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April 23, 2010

Andruw Jones hits a walkoff HR! (Pitch F/X)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 23, 2010 10:09 pm
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2 HRs for the birthday boy. Videos. Boxscore:

8 TBs for Andruw (2 HRs, BB), 5 TBs for Paulie (HR, 1B, BB), 4 TBs for Q! (HR)

And 5 Ks for The Thorndog:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd, G 6.1 7 5 5 3 4 0 8.38
Putz(BS, 1) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 1 4.05
Thornton(W, 2-1) 2.1 0 0 0 0 5 0 1.74
Totals 9.0 8 6 6 3 9 1 4.62

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April 12, 2010

Sox win in 11. 9 TBs for Andruw Jones, 8 for Mark Teahen (Pitch F/X)

Peavy allows 7 ERs in 5.2 IP. But 9 TBs from Andruw Jones, 8 from Mark Teahen, 3 from Alex Rios and 5.1 shutdown innings from the bullpen help the Sox win it in 11.

Boxscore Videos

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April 2, 2010

Ozzie Guillen to try to give a lot of playing time to Andruw Jones; Omar Vizquel too

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 2, 2010 9:27 pm
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“Andruw will be in the lineup against lefties,” Guillen said. “I don’t know where. It can in the outfield or as a designated hitter. I don’t know where, but I’d rather have him in the outfield when he’s playing. I don’t want to call him a backup or a fourth outfielder. He’s another outfielder.”

“The thing about this team is I have the flexibility to change the lineup because I have Andruw and Kotsay,” Guillen said. “I have five guys in the outfield who can rotate in the DH spot. It just depends how they’re swinging the bat and how they’re playing.”

“I think the way that Andruw Jones played in Spring Training, he should start,” Guillen said. “But Kotsay, the same way. Everybody in the outfield has had a pretty good Spring Training.”

UPDATE: Curtright:

”The way he’s played, he deserves to be in the lineup more often,” said Guillen, who’s blessed with five worthy candidates for the three outfield spots and designated hitter. ”I’m not going to say he’s a backup. I’m not going to say he’s a fourth or fifth outfielder. He’s another outfielder.”

”I’d rather have him in the outfield than DHing when he’s playing,” Guillen said. ”To get the best out of him, I’ll try to give him a lot of playing time.”

UPDATE #2: Andruw Jones too:

“The way Andruw Jones played in spring training, he should start,” Guillen said. “But Kotsay did the same way and (Alex) Rios had a good spring training.

“To get the best out of him, I’ll try to get him a lot of playing time. Same with (Omar) Vizquel. Andruw is not a fourth or fifth outfielder. I’m going to have a meeting with him and tell him his situation, what’s best for the ballclub. I will get him a lot of playing time.”

March 24, 2010

Is Kenny’s phone ringing?


… The question with the 32-year-old Aquino is whether this is a flash in a pan or if Don Cooper has done something to unlock his potential. The bottom line here is that the White Sox have pitching to trade, which should make Ken Williams‘ phone ring frequently in the next week. He’d love to move Linebrink, but would he deal Pena if his staff projected that Aquino could be just as effective? Could he receive an offer rich enough to deal Santos, who has the chance to become a right-handed complement to Thornton if not, ultimately, a candidate to replace Jenks?

March 17, 2010

Ozzie Guillen’s plan B

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 17, 2010 1:49 am
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So what if Jenks does get hurt once the regular season starts, like he did last year? Guillen said the Sox have it covered, at least more than they did last season.

”[J.J. Putz] was there before and did a tremendous job, but I think I would go by committee,” Guillen said. ”Lefties, I would go with [Matt] Thornton. Righties, I would go with Putz.”

March 15, 2010

Keith Law: J.J. Putz looking good (video)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 15, 2010 9:15 pm

video is 1:58. first minute is about J.J. Putz: started at 91, 92mph. After 20 pitches he went to 94.

March 5, 2010

Ozzie Guillen on J.J. Putz

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 5, 2010 10:58 pm
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“He threw his fastball very well,” said manager Ozzie Guillen.  “I didn’t even know he threw a forkball.  When I saw it, I thought at first it was a changeup.”

February 21, 2010

Don Cooper is fired up

Here’s Coop:

”I can’t wait for that first side day. Once I see that side day, I can’t wait to see batting practice. Once I see that, I want the spring games to start, then I want camp to end and get on that plane … I’m looking forward to the start of the season more than anything because it’s time for us to get back into the playoffs. Believe me, 2005 was all good, but the one thing is, you realize if you don’t win a championship, well, you come up short. I want another championship. I want the White Sox to have another championship. … As I sit here on, what, the third week of February — I’m sitting here believing we will win this division until someone steps up and proves me wrong.”

Gordon Beckham wants to hit .300 and 50 or 60 doubles


Gordon Beckham moves from third base to second base. Beckham, who arrived almost one week before position players report on Saturday, seems confident in his ability to handle the new position, while avoiding the sophomore jinx following an opening campaign earning him two top rookie honors.

“Hit .300, that’s all I really want to do,” said Beckham, who isn’t concerned as much with his home run power as he is with knocking out 40 or 50 doubles. “But it’s not an easy task.”

February 20, 2010

Gordon Beckham arrives in Glendale for Spring Training

Merkin: Gordon Beckham already has arrived. Taking clubhouse ribbing from Matt Thornton about media waiting to talk to him.

merkin: Other non-catching position players on hand were Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, and C.J. Retherford,

more on Andruw:

Andruw Jones was one of the early arrivals in White Sox camp, and the former Gold Glove Award winner vowed that he isn’t washed up. “I still have a lot of gas left in the tank,” Jones said Saturday morning after working out with teammate Juan Pierre. …

J.J. Putz feels good:

Among those were newcomer J.J. Putz, who said his right elbow feels great about seven months following surgery to repair bone chips. “I threw a bullpen (Friday) and another one on Tuesday, and everything feels good,” said Putz, who rehabbed his elbow in Phoenix under the supervision of therapist Brett Fischer. …

February 19, 2010

BP’s AL Central division preview


Why They Might Win: They’ve scrupulously followed the formula that worked in 2005 in assembling their 2010 team: a rotation so good that a former ace ranks as the fifth starter. That was Orlando Hernandez then, and it’s Freddy Garcia now. A bullpen stocked with multiple closers? With the addition of J.J. Putz and the emergence of Matt Thornton to support Bobby Jenks, check. Power up the middle? With Alex Rios in center and Gordon Beckham moving to second to join shortstop Alexei Ramirez and catcher A.J. Pierzynski, that’s looking good, too.

Why They Might Not Win: If Jake Peavy breaks down, the rotation starts to look a lot less impressive. If Rios continues to sleep-walk his way through the South Side portion of his career, he’ll be the most expensive mistake ever made involving revocable waivers. And the thing about that 2005 plan… did they really have to follow the part about getting a leadoff hitter who doesn’t get on base? I see your Podzilla and raise you a Juan Pierre. The hitting portion of being a DH is non-optional, yet that’s what the Sox are probably stuck with if they settle for Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay. …

January 29, 2010

Sox drop out of the Yuniesky Maya sweepstakes

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 29, 2010 12:53 pm
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Last month we learned that the Sox were interested in Cuban RHP pitcher Yuniesky Maya. Merkin says they aren’t interested any more:

What is the latest on Cuban defector Yuniesky Maya? The last I’d heard about him was around Christmas time, and the White Sox and Mets were said to be the front-runners to land him. After watching a little bit of footage of him pitching, I think he’d be a good fit as a long reliever out of the bullpen.
— Dan, Aurora, Ill.

I was told at SoxFest that the White Sox scouted Maya and watched him throw, but they dropped out of the Maya picture after signing J.J. Putz. The money wanted wasn’t commensurate with where the White Sox thought Maya would be pegged as a fourth- or fifth-starter type.

BTW, here’s my Yuniesky Maya scouting report.

January 28, 2010

January 28 links

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 28, 2010 7:44 pm
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– PECOTA projects the Sox with a 79-83 record in 2010.

– J.J. Putz chose his entrance song: AC/DC’s ‘The Razor’s Edge’.

– Bill O’Rally says Chicago’s South Side is the same as Haiti. Another clueless moron.

– Jim looks on Ozzie’s and Gardenhire’s approaches on Jim Thome.

– John Sickels reviews his 2005 ‘Top 50 pitching prospects’ list.

– Timo goes west!

January 22, 2010

January 22 links

– Gordon Beckham will stay at the 2nd post of the batting order.

– More on the Opening Day starter.

– Matt Thornton takes over Merkin’s mailbag.

– SoxFest news: Bobby Jenks looks good, Ozzie Guillen is a jackass, Carlos Quentin wasn’t there, J.J. Putz is recovering, A.J. Pierzynski went to Africa. From Merkin and Reifert: Reifert is taking questions for Kenny and Ozzie and former Sox greats. Kenny is proud for Bobby. The Go-Go Sox are coming back says Ozzie. Hawk likes his kindle. Juan Pierre is a heavy hitter. Gonzales and Cowley: Peavy can’t afford pants. Ozzie wants Alexei to eat Vizquel’s brain. More SoxFest here.

Kenny on Jared Mitchell: it’ll be a “little while” till he reaches majors.

– Alexei Ramirez says Dayan Viciedo looks incredible. I hope he has lots of Cuban pride.

– J.J. Putz is looking for an intro song suggestions.

– Scot Gregor is taking questions you want him to ask at Sox Spring Training.

Gordon Beckham and Jeff Cox were working the phones. Beltin’ Bill Melton too.

– Jon Heyman says “Andruw Jones is said to be in the best shape he’s been in for a decade.”

January 19, 2010

Camp Walker, Camp Cora, Camp Cooper

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 19, 2010 9:51 pm
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Coaches Greg Walker, Joey Cora and Don Cooper met with various groups this offseason to address the following areas — hitting, fielding and pitching.

“You have to pay a price to win,” Cooper said Tuesday, nine days after conducting a mini-camp in Glendale, Ariz., with a group of pitchers with assorted experience. “Each guy has to do his preparation.”

Here’s a closer look at what happened in specific departments with the start of spring training about a month away. …

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