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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White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.