White Sox morning roundup

White Sox morning roundup
April 16, 2012, 3:34 am
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From the weekend:

Jake Peavy was excellent in Friday's 5-2 win over Detroit, Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko homered in Saturday's 5-1 win and the Sox showed impressive fight even in Sunday's 5-2 loss.

Taking two of three from the Tigers was a welcome departure from last year's first series against Detroit, which saw the Sox get swept at Comerica Park. And while it's still early, the results of the weekend qualify as a turnaround.

There were plenty of people who thought this series would be an opportunity for Detroit state their dominance over the Sox and AL Central, but that didn't wind up being the case. One person who's not surprised? Jim Leyland.

Game 1 of the series saw Detroit flaunt their greatest flaw -- defense. And the juxtaposition of Delmon Young's outfield adventures with Dayan Viciedo's diving catch and Alexei Ramirez's slick double play was too great to pass up.

Speaking of interesting contrasts: the home opener experiences for Paul Konerko, Robin Ventura and Nate Jones.

Friday's game also saw Miguel Cabrera file a complaint about the batter's box that led to a 10-minute delay. But if you're the vindictive type, you'll appreciate that Cabrera failed to record a hit in the three-game series.

Hector Santiago earned his third save of the season on Friday -- and while his selection to close games for the White Sox came as a surprise to those who follow the team, there wasn't anything shocking about it to the Sox brass.

Tyler Flowers started on Saturday and belted a mammoth home run, which is a good sign for someone who admitted his transition to a backup role has been difficult.

Kenny Williams generally won't answer questions about Ozzie Guillen (and why should he?), but he did this weekend when asked if he has any compassion for the former Sox skipper. The answer: he does.

Through the first six games of the season, the White Sox set a club record for strikeouts. But as Adam Dunn's strikeouts show, not every K is created equal.

Last but not least from the White Sox -- beer!

Around the division: The Indians stuck it to Kansas City this weekend in a three-game sweep -- but at Royals least outfielder Mitch Maier was able to shut down the Tribe for an inning and there were multiple bench-clearing incidents -- Adam Wilk will make his next scheduled start after suffering a left shoulder contusion on a foul ball Saturday and Justin Morneau looks like he'll play some first base this week for the Twins.