White Sox notes: Floyd, Sox blast Cubs

White Sox notes: Floyd, Sox blast Cubs
March 15, 2013, 7:00 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It's only spring training, but the White Sox clicked on all cylinders Friday in a 15-3 win over the Cubs at Camelback Ranch.

Gavin Floyd threw 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out five and not walking a batter. With the regular season approaching quick, Floyd and his fellow starters are beginning to get into normal rhythms between starts.

"He's been looking great this spring, and today was the same," manager Robin Ventura observed. "He just went out and threw all his pitches. He just looked sharp. When he's got command like that, it's always tough."

"You get in the routine and you get in every five days, it starts getting back to where the routine and feel comfortable," Floyd said.

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Dayan Viciedo went 2-3 with a two-run double and a grand slam, while Jordan Danks went 3-5 with a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. Dewayne Wise added a home run in a 15-hit outburst for the Sox.

After the White Sox bats were silenced Thursday against the Angels, Friday's performance was a welcome sight for Ventura.

"Yeah, you have a day like yesterday and swing a little bit -- guys are getting closer, and I think you want them feeling pretty good swinging the bat," Ventura said.

Dylan Axelrod, who earlier was mentioned as a backup option if John Danks isn't ready to join the White Sox rotation in early April, threw three innings and allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

"We're gonna send him home in some padding"

Jesse Crain pitched in a minor league game Friday, his first game action since suffering a hip injury in early March. It was a step in the right direction for the right-hander, even though he was hit by a comebacker near his hip by the first batter he faced.

"They say he's fine, but it's one thing after another," Ventura said. "Who knows. I hope he gets home safely."

Ventura was joking, later saying "we're gonna send him home in some padding" with his usual dry sense of humor. Crain is fine, per team trainer Herm Schneider, and pitching coach Don Cooper said before Crain's outing he's not concerned about the right-hander potentially missing Opening Day.

"I’m not worried about Jesse right now because I know we have enough time to get a reliever ready," Cooper said Friday. "Jesse is going to take the ball 60 to 70 times. I didn’t need 20 down here in the first place."

Flowers scratched, Keppinger expected back Sunday

Tyler Flowers was a late scratch from the White Sox lineup Friday with some pregame soreness. The issue doesn't sound serious, and the Sox were being more cautious than anything else with the decision.

Jeff Keppinger, who was scratched from Wednesday's lineup and left Glendale due to a personal matter, could return to the White Sox on Saturday, although Ventura said it's more likely he'll be back Sunday.

Mitchell among four cut from camp

The White Sox announced four roster moves after Friday's game, optioning outfielder Jared Mitchell, catcher Josh Phegley and pitchers Andre Rienzo and Jhan Marinez to Triple-A Charlotte.

Mitchell should get regular playing time going forward after posting a 1.073 OPS in 30 Cactus League at-bats. Phegley has enjoyed success this spring, too, with a 1.092 OPS in 23 Cactus League at-bats.

Rienzo only appeared in two spring games with the White Sox after pitching for Team Brazil in the World Baseball Classic. The right-hander allowed seven runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts in three innings.

Marinez, who pitched briefly in the majors last year for the White Sox, walked seven and struck out four in five innings of one-run ball this spring.