Series notes: White Sox at Tigers

Series notes: White Sox at Tigers

Friday, April 22, 2011
Posted: 2 p.m.

White Sox (8-11) at Tigers (9-10)

Series schedule
Friday: 6:05 p.m. on CSN
Saturday: 3:10 p.m. on FOX
Sunday: 12:05 p.m. on WGN
Starting Pitchers
Friday: Mark Buehrle (1-1, 4.50) vs. Justin Verlander (1-2, 3.41)
Saturday: Edwin Jackson (2-1, 3.51) vs. Brad Penny (0-2, 8.44)
Sunday: John Danks (0-2, 3.00) vs. Max Scherzer (3-0, 4.30)

Previous games
The White Sox snapped a seven-game losing streak Thursday with a 9-2 victory over the Rays. Omar Vizquel, Paul Konerko, Carlos Quentin and A.J. Pierzynski each drove in two runs, while Gavin Floyd allowed two runs in six innings. Chicago had managed just two runs in losing the first three games of its series vs. Tampa Bay.

Detroit won two of three vs. Seattle this week, capped by a 3-2 win on Wednesday. Rick Porcello gave up one run in 6 23 innings to earn the win, while Ryan Rayburn sparked the Tigers offense with a first-inning home run.

Head-to-head
This is the first meeting between the teams this season. Last season, Chicago won seven of the first nine meetings between the teams before losing eight of the last nine matchups, including a three-game sweep in September.

Whos hot?
Quentin is riding a six-game hitting streak, raising his average to .310 on the season. Reliever Sergio Santos hasn't allowed a run in seven outings, totaling 9 23 innings, this year. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera went 5-for-10 with three walks and three RBIs in the Seattle series. Brennan Boesch also had a good series for Detroit, going 6-for-10 with a pair of doubles.

StorylinesCan the Chisox string together back-to-back quality efforts following their seven-game losing streak? Keep an eye on the matchups between Buehrle and Victor Martinez, who is 22-for-66 (.300) lifetime against the veteran lefty, and Magglio Ordonez, who is even hotter (15-for-32, .469) against him. And of course the back end of the bullpen continues to be a major issue. Stay tuned on that one.
Sound off
Matt Thornton, Chris Sale or Santos which of these three relievers do you want to see as the White Soxs closer?

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.