Sox not concerned with standings yet

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Sox not concerned with standings yet

By Paul LaTour
CSNChicago.com contributor

They arent the first-place White Sox yet, but they got a step closer Sunday after completing a sweep of American League Central-leading Cleveland.

Chicago extended its winning streak to five games and has won nine of its last 10 to pull within a half-game of the Indians just as Memorial Day approaches to signal the unofficial start to summer.

That might seem like it would be a big deal for a team that was five games back on May 7, right? Not so much.

To be honest, weve got well over 100 games left, so we dont think about it, Gordon Beckham said of the standings prior to tying a career high with four hits in the Soxs 12-6 victory. We dont really care. We just have to go out and play our game and not worry about that stuff. Were playing well, and thats what were focused on right now.

Though the three-game sweep of the Indians looks good, the Sox were well aware the team they just faced was seriously depleted. The heart of their order -- Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis Hafner -- all missed the series with injuries.

We caught them at the right time, apparently, but thats a good team over there, Adam Dunn said. Were playing pretty good right now, so Ill take our chances.

Expectations for a division title were placed on Detroit and Cleveland, but not many figured the Sox could challenge like they have in May. After Sunday, the Sox have as many wins as Cleveland, and are 2 12 games ahead of the third-place Tigers.

So would the Sox at least say its surprising they are in this position right now?

I dont know if Im surprised or not, manager Robin Ventura said. Again, were just focused on what were doing and the results come after that. But I think guys, you pay attention enough to where youre at and I dont think guys are surprised or disappointed. Its more of just playing.

And as Beckham advised, its too early to get too excited about any AL Central title talk, anyway.

Yeah, were in it. As of two months into the season, were in it, he said. Weve still got four more months.

Rick Renteria: White Sox not overly concerned about Todd Frazier's injury

Rick Renteria: White Sox not overly concerned about Todd Frazier's injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- They plan to stay vigilant, but the White Sox say Todd Frazier's left oblique injury isn't severe. 

A day after he said Frazier is day to day with what he described as a left oblique strain, manager Rick Renteria said the third baseman has improved.

"He's actually feeling good today, Renteria said. "Our purpose was to hold him back a little bit. Those side issues, muscular issues, oblique issues, they could be a pain in the rear, but it depends on the severity of those types of injuries. Right now it's just a mild soreness, so we're not concerned about it too much."

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Renteria also said outfielder Charlie Tilson has shown some improvement. The hope is Tilson, who is expected to be sidelined for 10 days with a stress reaction in his right foot, could start limited activities on Friday.

Renteria also suggested Carlos Rodon could participate in his first bullpen session shortly. Rodon only began to play catch last Friday and hasn't pitched off the mound yet in camp.

"He feels good and he'll be out there soon," Renteria said. "He's extending and he feels good. He's holding it back a little bit."

Zack Burdi: Mark Buehrle's perfect game was 'electric moment'

Zack Burdi: Mark Buehrle's perfect game was 'electric moment'

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Even though he was only 14, Zack Burdi remembers all the emotions he experienced when he went to Mark Buehrle's perfect game.

The White Sox prospect, who grew up in Downers Grove, Ill., said Thursday afternoon he could recall how it felt to be at then-U.S. Cellular Field on July 23, 2009 when Buehrle set down all 27 Tampa Bay Rays hitters in order. Burdi's friend's father had access to a company suite and as the game wore on the crowd become increasingly invested in the performance.

"I just remember the atmosphere, not really knowing what was going on until the fourth or fifth inning," Burdi said. "(As a kid) you don't really grasp how special the moment is you're in until that fifth, sixth, seventh, where everyone in the stadium can feel how much — there's passion on the field but within the stands there's so much want and energy for it to happen. I think just being there and feeling that electric moment was pretty special."

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Along with Paul Konerko, Buehrle was already one of Burdi's favorite players. Burdi — who was taken by the White Sox with the 26th pick in the 2016 amateur draft — was 10 when the White Sox won 11 straight postseason games en route to capturing the first World Series title in Chicago in 88 years. 

But being in person for Buehrle's perfecto only strengthened his love. The highlight of course was when Dwayne Wise — a late defensive replacement — soared through the air in the ninth inning to rob Gabe Kapler of extra bases at the left-center field fence. The moment has forever been memorialized in Chicago as the phrase "The Catch" adorns the top of the fence in the spot where Wise collided with the wall.

"That's probably the most memorable," Burdi said. "That was insane because even to a little kid, you know what the sport is, you know a play like that in that moment is something that's once-in-a-lifetime. It's something I'm sure he'll never forget, something that me and my buddies and fans for sure won't forget."