Bell excited for added workload with promotion to VPassistant GM

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Bell excited for added workload with promotion to VPassistant GM

Buddy Bells task load increased heavily on Friday with his promotion, but he doesnt foresee any problems.

The former player, manager and White Sox vice president of player development takes over as assistant general manager. Not only is Bell, who played 18 seasons in the majors and is in his 10th season with the franchise, in charge of player development, but he also is expected to assists with the major league roster and staffing decisions. Bell, 61, said hes also excited to continue his roll in amateur scouting and handling special assignments.

Player development is really a passion of mine, Bell said. Amateur scouting and special assignment are still going to be there. Theyre still going to take a lot of my time, which I like. I like being busy, so this particular title gives me a chance to do a lot of different things.

The biggest change for Bell will be his involvement with staffing and the major league roster. He knows the change will result in more time spent in Chicago as well as working with Rick Hahn, who was promoted from assistant GM to general manager last Friday.

Bell -- who managed for nine seasons with Detroit (1996-98), Colorado (2000-02) and Kansas City (2005-07) -- has worked closely with Hahn the past few seasons and said the two enjoy a good relationship.

There hasnt been any issues, Bell said. One of the great things about Rick is obviously hes very intelligent. Hes a great listener and that obviously helps when youre talking across the table from somebody and talking ideas. Ive had a great relationship from the very beginning. Obviously it changed a little bit because last season I got more involved at the major league end and Rick got more involved on the minor league end. Our front office is fairly inclusive anyway. It kind of makes it easy for relationship because everyone is fairly involved.

Bell returned to the White Sox in 2008 as the director of minor-league instruction, a post he held from 1991-93. He was elevated to director of player development in 2009 and held that position until he was promoted to vice president of player development last season.

A five-time All-Star who played for Cleveland, Texas, Cincinnati and Houston, Bell said hes excited he would retain his minor-league and scouting duties though he never thought hed find himself in this situation.

Ive loved that, Bell said. If youd have asked me 20 years ago if I would have enjoyed amateur scouting, we would went to something different else real quick. I really like doing that along with player development. Player development is really a passion of mine.

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

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White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

PHOENIX -- The red-hot White Sox ran into Zack Greinke on Monday night.

He cooled them off in a hurry.

Greinke struck out 12 hitters and Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the White Sox to a 5-1 loss in front of 18,333 at Chase Field. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the White Sox, who had scored 24 runs in their final two games against the Seattle Mariners.

“(Greinke) keeps the ball down out of the zone a lot,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s kind of enticing. He keeps the ball in the hitter’s area and it ends up falling out. It’s one of those things that you’ve got to try to get him up. Our approach was to try to make him throw a lot of strikes. He ended up hammering the strike zone early and then finally he just came into a groove.”

Descalso’s three-run shot off Gonzalez was one of two pitches the White Sox right-hander would have liked back. After Gonzalez walked Chris Owings with two outs in the fourth inning, his only free pass of the night, he left the curveball over the middle and Descalso deposited it in the right-center field stands to break a scoreless tie.

He also left a pitch up to Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning and the All-Star first baseman ripped it for a solo shot.

But overall Gonzalez rebounded from his previous two starts when he walked nine batters. He was sharp for three innings as he faced one over the minimum. He just missed to Owings in the fourth, which brought up Descalso.

Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings.

“You see what happens when you walk guys,” Gonzalez said. “That wasn’t in a good situation to walk the guy. You have to keep grinding, keep making my pitches. Really two pitches were the ones that hurt me tonight. A lot of positives. Nothing to worry about. Keep working hard and things are going to go my way.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way. Those two pitches, if I take those back, you never know. It’s a different ballgame.”

Not only did Greinke strike out a dozen hitters, he limited the White Sox to four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez had two hits, the first coming after Greinke opened the game by retiring seven straight batters. Leury Garcia homered off Greinke with one out in the fifth inning to break up his bid for a shutout.

It was quite the turnaround from when the White Sox bashed Yovani Gallardo and Chris Heston on consecutive days in Seattle. The White Sox scored a combined nine first-inning runs in winning three of four against the Mariners.