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What should the Sox do with Viciedo, Dunn?

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What should the Sox do with Viciedo, Dunn?

In his last four games, Dayan Viciedo is 8-16 with three home runs and only one strikeout. That doesn't sound like someone you want to bench for a few games, right?

The Sox might have to do just that, though, when they head to Wrigley Field to face the Cubs this weekend. Adam Dunn appears slated to play left field against right-handed starters on Friday and Saturday, which makes sense given the Sox can't afford to take his bat out of the lineup at this point.

Of course, one torrid stretch doesn't mean Viciedo will continue to hit the daylights out of the ball going forward (the ol' slumpsstreaks aren't predictive theory). But things are finally going Viciedo's way after he looked lost for the previous 20 or so games. If he's feeling locked in, keeping him in the lineup could keep him that way.

But the only option the White Sox have to keep Viciedo in the lineup is move him to third base for a few games. That's been brought up a few times in the last couple days, which is an interesting narrative. And given Brent Morel hasn't shown any signs of life recently (.337 OPS in May), benching him in favor of Viciedo, a former third baseman, has been broached as a strategy for interleague play.

But Viciedo hasn't played third base since 2010 in the minor leagues, and when he was at the hot corner he wasn't good. Given he's previously brought his defensive struggles with him to the plate, two games at third base could stop this streak just as effectively as having him sit on the bench Friday and Saturday.

Robin Ventura intimated this week that Viciedo probably won't reprise his role as a third baseman for interleague play, too, so that likely closes the book on that. It stinks for Viciedo and the White Sox lineup, but it's probably for the best.

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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