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March 27, 2010

Sox to extend A.J. Pierzynski?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2010 10:03 pm
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Tyler Flowers’ unimpressive spring showing makes it more likely the White Sox will look to extend catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s contract during the season.

AJ wants to stay:

“Obviously, everyone knows how I feel about the White Sox organization, the city of Chicago,” Pierzynski said. “I’d love to stay here, but at the same time it takes two people to want that. If they don’t want me back, I can’t force their hand and say, ‘Hey, I want to come back no matter what.’

“If they don’t want me back, they don’t want me back. Hopefully that’s not the case. But we haven’t really gotten into it, we haven’t really talked about it, so we’ll see what happens.”

… “They know how I feel, so we’ll see,” Pierzynski said. “They’ve got other problems to worry about – (Paul) Konerko is a free agent at the end of the year, they have heavy salary lined up for next year. It’s going to come down to money, and I’m sure it’ll also depend on how Tyler does and how he develops.” …

Ozzie Guillen wants Sox to turn on the lights

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2010 7:13 pm
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… “I have a pretty good idea what’s going on,” Guillen said. “I want them to turn the lights on after Sunday. We have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to get ready for the season.

“Now we have guys playing nine innings almost every day to get ready. But we’re going to play the guys in our regular lineup and maybe make changes here and there to see what we do. I think the pitchers have to step it up a notch.

“It’s time for everyone to forget it is Spring Training and try to play the game we thought. If you have a good spring, it doesn’t mean anything. But if you have a bad spring, it’s time to move on and play the best you can the last week of Spring Training.”

No ‘Flippin’ the switch’ this year.

UPDATE: Peavy got the message:

… His next start is scheduled for Thursday night, when the White Sox depart Arizona and take on their Triple-A Charlotte squad in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Peavy will taper down his pitch count on that night, but views this start as a little more like the regular season.

“I can’t wait to turn the lights on and … and you know that Charlotte start, they sold about 15,000 tickets they told me,” Peavy said. “I’m excited to get out there with adrenaline in a big-league game and compete. I’m excited about that.

Juan Pierre evaluates the Sox offense

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2010 5:39 pm
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… Mark Kotsay recalled Guillen found ways to inject his style into the Sox’s 2005 World Series champions.

In one instance, Guillen called for Juan Uribe to lay down a squeeze bunt that enabled Pierzynski to score an insurance run in the clinching game of the American League Division Series at Boston.

“People look for his antics, but he always knows what’s going on,” Juan Pierre said. “He’s not scared to put on a signal, like a squeeze play. In the past, there wasn’t much he can do because of all the home run hitters.

“He’s excited, and so am I because that’s what my game is tailored to.”

Don Cooper scouting Sergio Santos

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2010 11:43 am
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… ”The stuff is outstanding,” pitching coach Don Cooper said. ”He has three above-average pitches. He has what people drool for. I asked him this question, ‘Now that you see what’s going on here, are you sorry you didn’t do this awhile back?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’ve thought about that more than a few times.”’ …

Spring Training Game #25

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2010 11:36 am

Sox @ Rockies @ 3:10 pm CT (Boxscore, Gameday, Video highlights)

Matt Thornton working on his slider

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2010 11:30 am
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… As if Thornton’s deceptive 95 mph-plus fastball wasn’t headache enough, the southpaw has been spending camp fine-tuning a slider he has tinkered with in the past but never perfected.

If he can carry what he’s been doing in Cactus League play over to the regular season, then the Sox have not just an elite setup man, but a closer-in-waiting if Bobby Jenks is injured or not performing this year or in 2011. …

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