just four hits and one extra-base knock, an Andruw Jones flyball that Chris Carter misplayed and Jones blasd into a double.

Chicago was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base in the game, courtesy of free passes from As hurlers. The assault was led by starter and ex-White Sox prospect Gio Gonzalez, who threw six innings of four-hit, shutout ball, striking out seven.

He threw a lot of strikes, Guillen said. He always had confidence in himself and wanted to be good, to be noticed. Hes matured, and he throws more strikes. Today every time he got in trouble, he could throw breaking balls for strikes.

Chisox catcher Ramon Castro had a game of limited distinction, leaving five men on base with two outs (and six total) in the game en route to an 0-for-4, career-high three-strikeout night.

Very bad, Guillen said of his teams offensive game. When we got something going with two out, we struck out. I dont know if it was a late night last night, but today was kind of flat. If we have to make an excuse, then thats the excuse for the way we played today. Hopefully, tomorrow we get our emotions back.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen isn’t done ragging on Nick Swisher. Guillen took another shot at the former White Sox outfielder while telling a story on White Sox Postgame Live Tuesday night.

When giving an example of why he loves Juan Uribe so much, Guillen decided to tell a story of an interaction between Swisher and Uribe on “Nick Swisher bobblehead night” at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“(Swisher) comes to Uribe and says, ‘Hey Juan, look at what I got!’” Guillen said while pretending to hold a bobblehead. “And Juan said, ‘Ya, you seen outside? I’ve got a statue. I’ve got it hitting, catching the ball when we won the World Series. You don’t.’ How about that one?”

Uribe was critical in the White Sox World Series championship, including recording the final two outs of Game 4. One of those outs-- his grab made while falling into the stands-- is the catch that has been enshrined outside Guaranteed Rate Field.

Nick Swisher only played one season in Chicago, and slashed .219/.332/.410 with a -1.4 dWAR.

Apparently that one season made quite the impression on Guillen, as he declared last week, “I hate Nick Swisher with my heart.”


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Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Whatever Dallas Keuchel said after Monday night’s uninspiring loss to the Tigers really worked. Or maybe the return of Tim Anderson and Edwin Encarnacion to the lineup gave the Sox the spark they needed? Or maybe it was a little bit of both?

Whatever the reason, the White Sox offense finally broke out of its collective slump in Tuesday’s 8-4 win against Detroit.

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Leading the charge was Eloy Jiménez, who busted out of a slump of his own by going 2-4 with a homer and four RBI. He had previously been 1-23 dating back to Aug. 5, and used a simple approach to break through.

“I was in a slump, and I feel like I was seeing the ball good, but I wasn’t hitting it to the right spot,” Jiménez said through interpreter Billy Russo. “(I was) swinging at some balls a little bit out of the zone. Now I’m just trying to see the ball and hit it where there’s no people.”

That’s always a good idea.

But when asked for his thoughts on Jiménez’s day, Rick Renteria provided a bit more of a nuanced assessment.

“Consistency, there’s no secret to it,” Renteria said. “Solid approaches working both lefties and righties… faced some righties today and was able to stay in on them. The two-strike ball down the right field line to tack on another run, I mean he had some really good at-bats today.”

Zooming back out, this is the type of offensive output the White Sox envisioned when they built this team last winter. Tim Anderson setting the table, Jiménez and Encarnacion hitting bombs, and Abreu and Moncada driving in more runs with timely hitting.

“The entire lineup looked great,” said starter Gio Gonzalez. “Everyone looked aggressive going out there. Plays were being made around the horn, guys were doing their job hitting the ball, moving runners over. It just looked like a White Sox win today.”

“Today we felt really good,” Jiménez said. “We took care of business and you see what happened.”

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