First Pitch: Danks aims to ace bum tooth

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First Pitch: Danks aims to ace bum tooth

Sunday, April 3, 2011
Posted: 10:43 a.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

CLEVELAND Are statistical splits available for pitching with a sore tooth?

Sabermetricians havent busted out pitches per mouth ailment (PMA) or Sore Gum Quality Starts (SGQS), so its impossible to tell how well John Danks hurls under such circumstances.

One thing is clear: The lefthander is lights-out in April.
Danks in April: 7-6 with a 3.03 ERA, .588 OPS, 1.06 WHIP and 3.11 KBB (all but the record are career month bests).
Danks vs. the Cleveland Indians: 3-6 with a 4.95 ERA, .778 OPS, 1.29 WHIP and 2.9 KBB.
Danks at Progressive Field: 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA, .740 OPS, 1.21 WHIP and 2.78 KBB. (Yes, that means the lefty is 0-4 in his career vs. the Wahoos at U.S. Cellular Field.)
Heres how the Indians line up against Danks:

1. Michael Brantley, cf
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, ss (3-12, .500 OPS)
3. Shin-Soo Choo, rf (7-19, 1.000 OPS, five Ks)
4. Carlos Santana, 1b
5. Travis Hafner, dh (4-21, HR, three RBI, .642 OPS, five Ks)
6. Orlando Cabrera, 2b (1-3, three-run homer, 1.833 OPS)
7. Travis Buck, lf (1-4, .400 OPS)
8. Jack Hannahan, 3b (0-2, K)
9. Lou Marson, c (2-5, .971 OPS, two walks, two Ks)

Pick to click? Even coming off a four-K Saturday, you have to go with Choo. But OC wins the one-hit wonder award, with a three-run knock in three at-bats, and Marson is a spot-start pick to click.

Lanky righty Justin Masterson takes the bump vs. the White Sox, who hes pitched uncommonly well against:

Masterson in April: 2-3 with a 3.89 ERA, .731 OPS, 1.54 WHIP and 2.21 KBB.

Masterson vs. the White Sox: 1-2 with a 2.41 ERA, .639 OPS, 1.24 WHIP and 2.33 KBB.

Masterson at Progressive Field: 4-8 with a 3.03 ERA, .632 OPS, 1.23 WHIP and 2.06 KBB.
Heres how the White Sox will bat against Masterson:

1. Juan Pierre, lf (6-11, 1.161 OPS career vs. Masterson)
2. Gordon Beckham, 2b (5-9. 1.111 OPS, two Ks)
3. Adam Dunn, dh (1-2, solo HR, 2.667 OPS)
4. Paul Konerko, 1b (3-14, .639 OPS)
5. Alex Rios, cf (has faced Masterson as often as any hitter: 3-18, HR, .675 OPS, four Ks)
6. Carlos Quentin, rf (0-11, four Ks, HBP)
7. A.J. Pierzynski, c (5-14, .786 OPS, two Ks)
8. Alexei Ramirez, ss (3-14, solo homer, .741 OPS)
9. Omar Vizquel, 3b (2-8, .500 OPS)

Look for a tasty day from the top of the White Sox order.
Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.coms White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

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Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

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Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.