Pitching in front of friends and family gives Santiago a boost

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Pitching in front of friends and family gives Santiago a boost

NEW YORK -- Hector Santiago had a big smile on his face on Friday afternoon as he recalled his Yankee Stadium debut from the night before. He admits its likely not going to leave any time soon.

The White Sox rookie hails from nearby Newark, N.J. and enjoyed the fact he pitched in front of family and friends Thursday night. Even though he gave up a run on a Mark Teixeira homer, Santiago, who struck out two batters, earned the victory because of Dayan Viciedos heroics.

He said the level of his adrenaline rush is as high as some of his previous major league milestones.

That was probably the highest Ive been either since I got called up last year for my major league debut or my save in Texas, Santiago said. I havent had that kind of energy or stuff behind me for a while now. Ill probably have it for the next couple of weeks just knowing what its like to have it again and that adrenaline and that feeling of your friends and everybody behind you pushing you and cheering for you. That felt great.

So what was the highlight of pitching in the esteemed Bronx venue?

Striking out Robinson Cano, of course. Santiago, who actually grew up more of a New York Mets fans, said he is very close with members of Canos family.

Me and his cousins were best friends, Santiago said. I grew up with his family. He was raised in Newark for a little while. I have known him for the past seven years. It was big. I talked to him before the game and we wished each other good luck. It was great. Now I have something to talk about and I can throw it in my friends face, I got your cousin out.

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Todd Frazier wasn’t pleased with a call Saturday afternoon that led to the first ejection of his career.

It’s not that the White Sox third baseman is arguing about whether or not he deserved to get thrown out in the seventh inning of a 10-2 loss to the Oakland A’s. Frazier is more miffed by first-base umpire Sam Holbrook’s initial ruling --- that his throw pulled Jose Abreu off the bag --- and the determination by replay officials that the call was correct.

Frazier was ejected shortly after word arrived that the call stands, which means officials in New York didn’t believe they have enough evidence to overturn the original ruling. That fact bothered Frazier, who was charged with an error and began to speak his mind. White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected shortly thereafter for the third straight home game.

“It’s just frustrating with the technology we have today,” Frazier said. “It’s just crazy. It boggles your mind. It really does. You know -- I’m the one. I’m vocal. I’m emotional. But when it’s wrong, 100 percent wrong. I saw it on the MLB Network. I saw it in our cameras and our computers. I just don’t understand how we can see it and they can’t see it in New York. It’s just, it’s frustrating as all hell to be honest with you. It turned into a big inning. We were down a lot, don’t get me wrong. But still, Jake (Petricka) is pitching his heart out and next thing you know he gives up an unearned run and two more runs. So it’s really not that hard. Honest. It’s not that hard.”

Renteria raced onto the field in an attempt to save Frazier from a quick ejection, but didn’t have enough time. It was the third home game in a row in which a White Sox player was ejected for the first time in their career. Tim Anderson got the boot on Friday night after he argued with plate umpire Jim Wolf. And Avisail Garcia got tossed from the June 15 series finale against the Baltimore Orioles.

Renteria said taking into context who his players are and their track record made him want to further defend their actions.

“I don't ever go into a situation arguing with someone to get thrown out,” Renteria said. “I don't. I think what happens is, like anybody emotionally, when you start talking and expressing yourself, you have a tendency to get heated. You don't plan on doing that. I certainly don't go out there planning on having that happen. I think what happens, and I think it's just human nature, you start thinking about the whole situation, you're losing a player. You're losing a guy that's supposed to be in there for the next two, three innings to help you maybe continue to chip away. Our team has been fighting every day, since day one of spring training. I don’t care what our record is, I don't care what the score is, we fight. And when you take one of those pieces out of the lineup, you get pissed.”

Even though he had a chance to cool off, Frazier still felt the same after the contest. He stuck his head into the team’s video room after the game to check out the play. Teams have a variety of angles from which they can determine whether or not to challenge a call. They also have the option of taking a freeze frame and magnifying the picture, which left no doubt in Frazier’s mind that the call was incorrect.

“Like I said just frustrating,” Frazier said. “It’s just not that hard. And with all the technology like I said, I don’t mean to repeat ourselves, but with all the technology and 8 different angles it’s just one of those things where I just can’t let that go. It turned into a huge inning. You never know. We were down 6 we coulda came back. You gotta be 100 percent. You gotta be 100 percent right on that and I really don’t think he was.”