LIVE: White Sox cut deficit in half, trail 2-1

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LIVE: White Sox cut deficit in half, trail 2-1

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Posted: 11:15 a.m.
Associated Press

The way the Chicago White Sox are playing, their outspoken manager may not mind serving out a suspension.

Ozzie Guillen will sit out a second straight game Saturday as the White Sox continue their series against the Baltimore Orioles trying to avoid a sixth straight home loss.

Guillen was suspended for two games by Major League Baseball for comments made on Twitter after being ejected from Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Yankees in New York.

Guillen missed Friday's 10-4 loss, the White Sox's 13th in 16 games.

The Orioles broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning, sending 11 men to the plate. Mark Reynolds walked with the bases loaded to score Adam Jones then Matt Wieters and Brian Roberts each hit two-run doubles.

Wieters drove in four runs, hitting a two-run homer. Roberts had three RBIs and Luke Scott also homered.

The White Sox (10-17) have been outscored 32-15 while losing five straight at U.S. Cellular Field.

"It's frustrating, there's no other word for it," said John Danks, who fell to 0-4 after giving up five runs and eight hits in six innings. "We're all putting the work in and there's no reason why it's not going our way. We need to turn around quick."

Meanwhile, the Orioles have won three of four after dropping 11 of 14. Friday also marked the third time in four games they recorded at least 10 hits.

Baltimore (11-13) will try to extend its success at the plate against Phil Humber (2-2, 3.20 ERA), who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against New York on Monday before giving up a one-out single to Alex Rodriguez. The White Sox won 2-0.

"You don't expect to hold an offense like that down especially just giving up one hit but you got to make pitches and not worry about who's up there at the plate," said Humber, making the sixth start of his career for his fifth team, and in the rotation while Jake Peavy is on the disabled list.

The right-hander has made four relief appearances against the Orioles, allowing two runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Baltimore will counter with Chris Tillman (0-2, 6.16), who is making his first start since April 18, when he allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-3 loss to Minnesota. A rainout last Friday against the Yankees allowed the Orioles to push back the right-hander's start.

Tillman has been bothered by right groin soreness and said he's been struggling in his last three starts. He's pitched 13 innings over that stretch, giving up 13 runs and 21 hits.

"It's a lot disappointing," Tillman, who is making his first start against the White Sox, told the Orioles' official website. "I'm not happy about it. But I think it's an issue that if we don't take care of it, it can be a lot longer.

"I think history has proven that. I'd rather get it out of the way now than have to deal with it throughout the whole season."

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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.