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First Pitch: Milledge replaces Dunn vs. Royals

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First Pitch: Milledge replaces Dunn vs. Royals

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Posted: 12:23 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

KANSAS CITY Indeed, Lastings Milledge is starting today due to Adam Dunns appendectomy. But it doesnt hurt that hes tapped out two homers in eight career at-bats vs. Kansas City Royals starter Jeff Francis. Francis, in fact, has had little success vs. Chicago:
Jeff Francis splits

In April: 2-7, 4.92 ERA, .834 OPS, 1.56 WHIP, 1.34 KBB

Vs. the White Sox: 0-1, 6.75 ERA, .955 OPS, 1.75 WHIP, 0.40 KBB

At Kauffman Stadium: 1-1, 4.08 ERA, .819 OPS, 1.30 WHIP, 1.67 KBB
career month worsts

career vs. team worsts
White Sox vs. Francis

Juan Pierre, dh: 14-30, 1.017 OPS, two SH

Gordon Beckham, 2b

Alex Rios, cf: 1-3, .667 OPS

Paul Konerko, 1b: 1-5, .533 OPS, GIDP

Carlos Quentin, rf: 0-8, .111 OPS, two Ks

Alexei Ramirez, ss

Lastings Milledge, lf: 5-8, two HR, four RBI, 2.042 OPS

Ramon Castro, c: 1-2, RBI, 1.107 OPS

Brent Morel, 3b

Billy Butler and Melky Cabrera terrorized the White Sox last night, and are two of the Royals who have had the most success against todays White Sox starter, Mark Buehrle.
Mark Buehrles splits

In April: 23-18, 4.18 ERA, .714 OPS, 1.22 WHIP, 2.09 KBB
Vs. Royals: 21-11, 3.57 ERA, .726 OPS, 1.25 WHIP, 2.30 KBB
At Kauffman Stadium: 10-8, 3.71 ERA, .726 OPS, 1.24 WHIP, 2.37 KBB
career month-best
Royals vs. Buehrle
Mike Aviles, 3b: 8-28, .712 OPS

Melky Cabrera, cf: 8-14, HR, five RBI, 1.429 OPS
Alex Gordon, lf: 6-23, HR, two RBI, .813 OPS

Billy Butler, dh: 14-54, two HR, nine RBI, .814 OPS

Kila Kaaihue, lb

Jeff Francoeur, rf

Alcides Escobar, ss

Brayan Pena, c: 3-6, 1.000 OPS

Chris Getz, 2b

White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk rips Lackey, Swarzak traded, Coop misses Q

After a wild day at Wrigley Field against the Cubs, Chuck Garfien and Dan Hayes discuss John Lackey hitting four White Sox batters and also play Hawk Harrelson's epic on-air rant directed at the Cubs pitcher.

"Jeff the Sox Fan" appears on the podcast and suggests what he thinks Jose Abreu should have done to Lackey when he was hit for a second time.

While they taped the podcast, Anthony Swarzak was traded to the Brewers. What kind of return did the White Sox get? Garfien also interviews White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper about losing Quintana to the Cubs, why he can't watch Quintana and Chris Sale pitch in different uniform, when some minor leaguers like Reynaldo Lopez will be called up and more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

How White Sox aggressive deadline strategy paid off in Anthony Swarzak trade

How White Sox aggressive deadline strategy paid off in Anthony Swarzak trade

The White Sox jumped out ahead of a crowded reliever market once again and traded Anthony Swarzak to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.

The White Sox acquired 25-year-old outfielder Ryan Cordell from the Brewers in exchange for the veteran reliever, a baseball source confirmed. The No. 17 prospect in the Brewers farm system, Cordell was hitting .284/.349/.506 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 292 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.

A nonroster invitee to big league camp this spring, Swarzak was 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA, one save and 52 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings this season. He’s the third reliever the White Sox have traded since the second half began as they also dealt David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the New York Yankees with Todd Frazier on July 18.

TA free agent after the season, Swarzak has fared extremely well in high-leverage situations, stranding 26 of the 35 runners he had inherited. He pitched in two high-leverage spots in the team’s previous two games, earning his first career save Monday. Swarzak, whose 9.68 strikeouts per nine is a career high, also earned a hold on Sunday in Kansas City.

“I’ve been waiting for that opportunity for a long time,” Swarzak said of Monday’s save. “It’s nice that I went in there and got it done. You think about that moment for years and then it finally happens. You just are trying to take a step back and reflect on what just happened, and I’ll be able to come in tomorrow and be ready to go.”

Two American League scouts said Monday that Swarzak still had good trade value even though he’s viewed as a rental. While he wouldn’t likely net the White Sox a top-150 prospect, they could wrangle a “good” minor-leaguer in a deal. One element that could have potentially derailed the White Sox was an abundance of strong relief options in the market, perhaps as many as 20 pitchers.

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After the White Sox traded Robertson and Kahnle, general manager Rick Hahn indicated they moved the pair early in anticipation of a competitive marketplace when they acquired Blake Rutherford and others from the New York Yankees. The Baltimore Orioles are a team that could have wreaked havoc on the relief market if they decide to sell -- something one AL source said they’ve gone back and forth on every day -- because they could flood it with Zach Britton and others.

The move is the third made by the White Sox in a span of two weeks, including the trade of Jose Quintana to the Cubs on July 13. The White Sox still have several veterans on the roster who could draw trade interest, including starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez.

“We are still open for business,” Hahn said last week.

Today’s Knuckleball’s Jon Heyman first reported the deal that sent Swarzak to the Brewers. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal initially reported the teams’ were discussing a trade for Swarzak.