Humber throws 63 pitches in second rehab start

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Humber throws 63 pitches in second rehab start

Philip Humber completed his second rehab start with Triple-A Charlotte Friday evening, throwing 63 pitches over four innings of two-run ball. Humber allowed five hits, issued two walks, struck out one and allowed a home run.

In his previous rehab start, Humber threw 2 12 innings and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

The home run Humber allowed on Friday was to former Twins pest Lew Ford, who owns an .839 OPS at U.S. Cellular Field but hasn't played in the majors since 2007.

Humber will likely need at least one more minor-league start before re-joining the White Sox. In 12 starts prior to going on the DL, Humber had a 6.01 ERA with 31 walks, 63 strikeouts and 12 home runs allowed in 67 13 innings.

In Humber's place, Dylan Axelrod has started three games, posting a 5.50 ERA with five walks, nine strikeouts and one home run allowed in 18 innings.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here