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September 8, 2010

Chris Sale speaks to Chuck Garfien

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 8, 2010 10:23 pm


Garfien:  A couple weeks ago against the Twins, you struck out Joe Mauer on three straight sliders. What was your mind-set there?  Take me back to that moment. What was going on in your head, facing Mauer, one of the best hitters in the game, and you’re saying, “I’m going to get him out with three straight sliders.”

Sale:  A.J. Pierzynski was the one calling the pitches. Obviously I had never faced [Mauer]. I just didn’t want him to get a chance to open up the game, so we were just being careful with him. It ended up being a good situation for us. After I threw the first one, I just wanted to get it in there for a strike. The second one, I wanted to make him chase it a little bit. And the third one, A.J. called for a third slider in a row, and I was like, “Alright, whatever. Here it goes.”  And I just wanted to throw it towards the strike zone and let it break down, and it ended up working out well.

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News for Ozzie: Justin Morneau’s last game was July 7

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 8, 2010 10:02 pm
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“I don’t know about the organization,” Guillen responded on Wednesday, when asked if he was feeling the heat with that decision now. “Myself, I know he’s going to hit. Maybe the fans do. Maybe the media does. I really don’t put attention to that. I don’t. He had big hits for a lot of people. He had big hits for us. I don’t put any attention to that. I don’t.

“If it’s not Thome then it’s going to be [Justin] Morneau. Jim is playing just because Morneau is not there.”

If the Twinkies hadn’t acquired Thome due to your stupidity, they wouldn’t have the option of playing Thome after they lost Morneau.

“White Sox have options if Garcia can’t go”

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 8, 2010 2:03 am


White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had no plans for a starter this Sunday against the Royals other than Garcia, who is coming off of a rough month of August during which he posted a 1-1 record with a 5.53 ERA in five starts. Garcia has a 2-3 mark with a 5.85 ERA since the All-Star break.

But Guillen does have backup plans in the form of September callups such as Harrell and Carlos Torres.

Harrell and Torres? Oh no…

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