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Ozzie gets the boot; Sox stymied by Colon

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Ozzie gets the boot; Sox stymied by Colon

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Posted: 8:27 p.m. Updated: 9:49 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

NEW YORKChicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, never one to pass up an opportunity for a joke, mocked his former starter before Wednesdays game, turning a question about a pitchers duel into a crack on the portly hurler.

Bartolo Colon showed up today? Guillen asked. You guys are very lucky. I thought Bartolo never showed up to the ballpark.

Guillen was referring to Colons misbegotten 2009 season on the South Side, when Colon was out of shape and injured, eventually disappearing from the clubhouse completely and leaving no forwarding address.

Well, Colon had the last laugh in an eight-inning effort that sparked a 3-1 win for his New York Yankees. The righthander fired fastball after fastball in the mid 90s-plus, holding the White Sox to seven scattered hits, striking out six and walking one.

Thats the best Ive seen him throw, velocity-wise, movement, White Sox starter Mark Buehrle said. Hes always had that movement, but velocity-wise, seeing some sinkers hes throwing that were pretty much unhittable pitcheswe are obviously going out there battling, but thats the best Ive seen him throw. Of the last couple of years he was in the big leagues and so far this year, thats the best hes thrown.

Colon was amazing, Guillen raved. Colon was, wow. I thought Don Cooper was a pretty good pitching coach. I dont remember seeing Colon throwing that good since Cleveland or when he was pitching in Anaheim. I had a very good opportunity to watch the game on TV and it was amazing how that ball had a lot of movement. Buehrle pitched very good, but Colon pitched better. I tip my hat to him. I feel proud of him.

Guillen, as he acknowledged, wasnt around to appreciate Colons masterpiecefrom the dugout, at least. In the first inning, with Carlos Quentin on second after his team-record 13th double of April, Paul Konerko was punched out on strikes to conclude a controversial sequenceand one that would end Guillens night early.

At 1-2, Colon threw a ball to Konerko that had the Yankees up in arms. Guillen advised home plate umpire Todd Tichenor not to be intimidated by the home howlers.

When the next pitch, a fastball a shade south of the knees, erased the Captain, both player and manager got hot.

Tichenor didnt hear what I said when I was shouting from the dugout, Guillen explained. He was upset and I was upset and everything blow up. Thats it. I said something in the dugout, and then as soon as I went out on the field, he ejected me When he approached me and I said what I had to say, he ejected me. He was right to eject me, but he didnt hear what I was saying.

According to those in the White Sox dugout, Tichenor told Guillen not to step onto the field, and when Guillen didclearly wanting to speak his piece privately to the umpirehe was ejected.

I was kind of laughing, because I was doing some warmup pitches and Tichenor gets down to see warmup pitches and Guillens right there, Buehrle smiled. I didnt know if I wanted to throw another pitch or not. I dont really know what happened. The next thing I knew, Guillen was thrown out and was going at him, but thats part of the game.

Crew Chief Gerry Davis, manning first base and eventually intervening in the very heated argument at home plate, told a pool reporter that Guillen was ejected for profanity directed at an umpire while arguing balls and strikes. Interestingly, Davis contradicted Guillens claims of being ignored, saying that Tichenor told him that hed heard what Guillen said from the dugout.

Guillens only impatience of the postgame came when asked about his tweets, as the manager sent two messages from the clubhouse after his ejection. The first, some 13 minutes into the game, read, This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic. Guillens follow-up came six minutes later, in apparent reference to Tichenor: Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium.

When asked about his tweets postgame, Guillen snapped, either angry at himself for causing a sideshowall of baseball was re-tweeting Guillens rageor reprimanded internally for stirring the pot post-ejection.

Im not worried about that, Guillen spat. Lets talk about f------ baseball. F--- tweeting.

There was a game still ongoing, although it was over early, as a three-run bomb from Robinson Cano off of Buehrle in the first was the only support Colon would need for the win. The lefthander, who has scuffled more than any other White Sox starter out of the box, acquitted himself well with seven innings, six hits, three earned runs, and five strikeouts against two walks.

Quentin provided the only offense for Chicago, going 3-3, scoring the clubs only run, and reaching base all four times at-bat. The rest of his White Sox teammates reached base just five times total.

The anemic offensive effortjust one in a line of flat results against not just opposing aces but the supposed hittables of the league, like Brad Penny and Colon himselfwas nothing new. Chicago has now failed to plate more than three runs in 11 of its last 14 games.

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

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel frustrated with White Sox' effort in loss to Tigers

Dallas Keuchel took his teammates to task after Monday’s uninspiring 5-1 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox arrived in Detroit in the wee hours Monday morning after losing a hard-fought, extra innings, rain-delayed game vs. the Indians on Sunday, and Keuchel says the team let that carry over into Monday’s game.

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“I would’ve liked to see the team play better tonight,” Keuchel said. “We just came out flat, and I feel like we stayed flat the whole game.

“We’ve got some guys coming out and taking professional at-bats, being professional on the mound, and doing what it takes to win, and we’ve got some guys kinda going through the motions. So, we need to clean a lot of things up.

“If we wanna be in this thing at the end of the season, we’re going to have to start that now. When you have enough talent to potentially win every game it’s very frustrating when you have games like this and it just seems like we were out of it from the get go... Today was one of the first games I've seen subpar play from everybody."

While that is obviously not the assessment fans want to hear from one of the top free agents the White Sox brought in this season, it’s that leadership that the team coveted so much from Keuchel in the first place. Leading is easy during a hot streak, but it’s more important during losing skids. Keuchel seems to understand that’s what the White Sox need as they try to transition from rebuilding team to playoff contenders.

“There’s going to be a lot of learning curves for this team, just because of the process that this team has been under for the last two or three years, and this is one of them. We faced a challenge tonight and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and strap it up and play some White Sox baseball.”

Tuesday’s expected return of Tim Anderson, whose energy has been noticeably missing since he suffered a groin strain on July 31, should help the team regain that spark. As one of the Sox’ most consistent hitters he should also help the sluggish offense, which has only mustered 11 runs over the last six games.

“We have a great opportunity these next couple of games to get some wins and keep moving the wagons forward,” Keuchel said. “As frustrating as it is tonight, we could very well easily come out tomorrow and play like we’re supposed to and then win the series on Wednesday.”


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Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

Detroit Tigers' C.J. Cron hit by ball, needs to be helped off field

A scary scene unfolded during the 4th inning of Monday’s series opener between the White Sox and Tigers.

C.J. Cron needed to be helped off the field after he got hit by a sharp ground ball while fielding at first base.

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Cron lay on the ground for several minutes after the play and limped off the field with the help of Tigers staff.

Amazingly, pitcher Daniel Norris was able to corral the ball and tag out Danny Mendick to end the inning.

Cron has been one of the Tigers’ best power hitters, tied for the team league with four home runs.


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