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Teahen tees off as White Sox double up Detroit

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Teahen tees off as White Sox double up Detroit

Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010
Updated 12:16 AM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

As it turned out, Friday the 13th was the luckiest of days for Mark Teahen.

The White Sox super-utilityman, reactivated on Friday and immediately slotted in right field for the first time this season, paced an 8-4 Chicago win with a 2-for-4 night. Teahen jump-started a four-run rally with a single to right in the fifth inning and clocked a stratospheric homer to right-center in the sixth.

I felt great, Teahen said. It was a long time coming, so I wanted to come back and help out right away.

He was swinging the bat very well in Charlotte, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. When you come back, you can be feeling your way and playing a little cautious, so in light of that he had a great game. His success gives the ballclub a lot of flexibility.

Teahen rejoined the team after almost 10 weeks on the disabled list with a fractured right middle finger. In 11 rehabilitation games with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, Teahen hit .364 while playing third base, right field and DH; while in 45 games at first, third and DH earlier in the season with the White Sox, Teahen hit .255 and struggled defensively.

The game suffered a one-hour, 22-minute rain delay that began with one out in the seventh inning, mere minutes after Chicago starter Mark Buehrle had left the game. The southpaw threw an inefficient 100 pitches, but they were good enough to earn the veteran his 11th win on the season. Buehrle is now 5-0 with a 2.47 ERA over his last eight games.

Marks been really good for us, second baseman Gordon Beckham said. It seems like hes been that way for us for the last two months.

After the rain delay, Sergio Santos completed a scoreless two-thirds of an inning in relief with, oh, a mere 81-minute gap between pitches.

Guillen explained that he only let Santos return to the game after he talked the situation over with the rookie, as well as pitching coach Don Cooper. Santos now has 11 straight appearances without allowing a run and 15 without an earned run. His ERA has dropped to a ridiculous 1.42 and Santos has struck out 9.24 batters per nine innings.

It was Beckham who provided the biggest and most decisive blast of the game with a three-run, opposite-field clout in the fifth, putting the White Sox up 4-0. In the bottom of the seventh, Beckham and Juan Pierre hit back-to-back triples, both of which could have been stand-up, marking the first time in nearly nine years the White Sox belted consecutive triples in one game. On the former, Beckham displayed a fifth gear so hot he dried the infield dirt around second base as he made his turn.

I needed oxygen, Beckham said of his triple. It felt like more than a double, but not quite a home run. I felt I had to get to third.

Beckham is swinging at strikes, Guillen said of his scintillating second baseman, whos hitting .379 with 16 extra-base hits in his past 28 games. Early in the season, he was missing a lot of pitches, and now hes making contact and driving the ball.

Brandon Inge continued his terrorization of White Sox pitching with a solo shot in the eighth inning off of Chicago reliever Matt Thorntona blow that snapped the leftys 22-game scoreless appearance streak. Alexei Ramirez answered the blast with a home run to nearly the same spot in left-center in the bottom of the stanza.

With Minnesotas win over the Oakland As, the Twins remain one game ahead of the White Sox for first place in the A.L. Central.

Merely being able to include a paragraph like the one above in an August game story is new for Teahen, who had played all his previous Augusts with the routine also-rans, the Kansas City Royals. Thus the fairly famous owner of a pooch named Espy Teahen is brand-new to dog days play.

Theres a huge difference with the White Sox. Im used to being out of contention at this point, Teahen said. Its fun for me to be back on the field with a legitimate shot to make a run for the playoffs.

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

Reported promotion of Zack Collins adds another piece to White Sox rebuilding puzzle

Reported promotion of Zack Collins adds another piece to White Sox rebuilding puzzle

The White Sox rebuilding puzzle is getting closer to completion.

Zack Collins is reportedly en route to the major leagues, according to a report from Miami talk-show host Andy Slater. That adds another one of the White Sox highly rated prospects to the growing list of them at the big league level as the franchise’s contention window looks set to open relatively soon.


Collins was the team’s first-round draft pick in 2016, selected with the No. 10 pick that year out of the University of Miami. Currently ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the farm system, he’s always been praised for his offensive abilities. Last season at Double-A Birmingham, he finished the year with a .382 on-base percentage and launched 15 homers, also winning the Home Run Derby at the Southern League All-Star Game.

In 48 games with Triple-A Charlotte this season, Collins owns a .258/.382/.497 slash line with nine homers, nine doubles, 38 RBIs and 35 walks.

Collins has been lauded as a big bat, but there have been questions about other parts of his game as he’s risen through the system. From the day he was drafted, there were questions about his defensive ability, leading to speculation that he might one day end up at a position besides catcher. He’s also racked up the strikeouts in the minors, with 396 of them in 322 games over his four minor league seasons.

But the White Sox haven’t wavered in their confidence that Collins can be a big league catcher, and it looks like that’s the position he’ll fill should the White Sox call him up before the start of next week’s Crosstown series with the Cubs. Welington Castillo was removed from Sunday’s loss to the New York Yankees with back tightness. The team said Castillo will be reevaluated on Monday. With this report of Collins’ promotion, it looks like Castillo could be headed to the injured list.

Another top prospect reaching the majors adds another tangible example of rebuilding progress. Fans have been clamoring for the promotions of Dylan Cease and Luis Robert all season long, and while Collins might be a little further down in the rankings than those two, this should still please fans who, even in a season filled with positives, want to see a more rapid advancement toward the rebuild’s ultimate goal.

Collins will perhaps benefit from a lack of pressure, what with James McCann in the midst of a potentially All-Star season as the White Sox primary catcher. The White Sox could perhaps continue to lean on McCann, allowing Collins to ease into the major leagues.

But just like Michael Kopech last August and Eloy Jimenez in March, Collins’ mere arrival is a step forward in this process, one that should please fans immensely.

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Yoan Moncada continues battle with back issues

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Yoan Moncada continues battle with back issues

Yoan Moncada's battle with his back issues might not be as over as we thought.

The third baseman made his return to the White Sox starting lineup Sunday following a four-game layoff due to a mild back strain. But his return didn't last long. After a fourth-inning strikeout in his second plate appearance of the 10-3 loss to the visiting New York Yankees, Moncada was removed from the game with what the team announced as upper back tightness.

Moncada is described as day to day. The White Sox have an off day Monday ahead of the start of a two-game Crosstown series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

"He's doing good. I think I'm not the only one who noticed his grimace in the swing. It made no sense to continue to expose him to that," manager Rick Renteria said after Sunday's game. "All indications are he should be ready to go on Tuesday.

"Didn't seem to put him in any predicament. Hopefully it didn't set him back. All indications are that hopefully he'll be back on Tuesday."

Moncada was removed from Monday's game against the Washington Nationals with what was initially described as back spasms. Renteria updated the verbiage to a back strain in the following days. Moncada missed Tuesday's game against the Nationals, went through a Wednesday off day and then missed the first three games of the four-game weekend set with the Yankees. His return lasted all of four innings Sunday before he was taken out again.

"Just watching the swing, watching the finish, which is what I was concerned with, getting through the ball. He's ready to get through the ball, it's just the finish. He's feeling a little something there," Renteria said. "You can't replicate it in any drill work. We've tried to do it. Everything he did was good. All the work he did was good.

"Everything we tried to do to replicate it, it wasn't existent until you get into the game, then you know. That's why I think it was a good — I don't know if you want to call it a test, but it was a test. We wanted to see where he was at. Didn't make any sense to continue to push him. Get him ready and calm it down and get him ready for the series against the North Siders."

Moncada wasn't the only White Sox hitter removed from Sunday's game. Welington Castillo, who was the designated hitter, was taken out with what the team announced as lower back tightness. Renteria confirmed after the game that Castillo's injury came on his swing in the second inning, a line drive off the center-field wall that ended up as only a single. Castillo will be reevaluated during the off day Monday.

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