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August 29, 2010

Terry Doyle: 7 IP / 7 H / 6 K / 1 BB [August 28]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 29, 2010 2:25 am
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Doyle (W, 7-8) 7.0 7 3 3 1 6 2 3.56
Kussmaul (S, 1) 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1.93

Groundouts-flyouts: Doyle 10-3, Kussmaul 0-2.

Doyle has a 96 K / 33 BB ratio while allowing 107 H in 116.1 IP.


August 28, 2010

Nothing’s moving on the Manny Ramirez front

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2010 8:07 pm
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Jon Heyman tweets there’s no evidence of serious trade talks between the Sox and the Dodgers. He adds the Dodgers could choose to keep Manny. Manny wasn’t in the Dodgers lineup for the 3rd consecutive game. Joe Torre said he’s becoming “superstitious” about starting Manny. Mike says the Sox need to create leverage by pretending they’re interested in Adam Laroche. Or really go after him.

Food drive at today’s White Sox-Yankees game.

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2010 1:31 pm


White Sox Wives Food Drive

Tomorrow, the White Sox Wives will be collecting food and monetary donations to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository from 4:30 p.m., when the gates open until the bottom of the third inning. Fans will be able to visit with the player wives at gates 2, 3, 4, 5. Everyone making a donation at the ballpark will be entered into a drawing for White Sox memorabilia.

Non-perishable food items also will be collected at the 14 Chicagoland Dominick’s locations through Saturday, August 28. Attending is Lisa Pierzynski, Emily Thornton, Stephanie Lillibridge, Jamie Buehrle, Adele Jenks, Lauren McClain (fiancée of Mark Teahen), Erika Zanders (girlfriend of Edwin Jackson) and other family members of players and coaches. Over the years, the food drive at U.S. Cellular Field has become one of the Food Depository’s largest drives and is important to providing food to Cook County’s underserved

If you can please bring something to help people that need it.

White Sox willing to assume $2 million of Manny’s remaining salary

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 28, 2010 2:06 am
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The Dodgers want the Sox to pay all the remaining salary:

Ramirez is owed about $1.1 million for the rest of this season, but he’s also owed about $3.2 million in deferred salary next season. The Dodgers don’t want to pay any of that if Ramirez is sent to the Sox, team sources said Friday.

The Sox, in turn, have offered to assume only about $2 million of the total remaining salary. … The Sox also are expected to send one or more prospects to the Dodgers as part of any trade.

August 27, 2010

Andre Rienzo: 8 K / 2 BB / 5 IP / 7 H

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2010 11:25 pm
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Rienzo 5.0 7 1 1 2 8 0 3.79
Hopps, M 1.0 2 2 2 2 0 0 6.71
Hollis 1.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Petricka (L, 0-1) 2.0 4 2 1 2 2 0 3.52

Rienzo has a 115  / 31 BB ratio, and 90 H in 95.0 IP.

White Sox, Dodgers to discuss Manny over the weekend?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2010 3:42 pm
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Dyck @ CT:

Nothing will happen over the weekend, according to one source familiar with the proceedings, allowing both sides to assess where they are and exactly what they need.

Assess where they are and exactly what they need? I hope this is a joke.

Both teams know where they are. The Sox are 3.5 games the Twinkies behind in their division and there’s no other team between the two. The Dodgers are 5 games behind the Giants in the Wild Card and there are 3 more teams between the two. There also are 2 teams right behind them.

Both teams know what they need. The Sox need a DH in their quest to catch the Twinkies. The Dodgers need to get rid of Manny’s contract since it’s unlikely all 4 teams slip (don’t forget 2 teams right behind them) and they go to the top.

Can we speed things up please?

White Sox win Manny Ramirez claim

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2010 1:28 pm
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Stark @ ESPN tweets:

White Sox were the team awarded the claim on Manny, according to MLB source. Strong indications Rangers & Rays also claimed him.

Stark @ ESPN writes:

The Chicago White Sox on Friday were awarded the claim on Manny Ramirez, according to a source monitoring the waiver wire.

No National League team put in a claim on the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder. But two other American League teams claimed Ramirez, and strong indications are those teams were the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. The White Sox were awarded the claim because they were the AL contender with the lowest winning percentage. …

Now the Sox and the Dodgers have until 12:30 pm CT Tuesday to work out a deal for Manny.

UPDATE: Merkin’s analysis:

One school of thought is that the Dodgers will wait until the last moment to decide on a trade, letting another weekend pass to see if they remain in contention for a National League playoff spot. The Dodgers entered Friday’s action sitting in fifth place in the NL Wild Card race but only five games behind the top spot.

Paying the $4.5 million to Ramirez for one month of service — basically $1 million more than left-hander John Danks is earning for the full 2010 campaign — would seem like a prohibitive cost. But the White Sox play 16 of their final 22 games at U.S. Cellular Field, including four against the Red Sox from Sept. 27-30, and the presence of Ramirez could increase the daily gate.

Manny Ramirez decision up to the Dodgers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2010 12:53 pm
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Rosenthal tweets “To expand upon what I wrote, Manny decision rests w[ith] Dodgers. White Sox ready to act. Source says Manny NOT asking for extension…Had been told earlier that he wanted additional year to waive no-trade.”

another Rosenthal tweet: Dodgers 5 back in WC race; might have prompted claim, or claims. Teams daring Ned Colletti to give up Manny while in race.

Heyman tweets many teams claimed Manny. No word who won the claim.

Morosi tweets neither the Rays nor the Yankee$ made a claim.

Heyman tweets the Rangers didn’t win the claim.

Jake Peavy starting rehab

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2010 2:40 am

Gregor @ DH:

Jake Peavy was back at U.S. Cellular Field to begin his rehabilitation…. “Six weeks removed, it was a nice day to get out of the sling and a day that I have been looking forward to,” Peavy said.

“Now I get to start some rehab, start some moving the next six weeks get some range of motion back. I have great use of my hands. I feel great when my arm stays below my shoulder.”

Smells Like Mascot: The Comic Section

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 27, 2010 2:35 am
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Carl’s latest:


August 26, 2010

Kenny Williams denies claiming Trevor Hoffman on waivers

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2010 8:58 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

Reports surfaced Thursday that the White Sox had the winning claim on the right-hander [reliever Trevor Hoffman ], but were unable to come to an agreement a deal and the Brewers pulled him off waivers, deciding to keep him.

“It didn’t [happen] by the way,” Williams said. “Don’t take that any further than you need to.”

Williams had just spent nearly a minute explaining why he wouldn’t comment on a Hoffman claim, before then saying there was none.

BTB wants more Ramon

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2010 3:25 pm
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SBT wants more Ramon too:

they’re committing another lineup travesty by sending Pierzynski out there with such regularity. Not only has the once-beloved catcher played quite poorly this season, but his back-up, Ramon Castro, has been absolutely killing the ball when he’s gotten a chance to play. In 95 PA, Castro has been worth slightly more than 7 runs above average. Pierzynski, on the other hand, has easily offset Castro’s positive contributions, as he’s been 13 runs below average offensively in 400 PA on the year.

Stats: A.J. Pierzynski, Ramon Castro.

Kevin Goldstein on Brent Morel

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2010 3:15 pm
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Goldstein @ BP:

Brent Morel, 3B/SS, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 3-for-5, 3B, R, RBI. 17-for-36 (.472) during nine-game hitting streak; .324/.352/.505 in 74 Triple-A games.

and from Tuesday’s update:

Brent Morel, 3B/SS, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte): 2-for-4, HR (7), R, RBI

Splitting time between third base at shortstop due to Dayan Viciedo’s promotion, Morel’s positional switches have had no effect on his hitting, as he’s gone 13-for-26 during his current seven-game hitting streak to raise his Triple-A averages to .321/.350/.498. He’s been a surprisingly solid shortstop, although the hot corner is his more natural position, and one where he’ll get a very long look next spring.

Morel’s stats.

Manny Ramirez wants extension; not in today’s lineup

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 26, 2010 12:21 pm
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Manny wants a 1-year extension to waive his no-trade clause say Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi. If he clears waivers he’d gain leverage to do so. But if the White Sox claim him, as they plan and may have done already, the Dodgers would be able to negotiate with 1 team only and his leverage evaporates.

Also, Manny isn’t in the Dodgers lineup today (2 pm CT stat time).

August 25, 2010

Gordon Beckham hits HR #9 [August 25] (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2010 10:19 pm

A solo HR in the 6th inning against Baltimore’s starter Brian Matusz:

Video: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11385229&c_id=cws (1:04)

MLB Gameday didn’t have any pitch identification data  again.

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