Floyd, White Sox continue series with Yankees

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Floyd, White Sox continue series with Yankees

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Posted: 9:01 a.m.

(AP) -- The Chicago White Sox avoideda third straight shutout by posting one of their own. They may liketheir chances of limiting the New York Yankees again based on who theyare sending out to the mound.Gavin Floyd has an excellent historyagainst several of the Yankees' key hitters, and he'll get the ballTuesday night when these teams continue a four-game set in the Bronx.Chicago (9-14) won for just thesecond time in 12 games, 2-0 on Monday behind Phil Humber. Theoft-traveled Humber made his sixth career start a successful one bytaking a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Alex Rodriguezsingled for one of New York's three hits.Chris Sale and Sergio Santos combinedto record the final six outs for the White Sox, whose relievers haveposted a 2.35 ERA over the last seven games after registering a 5.21ERA over the first 16."We needed that," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Our bullpen's been better over the past five or six days."Before the game, the White Sox werevisited by general manager Kenny Williams, who made the trip toreiterate his support for the team and Guillen's staff."All I can do is come to theclubhouse and give some hugs, some support in that way," Williams said."The good thing is we have the ability, we have the talent."The Yankees (12-7) may not find theirtask much easier against Floyd (2-1, 4.00 ERA), who is 1-1 with a 3.29ERA in four starts against them. Perhaps more important, the Chicagoright-hander has fared well against numerous current New York hitters,including Derek Jeter (3 for 14), Robinson Cano (1 for 13), Rodriguez(1 for 8), Mark Teixeira (1 for 6) and Nick Swisher (1 for 6).Floyd was the last White Sox pitcherto win before Humber, allowing two runs over six innings Thursday in a9-2 victory at Tampa Bay.The series-opening loss marked boththe second time this season the powerful Yankees were shut out, and thesecond time they failed to get an extra-base hit. New York leads themajors with 36 home runs and a .486 slugging percentage.Teixeira - born in Annapolis, Maryland like Floyd - was 0 for 3 on Monday after going 6 for 13 over the previous three games.Cano also went 0 for 3 as his 13-game hitting streak ended. The second baseman batted .345 with 12 RBIs during that run.New York's Ivan Nova (1-2, 7.63) mayhave good memories of facing the White Sox entering his second startagainst them. The right-hander earned his first major league victoryAug. 29, 2010, by giving up one run over 5 2-3 innings in a 2-1 roadwin over Chicago.Nova has not started since April 15,when he yielded five runs over 4 1-3 innings in a 5-3 home loss toTexas. He pitched in relief last Tuesday and recorded only two outsbefore giving up the winning run in a 6-5, 10-inning loss at TorontoCopyright 2011 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Cubs and White Sox release lineups for Game 1 of Crosstown Classic

Cubs and White Sox release lineups for Game 1 of Crosstown Classic

It's about that time again: the Crosstown Classic.

The Cubs (51-46) and White Sox (38-57) released their lineups ahead of Monday's series opener at Wrigley Field.

Kyle Hendricks (4-3, 4.09 ERA) will square off against Miguel Gonzalez (4-9, 4.89 ERA).

Here's how Joe Maddon's Cubs will line up behind Hendricks, who's back after missing nearly two months.

CUBS

1. Jason Heyward - RF
2. Kris Bryant - 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
4. Willson Contreras - C
5. Kyle Schwarber - LF
6. Ben Zobrist - 2B
7. Jon Jay - CF
8. Javy Baez - SS
9. Kyle Hendricks - P

On the South Side, Rick Renteria is shuffling things up a little bit, as top prospect Yoan Moncada has moved to the No. 2 spot. Melky Cabrera is also back in the lineup after leaving Sunday's game early.

WHITE SOX

1. Melky Cabrera - LF
2. Yoan Moncada - 2B
3. Jose Abreu - 1B
4. Avisail Garcia - RF
5. Matt Davidson - 3B
6. Tim Anderson - SS
7. Adam Engel - CF
8. Kevan Smith - C
9. Miguel Gonzalez - P

A reminder that Crosstown coverage begins at 12 p.m. with White Sox Pregame Live on CSN and streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app.

What White Sox 'fireman' Anthony Swarzak has done to increase trade value

What White Sox 'fireman' Anthony Swarzak has done to increase trade value

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Anthony Swarzak held a high-leverage audition for a potential contender on Sunday long before the Kansas City Royals walked off the White Sox.

The nonroster invitee to big league camp continued a stellar campaign as he took over in a critical spot midgame and helped the White Sox escape with the lead. The White Sox bullpen ultimately relinquished the lead and Brandon Moss sent them to their ninth straight loss — Kansas City won 5-4 — with an RBI double in the ninth inning.

But Swarzak continues to thrive in the opportunities handed to him and could make for an interesting trade chip before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.

“He’s been excellent,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s become for us, with (Nate Jones) going down and (Jake Petricka) going down he’s actually become a fireman. He’s come in in some of the highest-leverage situations we could possibly get. And then we use him for multiple innings.”

A free agent after the season, Swarzak has 50 strikeouts and a 2.30 ERA in 47 innings for the White Sox this season. He also has only allowed nine of 33 inherited runners to score (27.2 percent), including two on Sunday. The American League average for inherited runners scoring entering Sunday was 30 percent, according to baseball-reference.com.

All this has come in a season where Swarzak went to camp with the White Sox with no certainty of making the 25-man roster. The right-hander not only thrived in camp, he came out strong in April with 19 2/3 scoreless innings to start the season. Combined with early injuries to Jones and Zach Putnam, Swarzak’s performance helped him climb the totem pole in the White Sox bullpen from the outset. His stature has grown even more of late with the injury to Petricka as well as the trades of Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson.

“As far personal expectations, I’m right where I want to be,” Swarzak said. “More to accomplish for this year, absolutely. But I like what I’ve done so far and I like the opportunity that I have to accomplish even more.

“That’s the situation we all work so hard. That’s the situation we want and it’s why we all work so hard in the offseason in general is for situations like that.”

Swarzak took over for starter Derek Holland in the fifth inning with the White Sox ahead 4-3 and runners on the corners. He threw three straight sliders to Jorge Bonifacio and struck him out to strand the pair.

“It was huge, what he did coming in right there,” Holland said.

As significant as it was, it only held off the Royals for the time being. And as much as Swarzak has enjoyed things on a personal level, it isn’t making what the thinned-out White Sox roster is experiencing any easier to handle.

“Everything going on around here right now is pretty hard to swallow,” Swarzak said. “We’re going out there losing 8-0, 6-0, we’re up 6-0 and we end up losing. We lost a 1-0 game against the Dodgers and the next night we lose 10-1. We’re kind of losing all types of ways right now, which is really hard to swallow because as a bullpen guy we take pride in holding the lead and right now it seems like we’re not getting it done at all, any aspect of it, as a group.”

With eight more shopping days left before the deadline, chances are high that Swarzak may not be part of the current group much longer. He has already seen the departures of Robertson and Kahnle and knows his impending free agency could result in a trade elsewhere. But the veteran reliever is doing his best to keep his focus on the mound.

“It all comes back to quality pitches and getting guys out,” Swarzak said. “If you’re getting guys out, you’re going to get some attention from the league and if you’re not they’re going to close the book on you. It’s very straight forward for a pitcher, for a major league baseball player in general: Do better. Get it done and you’re going to play for a long time and you’re going to have the success that goes along with getting it done. That’s really all I’m worried about is continuing to make good pitches and hopefully get the results I’m looking for.”