Lillibridge breaks hand, out for rest of 2011

Lillibridge breaks hand, out for rest of 2011

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011Posted: 10:47 p.m.

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WATCH: Konerko feels terrible for LillibridgeWATCH: Guillen discusses Lillibridge's broken handBrent Lillibridge suffered a broken hand when he was hit with a Josh Judy fastball in the seventh inning of Thursday's game, announced White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen following the Sox 8-1 win against Cleveland.

Judy's fastball tailed inside, and Lillibridge began to swing before attempting to check his effort, effectively leading his hands into the 91 mph pitch. A close-up shot from a CSN camera revealed Lillibridge's hand already looked severely bruised, although the first baseman stayed in the game to run.

He was replaced by Alejandro De Aza in the top of the eighth.

Lillibridge put together a magical 2011 season, belting 13 home runs -- the most he's hit at any professional level. He also made multiple gave-saving catches as an outfielder and even adapted to play first base when Paul Konerko suffered an injury that kept him off the field July 31 against Boston.

White Sox bullpen falters in loss to Tigers

White Sox bullpen falters in loss to Tigers

DETROIT — There currently aren’t many known quantities in the front end of the White Sox bullpen.

Trades and injuries have resulted in several untested pitchers moving into new roles that take time in which to adjust. So when White Sox starting pitchers don’t go deep, as was the case on Tuesday night, anything can happen.

Starter Anthony Ranaudo lasted one batter into the sixth inning and an experienced Detroit Tigers lineup had its way against the bullpen as the White Sox lost 8-4 in front of 27,121 at Comerica Park. Matt Albers and Jacob Turner combined to allow five runs as the Tigers rallied from back from an early three-run deficit to win the series. Detroit looks for a series sweep on Wednesday afternoon.

With Ranaudo running out of gas and the White Sox offense starting strong and whimpering to the finish yet again, the bullpen was left in a vulnerable spot.

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Ranaudo was very good for four innings and didn’t get touched until Ian Kinsler ripped a 1-2 curveball for a two-run, two-out homer in the fifth to get Detroit within 3-2. Though he got through the fifth, Ranaudo exited after a leadoff double by J.D. Martinez in the sixth. Albers took over and recorded his only out after he allowed a game-tying single to Justin Upton, walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia and JaCoby Jones doubled in the go-ahead run to make it 4-3. Turner took over and Kinsler ripped a two-run single to left to put Detroit ahead by three. Martinez homered off Turner in the seventh and Jones singled in another run to put the Tigers up by four.

The White Sox offense took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a two-run homer by Todd Frazier, his 33rd. Adam Eaton’s RBI grounder off Daniel Norris later in the inning put the White Sox ahead by three. But they left the bases loaded in the fourth and failed to put Detroit away again.

White Sox closer David Robertson's foundation big part of MLB's Louisiana flood relief efforts

White Sox closer David Robertson's foundation big part of MLB's Louisiana flood relief efforts

DETROIT — David Robertson’s charitable foundation is at the head of Major League Baseball’s drive to help victims of this month’s Louisiana floods.

High Socks for Hope, which Robertson created with his wife, Erin, received a $62,500 donation on Tuesday from MLB and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association, which made a joint $250,000 contribution.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which was established by former Louisiana State players, also received $62,500 and The American Red Cross got $125,000.

The Robertson’s foundation originally was formed to help victims of an April 27, 2011 tornado that rocked Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Birmingham, resulting in 64 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries.

“We’ve evolved over the years,” Robertson said. “Passing time we’ve worked toward helping a lot of the veterans and now MLB has been gracious enough to give us this donation and we’ve already got people on the ground there feeding thousands of people, both volunteers and those who are down there who have lost everything. We’re going to continue to help out as much as we can down there. We’re not a monster of an organization, but we do what we can, we stretch every dollar and with this generous donation we’re going to find a way to help those that have been affected by this terrible flood.”

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White Sox pitcher Anthony Ranaudo pitched at LSU and has been active in raising funds, too.

“It’s good to see young guys getting involved in stuff like this because the game doesn’t last forever,” Robertson said. “But these charities can keep going and there’s always a chance for us to give back and we’re given so much as baseball players that it’s only fitting that we return the favor.”

'Little bit of experience' has helped White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino at plate

'Little bit of experience' has helped White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino at plate

DETROIT — The White Sox have long felt Tyler Saladino would be a player who improves with experience. Saladino wholeheartedly agrees with that assessment.

Now in his second season, Saladino looks like a more complete player. In the midst of a hot streak, the White Sox utility man is hitting .265/.302/.409 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 246 plate appearances this season.

The performance is far removed from when Saladino produced a boatload of defensive highlights in his rookie season but only a .602 OPS at the plate.

“At the beginning I didn’t know any of the (pitchers) really, didn’t know what their stuff was like, how they pitch or what I’m doing,” Saladino said with a hearty laugh. “All that stuff kind of plays into just everything. They’re all factors. I have a little more knowledge and the extra at-bats. You kind of know yourself, know what’s going on and kind of slowed things down a little bit. It’s huge.”

Saladino has played nearly every day with Brett Lawrie on the disabled list since July 22. Those consistent at-bats have resulted in one of the hottest stretches of Saladino’s career. Over the last 12 games, Saladino is hitting .326/.354/.522 with three doubles, two homers and nine RBIs in 49 plate appearances. The stretch doesn’t appear to have been propelled by a ton of luck, either; Saladino’s batting average on balls in play over the 12 games is only up a tick to .333 compared with a .310 season average.

Prior to the season, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Saladino has always improved in his second year at a level. Manager Robin Ventura has seen the difference in how Saladino competes at the plate.

“Just the quality of his at-bats have gotten better as the season has gone along and his experience has got him there,” Ventura said. “And everybody is going to see him a second time, have adjustments and do their adjustments on him. But he’s smart and cagey enough that he’s also making adjustments. He understands what guys are trying to do to him. You see him in one series and see him a couple weeks later he has a better idea what they’re trying to do to him and what he might see. And his recall is very good as far as being able to visualize what they’re trying to do to him and get the barrel to it.”

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Saladino said he expected the same. He said his style has always been to make corrections and improve.

“I definitely believed in it,” Saladino said. “That’s kind of how I’ve always been. I may not get it the first time, but I’m going to get it. I’m going to work at it, I’m going to figure it out the second time around or in the future from that first go at it. That’s how it has always been my whole life. If I didn’t get it in the beginning I was going to figure out how to get it done after that. That’s how a long of things go for me.

“A little bit of experience goes a long way.”