LIVE: Quentin RBI gives Sox 8-3 lead over Indians

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LIVE: Quentin RBI gives Sox 8-3 lead over Indians

Saturday, April 2, 2011
Posted: 10:21 a.m.
Associated Press

After totaling 25 runs and 35 hits in the season opener, it may be difficult for the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians to approach those lofty totals in their second game.

Following a wild outcome to begin 2011, the White Sox on Saturday continue a three-game set with the Indians, who look to build off a comeback from a deep deficit that nearly resulted in a win.

Chicago lived up to the franchise's new motto - "All In" - by jumping out to a 14-0 lead after four innings Friday. Still, the team with a 125 million payroll nearly found a way to lose. The White Sox held on for a 15-10 victory after Mark Buehrle was tagged for four runs in the sixth, and four relievers combined to yield six runs the rest of the way.

"We won. We are pretty good. We started very well. We are hot," manager Ozzie Guillen told the White Sox's official website with a laugh. "Our offense was very good. ... My bullpen was a little shaky today, but that's going to happen."

The offense was anything but shaky, rapping 18 hits. Carlos Quentin, a .243 batter last season, had three hits, including a homer and five RBIs. New designated hitter Adam Dunn hit the seventh opening-day homer of his career and drove in four in his Chicago debut.

"I think it's good for him," Guillen said of Dunn, who's hit at least 38 homers in each of the last eight seasons. "He's coming from a new team and a lot of expectations. All the people in Chicago expect him to do well, and this takes the monkey off his back."

Carlos Santana, making a comeback from a gruesome leg injury that limited the catcher to 46 games in 2010, had three hits and three RBIs for Cleveland. Jack Hannahan and Asdrubal Cabrera each added three hits, and leadoff hitter Michael Brantley and second baseman Orlando Cabrera drove in two runs apiece.

"We made it interesting at the end," Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner said. "That's the mentality of this team, to keep fighting no matter the situation."

To avoid its second 0-2 start in three seasons, Cleveland must find a way to solve Chicago starter Edwin Jackson.

Jackson opened the 2010 season with Arizona, going 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA in 21 starts. After being traded to the White Sox on July 30, the right-hander posted a 4-2 record with a 3.24 ERA in 11 starts.

He defeated the Indians twice, coming within one out of a complete game in a 4-3 victory at Progressive Field on Aug. 31. Jackson, who's also pitched in the AL with Tampa Bay and Detroit, is 7-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 11 career starts against Cleveland.

Carlos Carrasco will try to help even the Indians' record. The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.83 in seven starts last season, including 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the White Sox.

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Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.

Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.

“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.

“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.

“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.

Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.

“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”

In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.

As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.

Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.