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Quentin's home run not enough to defeat Dodgers

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Quentin's home run not enough to defeat Dodgers

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Posted: 6:40 p.m.Associated PressGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Ted Lilly is coming around after an irregular spring schedule.The Dodgers left-hander allowed two runs while striking out six without issuing a walk, and Los Angeles beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 on Wednesday.Lilly gave up six hits in a solid bounce-back performance after a shaky outing March 12, when he allowed six runs in 2 2-3 innings to the Kansas City Royals."He sounded like he just didn't feel like everything was synced up yet," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He's the last of the four (starts) to get a feel for it."Lilly skipped his start March 18 so the San Francisco Giants wouldn't get an early look at him, tossing six innings against Texas Rangers minor leaguers instead. Lilly also missed his first start of the spring due to the flu. This was just his third Cactus League appearance.Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer off of John Danks in the fourth to give Los Angeles a 3-1 lead. It was Kemp's fifth home run of the spring. He also hit a two run shot on Sunday against the White Sox."He's been focused. He's been doing everything we ask," Mattingly said. "He's just really swinging the bat good."Juan Uribe, who spent five seasons with the White Sox, had two hits against his former club. He singled and scored in the fourth inning, and singled in another run in the fifth, receiving friendly jeers from the opposing dugout."He's one of my favorite teammates of all-time," Danks said.Danks took the loss for Chicago, working 5 1-3 innings and giving up four runs, three of which were earned. He walked three and struck out four."I felt awesome," Danks said, despite yielding as many runs Wednesday as he had in his other four starts combined. "The home run in the fourth was just a case of them fouling off some good pitches and then making a mistake to a good hitter."Danks' 2.49 ERA still leads all White Sox starters this spring.Carlos Quentin hit his fourth home run of the spring off Lilly to lead off the second inning. He has 10 hits in his last 13 at-bats.Gordon Beckham and Brent Morel each added two hits for Chicago.NOTES:
The Dodgers won three of four games against the White Sox this spring. The teams share a facility. ... White Sox RHP Jake Peavy (rotator cuff tendinitis) said there was no structural damage when he met with doctors Wednesday. GM Ken Williams called it "encouraging news." ... Dodgers 3B Casey Blake (ribs) took grounders and batting practice Wednesday.
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On night when James Shields gets knocked around by Cubs, future White Sox starters shine

On night when James Shields gets knocked around by Cubs, future White Sox starters shine

Though the quest for a quality start continues in the majors, the White Sox have plenty going on in the minors.

While the Cubs knocked James Shields out of Wednesday’s game in the fifth inning, three White Sox minor leaguers dominated. Reynaldo Lopez, Michael Kopech and Dane Dunning all starred for the White Sox.

Kopech led the way with 12 strikeouts in six innings with a run and two hits allowed with two walks at Double-A Birmingham. Dunning struck out six and allowed six hits in seven scoreless innings at Single-A Winston-Salem. Meanwhile, Lopez, who is making it hard for the White Sox to not promote him, struck out 10 while he allowed two earned runs and four hits at Triple-A Charlotte.

“(Lopez is) forcing the issue,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “He’s had several starts in a row that have been very impressive. Lucas Giolito, as well, has been impressive in his recent starts, and at some point here they’re likely going to force our hand to get them here to Chicago and give them the opportunity to show what they can do at the big league level.”

Shields allowed five runs (three earned) and five hits in four-plus innings for the White Sox against the Cubs. He walked three and struck out four.

White Sox starting pitchers have made just 12 quality starts in their past 56 games, posting a 5.73 ERA in that span.

Hawk Harrelson believes John Lackey is 'full of shit'

Hawk Harrelson believes John Lackey is 'full of shit'

Hawk Harrelson isn't buying John Lackey's explanation of innocence.

The Cubs right-hander plunked four White Sox batters in Tuesday's Crosstown throwdown at Wrigley Field, earning the on-air ire of the White Sox longtime broadcaster. Lackey said after the game that he did it on accident but understood the White Sox later retaliation.

Wednesday, a day after all those HBPs, Harrelson stuck to his guns, not believing the veteran pitcher for a second.

"He's full of shit, and you can print that," Harrerlson told the Tribune's Colleen Kane. "He's full of it. He always has been."

OK then.

"I was hoping that they would drill his ass big time because he's an idiot," Harrelson told Kane. "At that point, the game was not the issue. It was Lackey. He's in the pennant race. This is a big-boy game. There's no bullshit here. He's putting (Kris) Bryant and (Anthony) Rizzo in jeopardy."

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Harrelson, of course, is known for getting heated in the booth and historically has had little issue with expressing his anger on air. You'll remember past rants directed at umpires Mark Wegner and Joe West.

Lackey stirred up plenty of controversy with his four hit batsmen in Tuesday's White Sox loss, plunking Jose Abreu twice as well as Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada. Harrelson made his displeasure known during the broadcast and implied there would be retaliation. Chris Beck hit Ian Happ with a pitch after Lackey pegged three White Sox in the fifth inning.

Lackey's an old-school type himself, much like Harrelson, so it makes sense the two would be right in the middle of such a situation involving baseball's unwritten rules.