LIVE: White Sox struggling against Tigers

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LIVE: White Sox struggling against Tigers

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011
Posted: 10:23 a.m.
Associated Press

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The Detroit Tigers began their nine-game win streak with a sweep of the Chicago White Sox to build a commanding AL Central lead. Now even bigger goals are within their reach.

The Tigers will try for their first 10-game streak in 43 years on Monday night when they open a three-game road series against the White Sox.

Detroit (84-62) led Chicago (73-72) and Cleveland by 5 12 games in the Central race before beginning a three-game home set Sept. 2 against the White Sox. The Tigers outscored Chicago 35-11 in sweeping that series and have not lost since.

The nine-game win streak matches Detroit's longest since the 1984 World Series champions won that many. The last time the Tigers won 10 in a row was an 11-game run Sept. 9-21, 1968 - the previous time they won the World Series before 1984.

Detroit's magic number to win the division is seven, and Chicago is merely looking to fare better than it did the last time these teams met.

"We have to go strong," manager Ozzie Guillen told MLB.com. "I hope they don't approach us the same way they did out there. Guys have to go out there and play. We have to go there and finish strong, but I don't see anything different. I hope we pitch better."

Detroit owns the second-best record among AL division leaders in the race for home-field advantage. The Tigers are also within striking distance of the East-leading Yankees for the league's best record.

Leadoff hitter Austin Jackson is batting .403 during a 15-game hitting streak against Chicago. Jackson went 9 for 15 with seven runs scored in the last series between these teams.

Catcher Alex Avila could be back in the lineup after he got a day off Sunday during a 2-1 win over Minnesota. Avila is a .382 hitter with eight RBIs against the White Sox this year.

Jose Valverde set a team record with his 43rd save Sunday after Doug Fister pitched seven scoreless innings.

"I'm happy," Valverde said. "My team is in first place, and that's what I want."

The Tigers have won 10 of the last 12 games started by Rick Porcello (13-8, 4.87 ERA), who will try to reverse his poor history against the White Sox. Porcello is 1-4 with a 7.46 ERA in six starts against Chicago.

The right-hander improved to 8-3 with a 4.01 ERA in 15 road starts after yielding one run over 6 1-3 innings last Tuesday in a 10-1 rout of Cleveland.

Chicago slugger Paul Konerko is 7 for 15 with a homer against Porcello. Konerko is one homer shy of his seventh season with at least 30 and two RBIs shy of reaching 100 for the sixth time.

White Sox left-hander John Danks (6-11, 4.09) has allowed 13 runs over 10 2-3 innings in losing his last two starts. He's 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in three outings against Detroit this year.

Magglio Ordonez is 16 for 32 with two homers against Danks. The former White Sox outfielder is batting .395 during an 11-game hitting streak.

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Mark Buehrle 'floored' White Sox will retire his number

Mark Buehrle 'floored' White Sox will retire his number

GLENDALE, Ariz. — He's a little nervous now that he has a speech to make, but Mark Buehrle is enjoying life and has no regrets about retiring from baseball.

Addressing the media for the first time since his final game on Oct. 4, 2015, Buehrle said Friday he's right where he wants to be — at home with his family. Buehrle determined 3-4 years ago he would retire after his contract expired to spend more time with his wife and kids. The pitcher, who will have his number 56 retired by the White Sox on June 24, said he didn't announce his decision to step away because he hoped to do so with much fanfare.

"I knew I was done, that I didn't have the drive any more," Buehrle said on a conference call. "I think a big part of it was missing the family, they weren't up in Toronto the whole season and I think that just kind of drained on me. The reason I didn't say anything — I didn't want all the attention. I've always told people I was a young guy that came into the big leagues unknown. Kind of snuck into the big leagues and I wanted to kind of sneak my way out. That's why I haven't said anything, I haven't talked to anybody, I just kind of let it go. Hopefully one day it was just kind of got forgotten and five years down the road, ‘Where's that Buehrle guy? Is he still around?'"

Buehrle, who won 161 games and completed 200 innings in 11 straight seasons with the White Sox, has spent the past year-plus on his Missouri farm with his wife, Jamie, and two children, "doing what I've been wanting to do for 20 years," he said. 

While he misses teammates and life in the clubhouse, Buehrle is at peace with his decision to retire after 16 seasons. He discovered when watching games last season that he didn't miss playing as much as he expected.

Buehrle joked that he doesn't want many former teammates to attend the ceremony because it means he'd have to speak in front of a larger audience. He promises to keep his speech brief, similar to the way he pitched. The left-hander even joked that he offered to allow his son to make the speech in his stead.

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Even though he's one of the most popular players in club history, Buehrle was surprised last month when the White Sox informed him of their plans. He'll be the 12th player to have his number retired by the White Sox.

"I was blown away and floored by it," Buehrle said. "It's obviously a great honor. It's something you don't really intend to happen or you don't play for that reason. You just go out there and play. I had a long, successful career there in Chicago. I just tried to do everything right and that's how I was kind of raised and how I went about it. Jerry (Reinsdorf) is kind enough to come with this offer about retiring my jersey. I really don't know.

"I've been joking around with friends saying my jersey is going to be up there next to Frank Thomas. I grew up watching this guy. It doesn't seem right. It doesn't seem like it belongs up there next to his.

"I'm going to be up there with all those numbers and it doesn't seem right, like that's where I belong. I just did what I was supposed to do, had fun with it and lived every day like it was my last. Now my number is going to be up there. I haven't really soaked everything in. It just doesn't make sense right now."

Carson Fulmer to start for White Sox in exhibition opener

Carson Fulmer to start for White Sox in exhibition opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox have lined up their first three starting pitchers of the spring starting with Carson Fulmer on Saturday afternoon.

The team's 2015 first-round draft pick received the nod as the White Sox open their exhibition schedule against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. CST. 

Jose Quintana pitches Sunday at home against the Colorado Rockies while Lucas Giolito is set to start at the Cubs on Monday. Fulmer — who went 0-2 with an 8.49 ERA in 11 2/3 innings in 2016 — likened the start to pitching against the Dodgers in a night game last spring in front of a sellout crowd at Camelback Ranch.

"I'm definitely honored," Fulmer said. "It's great. I feel like the coaching staff here stresses that in order to be a good player, you have to put yourself in situations that you are uncomfortable with. I'm not saying I'm uncomfortable with it but it was definitely a unique situation where I can go out there and help us win. So, spring training and the season, our goal is to win and I feel like with the coaching staff putting us young guys in that situation, I think it's going to benefit us."

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Fulmer is also excited to face his counterpart Saturday, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. 

"That's awesome," Fulmer said. "I've been watching him pitch since I was a little kid. I'm definitely pumped to see him out there. It's going to be awesome. 

"He's one of the best pitchers in baseball. I mean, he's a pitcher that you look up to and for me, it's going to be awesome. I hopefully can keep the scorecard or something."

The White Sox also announced Friday they have signed 25 players to one-year contracts, including Fulmer. Carlos Rodon's one-year deal for $600,000 is the highest of the bunch.