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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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.