White Sox morning roundup

White Sox morning roundup
April 17, 2012, 5:43 am
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From yesterday:

The Sox suffered their first really crushing defeat of the season, falling 10-4 to Baltimore. The good news: A.J. Pierzynski had three hits, Paul Konerko is still great in big spots and Philip Humber battled to strike out seven and limit Baltimore to one run in 5 13 innings pitched.

The bad news: The Sox absolutely imploded on themselves. Three solo home runs in the eighth and ninth innings tied things up -- representing Hector Santiago's first blown save -- and then Alejandro De Aza's dropped fly ball fueled a six-run 10th by the Orioles.

A 95-loss season is unrealistic, even with losses like Monday's. Matt Thornton and Robin Ventura offered up their thoughts on Jim Leyland's lambasting of those dismal projections prior to yesterday's contest.

Chris Sale joined a group of pitchers that includes Jim Kaat and Scott Eyre with his outing on Sunday. Chris Kamka has the details.

I had the White Sox at No. 16 while Tony Andracki had them at No. 15 in our latest power rankings.

Larry has a good rundown of the No. 2 issue, Jim points out the Sox are four games under .500 vs. Baltimore since 2007 and James previewed Philip Humber.

Around the division: Justin Verlander threw a 100 mph fastball on roughly pitch No. 300 to end a 3-2 Detroit win over Kansas City, Justin Morneau's continued struggles led Ron Gardenhire to drop him in the Twins' lineup -- to which he responded with a nice game in a win over the Yankees -- and Lewie Pollis looked at Cleveland's signing of Johnny Damon.