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LIVE: White Sox trail Yankees, 9-0

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LIVE: White Sox trail Yankees, 9-0

Thursday, April 28, 2011Posted: 10:10 a.m.
Associated Press

The Chicago White Sox had plenty of problems in their last game against a pitcher who was a former division rival. Facing another in succession probably won't be any easier.

The New York Yankees will send ace CC Sabathia to the mound Thursday night when they try to salvage a four-game split against the visiting White Sox.

New York (13-8) avoided a third straight loss behind Bartolo Colon in Wednesday's 3-1 victory. The 37-year-old right-hander, who spent his first six seasons in the AL Central with Cleveland and was with the White Sox in 2009, gave up one run over eight superb innings.

The White Sox (10-15) continue to struggle on offense with nine runs over their last six games, and it could be difficult for them to get untracked against Sabathia (1-1, 2.73 ERA).

The left-hander earned his first victory Saturday at Baltimore by yielding three runs over a season-high eight innings in a 15-3 rout. He was pitching on five days' rest because Friday's game was rained out.

"Maybe that extra day did help him," manager Joe Girardi said. "I saw him (Friday) and he looked OK, but you know he had a low-grade fever and wasn't feeling great."

Sabathia spent nearly his first eight seasons with the Indians, and has beaten the White Sox more than any other opponent. He's 16-4 with a 3.82 ERA against Chicago, although he's 2-0 with a 5.14 ERA in three outings with the Yankees.

Numerous Chicago hitters have fared poorly against him, including Paul Konerko (.233), A.J. Pierzynski (.167) and newcomer Adam Dunn (.200).

Ramon Castro has started at catcher in place of Pierzynski in four of Chicago's five games against left-handers. Castro is a .211 hitter and 1 for 9 against Sabathia.

Manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected in the first inning Wednesday for arguing a called third strike against Konerko. He immediately took to Twitter during the game, calling the ejection pathetic and saying it would cost him a pricey fine.

"I said, 'Don't let those guys intimidate you,'" Guillen said. "He got the right to kick me out because when I went out, when he could hear what I had to say, he had to kick me out of the game."

The Yankees have scored six runs in this series. Robinson Cano's three-run homer in the first inning was all they managed Wednesday.

Mark Teixeira is 1 for 9 in the series, Alex Rodriguez is 2 for 12 and Nick Swisher is 0 for 8 to bring his hitless streak to 13.

Chicago's starters have a 2.05 ERA in this series, with each pitching at least seven innings.

Edwin Jackson (2-2, 4.88) will try to continue that success and avoid a third straight loss after the White Sox won his first three outings. Jackson gave up a season-high eight runs over 5 2-3 innings Saturday in a 9-0 loss at Detroit.

"Jax just didn't have a slider at all," Pierzynski said. "It was just spinning up there, and usually it is his best pitch."

Jackson is 2-5 with a 4.81 ERA in 11 career starts against the Yankees. Derek Jeter is 11 for 31 against him and Rodriguez is 9 for 22, but Cano is 6 for 27.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Chuck Garfien and Steve Stone take a look back at Mark Buehrle's perfect game. How did Buehrle do it? How did Dewayne Wise make that catch?

Plus, Buehrle and A.J. Pierzynski talk about how Buehrle actually told Pierzynski before taking that field that day that he would throw a perfect game and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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Yoan Moncada cleans up for White Sox: 'I think we found our No. 4 hitter'

Yoan Moncada cleans up for White Sox: 'I think we found our No. 4 hitter'

Though Jose Abreu and James McCann represented the team at the All-Star Game earlier this month, Yoan Moncada holds the title of the White Sox best hitter through the first 97 games of the 2019 season.

The guy who struck out 217 times during his first full season in the majors last year has been a completely different hitter this time around. Instead of looking lost at the plate, he’s the guy White Sox fans want to see at the plate in run-producing situations. He hasn’t spent much time in one of those traditional run-producing spots in the batting order, but manager Rick Renteria inserted Moncada into the cleanup spot Monday night.

And Moncada cleaned up, all right.

“I think we found our No. 4 hitter,” starting pitcher Ivan Nova said after he went the distance in a 9-1 waxing of the Miami Marlins. “A lot of times you get surprised. While he was hitting second, you're thinking and knowing, the type of hitter that he is — you're only thinking as a player, they have another way to think. But today, I think it was first time hit in fourth, and he showed.”

Moncada went 2-for-4 with the game’s biggest blow, a three-run homer in the fifth inning that blew things wide open. He drove in four runs on the night, and he flashed a potential glimpse of the future of this future-focused franchise.

Combining with Abreu, who went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three runs scored, Moncada showed what the middle of the order might look like for this team when rebuilding finally transitions to contending. That could come as soon as next year, and when you throw the currently injured Eloy Jimenez into that group, the White Sox could boast a fearsome 3-4-5 as soon as later this season.

“If someone is happy that we finally found a cleanup hitter, it’s me,” Abreu said through team interpreter Billy Russo. “Nothing that he does surprises me because I know all the talent he has. I know that he still can do more. He has been working hard. He’s a great baseball player with a lot of talent and I still think he can do more.

“What he did today is not a surprise for me. I still know he’s a great player and I think we’ve seen that throughout the whole season this year. He’s going to get better.”

Moncada has been sensational all season long, proving why the White Sox weren’t at all worried during his struggles in 2018. He owns a .304/.362/.530 slash line through these first 97 games, and his three-run blast Monday night gave him a new career high in that category after he smacked 17 a year ago. He’s six RBIs away from setting a new career high there, too. And even though he made a fielding error Monday that only briefly delayed Nova finishing off his complete-game effort, Moncada has been generally excellent at third base in his first season at that position as a big leaguer.

But putting Moncada in a run-producing spot in the order is a new wrinkle for Renteria this season. Coming into Monday’s game, Moncada had spent 63 games as the team’s No. 2 hitter and just 26 everywhere else. According to the skipper, Moncada is good enough to hit anywhere, and that’s certainly true. His eventual everyday spot in the lineup might have more to do with the hitters around him than simply what he can do by himself.

But if Moncada keeps up the kind of offensive production he’s churned out this season, maybe sticking him right in the thick of the order is what's best for the White Sox — even if those lineups of the future include big bats like those swung by Abreu, Jimenez, Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn.

“For me, it's an advantage to hit in the cleanup spot having (Abreu) ahead of me,” Moncada said through Russo. “That way, you can see how the pitchers are attacking him, and you have a better idea, in those situations when you need to produce, how the pitchers are doing it. Even though he's a right-handed hitter and I hit from both sides of the plate, it's good. It's something that gives you a better idea of how the pitchers are doing, how their pitches are working.”

“He had a nice game,” Renteria said. “He can hit anywhere in the middle and the top of the order. I wish I could say I'm really a genius, but I'm not. He's got that talent. He's able to take advantage of it and today he had a nice day. He made everybody look good.”

It would make sense to see Moncada batting fourth again as this first homestand of the second half and the 2019 season roll on, but that’s up to Renteria, who has his reasons for every permutation to his lineups.

Of course, if Abreu gets ahold of Renteria's lineup card and starts writing out the batting orders, we’ll know where Moncada will be slotted.

“If I would have that decision,” Abreu said, “I would put him in the cleanup spot for the rest of the season.”

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