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LIVE: Dunn's 2-run blast pulls Sox within 4-3

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LIVE: Dunn's 2-run blast pulls Sox within 4-3

Friday, April 15, 2011
Posted: 11:15 a.m.

(AP) -- Another rough outing for his struggling bullpen has Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen steamed. A matchup with one of the hottest pitchers in baseball may only increase his frustration.

The White Sox look to bounce back from blowing another lead when they face Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday night.

Chicago's relievers have faltered in the late innings three times in the past week, and a 7-4 defeat to Oakland on Wednesday left Guillen particularly angry.

The White Sox (7-5) led by three going into the ninth, but Chris Sale gave up three runs and closer Matt Thornton allowed three more in the 10th. Thornton has four blown saves in five appearances.

"There's nothing to even describe it right now. Frustration is pretty high," Thornton said. "Confidence isn't the problem. It's my frustration right now. It's the most frustrated I've been in a long time. I can't remember a run of games like this where I haven't gotten the job done that many times in a row."

Guillen said he doesn't know who he'll use to close. He sarcastically added that he might call former teammate Bobby Thigpen, who saved a then-major league record 57 games in 1990.

"I don't have any closer. I don't," Guillen said. "You are just scratching your head and second-guess yourself what you are doing wrong, bringing people to the mound with three-run lead ... and we can't hold the lead. That's not a good sign."

Judging by Weaver's first three starts, the White Sox might not have a lead to protect Friday.

Weaver (3-0, 0.87 ERA) had a career-high 15 strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings of his last outing, a 3-1 victory over Toronto on Sunday. He has walked nine and struck out 27 in 20 2-3 innings.

"I'm not going out there trying to strike everybody out," Weaver said. "I'm just trying to get a first-pitch fastball over for a strike and trying to get ahead in the count and trying to keep my team in the game. And if it takes a couple of strikeouts here and there, then that's what it's going to take."

The right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA in seven career starts against the White Sox, though he lost both starts versus Chicago last season with a 4.85 ERA. He is 3-1 with a 1.73 ERA at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Angels (7-5) are seeking a season-high third straight win and seventh in nine games, but they've lost seven in a row to Chicago.

The White Sox will try to extend that streak behind Phil Humber (1-0, 3.38), who had a strong outing in his first start with the team.

Subbing for the injured Jake Peavy, the right-hander allowed one run and four hits over a career-high six innings of a 4-2 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday.

"It's just about relaxing, allowing yourself to get out of the way," Humber said. "A lot of the times I've put too much pressure on myself. Now I feel a lot more relaxed and let my ability work."

Humber has faced the Angels once, allowing two hits in two scoreless innings of relief Aug. 10 while with Kansas City.

Los Angeles swept a two-game set at U.S. Cellular on May 19 and 20 but suffered a four-game sweep there July 5-8.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey speak with Michael Kopech and his wife Vanessa Morgan at SoxFest about their relationship, Michael’s comeback from Tommy John surgery, his battles with mental health, removing himself from social media, handling fame, Morgan’s acting career and more.

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What White Sox fans wanted to know from Rick Hahn and Rick Renteria at SoxFest

What White Sox fans wanted to know from Rick Hahn and Rick Renteria at SoxFest

SoxFest brings the opportunity for fans to question team brass. And sometimes things can get a bit fiery.

This year, however, it was more of a victory lap for Rick Hahn after he loaded up the roster with an incredible amount of offseason acquisitions. Rick Renteria, too, got plenty of adulation after he came out and said the White Sox have their sights on reaching the postseason for the first time in more than a decade.

But there were still questions. Fans stepped up to the microphone and got some answers out of Hahn and Renteria during a pair of panels Friday and Saturday.

Here are some of the more interesting and pertinent questions and answers from the two sessions.

Extensions for Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito?

The White Sox have made headlines in each of the last two offseasons by handing out big-money extensions to Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert before they played a game in the major leagues. But Saturday brought a fan question about whether the team was planning more extensions, specifically ones for Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito, two guys who broke out in a big way in 2019 and established themselves as the team's best all-around hitter and the ace of the starting staff, respectively.

These are not terribly pressing matters, obviously, as both guys are under team control for another four seasons. But the longer they go on their current deals and the longer they're allowed to keep improving, the more expensive they'll become to retain.

Hahn said that it's a White Sox priority to keep all of their talented young players together for as long as possible. He also mentioned that it has long been a part of the plan during the rebuilding process to be aggressive on extensions, as the team has shown with the deals for Jimenez and Robert. Players earn the right to reach free agency and explore the open market, but the White Sox do have a pretty good track record of retaining their own players, often on deals that have allowed them to keep some financial flexibility.

Tim Anderson in right field?

Whether it was a legitimate strategy proposal or a makeshift way to get Yolmer Sanchez back to the South Side, one fan suggested moving Tim Anderson to right field, pointing out Anderson's large number of errors at shortstop and that moving Anderson off the position would open room for Sanchez to work his defensive wonders on a daily basis.

Well, that suggestion didn't get much consideration from Renteria, who said rather definitively he will not be playing Anderson in right field.

The question might not have been the most realistic suggestion, but it allowed Renteria to express his belief in Anderson's defense. Though Anderson has made a ton of errors at shortstop — 88 of them in his four big league seasons — he continues to receive rave reviews from White Sox brass. Renteria said Saturday he believes Anderson will be "an elite shortstop in the big leagues," and Hahn said this weekend he believes Anderson will be a Gold Glove finalist one day.

As for Sanchez, he's still on the free-agent market despite winning a Gold Glove in 2019. And while the White Sox have shortstop spoken for with Anderson and second base spoken for with Nick Madrigal, eventually, Hahn was asked about the likelihood of a Sanchez return Friday night and basically reminded everyone to never say never.

More starting pitching?

Hahn said Thursday that while there likely won't be any more big-ticket additions, the White Sox busy winter might not be completely over just yet, with minor moves still being discussed by the front office. More starting pitching would seem to make plenty of sense considering there's not a ton of depth behind the five guys slated to make up the Opening Day rotation: Lucas Giolito, Dallas Keuchel, Reynaldo Lopez, Dylan Cease and Gio Gonzalez. Considering the plan for Michael Kopech has yet to be finalized and Dylan Covey is no longer with the organization, some small additions like the Ervin Santana deal last spring would be logical.

One fan asked why not add a slightly bigger ticket item, specifically bringing up free-agent pitcher Taijuan Walker, to further bolster the starting staff. Hahn wouldn't close the door on adding more starting pitchers but pointed out that because of the depth the White Sox have on the way — with Kopech factoring into things somehow and Carlos Rodon, Dane Dunning and Jimmy Lambert all working their way back from Tommy John surgery — the White Sox might not be the most attractive destination for a mid- or bottom-of-the-rotation pitcher, who could see his opportunity to pitch vanish once all those arms return to full strength.

A return for Dane Dunning?

Speaking of starting-pitching depth on the way, Hahn did offer up some sort of timeline for one of those guys, saying that Dunning could be pitching for a minor league affiliate come "June-ish." That's a made-up month on the same level as "Smarch," but it's also a good sign for the White Sox, who saw Dunning flying through the system before his injury.

Hahn said at last year's SoxFest that if not for the arm injury he suffered in 2018, Dunning could have factored into the Opening Day rotation for the 2019 season. Considering that level of potential readiness — a level most likely altered in some fashion by the surgery and long layoff — Dunning might be someone who could play a role in the 2020 season.

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