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.

Miguel Gonzalez can't stop two-out rallies as White Sox fall to Oakland

Miguel Gonzalez can't stop two-out rallies as White Sox fall to Oakland

GLENDALE, Ariz. — His split-fingered fastball could use a little work, but Miguel Gonzalez is ready for the regular season.

The White Sox pitcher allowed four earned runs, all with two outs, in his penultimate Cactus League start on Wednesday. Gonzalez also gave up nine hits as the White Sox lost to the Oakland A’s 5-3 at Camelback Ranch.

"I'm pretty excited for (the regular season)," Gonzalez said. "We all know that spring can be a little long sometimes. But we are here, we are here to work and keep doing what we are doing. We are going to be OK."

Gonzalez allowed two runs each in the first and second innings. Both rallies came with two outs and were a bit of a surprise to the right-hander, who left after 4 1/3 innings. Gonzalez wonders if his split-fingered fastball might not be as sharp as normal because of the dry desert air in Arizona that affects many pitchers.

"It wasn't there today," Gonzalez said. "Not quite as good as I thought it would be. Bullpen I felt really good. Falling behind hitters first two innings. That doesn't really help you, especially a team like this that's very aggressive.

"I'm working on (the splitter). It's fine. I mean it's a little different then it is in Florida. It's not as humid. But you can't think that way. You have to go out there and keep working."

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Melky Cabrera went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the White Sox. Yolmer Sanchez tripled and homered in the loss. Former White Sox farmhand Frankie Montas struck out four over two scoreless innings to earn the save for Oakland.

The White Sox sent four more players to minor league camp before the game, including reliever Tommy Kahnle. The team sent five players to the minors on Tuesday, including pitcher Carson Fulmer. While Fulmer would love to start the season in the majors, he said it won't hinder him from taking advantage of his time at Triple-A Charlotte.

"Obviously last year getting a taste, it's that dream you've had since you were a kid," Fulmer said. "You want more of it. It's not an addiction in a way. But once you get a taste of it you want more of it. All of us young guys are trying to get back to where we've been. I think time will tell, but I think we'll get a chance here soon and get a chance to create something special."

Team USA captures first World Baseball Classic championship

Team USA captures first World Baseball Classic championship

For the first time in the history of the World Baseball Classic, the United States of America walked away champions.

Team USA bested Puerto Rico in blowout fashion on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, winning the championship game by an 8-0 score at Dodger Stadium.

White Sox relief pitchers David Robertson and Nate Jones were part of the championship-winning American roster. Robertson pitched in Wednesday's game, closing things out with a scoreless ninth inning.

Cubs infielder Javy Baez came up short as a member of the Puerto Rican team. Baez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Wednesday.

Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman dominated the Puerto Rican lineup, pitching six no-hit innings before surrendering the first hit in the seventh inning.

The Americans crossed home plate eight times on the night, getting a two-run home run from Tigers infielder Ian Kinsler and two-run hits from Christian Yelich and Brandon Crawford. Andrew McCutchen also drove in two, and Kinsler and Nolan Arenado scored two runs apiece.

The Puerto Ricans mustered just three hits.

This was the first time the United States even advanced to the championship game in the four times the event has been staged. It's just the second top-four finish for the Americans. They finished fourth in 2009.