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White Sox set first pitching lineup of the spring

White Sox set first pitching lineup of the spring

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
Posted 6:54 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

Heres a look at who will throw for the Chicago White Sox in their first four exhibitions, from February 28-March 3.

The first spring hurler for the Chisox will be Gavin Floyd, who starts Mondays opener at Camelback Ranch vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers, followed by long-relief wannabe Lucas Harrell, early eye-raiser Miguel Socolovich, Jeff Gray, long reliever Tony Pena, Brandon Hynick, lefty specialist Will Ohman, Gregory Infante, and Jhonny Nunez.

On March 1, Mark Buehrle starts vs. the Milwaukee Brewers, followed by waiver pickup Phil Humber, aspiring closers Matt Thornton and Sergio Santos, Josh Kinney, rookie phenom Chris Sale, and free agent fireballer Jesse Crain.

On Wednesday, Edwin Jackson gets the call at Goodyear, Ariz., vs. the Cincinnati Reds. Brian Bruney, Freddy Dolsi, Kyle Cofield, Kyle Bellamy, Anthony Carter, and Nate Jones following.

John Danks starts the March 3 game vs. the Seattle Mariners, with only Ohman and Socolovich on the schedule as relievers.

Jake Peavy is tentatively scheduled to fill the No. 5 slot by starting the fifth exhibition game, at the Los Angeles Angels.

On Sunday, Feb. 27, the White Sox will have an intersquad game, with scheduled pitchers Cofield, Dolsi, Jones, Carter, Bellamy and Charlie Leesman all scheduled to throw two innings.

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

Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen isn’t done ragging on Nick Swisher. Guillen took another shot at the former White Sox outfielder while telling a story on White Sox Postgame Live Tuesday night.

When giving an example of why he loves Juan Uribe so much, Guillen decided to tell a story of an interaction between Swisher and Uribe on “Nick Swisher bobblehead night” at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“(Swisher) comes to Uribe and says, ‘Hey Juan, look at what I got!’” Guillen said while pretending to hold a bobblehead. “And Juan said, ‘Ya, you seen outside? I’ve got a statue. I’ve got it hitting, catching the ball when we won the World Series. You don’t.’ How about that one?”

Uribe was critical in the White Sox World Series championship, including recording the final two outs of Game 4. One of those outs-- his grab made while falling into the stands-- is the catch that has been enshrined outside Guaranteed Rate Field.

Nick Swisher only played one season in Chicago, and slashed .219/.332/.410 with a -1.4 dWAR.

Apparently that one season made quite the impression on Guillen, as he declared last week, “I hate Nick Swisher with my heart.”


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Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Whatever Dallas Keuchel said after Monday night’s uninspiring loss to the Tigers really worked. Or maybe the return of Tim Anderson and Edwin Encarnacion to the lineup gave the Sox the spark they needed? Or maybe it was a little bit of both?

Whatever the reason, the White Sox offense finally broke out of its collective slump in Tuesday’s 8-4 win against Detroit.

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Leading the charge was Eloy Jiménez, who busted out of a slump of his own by going 2-4 with a homer and four RBI. He had previously been 1-23 dating back to Aug. 5, and used a simple approach to break through.

“I was in a slump, and I feel like I was seeing the ball good, but I wasn’t hitting it to the right spot,” Jiménez said through interpreter Billy Russo. “(I was) swinging at some balls a little bit out of the zone. Now I’m just trying to see the ball and hit it where there’s no people.”

That’s always a good idea.

But when asked for his thoughts on Jiménez’s day, Rick Renteria provided a bit more of a nuanced assessment.

“Consistency, there’s no secret to it,” Renteria said. “Solid approaches working both lefties and righties… faced some righties today and was able to stay in on them. The two-strike ball down the right field line to tack on another run, I mean he had some really good at-bats today.”

Zooming back out, this is the type of offensive output the White Sox envisioned when they built this team last winter. Tim Anderson setting the table, Jiménez and Encarnacion hitting bombs, and Abreu and Moncada driving in more runs with timely hitting.

“The entire lineup looked great,” said starter Gio Gonzalez. “Everyone looked aggressive going out there. Plays were being made around the horn, guys were doing their job hitting the ball, moving runners over. It just looked like a White Sox win today.”

“Today we felt really good,” Jiménez said. “We took care of business and you see what happened.”

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