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Thome has recently battled a number of nagging injuries. "I got those back spasms there in Kansas City and my (right) wrist, I have been battling that a little bit, but that's just part of playing and going through a long season," Thome said.
Dye left the Chicago White Sox's game on Monday after being hit by a pitch in the calf by Kansas City Royals starter Mark Redman. Dye was 1-for-1 in the game. Manager Ozzie Guillen said he expects Dye to return on Wednesday.
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Uribe will be out of the Chicago White Sox's lineup at least until Thursday. He has missed four games already, and the team is considering moving him to the disabled list.
Uribe missed his second straight game on Monday with a stiff lower back. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said if the problem persists, he may be put on the disabled list, but he expects Uribe to be ready on Tuesday when the team opens a series against the New York Yankees.
Thome has been productive since returning to the lineup on Friday after missing four games because of tendinitis in his right wrist and back spasms. Thome went 6-for-10 with five RBIs, three runs scored and four walks over the weekend.
Vazquez struck out a season-high 13 in eight innings of the Chicago White Sox's 7-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday. Vazquez finished one strikeout shy of his career high set Aug. 3, 2003 against the Chicago Cubs. He allowed one run, two hits and also walked two batters in winning his first start since July 6.
Garland got his eighth straight win Friday, outpitching Toronto Blue Jays starter Roy Halladay in the Chicago White Sox 6-4 win Friday. Garland allowed three runs including one homer and eight hits in six innings for his eighth win since June 13.
Crede left Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with back stiffness. The Chicago White Sox third baseman was replaced by Pablo Ozuna to start the bottom of the fourth inning.
Thome did not play in Chicago's game on Tuesday because of back spasms. He hasn't played since Saturday because of soreness in his right wrist. Manager Ozzie Guillen said that while Thome could be back on Wednesday, with the team having an off day on Thursday, he might hold back the slugger until Friday.
Thome missed his second consecutive game on Monday with a sore right wrist. He received a short of cortisone to alleviate what the team says is tendinitis. White Sox trainer Herm Schneider said he would probably return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Nomo was released by the Chicago White Sox's Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, on June 7 and underwent right elbow surgery, is looking to make a comeback next season. The 37-year-old right-hander has not been on a major league roster since 2005 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays when he went 5-8 with a 7.24 ERA in 19 starts.
The White Sox acquired Alomar from the Dodgers for minor-league pitcher B.J. LaMura on Sunday. Alomar has a .274 batting average, 111 home runs and 580 RBIs in his career.
The White Sox acquired MacDougal from the Kansas City Royals on Monday for minor league pitchers Tyler Lumsden and Daniel Cortes.
Konerko homered twice and drove in four runs in the White Sox's 7-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday.
The Royals activated closer Mike MacDougal from the 60-day disabled list Thursday. The 29-year-old Kansas City right-hander has not pitched this season after straining his right shoulder during spring training. He was 21-for-25 in save situations last season.
Iguchi hit a bases-loaded single to give the White Sox a 6-5 win over Boston in 19 innings on Sunday, ending the 6-hour, 19-minute game. The Chicago second baseman was 2-for-7 in the game with a homer and two RBIs. The contest was the White Sox's longest since May 1991 against Milwaukee.
Thome hit two home runs and tied his career high with six RBIs in Thursday's 11-8 victory over the Orioles. The White Sox designated hitter had a grand slam in the third inning and a two-run shot in the fifth. He is tied with Boston's David Ortiz for the American League lead with 29 homers.
Pierzynski won the final spot on the AL All-Star team on Thursday by winning the fan vote. The White Sox catcher is hitting .325 with six home runs and 29 RBIs this season. He was also an All-Star in 2002, while with the Minnesota Twins. Pierzynski is one of seven White Sox players on the AL team, which will be coached by Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen.
Contreras won his 17th straight decision on Tuesday, pitching 6 2-3 scoreless innings in a 13-0 win over Baltimore. The White Sox right-hander allowed six hits and no walks while striking out three. His last regular-season defeat was Aug. 15 to Minnesota, and he is unbeaten in 23 starts since then, posting a 2.86 ERA in that span.
Chicago's Thome was selected to his fifth All-Star team on Sunday, as a reserve first baseman for the American League. Thome is batting .292 with 27 homers and 68 RBIs this season.
Chicago's Dye was selected to his second All-Star team on Sunday, as a reserve outfielder for the American League. Dye is batting .311 with 20 homers and 57 RBIs this season.
Chicago's Paul Konerko was selected to his third All-Star team on Sunday, as a reserve first baseman for the American League. Konerko is batting .314 with 20 homers and 63 RBIs this season.
Chicago's Buehrle was selected to his third All-Star team on Sunday as a starting pitcher for the American League. Buehrle is 9-5 with a 3.86 ERA this season.
Chicago's Contreras was selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday as a starting pitcher for the American League. Contreras is 8-0 with a 3.54 ERA this season.
Chicago's Jenks was selected to his first All-Star team on Sunday as a relief pitcher for the American League. Jenks is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 25 saves this season.
Uribe went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs in the White Sox's 6-2 win over the Cubs on Friday.
Politte returned to the White Sox on Thursday following a minor league rehabilitation assignment. The right-handed reliever has been suffering from right shoulder inflammation. In 24 appearances this season, Politte is 1-2 with a 7.48 ERA. He's allowed 18 earned runs in 21 2-3 innings.
Montero was sent back to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday after pitching one scoreless inning in Chicago's 4-3 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. His spot was taken by Cliff Politte who was returning from a minor league rehabilitation assignment.
Crede went 4-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs as the White Sox blew out the Cardinals 20-6 on Tuesday. The third baseman was the catalyst for Chicago's 11-run, 12-hit third inning that blew the game wide open, with two hits and his first home run.
Garland hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning of the Chicago White Sox's 8-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds. It was the first home run by a White Sox pitcher since Steve Kealey on Sept. 6, 1971.
Contreras won his 15th straight decision on Monday, tying the franchise record for consecutive wins set by LaMarr Hoyt (1983-84) and Wilson Alvarez (1993-94). Contreras hasn't lost in the regular season since last Aug. 15. The White Sox right-hander allowed three runs and six hits against the Texas Rangers while striking out a career-high 11.
Thome is expected to play on Tuesday when the Chicago White Sox open a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. He has missed three consecutive games because of a strained groin. The White Sox's designated hitter is hitting .295 with 20 home runs this season.
Thome was scratched from the White Sox's lineup on Friday against the Rangers with a strain in his left quad/adductor area. Thome had felt discomfort in his last at-bat on Thursday. Manager Ozzie Guillen expects Thome to return on Saturday, but he'll be re-evaluated before the contest.
Konerko was out of the White Sox lineup on Thursday. Chicago's first baseman is in a 5-for-26 slump."Sometimes mentally you need a day off," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think it's a good time for him to relax a little bit. It's a long season."
The Chicago White Sox recalled Nelson from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. The 39-year-old veteran relief pitcher agreed to a minor league contract with the White Sox on May 2 after being released by the St. Louis Cardinals on March 29.
Pierzynski was 2-for-3 on Sunday after being ejected from Saturday's game against the Chicago Cubs. The White Sox catcher crashed into Michael Barrett trying to score on a sacrifice fly. As he stood up and tried to walk around Barett, Pierzynski was punched in the jaw."I'm sorry it happened, but at the same time, it was kind of a cheap shot," Pierzynski said.
Anderson did not play on Sunday against the Chicago Cubs after being ejected on Saturday for his role in a fight between the Cubs and Chicago White Sox. "I really can't explain my actions. I was getting caught up trying to stick up for my teammate," Anderson said
Iguchi had the first multihomer game of his career and had a career-high six RBIs in the White Sox' 7-0 victory over the Cubs on Saturday.
Logan was sent back to Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday after the White Sox activated Jose Contreras from the 15-day disabled list. Logan was 0-0 with a 5.68 ERA in 12 appearances as a relief pitcher.
As anticipated, Contreras will return to the White Sox's rotation Sunday to face the Chicago Cubs in their weekend interleague series. He is expected to be activated from the disabled list after throwing 98 pitches during a bullpen session Thursday. Contreras went on the DL May 9 with a pinched nerve in his right leg. He is 5-0 with a 1.41 ERA.
Garcia won his sixth straight decision on Monday against the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox pitcher went 6 2-3 innings, giving up three runs and seven hits, including a home run.
On Monday afternoon, Podesednik hit his first home run since Game 2 of the World Series. The White Sox left fielder started the season batting .079, but after a 6-for-13 series against the Kansas City Royals from April 17-19, seems to have turned things around and is currently hitting .300. He was 3-for-4 on Monday against the Minnesota Twins.
The Chicago White Sox placed Contreras on the 15-day disabled list late Tuesday with a pinched nerve in his right leg. The right-hander will miss at least two starts. The White Sox hope to have him back for their three-game series against the crosstown rival Cubs beginning May 19.
Contreras may be headed for the disabled list, according to the Chicago Tribune. The White Sox's ace, who is 5-0 this season and has won 13 consecutive decisions, is bothered by lower back and hip pain that surfaced during a recent bullpen session between starts. Chicago general manager Ken Williams told the Tribune that a decision regarding a DL stint for Contreras will be made Tuesday.
Contreras won his 13th straight decision Thursday, dating to last season, as he improved to 5-0 in a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The White Sox's right-hander became the American League's first five-game winner by allowing just one run, four hits and three walks over 7 1/3 innings. The only run he allowed came in the sixth when he walked three, including Adrian Beltre with the bases loaded. Contreras retired 14 in a row before getting into trouble.
Nelson, who pitched effectively in spring training but was cut by the St. Louis Cardinals, signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox Tuesday. The 39-year-old right-hander has been assigned to extended spring training in Tucson, Ariz. He was 1-3 with a 3.93 ERA and one save in 49 appearances last season for Seattle.
Dye, who sat out Monday's win with a sore left calf, returned to the White Sox's lineup Tuesday but left in the third inning after reaggravating the injury. Chicago's right fielder is day-to-day. He walked in his only plate appearance in a 7-1 loss to Cleveland Tuesday.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Hermanson won't be returning anytime soon to the Chicago White Sox. The right-handed reliever still hasn't thrown off a mound this spring while rehabbing from a back ailment that limited him in the second half of last season. He's in extended spring training working out, doing drills, rehabbing his back and playing catch.
Thome hit a three-run homer in Chicago's 9-2 win over Minnesota on Saturday night, tying the franchise record for home runs in April. Frank Thomas hit nine in 1996, the number Thome equaled Saturday.
Konerko hit two home runs in Chicago's 4-2 win over Toronto on Saturday, after homering once on Friday.
Thome homered for the fourth straight game in the White Sox's 13-9 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. The victory completed Chicago's three-game sweep of the series.
Contreras tossed eight innings of one-run ball in the White Sox's 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Dye returned to the Chicago lineup on Sunday after missing two games with a strained left calf. The right fielder left Wednesday's loss to Cleveland with the injury but should be healed by now.
Dye left after the first inning of the White Sox's loss to Cleveland Wednesday with a left calf strain. The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago's right fielder will received treatment on the calf Thursday before the team leaves for Kansas City to begin a six-game road trip. Dye's status for Friday night's game against the Royals is uncertain.
Thome enjoyed a noteworthy debut for the Chicago White Sox on Monday. The designated hitter drove his 431st career homer 431 feet, deep into the right-fielder bleachers of his new home park, and made the first curtain call of his team's season after his long home run. The two-run shot in the fourth inning came in his first game against his old team, the Cleveland Indians, who he left as a free agent after the 2002 season.
Dye singled three times and drew a walk in four trips Monday in Chicago's 10-4 opening day win over Cleveland. He also stole a base, scored a run and drove in one as part of his perfect day at the plate.
McCarthy, a promising right-hander who would be a starter in most big league rotations, worked three perfect innings in relief to pick up the "W" in the White Sox's 10-4 season-opening win over Cleveland. He fanned two in relief of starter Mark Buehrle.
Contreras agreed to a three-year, $29 million contract extension on Saturday. The White Sox right hander was 15-7 with a 3.61 ERA last season and had a 3-1 record in the postseason that helped his team win its first World Series title since 1917. Contreras will earn $9 million in 2007 and $10 million in 2008 and 2009 under the extension.
The St. Louis Cardinals have released Nelson. The long-time setup man, who signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals in January, worked 5.2 scoreless innings this spring.
Podsednik has been bothered by a left groin strain, and the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the injury may keep the White Sox's left fielder from playing in the season opener Sunday night against Cleveland. Manager Ozzie Guillen has Pablo Ozuna and Rob Mackowiak as options in left, so the manager isn't inclined to rush Podsednik back into action. "I'd rather lose him for a couple of days, not 15 to 20 days," Guillen told the Tribune.
Hard-throwing right-hander Bobby Jenks assumed closer duties over the second half of the Chicago White Sox's championship season a year ago, but he has struggled with command this spring. He's struggled enough that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has told The Daily Herald that Cotts could work ninth innings to open the season if Jenks doesn't start throwing strikes and hitting his spots more effectively.
Jenks, a rookie who assumed closer duties during the Chicago White Sox's championship run last season, hasn't been the same pitcher this spring. He's been roughed up in a number of outings, allowing nine hits, eight walks and seven runs in eight appearances. He has a 7.88 ERA over eight innings.
It's increasingly likely that Hermanson will begin the new season on the disabled list because of his sore back. The White Sox's reliever hasn't pitched in a game since March 12, and he's only been able to throw on the side since then. The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Hermanson will have the second of three epidurals administered on Tuesday.
Podsednik, who has been slowed by a sore left shoulder this spring, returned to action in a minor league game on Monday. The White Sox's left fielder went 1-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base, according to the Chicago Daily Herald. "The shoulder felt great, so it was a good day," Podsednik told the newspaper. It was his first game action since March 6.
Thome is day-to-day with a left hamstring injury he suffered while running out a double in Saturday's game for the White Sox.
Royals closer MacDougal will miss at least six weeks because of a strained terres major muscle under his right shoulder. He won't throw for four weeks.
Contreras is expected to return to the mound next Saturday after experiencing no pain in his arm while playing catch on March 18. He will throw bullpen sessions on Monday and Wednesday. Contreras is experiencing lower tricep stiffness.
Hermanson, who has been bothered once again by lower back pain this spring, received an epidural injection Tuesday to ease the discomfort. The White Sox's reliever, whose back was a problem for much of 2005, could resume throwing later this week if the pain subsides.
Podsednik, who has been slowed by a sore left shoulder, had a second MRI exam on Monday. The White Sox's outfielder will visit with a specialist Wednesday, though the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Unless a significant injury is identified, it's possible Podsednik will return to game action for the first time since March 6 later this week. Results of both examinations are expected on Wednesday.
Hermanson's back will cause him to miss extended time during the spring. He left the seventh inning of Chicago's game Sunday because of pain in his lower back, an injury that Hermanson endured last season.
For the fifth straight season, Buehrle will get the Opening Day start for the White Sox. The Chicago lefthander, who has worked at least 32 starts and 220 innings in each of the last five years, gets the nod after going 16-8 with a career-best 3.12 ERA in 33 outings in 2005. Chicago's opener is April 2 against Cleveland.
Grieve agreed to a minor league deal with the White Sox on Thursday, one more chance for the former AL Rookie of the Year. The outfielder appeared in 23 games for the Cubs last season, hitting .250 (5-for-20) with one RBI.
Cintron agreed to a $1.6 million, one-year deal with Arizona on Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration. The shortstop hit .273 with eight home runs and 48 RBIs in 2005.
Riske agreed to a $1.8 million, one-year deal with Cleveland on Monday, avoiding salary arbitration. The right-hander made 58 appearances last season for the Indians, going 3-4 with a 3.10 ERA and one save.
Crede agreed to a one-year, $2.675 million contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration. The 27-year-old third baseman hit .252 with a career-high 22 home runs and 62 RBIs in 129 games last season.
Nelson signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals on Monday. The 39-year-old has spent 14 years in the majors, pitching for the Mariners, Yankees and Rangers. He went 1-3 with a 3.93 ERA in 49 games with Seattle last season and is 48-44 with a 3.41 ERA in 792 career games.
Mackowiak agreed to a $5.3 million, two-year contract with the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter will receive $2.25 million in 2006 and $2.75 million in 2007 and the White Sox hold a 2008 option at $3.25 million with a $300,000 buyout. Mackowiak was traded from Pittsburgh to the White Sox Dec. 13 for reliever Damaso Marte.
Garland inked a three-year, $29 million contract to remain with the White Sox for 2006. The 26-year old All-Star went 18-10, 3.50 last year, with three shutouts, and added a complete-game victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the ALCS.
Pierzynski and the White Sox agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract Monday and avoided arbitration. The White Sox catcher will earn $4 million next season and $5.5 million in both 2007 and 2008. Pierzynski was eligible for free agency in 2006.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded Vazquez to the Chicago White Sox for right-handers Orlando Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino and outfield prospect Chris Young. The deal won't become official until players pass physicals, but Vazquez appears Chicago-bound after going 11-15 with a 4.42 ERA in 33 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2005.
Mackowiak was traded from Pittsburgh to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday for reliever Damaso Marte. Mackowiak hit a career-high .272 with nine home runs and 58 RBIs for the Pirates last season.
Konerko and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal to keep the first baseman on the South Side. The contract calls for him to receive $12 million annually. Chicago agreed to a limited no-trade clause that states he can't be dealt to six specified teams without his permission.
Thome was traded Friday to Chicago in exchange for center fielder Aaron Rowand. News of the trade was leaked Wednesday, but the deal wasn't official until the players passed physicals. Philadelphia also acquired minor league LHP Daniel Haigwood and a player to be named. Reportedly the Phillies gave the White Sox $22 million as part of the deal.
Ozuna will return to the Chicago White Sox in 2006. He agreed to a deal that will pay him $330,000 if he's in the minors and $500,000 if he makes the team. The 31-year-old Ozuna hit .276 with 14 steals in 70 games last season.
It appears Vazquez will be playing in a different uniform in 2006. The Arizona right-hander has filed a formal trade demand, as is his right by virtue of being dealt during a multiyear contract in January. The Diamondbacks have until March 15 to deal Vazquez, who was traded from New York to Arizona in the Randy Johnson deal. In 2005, Vazquez was 11-15 with a 4.42 ERA in 33 starts.
The White Sox elected to pick up the $1.2 million option on Politte for the 2006 season.
Dye, who had a two-out RBI single off closer Brad Lidge in the eighth inning of Wednesday's series-clinching 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros, was named the 2005 World Series Most Valuable Player. The White Sox' veteran outfielder had at least one hit in each contest of the four-game sweep, finishing 7-for-16 with a double, home run, three RBI and three runs scored.
Podsednik failed to homer in 568 plate appearances during the regular season, but his second dinger of the playoffs in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday night gave the Chicago White Sox a 7-6 walkoff victory in Game 2 of the World Series. He connected off Houston closer Brad Lidge with one out to break a 6-6 tie.
In going the distance for the win that put the Chicago White Sox into the 2005 World Series, Contreras executed the fourth straight complete-game victory over the Los Angeles Angels by Sox pitchers. Contreras, who allowed five hits and two walks in a 6-3 win, followed in the footsteps of teammates Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland and Freddy Garcia.
Buehrle went the distance and earned the "W" in the Chicago White Sox' Game 2 victory in the ALCS on Wednesday. The Sox' lefthander allowed just five hits and a run, and needed just 99 pitches to claim the 2-1 win over the Angels. Buehrle's fine effort was overshadowed by the controversial call that decided the game in the ninth inning.
Crede returned to the White Sox in Detroit, roughly 90 minutes before Thursday afternoon's tilt between the Sox and Tigers. The Sox' third baseman had gone home to Missouri Tuesday, when complications developed in his wife's pregnancy. He didn't start on Thursday, but he entered in the late innings and should be back in the lineup on Friday against Cleveland.
Crede left his White Sox teammates before Tuesday's game against Detroit, because of complications with his wife's pregnancy in Missouri. The White Sox have no idea when their third baseman will rejoin the team.
Despite two blown saves and a loss in his last three appearances, Jenks will remain the White Sox primary closer. Ozzie Guillen reiterated as much to the Chicago Tribune on Friday.
McCarthy turned his the longest outing of his young major league career, tossing eight strong innings -- and matching Minnesota ace Johan Santana -- in Thursday's meeting with the Twins. The White Sox' 22-year-old righthander allowed just one run on four hits, struck out four and walked one, but did not figure into the decision.
Crede hit two home runs on Tuesday, including a walkoff solo shot in the 10th inning against the Indians. He has been hot after returning from a fractured middle finger on his right hand on September 10. Since that date, Crede is hitting .413 (13-for-31) with three home runs and eight RBI in 10 games.
Hermanson has been saddled with a lower-back problem throughout the second half, which has led White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to go to Bobby Jenks for most of the team's recent save opportunities. On Monday, Guillen said that Jenks will be the primary ninth-inning guy against righthanders, and southpaw Damaso Marte could get the call against lefthanders.
Jenks has taken over most of the closer duties for the Chicago White Sox in September. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Monday that Dustin Hermanson's bad back has continued to be an issue, and Jenks will be the primary righthanded option in the ninth inning. Damaso Marte could get a save chance or two when a lefthander is needed in the final frame.
A week ago, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen hinted that McCarthy might move into the rotation after Chicago clinched a postseason berth. Now the promising righthander might go into the rotation to help secure a playoff spot. In two starts and two relief appearances since his recall on August 30, the 22-year-old McCarthy is 2-0 with a 1.16 ERA over 23.1 innings. He has blanked Texas and Boston in impressive road starts.
Cintron left Arizona's loss to Colorado Sunday in the fourth inning, after fouling a pitch off his kneecap. The utility infielder, subbing for starter Royce Clayton at short, lost feeling in the leg for about 10 minutes. He was replaced by Andy Green.
The White Sox activated Crede from the 15-day disabled list before Saturday's game against the Angels. Crede went on the DL August 26 with a hairline fracture of the middle finger on his right hand. The third baseman is hitting .232 with 16 home runs on the season.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen hinted Friday that the club may put McCarthy into the starting rotation once they have clinched a spot in the postseason. The pitcher has done quite well in his last two outings, holding opponents scoreless on just five hits in 14.2 innings.
Both his 12-game hitting streak and homer-hitting run came to a close on Thursday, as Konerko went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in the White Sox' 4-2 loss to Kansas City. Prior to Thursday, Chicago's first baseman had homered in four straight contests and had batted .409 during a 12-game hitting streak. For the season, he's a .279 hitter with 36 home runs and 89 RBI.
With a solo homer for the only run in Chicago's 1-0 win over Kansas City Wednesday, Konerko now has home runs in his last four contests. He's victimized pitchers from the Tigers, Red Sox and Royals over his four-game run, and the White Sox' first baseman has a 12-game hitting streak to boot. During his streak, he's 18-for-44 (.409) with three doubles, four homers, nine RBI and 12 runs scored.
Hermanson's back continues to be an issue, but the White Sox' closer has been able to pitch when needed. He's been aided by a Chicago rotation that has worked deep into games of late, and a conservative approach to his usage by manager Ozzie Guillen.
With a two-run single and a homer in Chicago's 6-5 win over Kansas City on Tuesday, Konerko not only has an 11-game hitting streak, but also a home run in three straight games. The White Sox' first baseman is a .405 hitter during his 11-game streak, and the streak includes three doubles, three homers, eight RBI and 11 runs scored.
Most of the swelling in Crede's fractured right index finger has subsided, and the White Sox' third baseman has been making throws across the diamond in batting practice. Look for Crede to be activated from the disabled list, possibly as soon as Saturday, when the White Sox host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
After a two-week stint with the White Sox in August, Anderson returned to Chicago Tuesday following his callup from Triple-A Charlotte. The promising outfield prospect was 5-for-24 (.208) with a double and two homers during his stay with the Sox. At Triple-A Charlotte, Anderson posted hitting percentages of .295/.360/.469 in 118 games, with 24 doubles, 16 home runs and 57 RBI.
After missing his Tuesday start with a nasty flu bug, Vazquez returns on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The Arizona righthander wasn't rushed into his next start because of a minor, though nagging, knee problem. The Diamondbacks recalled rookie starter Dustin Nippert over the weekend and will activate Shawn Estes from the disabled list later in the week. A larger rotation will allow the D-Backs to spread out Vazquez' outings down the stretch.
Garland, who had lost his last three decisions and hadn't won since August 7, claimed his 17th win of 2005 with a four-hit shutout of Detroit on Sunday. The White Sox righthander allowed one walk, hit a batter and struck out seven to jump his record to 17-8 with a 3.28 ERA in 27 starts.
For a second straight start in a row on Monday, McCarthy turned in a scoreless outing against an offensive juggernaut in a hitter-friendly ballpark. After limiting Texas to two hits over seven innings at home last Tuesday, the rookie righthander held Boston scoreless on three hits over seven frames at Fenway Park on Monday afternoon. He sparked the Chicago White Sox to a 5-3 victory.
McCarthy, who was recalled between games of the Chicago White Sox' doubleheader with Texas on Tuesday, worked 7.2 scoreless innings in Game 2 to claim his first major league victory. The 22-year-old righthander allowed just two hits and a walk en route to the 8-0 win. He improved to 1-1 with a 6.19 ERA in six big league starts.
Prior to their doubleheader against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox placed Crede on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, with a fractured right index finger. The White Sox' third baseman suffered the injury, a hairline fracture at the tip of the finger, while attempting to sacrifice in the 10th inning of Thursday's 2-1 win over Minnesota.
After a spectacular one-hitter in his last outing, Garcia was rocked by the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The righthander threw just 4.1 innings and gave up eight earned runs and 11 hits. He has now gone winless in his last five outings.
The Chicago White Sox activated Podsednik from the disabled list Monday. The White Sox' left fielder had been sidelined since August 12 with a strained left groin. The major leagues' stolen-base leader returns with a .282 average, .348 on-base percentage and 54 stolen bases in 99 games.
The Chicago White Sox on Monday activated starting left fielder Scott Podsednik from the disabled list and returned Anderson to Triple-A Charlotte. The top-flight outfield prospect was 5-for-24 (.208) in seven games with the Sox, though he had a double and a pair of home runs.
Hermanson was given the night off on Saturday, due to a sore lower back. Reliever Bobby Jenks was handed the ball to in the eighth inning, but was unable to finish the game when he got into trouble in the ninth. He had to have Damaso Marte finish the game for him. Hermanson will remain the team's primary closer.
After going just 2-for-13 over his first four career games, Brian Anderson busted out against the Mariners Friday night, hitting two home runs off 19-year-old phenom Felix Hernandez. Not only were the home runs the first career longballs of Anderson's career, but they were the first career homers given up by Hernandez.
After the Minnesota Twins rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth off White Sox closer Dustin Hermanson, Jenks came on in the tenth to set them down 1-2-3, including two strikeouts, to claim his first major league save.
Garcia pitched one of the better games in baseball this year on Tuesday, but still came up on the losing end in Chicago's 1-0 loss to the Twins. The righthander had a no-hitter through seven innings, but gave up a home run to Jacque Jones leading off the eighth inning. Garcia finished the game with his first career one-hitter, but still suffered the loss.
Out since August 17 with a strained back, Konerko returned to the lineup Sunday against Randy Johnson and the Yankees, and collected two hits, including the third of back-to-back-to-back home runs in a six-run fourth inning.
Konerko was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game Saturday after the White Sox first baseman strained his back during batting practice on Friday. Konerko, who is hitting .271 with 31 home runs and 78 RBI, hopes to play Sunday, when Chicago faces Randy Johnson and the Yankees.
Podsednik was able to take part in batting practice on Friday, but is still not running. The outfielder, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained abductor muscle, is not expected back until the end of August, at the earliest.
On Monday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox placed Podsednik on the 15-day disabled list and recalled top prospect Brian Anderson from Triple-A Charlotte. The White Sox' starting left fielder will be out with a strained abductor muscle in his left leg. The muscle helps pull the leg toward the center of the body. He had a similar problem with his right adductor in April. Podsednik went on the DL retroactive to August 13.
The Chicago White Sox placed starting left fielder Scott Podsednik on the 15-day disabled list with a leg injury and recalled Anderson, one of the organization's best prospects. The 15th overall pick in the 2003 draft, the 23-year-old outfielder reaches Chicago in a little more than two years.
Podsednik will be out of the starting lineup for the second straight game today when the White Sox face the Boston Red Sox this afternoon. He has been suffering from a strained left groin, which could possibly land him on the 15-day disabled list.
Thome doesn't have any problems with his right elbow while hitting -- he went 4-for-9 with a home run in four games as a designated hitter for Class-A Clearwater earlier this week -- but he still can't throw. Because of the continued problems, the Phillies' first baseman is expected to undergo surgery to repair a frayed tendon in his arm. He will miss the rest of the 2005 campaign, but will be ready for the start of spring training next year.
Vazquez battled some control problems in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Florida Marlins and departed after just five innings of work. Prior to being pulled from the game, the Diamondbacks' righthander allowed five runs on eight hits, walked four and struck out three. With the loss, he dropped to 9-11 on the season and boosted his ERA to 4.40.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have listed Mackowiak as day-to-day after he was diagnosed with irritation of the patella in his left knee. The minor ailment forced the utilityman to leave Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies after singling in the second inning. Freddy Sanchez took over in his stead.
Garland became the first 16-game winner in the American League on Sunday, limiting the Seattle Mariners to a single run over 7.1 frames for a 3-1 Chicago White Sox victory. The 25-year-old righthander had retired 12 in a row before leaving with runners on first and second in the eighth inning. Southpaw Damaso Marte got Raul Ibanez to fly out before Richie Sexson sent a drive to deep center off righthander Cliff Politte.
Nelson, who was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday following the death of his father-in-law, was activated by the Seattle Mariners before Friday night's showdown with the White Sox in Chicago. The veteran righthander is 1-1 with a save and a 2.93 ERA this season.
Riske was suspended for four games for intentionally hitting a batter during a game against the Seattle Mariners last week. The Cleveland reliever, who is 2-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 42 appearances this season, would begin serving his suspension on Friday unless he files an appeal.
Shortly after receiving his outright release from the Diamonbacks, Almanza signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
On Monday, Thome faced live pitching for the first time in a month at the Phillies' minor league complex. The first baseman, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 1 with tendinitis in his right elbow, sprayed hits to all fields and also took grounders at first base.
Nelson was placed on the bereavement list Tuesday following the death of his father-in-law. Nelson remained in Seattle and did not accompany his Mariners teammates to Detroit for the start of a series Tuesday evening.
The New York Yankees, in desperate need of starting pitchers who are both healthy and somewhat effective, probably weren't encouraged to hear that Nomo didn't survive the third inning in his first start for New York's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus. The 36-year-old righthander pitched two scoreless innings against Norfolk before losing his control. He threw 56 pitches, and only 30 for strikes.
To make room for an extra pitcher in the bullpen, the Chicago White Sox optioned Gload to Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday. The 29-year-old Gload was 3-for-23 (.130) with two RBI in 14 games with the White Sox. He had been on the disabled list from the end of April through mid-July with a shoulder injury.
Thome was expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as early as this weekend, but the trip has been pushed back after the first baseman reported soreness in his elbow while throwing earlier this week. Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage in the elbow during an examination on Wednesday, but suggested that Thome give his arm some more time to heal before returning to the field. He has been out for nearly a month.
The Yankees signed Nomo to a minor league contract. In 19 appearances with the Devil Rays this year, Nomo went 5-8 with a 7.24 ERA, allowing 16 home runs in 100.2 innings.
Buehrle went six innings against the Kansas City Royals, the 49th consecutive start he has gone that far, and the longest such streak since Steve Carlton went six deep 69 straight times from 1979 to 1982. However, the Royals peppered him for eight hits and seven runs to beat the White Sox for the first time since October 2 last year, ending an 11-game losing streak.
After being designated for assignment last week, Nomo has been released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, making him a free agent. The 36-year-old righthander struggled in 19 outings this season, going 5-8 with a 7.24 ERA. He is 123-109 with a 4.21 ERA in 320 career appearances, incluiding 318 starts.
After missing the last four games with infected spider bites, Dye returned to the White Sox lineup Monday and delivered three hits, good for four RBI, in a 14-6 bludgeoning of the Royals.
After lasting just five innings in his previous start, Vazquez got back in the groove in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves, scattering three hits over eight strong innings of work. The Diamondbacks' righthander surrendered a pair of solo home runs to Andruw Jones, but struck out 11 and evened his season record at 9-9. Following four straight losses, Vazquez has won two of his last three starts.
Six infected spider bites have kept Dye out of the Chicago lineup for the first three games of the White Sox' current four-game homestand against Boston, and the outfielder's status for Sunday's series finale also is questionable. The infection required Dye to visit the hospital so the bites could be cleaned and treated. Dye is second on the team with 19 homers this season.
Gload, who just came off the disabled list and was sent to the minors, was recalled by the White Sox on Friday. He gets the call with Frank Thomas going on the DL to rest his left foot. The 29-year-old Gload was a .363 hitter for Triple-A Charlotte, with eight homers and 20 RBI in 23 games, and he was 2-for-13 (.154) during an earlier stint with the White Sox.
Thome is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week, as he works his way back from his troublesome back and tendinitis in his right elbow. The first baseman, who has been limited to just 59 games this season, said he will need at least 6-8 days in the minors before he rejoins the Phillies' lineup.
Hermanson wasn't available for a second straight game on Tuesday, but the White Sox' closer could return as soon as Wednesday. An MRI exam didn't reveal a major issue in his lower back, and the discomfort apparently has been caused by back spasms that Hermanson experiences periodically. "Every once in awhile he needs a couple of days to let them calm down and he'll go back to work," explained Sox trainer Herm Schneider.
Vazquez followed up a pair of solid outings with one of his worst of the 2005 campaign in Tuesday's loss to the Florida Marlins. The Diamondbacks' righthander walked five batters and surrendered three home runs -- both season highs -- while giving up six runs on nine hits in five innings. Going into the contest, he had allowed just two runs in his previous 17 innings of work.
Hermanson is out indefinitely with lower back pain, according to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. The Chicago closer was unavailable to pitch in Monday night's 7-5 win over Detroit, and righthander Cliff Politte earned the save despite giving up a ninth-inning dinger to Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez.
Grieve's most recent stint with the Chicago Cubs lasted less than a week, as he has been optioned back to Triple-A Iowa to open a spot on the roster for fellow outfielder Jody Gerut, who was acquired from the Cleveland Indians on Monday. In 14 at-bats with the major league club this season, Grieve has five hits, five walks and an RBI.
White Sox closer Dustin Hermanson is sidelined with a lower back ailment and Politte will pick up some save chances if Hermanson is out for any length of time. Politte got the ninth-inning call for Chicago's 7-5 win over Detroit on Monday, and the 31-year-old righthander earned his first save of the season despite allowing a home run to Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez.
Garland became the American League's first 14-game winner, after blanking the Cleveland Indians for six innings on Sunday. The White Sox claimed a 4-0 victory to push Garland's record to 14-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 18 starts.
On Monday, the Chicago White Sox activated Gload from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Charlotte. The 29-year-old first baseman, who was placed on the DL on April 30 with left shoulder inflammation, hit .154 in seven games with the White Sox.
Redding has been designated for assignment by the New York Yankees, opening a spot on the roster for veteran Al Leiter, who was acquired from the Florida Marlins on Saturday. Redding, picked up in a trade with the San Diego Padres earlier this month, made just one start for the Yanks, allowing six runs on four hits and four walks in just one inning of work.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays designated Nomo for assignment on Saturday, just hours after the struggling pitcher allowed seven runs in just 2.2 innings in Friday's 11-6 loss to Toronto. On the seaon, Nomo is 5-8 with a 7.24 ERA. Tampa Bay now has 10 days to trade or release the pitcher.
Grieve has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa by the Chicago Cubs, replacing rookie Adam Greenberg, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after getting beaned in the head with a pitch last weekend. In 15 games with the Cubs earlier this season, Grieve went 3-for-12 with an RBI and five walks.
Crede, who missed four of the White Sox' final five games before the All-Star break with back stiffness, is starting for Chicago in Cleveland Thursday night. He is batting eighth and playing third base for the Sox.
Crede, who missed four of the White Sox' final five games before the All-Star break with a back ailment, is starting for Chicago in Cleveland Thursday night. He is batting eighth and playing third base for the Sox.
Redding, who was acquired from San Diego at the start of July, has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus after Yankees righthander Wang Chien-Ming went on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation Thursday.
Thome did some hitting in the Phillies' indoor batting cage prior to Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals, but was forced to limit his swings after experiencing some discomfort in his ailing right elbow. The first baseman has been sidelined since the beginning of the month with tendinitis in the elbow and is not eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list until Saturday. Manager Charlie Manuel said the setback was minor.
After popping out to shallow right in his first at-bat of Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Oakland A's, Konerko hit safely in his next five at-bats to record a career high for hits in a game. The White Sox' first baseman finished the day 5-for-6 with a solo home run and three runs scored, boosting his season batting average by 11 points.
Crede continues to be bothered by stiffness in his back, an ailment that has kept him out of the White Sox' starting lineup four of the last five games. The third baseman, who was replaced by Pablo Ozuna, will have the All-Star break to rest and recover, and the team is hopeful that he will be back in action at the start of a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
Vazquez had one of his best outings of the season, but was tagged with the loss in Wednesday's pitcher's duel with Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Diamondbacks' righthander surrendered just two runs on three hits while posting his third complete game of the 2005 campaign. He struck out eight and walked none.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased Almanza's contract from Triple-A Tuscon, replacing the struggling Javier Lopez in the bullpen. Almanza, a 32-year-old lefthander, spent spring training with the San Francisco Giants, but was released before inking a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks. He has appeared in 248 games at the major league level.
Crede was scratched from the White Sox' lineup on Tuesday because of stiffness in his lower back. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said the third baseman originally felt discomfort in his back during last weekend's series in Oakland, but played through it. Crede, who is a .242 hitter with 12 home runs and 37 RBI, is day-to-day.
On Tuesday, Buehrle was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for the month of June. The White Sox lefthander went 3-0 in the month with league low 0.96 ERA through five starts. Buehrle also threw a career best 25 consecutive scoreless innings during the month, including a shutout of the Dodgers on June 17. In 17 starts this season the Chicago ace is 10-2 with a 2.58 ERA, and has been named to the 2005 American League All-Star team.
On Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox recalled Jenks from Double-A Birmingham. The hard-throwing righthander has excelled as a reliever since coming over from the Angels' organization in a December waiver claim. The 24-year-old Jenks was 1-2 with a 3.83 ERA, 18 saves and 47 strikeouts in 40 innings for Birmingham. The White Sox returned righthander Brandon McCarthy to Triple-A Charlotte to make room for Jenks.
The Chicago White Sox optioned McCarthy to Triple-A Charlotte after he struggled in Monday's 10-8 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The promising righthander, who turns 22 on Thursday, was roughed up for eight hits and five runs over three innings by the Rays. He returns to Charlotte with an 0-1 mark and 8.14 ERA in five starts for Chicago.
Garland became the majors' first 13-game winner on Saturday, working seven innings and allowing three runs in the Chicago White Sox' 5-3 victory over Oakland. The White Sox haven't had much success in Oakland in recent seasons, but Garland limited the A's to five hits and a walk en route to his fourth quality start in his last five outings. For the season, Garland is 13-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 16 starts. He has yet to pitch without getting a decision in 2005.
Redding has reportedly been traded along with Darrell May and cash to the New York Yankees in exchange for reliever Paul Quantrill. Redding is 0-5 with a 8.94 ERA in six starts with the Padres this season. He and May are expected to report to the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate.
Redding has been traded, along with Darrell May and cash, to the New York Yankees, in exchange for reliever Paul Quantrill. Redding was 0-5 with an 8.94 ERA in six starts for the Padres this season. He and May are expected to report to the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate.
Thome has landed on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season. The Phillies' first baseman, who missed 19 games with a strained lower back earlier this year, now is batting tendinitis in his right elbow. Taking his place on the roster will be Ryan Howard, recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.
In Tuesday's 2-1 win over Detroit, Buehrle worked his 10th straight quality start and claimed his ninth straight victory. The 26-year-old southpaw went 6.2 frames and limited the Tigers to one run, upping his record to 10-1 with a 2.42 ERA.
Uribe now has missed six straight games after sitting out the weekend series against the Cubs to rest an ailing lower back. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Uribe could have been used Sunday, if needed, and the 25-year-old shortstop told reporters he will return to the lineup in Detroit this week.
Orlando Hernandez will be on the disabled list for longer than expected -- possibly through the All-Star break -- and McCarthy could get an extended look with the Chicago White Sox if he pitches reasonably well. The 21-year-old rookie debuted impressively against the Cubs on May 22, but has been roughed up in his other two starts for Chicago this season. He is 0-1 with an 8.40 ERA in 15 innings of work.
Seth McClung will be recalled to start Sunday against the Marlins, which will push the rest of the Tampa Bay rotation back a day. Nomo will now pitch Monday, Scott Kazmir on Tuesday and Mark Hendrickson on Wednesday. Doug Waechter, who will start Friday's series opener against Florida, will go to the bullpen following his start.
Uribe missed all three games of the Chicago White Sox' sweep of the Kansas City Royals this week. The Sox' starting shortstop has been out with stiffness in his lower back, and Pablo Ozuna has subbed for him. Uribe is batting .242 with a .276 on-base percentage in 63 games this season.
Thome has struggled the majority of this season, but he appears to be working his way back slowly but surely. The Phillies' slugger, who missed some time last month with a back injury, has a home run in each of his last two games. Over his last six contests, he is 6-for-21 (.286) with a double, two homers and three RBI, but also has fanned seven times.
Garland looked to be headed for his third complete game of the 2005 campaign in Tuesday's victory over the Kansas City Royals, but White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen decided to pull him out shortly after he had given up a solo home run in the ninth inning. Prior to his departure, the righthander allowed one run on just four hits over 8.1 innings. He struck out two and walked one.
Buehrle tossed eight solid innings in Wednesday's victory over the Kansas City Royals, surrendering just one unearned run on five hits. The White Sox' lefthander struck out six and walked one to win his eighth consecutive decision, a career best.
Uribe was a late scratch from the White Sox' lineup on Tuesday, and he's not expected to start Wednesday's afternoon tilt against the Kansas City Royals, due to stiffness in his lower back. The injury is not considered serious, and the shortstop should be back in action this weekend. Pablo Ozuna will fill the void until Uribe can return.
Redding has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the San Diego Padres after missing nearly six weeks with a strained pitching shoulder. The righthander, who takes the roster spot of ailing hurler Adam Eaton, appeared in seven games prior to his stint on the DL, including six starts, going 0-5 with an 8.76 ERA.
After giving up seven runs on eight hits in his last 1.1 innings of work, Bentz has been optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque by the Florida Marlins. The lefthander, who will be replaced in the bullpen by Randy Messenger, made just four relief appearances in his short stint with the Marlins, posting a gaudy 31.50 ERA.
With Orlando Hernandez on the disabled list for a second time in a month, the Chicago White Sox once again recalled McCarthy to replace him. The 21-year-old righthander arrives from Triple-A Charlotte, where he was 3-7 with a 5.48 ERA. In an earlier two-start stint with the White Sox, the rookie was 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA. He was impressive in a cross-town showdown with the Cubs in his major league debut before getting roughed up by the Rangers on May 27.
Pierzynski hit a walk-off two-run home run in Saturday night's White Sox win over the Dodgers. The game-winner gave him 10 home runs on the season, one shy of his career high of 11 in 2003 and 2004.
Cintron, who has been out since Saturday because of a sprained ligament in his left wrist, should be available to play for Arizona on Wednesday. The 26-year-old outfielder hit off a tee, played soft toss and took batting practice on Tuesday.
Cintron was unavailable again Monday against the Chicago White Sox because of a sprained ligament in his left wrist. The Arizona outfielder will be re-evaluated Tuesday, and if he wakes up feeling as good as he did Monday, he could be available for Tuesday night's showdown between the Diamondbacks and White Sox.
Cintron suffered a strained left wrist while singling to right field in the seventh inning on Saturday, and the backup outfielder was unavailable for Arizona's loss to Kansas City Sunday. He was examined by hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan on Sunday and found to have inflammation in the cartilage on the left side of his wrist.
Cintron suffered a strained left wrist while singling to right field in the seventh inning on Saturday, and the backup outfielder was unavailable for Arizona's loss to Kansas City Sunday. He was examined by hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan on Sunday and was found to have inflammation in the cartilage on the left side of his wrist.
With a double, triple and four RBI on Wednesday, Mackowiak sparked the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-1 win over the American League East-leading Baltimore Orioles. The lefthanded-hitting infielder was surprised to find himself in the lineup against Orioles southpaw Bruce Chen, and he capitalized on the unexpected start.
Gload was getting close to returning to the White Sox, but the outfielder-first baseman reinjured his left shoulder making a throw from first base to home while on his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte. The injury isn't serious enough to be talking about surgery, but it's expected that Gload will need a couple more weeks to rest the injury and build up his shoulder again. He went on the disabled list on April 30.
Shuffling their bullpen, the Florida Marlins have recalled Bentz from Triple-A Albuquerque, replacing the struggling Nate Bump, who was optioned to the minor league club on Tuesday. In 11 relief appearances with Albuquerque this season, Bentz posted a 0.82 ERA, struck out 11 and walked four in 11 innings of work.
As anticipated, Garcia will be ready for his scheduled start against the Colorado Rockies on Monday after reporting to problems following a bullpen session over the weekend. The 28-year-old righthander left during the sixth inning of the White Sox' 5-4 win over the Angels last Tuesday because of irritation in his left hamstring. The injury never was considered severe.
When Jeremy Affeldt returns from the disabled list, MacDougal will remain as Kansas City's closer. On pitching coach Guy Hansen's recommendation, new Royals manager Buddy Bell will stick with MacDougal. The 28-year-old righthander has converted three of five save chances and posted a 4.57 ERA since Affeldt went on the DL, but he's been much better of late. In his last 10 games, he's 3-for-3 in saves with a 3.97 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 11.1 innings.
Hermanson's scoreless streak of innings to start the season ended at 21 on Wednesday, when the White Sox' closer allowed two runs in a non-save ninth inning. He gave up three hits and a walk, including RBI singles to Orlando Cabrera and Adam Kennedy in a 10-7 Chicago loss to the Angels.
Mackowiak hit .391 with three home runs, 15 RBI and two stolen bases in May, prompting the Pirates to find him more playing time. The utilityman began the month of June on the right foot, going 2-for-4 with five RBI in Wednesday's win over the Florida Marlins. He scored two runs and notched the second grand slam of his major league career.
Garcia left during the sixth inning of the White Sox' 5-4 win over the Angels Tuesday because of irritation in his left hamstring. The 28-year-old righthander will be re-examined on Wednesday, but Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he thought Garcia would be ready to go for his next start on Monday.
Garland has fallen on hard times since winning his first eight starts of the 2005 campaign. The White Sox' righthander has lost his last two outings, allowing 10 runs on 20 hits in 13 innings of work. Despite his recent struggles, Garland's overall numbers for the season are still solid -- 8-2 with a 3.22 ERA in 10 starts.
It appears Konerko is getting out of his slump, He's hitting .385 in his last ten games with four homers. However Paul is struggling this season with left-handers, hitting only .179 (7-for-39). He's a career .295 hitter against lefties.
It appears Konerko is getting out of his slump. He's hitting .385 in his last 10 games with four homers. The White Sox' first baseman has struggled this season with lefthanders, hitting only .179 (7-for-39). He's a career .295 hitter against lefties.
The Chicago White Sox optioned McCarthy to Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday. One of the Sox' top pitching prospects, the 21-year-old righthander made two starts in his first trip to the majors. He went 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA, but looked impressive in his debut start against the Cubs on May 22.
The Chicago White Sox optioned McCarthy to Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday, in order to make room for Frank Thomas' return. One of the Sox' top pitching prospects, McCarthy made two starts in his first trip to the majors. The 21-year-old righthander went 0-1 with a 6.97 ERA, but looked impressive in his debut start against the Cubs on May 22.
Mackowiak kept his torrid month of May going in Thursday's win over the Cincinnati Reds, going 3-for-4 with a double, walk and three RBI. In 20 games this month, the Pirates' utilityman is batting .436 with two home runs, 12 RBI and two stolen bases.
After going 0-for-3 in the White Sox' win over the Angels on Tuesday, Uribe hasn't had a hit in 19 at-bats. Over his last 11 games, he's 3-for-38 (.079) and has scored just one run for the Sox. Uribe has a history as a free swinger, and that's been a problem during his skid.
Needing a spot on the 25-man roster for Tuesday's scheduled starter Sergio Mitre, the Chicago Cubs have optioned Grieve to Triple-A Iowa. The outfielder has served as a backup during his time with the major league club this season, going 3-for-12 with one RBI and five walks in 15 games.
Garland's winning streak to open the season was stopped at eight games by 22-year-old Ervin Santana, who shut out the Chicago White Sox Monday in just his second major league start. Santana limited the Sox to five hits while fanning seven for a 4-0 Angels victory. Garland allowed 11 hits and three runs over seven frames and took his first loss of the 2005 campaign. The Sox' righthander is 8-1 with a 2.57 ERA in nine starts.
Vazquez notched the seventh shutout of his major league career and first since 2003, blanking the Detroit Tigers in Sunday's 1-0 victory. The Diamondbacks' righthander scattered just five hits, striking out seven and walking none. For the year, he is 5-3 with a 3.49 ERA and two complete games in 10 outings.
The 21-year-old McCarthy was impressive in his major league debut on Sunday, throwing strikes and featuring a hard curve that is a plus major league pitch. The promising righthander allowed four hits, a walk and two runs over 5.1 innings, and he struck out six Cubs. He was as poised at Wrigley Field as he was in spring training, when he made quite an impression on Sox coaches.
With Orlando Hernandez going on the disabled list with a shoulder ailment, McCarthy will join the Chicago White Sox Sunday and start against the crosstown rival Cubs. The 21-year-old righthander faces a big assignment in his major league debut, but he most impressed Sox coaches with his poise during spring training. The Sox believe he is equipped for the start.
The Phillies have activated Thome from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday in hopes that he can play this weekend against border rival Baltimore. Thome has missed the team's last 19 games with a strained lower back. Prior to going on the DL, Thome was batting just .203 with one home run and 12 RBI in 24 games.
Still bothered by inflammation in his lower back, Thome will not be ready for the Phillies' weekend series against Baltimore. The big first baseman will remain in extended spring training over the weekend and then be re-evaluated on Monday.
In the White Sox' 7-0 win over Texas Wednesday, Pierzynski homered for the fourth straight game -- and for the fifth time in six contests. The Sox' catcher has a six-game hitting streak during his home-run stretch, going 7-for-20 (.350) with five bombs and 10 RBI.
In Chicago's 5-2 win over Texas on Tuesday, Pierzynski homered in his third straight game. It was the fourth homer in five games for the White Sox' catcher, who has hit safely in all five of those contests. During his five-game run, he is 6-for-18 (.333) with four homers and eight RBI.
On a night both Garland and Florida's Dontrelle Willis were gunning to go 8-0, Garland limited the Texas Rangers to five hits, two walks and two runs en route to a 5-2 White Sox victory and his eighth win without a loss. The 25-year-old righthander has won all eight of his starts this season.
Meanwhile, Willis gave up four first-inning runs to the Los Angeles Dodgers and suffered his first loss of the 2005 campaign. Garland is the winningest pitcher in the majors.
Thome, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since the beginning of the month with a strained lower back and inflammation, is expected to be activated in time for the start of this weekend's three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. The first baseman has been taking batting practice and running in the outfield with the Phillies since Saturday without any major problems, and he will head to Florida for a couple days of extended spring training.
According to manager Charlie Manuel, Thome likely will serve as the team's designated hitter against the Orioles this weekend. Ryan Howard and Tomas Perez will continue to fill the void at first base until Thome is able to return to full-time duty. Thome is batting just .203 with one home run and 12 RBI in 24 games this season. In addition, he's struck out 27 times in 79 at-bats.
After going 0-for-3 against Texas on Monday night, Konerko has no hits in his last nine at-bats. His hitless run is part of a much larger funk that included an 0-for-26 skid that began in late April and carried into May. Since April 20, the White Sox' first baseman is 13-for-84 (.155) with just two homers.
On April 19, Konerko stroked his seventh homer to take over the American League lead, but since then he has struggled. The best you can say is that he's still managed to record 15 RBI over this 25-game slump.
Hermanson, who has yet to allow a run in 15 relief appearances, worked a quiet ninth inning Thursday to secure his seventh save in seven opportunities for the White Sox. He is looking more like manager Ozzie Guillen's preferred ninth-inning option over the Sox' 2004 closer, Shingo Takatsu.
Hermanson has been especially effective during the first two weeks of May. For the month, the 32-year-old reliever has worked six innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while saving four games in four chances.
Garland won his seventh straight on Thursday, working eight impressive innings for a 3-2 White Sox victory over Baltimore. The Chicago righthander bumped his record to a perfect 7-0 on the season by turning in his sixth quality start in seven outings. In 52.2 innings, he has allowed 42 hits, fanned 23 and walked just eight. His 2.39 ERA ranks fourth in the American League.
Jacobsen will have exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday, in search of a reason why the knee isn't 100-percent healthy after having a defect in the articular cartilage repaired last September. The Mariners' DH-first baseman has made little progress rehabbing from surgery this spring and continues to limp when he runs.
Jacobsen made his major league debut last season and batted .275 with nine home runs and 28 RBI in 42 games. He hasn't played in a game this spring, whether a spring exhibition game or minor league contest. The Mariners placed him on the 60-day disabled list on March 31, before the season began.
After visiting a back specialist over the weekend, no serious damage was found in Thome's troublesome back, and the Phillies' first baseman will continue to receive treatment on a daily basis. Thome, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since the beginning of the month with a strained lower back and inflammation, is expected to be sidelined for at least another 10 days.
The Phillies will look to Ryan Howard and Tomas Perez to fill the void at first base until Thome is able to return. Thome is batting just .203 with one home run and 12 RBI in 24 games. In addition, he's struck out 27 times in 79 at-bats.
Podsednik stole his major league-leading 17th base on Monday, in the Chicago White Sox' 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay. The Sox' left fielder maintains a significant lead in steals, with the 12 steals by Baltimore's Brian Roberts and the Angels' Chone Figgins ranking second in the majors.
Podsednik managed 70 steals with a .244 batting average in 2004. This year he's hitting .253. What is different about his 2005 performance is his walk rate. He already has 19 walks, good for a .374 on-base percentage. While his batting average has yet to approach the .314 mark he posted in his outstanding rookie season in 2003, his .374 OBP is not far off his .379 mark as a rookie.
The Padres have yet to find out the severity of Redding's arm injury, but the team has placed him on the 15-day disabled list, as he is expected to be sidelined for at least a couple weeks. The righthander originally was diagnosed with a strained pitching shoulder after leaving Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, when he allowed five hits, three walks and eight earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning.
With Redding sidelined, the Padres have recalled Tim Stauffer from Triple-A Portland and will ask him to fill the void in the starting rotation. In seven appearances this season, including six starts, Redding is 0-5 with an 8.76 ERA. Even if he is able to recover quickly, Redding won't be guaranteed a starting spot upon his return.
Despite coming back to earth and allowing nine hits and six earned runs in 5.2 innings on Saturday against the Blue Jays, Garland improved to 6-0 on the year when his White Sox teammates bailed him out in a 10-7 Chicago victory. Garland became the AL's first six-game winner of 2005, and he ran his unbeaten streak to nine straight games dating back to the end of last season.
Garland's ERA rose to 2.42 on the season, the third-best mark in the AL through Saturday's games.
Podsednik posted the majors' first four-steal game of the 2005 season in the White Sox' 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday. The left fielder singled, walked twice and scored three runs. It marked just the second time in his career that Podsednik stole four bases in a game.
Podsednik currently leads the majors with 16 steals on the season, while being caught just twice.
Redding left his start on Sunday against the Cardinals in the first inning after doubling over in pain with an apparent shoulder injury. Redding allowed five hits, three walks and eight earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning before leaving the game. The righthander is expected to return to San Diego to undergo further tests. His ERA has ballooned to 8.76 on the season.
Thome underwent an MRI on Tuesday and no serious damage was found in his ailing back. The Phillies' first baseman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 1, has been diagnosed with a strained lower back and minor inflammation, and the team hopes he can return to action within about two weeks. Ryan Howard is expected to fill the void in the lineup during Thome's absence.
Thome has had back problems in the past. He will receive treatment, take some medication and work on strengthening the muscles around the problem area. He's eligible to be activated as early as May 16. Thome is batting just .203 with one home run and 12 RBI in 24 games. In addition, he's struck out 27 times in 79 at-bats.
On Thursday afternoon, Konerko was 0-for-2 with a walk in the White Sox' 2-1 win over Kansas City. The hitless streak of the Sox' first baseman was extended to 0-for-24, dating back to a double in Oakland on April 27. He is hitting .190 with seven homers and 17 RBI for the season.
Heading into Chicago's Thursday matinee against Kansas City, Konerko is mired in an 0-for-22 slide that has dropped his average below the Mendoza line. The White Sox' first baseman was batting .250 on April 16, when he took over the American League lead in homers with six. Before taking the field to face the Royals on Thursday, Konerko was stalled at seven dingers, and his average for the season had dropped to .194.
Ozuna remains day-to-day for the Chicago White Sox after taking a pitch off the left wrist a week ago. The middle infielder has missed five straight games with the injury, which cost him a chance to play with second baseman Tadahito Iguchi and shortstop Juan Uribe also injured. Both have since returned to the Chicago lineup.
After missing four games with a mild groin strain, Uribe returned to the Chicago White Sox' lineup Tuesday night and went 1-for-3. The 25-year-old shorstop now has nine hits in his last 21 at-bats (.429), and he is enjoying a three-game hitting streak. He has hit safely in five of his last six contests.
For the season, Uribe is batting .288 with five doubles and 12 RBI in 21 games.
On Tuesday, Iguchi enjoyed the best night of his brief North American career. The White Sox' second baseman was a perfect 4-for-4 with his first home run in a 5-4 victory over Kansas City. Iguchi drilled a two-out, two-run homer in the third inning to tie the game at 2-2, and he added three singles and scored the deciding run in the Sox' two-run eighth.
Iguchi is on a roll at the moment. In his last five games, the second sacker is 13-for-21 (.619) with six runs scored and six RBI. He's also walked three times and stolen two bases.
The Philadelphia Phillies placed Thome on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday afternoon, retroactive to May 1, after tests revealed a more serious back injury than anticipated. The big first baseman has been bothered by lower back pain for weeks, but has continued to play. The pain in Thome's back took a turn for the worse after a swing during Saturday's loss to Florida, and he still wasn't available to even pinch-hit on Monday night.
Specifics of Thome's back ailment weren't revealed in initial reports about the first baseman going on the DL. More may be known and announced after Thome sees a back specialist on Wednesday. It's conceivable he will undergo an MRI exam on his back at that time. The Phillies recalled first-base prospect Ryan Howard from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Thome's spot on the Phils' roster.
White Sox pitcher Jon Garland has been named the American League's pitcher of the month for the month of April. Garland posted a 4-0 record, a 1.80 ERA, and a 0.79 WHIP in 30 innings. This is the first time in Garland's career that he has won a player of the month award.
Garland continues to impress as he started out the month of May with a four hit shutout of the Tigers. Garland's ERA has dropped to 1.38 for the season, as he boasts the league's best record of 5-0.
The discomfort in Thome's lower back prevented him from playing in Sunday's game against the Florida Marlins. The first baseman, who has been battling the problem since spring training, was replaced in the Phillies' lineup by Tomas Perez. Although a trip to the disabled list is not expected at this point, Thome might be forced to miss a couple of contests.
Thome, who has been listed as day-to-day, is off to a slow start this season, batting just .203 with one home run and 12 RBI in 24 games. In addition, he's struck out 27 times in 79 at-bats.
After struggling mightily in his first three starts of the season, Vazquez appears to be putting it together with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The righthander notched his third consecutive victory, going the distance in Sunday's win over the San Diego Padres. He allowed two runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking none, to record the 17th complete game of his major league career.
Vazquez gave up 17 earned runs in his first three outings, but has surrendered just four runs in his last three starts. For the year, he is 3-2 with a 5.11 ERA, including 36 strikeouts and eight walks in 37 innings of work.
For a second straight start, Garland tossed a four-hit shutout. On Sunday, the White Sox' righthander shut down the Detroit Tigers and went the distance for an 8-0 win. The shutout came just six days after Garland blanked the Oakland Athletics on four hits in Oakland, 6-0.
For the season, Garland has worked five quality starts in five outings. He is 5-0 with a 1.38 ERA and a .185 opponent batting average for the Sox.
Thome was forced to leave Saturday's game against the Florida Marlins in the fourth inning, due to spasms in his lower back. The same problem plagued the Phillies' first baseman in spring training and forced him to miss some time last weekend as well. He has been listed as day-to-day.
Thome is off to a slow start this season, batting just .203 with one home runs and 12 RBI in 24 games. In addition, he's struck out 27 times in 79 at-bats. He will be re-evaluated prior to Sunday's contest to determine his status and availability.
According to White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, Dye will be sidelined for a couple days, due to a bout with the flu. The veteran outfielder, who is batting .175 with three home runs and eight RBI in 21 games this season, was replaced in the lineup on Saturday by Timo Perez.
Consider Dye as day-to-day.
The White Sox have put Gload on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder. The first baseman has played in only seven games this season, batting just .154.
Chicago has recalled Pedro Lopez from Triple-A Charlotte to take Gload's roster spot.
The White Sox have recalled Lopez from Triple-A Charlotte, taking the roster spot of Russ Gload, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The White Sox were without Juan Uribe and Pablo Ozuna for Wednesday night's loss to Oakland, so Joe Crede started at shortstop. When Crede was ejected from the game, Dye moved to short for the final frame.
If a player needs to play only one game at a position to qualify for it in your fantasy league, Dye now is a shortstop option.
Crede's tender left foot wasn't 100 percent on Wednesday, but the third baseman was forced to play against Oakland as the White Sox' shortstop. Both Juan Uribe and Pablo Ozuna suffered minor injuries in Tuesday night's loss to the A's, so Crede assumed shortstop duties.
If your fantasy league only requires one game at a position for a player to qualify for it, Crede now is a shortstop in your league. So is Jermaine Dye, who moved to short for the ninth inning after Crede was ejected from Wednesday's game.
Ozuna took a pitch off the left hand in the White Sox' game on Tuesday night. The middle infielder left the game and was unavailable for Wednesday night's contest against Oakland. With Tadahito Iguchi and Juan Uribe also hurt on Tuesday, Joe Crede played shortstop for Chicago on Wednesday.
The White Sox return home to host Detroit on Friday night. The off day on Thursday was a plus for Ozuna, whose status for Friday night's game is uncertain.
Uribe strained a groin muscle trying to avoid a pitch in the batter's box during the White Sox' loss to Oakland on Tuesday. The Sox' shortstop sat out Wednesday's loss to the A's, and he's likely to miss a game or two this weekend, when Chicago hosts Detroit.
Joe Crede had to start at short on Wednesday, as both Uribe and Pablo Ozuna were hurt on Tuesday night. As the Sox' starting shortstop this season, Uribe is batting .286 with 12 RBI in 20 games.
Iguchi came down with a sore right knee on Tuesday night, after a collision at second base with Oakland's Nick Swisher, and another one at home plate when he ran into A's catcher Jason Kendall. The White Sox' second baseman stayed in the game, but he was on the bench for the series finale against the A's on Wednesday.
The second baseman's status for Friday night's game against Detroit is uncertain. Iguchi had the off day on Thursday to rest his knee.
Crede didn't start the White Sox' Tuesday night contest in Oakland because of a tender left foot. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and took over at third base for the final two innings.
Staying in the game suggests he'll be fine for Wednesday night's game, but that isn't a certainty. Consider Crede day-to-day.
Pierzynski has missed two games after being hit in the right foot by a pitch on Saturday. The White Sox' catcher should be back in the lineup Tuesday, after trainer Herm Schneider drilled three holes into the nail of his big toe to relieve a buildup of pressure.
The White Sox once again square off in a road contest against Oakland on Tuesday.
On Monday, two days after straining his right hamstring, Contreras put the hammy through some serious tests on the field and showed the injury wasn't serious. If the White Sox' righthander handles his throwing session on the side Tuesday without any difficulties, he should be in line to make his scheduled start against Detroit on Friday night.
If Contreras can't go on Friday, Thursday's off day would allow the White Sox to simply move up the rest of the rotation by a day.
Crede went 0-for-4 against Kansas City on Sunday, marking the end of his career-best 14-game hitting streak. The White Sox' third baseman hit .408 (20-for-49) with six doubles and two homers during his run. He's now hitting .313 on the season, with 10 runs scored and eight RBI in 19 games.
Contreras left Saturday night's start in the fourth inning with a strained right hamstring. The White Sox' righthander had been cruising to that point, fanning six through 3.1 innings while giving up just a home run to the Royals' David DeJesus.
Contreras, who said he felt a tweak in the muscle covering first base on a grounder, is feeling better and says he won't miss his next scheduled start later in the week.
The Cubs have purchased the contract of outfielder Ben Grieve from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday to replace the demoted Mike Fontenot. Grieve, who won Rookie of the Year honors with Oakland in 1998, hit .250 with one home run and six RBI in 15 games with the club last year.
With Nomar Garciaparra going on the disabled list, Grieve will provide a much-needed veteran bat off the bench for the Cubs.
Suffering from a stiff back, Thome was held out of the Phillies lineup on Friday. Reportedly, the Phillies' first baseman has been battling the minor injury since spring training, according to manager Charlie Manuel. Thome is batting just .232 with nine RBI through 16 games this season.
Just a day after hitting his first home run of the season, Thome is now listed as day-to-day with the ailment. Jose Offerman will get the starting nod in Thome's absence.
After going 53 at-bats without a home run, the longest drought to begin a season in his major league career, Thome connected for an opposite-field two-run shot in the fourth inning of Thursday's victory over the Colorado Rockies. The Phillies' first baseman finished the game 1-for-4 with the homer and three RBI.
Thome is off to a slow start this season, batting just .232 through 16 games. However, he has shown some signs of life recently, notching at least one hit in each of his last three contests. Last season, he batted .274 with 42 home runs and 105 RBI.
Vazquez entered Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants with a disappointing 11.77 ERA after his first three starts of the 2005 campaign. The righthander, who is in his first season with the Diamondbacks, cut the number to 7.65 by tossing seven shutout innings and recording the win. He scattered eight hits, struck out two batters and walked two.
Vazquez had allowed five or more earned runs in each of his previous three outings. He now has a 5-1 record in his last six decisions against the Giants.
Almanza has signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 32-year-old lefthander has made 248 relief appearances in the major leagues, going 14-13 with a 4.87 ERA. In 13 games with the Atlanta Braves last season, he was 1-1 with a 6.17 ERA.
Almanza will be assigned to Double-A Tennessee.
After limiting Detroit to five hits and a single run over eight innings Wednesday, Garland has three quality starts in three outings to kick off the 2005 campaign. The 25-year-old righthander, off to a 3-0 start with a 2.57 ERA, may be laying the groundwork for his best major league season.
Garland has been known for a sinker that has drawn comparisons to Kevin Brown's over the years. The White Sox have long been waiting for a breakout year from Garland, but so far his best single-season record is the 12-11 mark he posted in 2004. For his career, he now is 49-51 with a 4.63 ERA.
Crede collected a single and double in Chicago's 4-3 win over Detroit Thursday afternoon, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. During his 12-game run, the White Sox' third baseman is batting .395 (15-for-38) with seven runs scored and eight RBI. Crede now is a .296 hitter on the season.
Despite an 8-for-16 surge over the White Sox' last four games, Iguchi was given a day off on Thursday afternoon. He and the White Sox had played eight straight days before Thursday's matinee with Detroit, and the Sox' second baseman had the opportunity to watch from the bench.
After starting his major league career by going 0-for-5, Iguchi has gone 16-for-46 (.348) since then. He's a .314 hitter on the season, with three doubles, three RBI and six runs scored.
After collecting a double, a homer and three RBI in Chicago's two-game sweep of divisional rival Minnesota on Monday and Tuesday, Crede has a 10-game hitting streak. While the White Sox' third baseman is a .277 hitter on the season, he is batting .364 (12-for-33) during his 10-game run. The streak also features four doubles, a homer, five runs scored and five driven in. In the meantime, the White Sox have gone 7-3.
With Mark Hendrickson scratched from his Tuesday start, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays are expected to call on Nomo to face Randy Johnson at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. Nomo would be going on three days' rest, though he didn't get through the third inning of his last start against Boston. He threw 75 pitches in a loss to the Red Sox on Friday night.
Moving up a day also sets up Nomo to make two starts this week. Instead of simply facing Texas on Wednesday, the 36-year-old righthander gets the Big Unit and the Yankees on Tuesday and a home start versus Boston on Sunday.
Two days after picking up his first save for the White Sox, Hermanson earned his second on Friday against Seattle. Four different Chicago relievers worked the final frame. Luis Vizcaino began the ninth with Chicago up 6-2. Damaso Marte followed, and closer Shingo Takatsu came in and allowed a two-run single to Bret Boone. After Takatsu walked the next batter, Raul Ibanez, Hermanson entered, struck out Scott Spiezio, and induced a game-inning grounder from Greg Dobbs.
There haven't been any save opportunities for the White Sox since Friday, so it will be interesting to watch manager Ozzie Guillen's leanings in upcoming ninth innings. Takatsu has been the man, but Hermanson has the last two White Sox saves. The 32-year-old Hermanson hasn't allowed a run in 4.2 innings. He's allowed just three hits, no walks and struck out five.
Podsednik now has missed five straight games while nursing a minor groin injury, but he could be back in the lineup Monday night, when the White Sox host the opener of a two-game set with divisional rival Minnesota. The speedy left fielder is hitting .280 with a .333 OBP in seven games this season.
Konerko took over the top spot in the American League home-run race when he homered twice against Seattle's Ryan Franklin on Saturday, leading the White Sox to a 2-1 win over the Mariners. The Sox' first baseman now has six dingers on the new season, one more than Baltimore's Brian Roberts.
With help from two home runs from Paul Konerko, Buehrle was a winner in one of the best pitching performances of his career. The White Sox' lefthander recorded a single-game high of 12 strikeouts en route to his 16th career complete game. Buehrle allowed just three hits -- all to Ichiro -- and the Mariners scored their only run in the ninth when their leadoff man tripled and scored on Adrian Beltre's groundout.
Buehrle needed just 106 pitches and 99 minutes to shut down Seattle. After the game, he said he was locating his fastball as successfully as he ever has.
Vazquez turned in his longest outing of the season in Thursday's matchup with the Washington Nationals, going six innings. However, the results were similar to his first two starts. Despite striking out eight batters, the Diamondbacks' righthander allowed five runs on eight hits and took the loss.
Most expected Vazquez to return to form this season after struggling in the New York spotlight with the Yankees last year. But in three starts with his new club, he has allowed 23 hits in 13 innings and is 0-2 with a gaudy 11.77 ERA.
Bothered by a right groin injury in recent days, Podsednik is no sure thing for the White Sox' Friday night contest against Seattle. He would miss his third straight game with the injury. The White Sox will be conservative in returning Podsednik to the lineup, considering how important his legs are to his game.
Hermanson was called on to work the 10th inning for the save in the White Sox' 5-4 win over Cleveland Wednesday. The 32-year-old righthander now has worked four scoreless innings of relief over three appearances. The save was his first of the year.
The move to Hermanson can't be read as a statement on Shingo Takatsu's status as Chicago's closer. Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said he went with a gut feeling, knowing that the 10th-inning leadoff man, Coco Crisp, has enjoyed success against Takatsu. Hermanson retired Crisp on a flyball to open the inning, and soon he had earned the save.
Podsednik, who strained his right groin on a steal attempt on Monday, sat out Wednesday's White Sox win over Cleveland and will miss Thursday's series finale as well. On Wednesday, the Sox' left fielder said he was feeling much better, but the White Sox will be conservative with their speedster. The soonest he will return to the lineup is Friday, when Chicago returns home to host Seattle.
A conservative approach with a groin injury this early in the season makes sense, especially for a guy like Podsednik, who depends on his wheels to be effective.
Podsednik left Chicago's 2-1 win over Cleveland Monday night with a strained right groin muscle. The day off on Tuesday was a plus for the White Sox, but it remains uncertain if the Sox' leadoff hitter will be available for Wednesday night's contest in Cleveland.
Podsednik is expected to be a key part of Chicago's rebuilt offense. He and the other tablesetters need to get on base regularly to make it go.
Uribe didn't start for the White Sox on Monday, a 2-1 win over Cleveland, because of the flu. Whether he will be ready for Wednesday's Sox-Tribe contest in Cleveland is unknown.
Mackowiack notched the second four-hit game of his major league career, connecting for four singles in Tuesday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The utilityman, who is filling in for the injured Jose Castillo at second base, had just three hits in his previous 16 at-bats to begin the 2005 campaign.
Mackowiack batted .246 with 17 home runs, 75 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 155 games last season. He is expected to split time with Bobby Hill and Freddy Sanchez during Castillo's absence. The lefthanded hitting Mackowiak should start against righties, while Hill and Sanchez will be in the lineup against lefties.
After going hitless in his first six plate appearances in the majors, Iguchi has gone 7-for-17 with three doubles for the White Sox. The Japanese second baseman has impressed White Sox GM Ken Williams with his ability to make adjustments in the early going. He might look bad on one pitch and be ready for it the next time around.
There will be ups and downs for Iguchi, who doesn't know American League pitchers and must adjust to sinkers that are seldom thrown in Japan. Still, Iguchi's performance thus far suggests he will be a productive big league hitter.
With Jose Castillo going on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique, Mackowiak is expected to step into the Pirates' lineup and get the majority of the starts at second base in his absence. The utilityman, who batted .246 with 17 home runs, 75 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 155 games last season, will split time with Bobby Hill and Freddy Sanchez.
The lefthanded hitting Mackowiak should start against righties, while Hill and Sanchez will be in the lineup against lefties. Although his batting average is less than impressive, Mackowiak has enough power and speed to give him some fantasy value, as long as he is on the field on a regular basis.
Grieve is back in the Chicago Cubs' organization, agreeing to a minor league contract on Tuesday. The outfielder spent spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis and eventually was released. He likely will report to Triple-A Iowa within the next few days.
Grieve, who turns 28 in May, batted .355 with nine RBI in 15 exhibition games this spring. Last season, he hit .260 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 250 at-bats with Milwaukee and the Cubs.
Vazquez' debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks was one he would like to forget. The righthander, who was acquired from the New York Yankees in the Randy Johnson trade during the offseason, allowed seven runs on 10 hits in just 1.2 innings in Monday's Opening Day loss to the Chicago Cubs. After the game, Vazquez said he felt he had good stuff, but both he and manager Bob Melvin indicated that he could have been tipping his pitches.
Vazquez will review the game tape over the next couple of days to see where he went wrong. Expect him to get back on track in his next start. He went 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA in 32 starts with the Yankees last season.
Buehrle got the White Sox off to a good start, pitching a gem in Monday's 1-0 Opening Day victory over the Cleveland Indians. The lefthander scattered two hits over eight scoreless innings, striking out five batters and walking one.
Obviously, Buehrle is having no problems with the foot injury he suffered while shagging fly balls a couple of weeks ago. He should get more run support from the White Sox' offense as the season goes on, but if he continues to turn in performances like Monday's, he won't need it. Last season, he was 16-10 with a 3.89 ERA and four complete games in 35 starts.