Minnesota 1, White Sox 0.
There’s not much left to say. We just can’t beat the Twins, even without the majority of their starters in the lineup. We’re now 0-4 against them this season, scoring a total of three runs.
Our stay in the Twin Cities amounted to one run, 11 hits and two losses. We drop to four games under .500 and 5 1/2 in back of the division lead.
Mark Buehrle was excellent this afternoon, giving up only a Michael Cuddyer homer and three other hits. But there was more frustration on offense as we got shut out for the seventh time and grounded into two more double plays, both stalling potential rallies. The clutch hits just weren’t there–again.
Interesting pitching matchup tomorrow night in Phoenix as we reprise interleague play against the D-backs. It’ll be Edwin Jackson (4-5, 4.39) for the Sox vs. the man they gave up last summer to get him, young Daniel Hudson (7-5, 3.82).
* Will Carlos Quentin return to 2008 form and stay healthy in the process? Time will tell, but Quentin continued his surge last night with his fifth homer of the spring and is hitting .333. Just a few days ago he was well under .200.
The White Sox offense finally came to life today, pounding out 28 runs and 31 hits in a split squad doubleheader separated by 126 miles. The Sox won a 12-1 drubbing of the Diamondbacks in Tucson and, after enjoying as much as a five-run lead over the Indians in Glendale, the South Siders settled for an ugly 16-16 tie when the game was called after nine innings.
The first day of the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis came and went
without any blockbuster deals–with no White Sox activity. Righty Brian Bruney was dealt by the Yankees to the Nationals and All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez signed with the Nats. That was about it.
most intriguing buzz was a proposed three-way deal among the Yanks,
Diamondbacks and Tigers. According to the rumor, The Yankees would get
speedy centerfielder Curtis Granderson from the Tigers along with a prospect or two from Arizona. The D-backs would get righty Edwin Jackson from Detroit and young hurler Ian Kennedy from New York and the Tigers would obtain pitcher Max Scherzer from Arizona, promising outfielder Austin Jackson and leftys Phil Coke and Michael Dunn from the Yankees.
My point here is that as a Sox fan, you have to like Granderson and Jackson leaving the Central Division.
While the Sox were idle on the trade front, Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen were a bit chatty yesterday with the media. Here are a few tidbits that came out of their interviews:
“No comment” on the Sox interest in Roy Halladay. All I can say is Hmmm.
Regarding the possible signing of Scott Podsednik as
a free agent to fill the leadoff role: “If he has a sincere desire both
in terms of fit and dollars to match up, then it’s time to get serious.”
“There will be some bats available after the tender date (Saturday) so you got a lot of options…We’ve got to let it play out.”
Indicated Carlos Quentin would most likely be moved to his natural position in right field–if Quentin is comfortable with the move.
He prefers having Gordon Beckham batting sixth or seventh.
Regarding the possibility of signing DH Hideki Matsui: We need one more
guy. It could be him. He has to show us he can play the outfield too.”