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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Omar Narvaez helps father celebrate his birthday in style with first home run

Omar Narvaez helps father celebrate his birthday in style with first home run

Omar Narvaez’s teammates gave him a beer shower after he blasted the first home run of his career on Friday night.

But the rookie catcher said it wasn’t the best gift he gave or received in a 7-3 White Sox victory over the Minnesota Twins. Narvaez’s father, Omar, was in attendance at U.S. Cellular Field and celebrating his birthday when he son blasted a 377-foot drive to right field.

“It was great, especially because it was my dad’s birthday today,” Narvaez said. “It’s a very special gift for my dad. That’s what I was thinking as I was running the bases. It’s the best thing I could do this day.”

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Narvaez, who hails from Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela, said his family has been in town all week to see him play. His fourth-inning homer off Twins pitcher Pat Dean put the White Sox ahead 6-0. Narvaez -- who has seven minor-league homers, including two at Triple-A Charlotte this season -- homered in his 111th plate appearance in the big leagues.

“That was awesome,” pitcher Carlos Rodon said. “I’ve been waiting a while because I know he’s got that pop. Took him a little bit, but I was happy for him.”

Young White Sox players star in win over Twins

Young White Sox players star in win over Twins

The word electric was used multiple times to describe several young White Sox players on Friday night and it wasn’t hyperbole.

Carlos Rodon tied an American League record with seven consecutive strikeouts to start a 7-3 White Sox victory over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field and Tim Anderson was an all-around force. Anderson turned several double plays and finished a double shy of the cycle and Rodon, who was coming off the best start of his career, struck out 10 to close out a stellar second half. Rookie catcher Omar Narvaez also blasted the first home run of his big league career in the victory.

“This was some electric stuff coming out,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I would say the first seven hitters were better than (Sunday’s start). He just, it looked like his confidence and end of the year, letting it out. It was definitely the best stuff-wise of having it all -- fastball, slider, mix in a change. I think that’s just a big confidence boost for him of getting to that point where he can do that.”

Where Rodon is now compared with 2 1/ 2 months ago is vastly different. Frustrated by a 2-7 start and a sprained wrist sustained when he fell in the dugout, Rodon was about as low as he’s been in his two seasons in the majors. But the North Carolina State-product vowed to treat the second half like an entirely different season when he returned from his injury and he has done just that.

Featuring a fastball that topped 99-mph, according to brooksbaseball.net, and with his wipeout slider in tow, Rodon quickly looked in control against the Twins. He struck out the side in each of the first two innings. Only two of his first seven strikeouts came via called third strikes.

Rodon’s third-inning whiff of John Ryan Murphy moved him into a tie for the team and AL record with ex-White Sox hurler Joe Cowley, who struck out the first seven he faced in a May 28, 1986 loss at the Texas Rangers. Coupled with the three strikeouts to end Sunday’s start in Cleveland (part of 11 overall), Rodon’s 10 straight strikeouts between the two games matched the most by a major league pitcher since Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Eric Gagne did it in 2003.

“He was throwing a lot of strikes,” Narvaez said. “The slider was perfect today. He was at his best today.”

Rodon was only slowed down by a 31-pitch sixth inning as he allowed three runs (two earned). He yielded three hits, walked three and struck out 10 to improve to 7-3 with a 3.45 ERA since the All-Star break. The left-hander struck out 77 batters in 73 innings from July 31st through the end of the season.

“It’s easy to play behind him because it makes my job a lot easier when he’s striking out people,” Anderson said.

Rodon feels the same about the way Anderson has played since he arrived in the majors in June. The rookie shortstop continues to excel even though he has never played more in a season than he in 2016.  

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Anderson headed into the eighth inning with a chance to complete the cycle. Needing only a double after he tripled and homered in his first two at-bats, Anderson grounded out and finished 3-for-5.

He turned on his speed when he tripled off the glove of Byron Buxton in the first inning and scored on Melky Cabrera’s RBI double. Anderson flashed his power when he blasted his ninth home run in the third, a two-run shot that traveled 410 feet. And used his glove and arm to turn several nice plays in the field.

“He’s electric,” Rodon said. “Just watching him develop over this few months here, it’s been incredible. Making those plays in the hole and just swinging the bat great. That’s a guy our team can feed off of when he’s in the lineup.”