Rios hits walk-off slam to push Sox past Indians

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Rios hits walk-off slam to push Sox past Indians

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011Posted: 6:51 p.m. Updated: 8:24 p.m.

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After faltering with the bases loaded all game, Alex Rios wouldn't let the Chicago White Sox come up empty again.Rios hit a game-ending grand slam in the 10th inning to lift Chicago to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday.Rios' one out, first-pitch shot off Chris Perez (3-7) was Chicago's first game-ending home run this season and his first career grand slam."I assumed he was going to come (inside)," Rios said. "I guess I got the pitch and put a good swing on it. It worked."The blast came after the White Soxloaded the bases with one out for the fifth time in the game. In eachof the first four occasions, Chicago didn't score, leaving the basesfull.The White Sox squandered bases-fullsituations in the first, sixth, eighth and ninth, and stranded 15runners during the first nine innings before Rios snapped the streak inthe 10th."Sometimes you get in stretches whereyou have a hard time scoring runs," Rios said. "I felt like we had oneof those games today. We came through."Rios, one of Chicago's highest-paidplayers, struck out with the bases full in the first inning and hasstruggled to a .222 average this season, making Saturday's triumph thatmuch better."It was great," Rios said. "Webattled through the whole game. It was a long game and to do that, it'sgood. Any time you get a win, it's good."Chicago had plenty of baserunnersall day, with 10 hits and a season-high 11 walks but went just 3 for 15with runners in scoring position."That (summed up) the White Sox season right there," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "The only thing we did good is we won."I'm glad we won, but it was tough.When you see that over and over and over, what's going on? You missed avery interesting Sunday paper if we lose this game."Alejandro De Aza doubled twice, walked and scored two runs for Chicago. Gordon Beckham had a double, two walks and two RBIs.Sergio Santos (4-4) threw a scoreless inning to get the win in relief. Santos combined with Chris Sale to strike out six straight batters during the late innings.Shelley Duncan doubled, homered and scored two runs for Cleveland. Matt LaPorta added a two-run double and Jim Thome singled twice.Indians starter Fausto Carmonaallowed six hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings, lowering his ERA to9.14 ERA in four starts against the White Sox this season.Perez took the loss and wasn't too happy about the circumstances that led up to it, especially the walks."Very rarely you see major-leaguepitchers one through five have to struggle throwing strikes," Perezsaid. "We'll have our off-days here and there, but not our wholebullpen."Chicago's Phil Humber was sharp inhis six innings, holding Cleveland to two runs and striking out seven,but settled for a no-decision on Saturday after throwing just 73pitches."That's not my call," Humber said ofthe timing of his removal. "Obviously you want to be out there, but atthe same time (Guillen) has been around a long time. I'm never going toquestion the manager on that."I feel great. I feel like today was the best I've thrown in awhile."The Indians went ahead on LaPorta'stwo-run double in the fifth, snapping Humber's streak of 13 1-3scoreless innings. LaPorta was making his first start for the Indianssince Aug. 29, the day before he was sent down to Triple-A Columbus.Adam Dunn singled in the sixth,ending a string of 18 hitless at-bats, and started Chicago's rally. DeAza doubled off the center-field wall, sending Dunn to third andCarmona to the showers after 103 pitches.Chad Durbin replaced Carmona andwalked Brent Morel and Beckham, forcing in Dunn with the tying run.Juan Pierre singled in De Aza, giving Chicago a 3-2 lead.Duncan greeted reliever Jesse Crainwith a homer to left-center in the seventh, tying the score 3-all.Duncan has with five homers and 10 RBIs in seven games over the lastweek.But the hero was Rios, not a title he's been able to claim often this season."If you win it in that fashion, it makes it a little more fun," Rios said. "Every time you get a win, it's important."NOTES: First base umpire Ed Rapuanohad to leave the game in the fourth inning because of sore neck.Indians RHP Josh Tomlin (elbow) is doing "very well" with his throwingprogram and the team is leaning toward not shutting him down, managerManny Acta said. ... DH Travis Hafner (foot) ran the bases on Saturdaybut Acta said there is still no timetable on his return. 3B JackHannahan (calf strain) will rejoin the Indians in Texas, though Acta isnot sure when he'll return to game action. The Indians will send UbaldoJimenez to the mound for Sunday's series finale against Chicago rookieZach Stewart. Jimenez is 2-1 with a 5.56 ERA since he was acquired fromColorado on July 31. Stewart is coming off a one-hit shutout ofMinnesota on Sept. 5 in which he carried a perfect game into the eighthinning.Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This materialmay not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Nate Jones reflects on winning gold at the World Baseball Classic

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Nate Jones reflects on winning gold at the World Baseball Classic

Nate Jones was looking for something to do today (we kid), so he came on the White Sox Talk Podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien and gave what he said is the longest interview of his career (not kidding). 

Fresh off winning a gold medal at the World Baseball Classic, Jones spoke about the experience, what he did with his gold medal and why he chose to play in the tournament while other top Americans like Bryce Harper and Clayton Kershaw decided to skip it. Jones also gave a scouting report on some of the White Sox young pitchers and explains how Jose Quintana stays focused despite all the trade rumors.

Later, Chuck is joined by White Sox CSN producers Rob Wiatrowski and Slavko Bekovic to talk about the Peter Bourjos trade that opens the door for Jacob May to win the starting job in centerfield.

Plus, is Deadspin trolling the White Sox? AJ Pierzynski joins Fox Sports and CSNChicago.com Insider Dan Hayes calls in from Arizona to give his predictions for the White Sox Opening Day roster.

Check out the latest White Sox Talk Podcast right here: