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LIVE: White Sox hit three HR's in 8th inning

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011Posted: 11:00 a.m.

Associated Press

The Chicago White Sox are playing out the string, but Mark Buehrle is on the verge of joining some elite company.

Buehrle could reach 200 innings for the 11th straight season Wednesday night when the White Sox play the Cleveland Indians.

Chicago's left-hander is 7 2-3 innings shy of 200, a number he's reached each year starting in 2001, when he first became a mainstay in the rotation. Should Buehrle (11-9, 3.74 ERA) reach the mark at Progressive Field, he would be the sixth pitcher to have a streak that ended in 1980 or later of 11 or more seasons with 200-plus innings.

Four of the other hurlers - Don Sutton, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton - are Hall of Famers. The fifth, Greg Maddux, is a virtual lock for enshrinement once he becomes eligible.

While Buehrle appears poised to join that lofty group, he comes in trying to avoid his first four-start losing streak in nearly 1 12 years.

Buehrle has compiled an 11.74 ERA while dropping all three of his starts this month. He was charged with seven runs and a career-worst 15 hits in Thursday's 7-2 loss to Kansas City, exiting after 6 1-3 innings when he was struck in the left biceps by a line drive.

"I could have stayed in but there's no reason when you're getting your fanny handed to you," said Buehrle, who last lost four straight starts April 16-May 2, 2010.

Buehrle is 14-17 with a 4.81 ERA in his career against the Indians, faring slightly better - 7-7 with a 4.21 ERA - in 22 games at Cleveland.

Looking for a strong finish with his new team will be Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez (4-2, 4.56). The right-hander has won each of his last two starts, surrendering five runs and eight hits over 12 1-3 innings.

Jimenez is 3-1 with a 2.78 ERA in his last five starts after going 1-1 with a 7.29 ERA in his first four outings for the Indians after being acquired from Colorado at the trade deadline.

"It means a lot for me, especially the way I started the season," said Jimenez, who went 6-9 for the Rockies on the heels of a career-best 19-win season in 2010. "The first two, three months of the season wasn't easy for me."

Jimenez is 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA in three starts against the White Sox this year.

The Indians and White Sox split a day-night doubleheader Tuesday to begin this four-game set.

Cleveland (76-77) took the opener 4-3 as Asdrubal Cabrera hit his team-high 24th homer - the most by an Indians shortstop since Jhonny Peralta hit 24 in 2005.

Chicago (75-79) won the nightcap, rallying from four runs down for a 5-4 victory. Alexei Ramirez's run-scoring single in the seventh provided the winning margin.

"It made the day a little bit nicer," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Cabrera. who went 1 for 4 in the second game, is 8 for 13 in his last three contests.

"I'm really happy with what I've done, but I haven't thought too much about it," said Cabrera, 8 for 28 (.211) with a double in his career off Buehrle.

Outfielder Alejandro De Aza had three hits and four RBIs in the twinbill for Chicago. He's batting .406 (13 for 32) in nine matchups with Cleveland this season.

The White Sox, who trail the Indians by 1 12 games for second in the AL Central, lead the season series 10-6.

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Dylan Cease shows off big velocity in first spring training start

Dylan Cease shows off big velocity in first spring training start

Dylan Cease is entering the 2020 season with plenty to prove. Considering how important he is to the future of the White Sox, it is perhaps fitting he was the first White Sox pitcher to take a mound in a spring training game.

On Saturday, Cease pitched two innings against the Cincinnati Reds as he ramps up to full strength. The most notable thing wasn’t how long he pitched or what his stat line was. It was his fastball.

Cease's fastball sat mostly at 96-98 mph and topped at 99. Cease quipped there could be a bit more in terms of his velocity.


Cease averaged 96.5 mph on his fastball in the majors in 2019. In 73 innings, he threw nine pitches that were at least 99 mph, topping out at 100.1 mph, according to Baseball Savant. He was capable of throwing that hard, but didn't do it often. For Cease to be on the higher end of his average and feature a 99 mph fastball in his first pitches of Cactus League baseball might be a sign that he could have added a touch more velocity.

It’s also just a two-inning spring training start, meaning Cease knew he could let fly a bit more in a shorter outing. Cease told reporters after his start he was focusing on his fastball command. He struck out three with no walks and three hits allowed.

In his rookie season, Cease struggled with command and consistency. He had a 5.79 ERA with 81 strikeouts and 35 walks over 14 starts.

February baseball doesn't carry any meaning, but this is a small encouraging sign for Cease.

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Kenny Williams shuts down rumor connecting free agent Yasiel Puig to White Sox

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Kenny Williams shuts down rumor connecting free agent Yasiel Puig to White Sox

You can put to bed the rumors about free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig possibly signing with the White Sox. It’s not happening.

The two sides did get together during the MLB Winter Meetings in December. Kenny Williams, Rick Hahn and Rick Renteria met with Puig for about 90 minutes to discuss the possibility of the 29-year-old joining the White Sox as their everyday right fielder.

But instead, the White Sox chose to take a different route. That same week, they acquired Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers for minor league outfielder Steele Walker, ending any chance of Puig coming to the South Side.

“After our meeting we came away big Yasiel Puig fans, but he wasn’t the right fit for us then and he isn’t right now,” Williams said.

With spring training games starting this weekend and the regular season a little over a month away, fellow Cuban Jose Abreu says he’s surprised the flashy 29-year-old outfielder remains a free agent.

“Yes, I am (surprised). That’s one of those things that happen that you don’t understand. A guy with his talent. He’s still so young,” Abreu said through a translator. “He doesn’t have a team yet. It’s a surprise. I’m confident he’s going to find something this year.”

Even with Puig’s talent, Abreu looks around the White Sox clubhouse and agrees with the decision by the White Sox not to sign the former All-Star who hit .267/.327/.458 with the Reds and Indians last season.

“I don’t think he would be a good fit here. Don’t get me wrong. He has a lot of talent but we’re full," Abreu said. "Our outfield is looking great with Nomar (Mazara), Eloy (Jimenez) and (Luis) Robert. There’s no reason for us to make more moves in that area of our team. He’s someone who would fit in with any major league ball club because he has the talent to help any of those teams.”

What about possibly platooning Puig with Mazara in right field? On paper, that might sound like a good plan, although Puig has traditionally hit better against righties than lefties in his career. But a larger issue could be the timeshare. The idea of Puig, nicknamed “Wild Horse,” being forced to the stable for half the season could spell problems not only for him, but the chemistry inside the clubhouse.

“It would be difficult, especially for him being an everyday player,” Abreu said about Puig being a platoon player.  “When you have to make that decision, it’s not easy.”

So, where will Puig end up?  No one knows for sure but it won’t be with the White Sox.  

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