MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Youkilis will hit second on Monday night when he makes his White Sox debut.
The veteran third baseman, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, said hes not concerned with where he hits in the lineup because he has batted in all nine spots during his career.
The first-place White Sox face left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano as they open a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m on Comcast SportsNet.
Youkilis has only hit more in the cleanup and fifth spots in the lineup. He has started 99 games in the No. 2 hole and has hit .295 with 16 homers and 64 RBIs.
Its not unfamiliar territory for me, Youkilis said. Ive hit everywhere in the lineup. Its just a spot in the batting order and things can change in a week. I dont (put) too much emphasis on where Im hitting.
The addition of Youkilis moves second baseman Gordon Beckham into the ninth spot in the lineup.
Beckham is hitting .317 in his last 25 games and manager Robin Ventura hopes he can help in a spot where White Sox hitters have fared poorly.
The teams ninth hitters have a combined .173 average with 22 RBIs and .517 OPS.
Weve had issues at the bottom, too, Ventura said. I think it just extends our lineup.
Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.
“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”
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Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.
“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”
Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.
Tim Raines is headed to Cooperstown.
On Wednesday, the former White Sox outfielder was one of three elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Raines released a statement on Twitter minutes after the announcement:
Raines was so excited, he already switched his Twitter bio.