White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Alex Rios' RBI triple off Chris Perez in the 10th inning gave the White Sox a 5-3 win over Cleveland, snapping a three-game skid.

John Danks pitched seven strong innings, but things started to come unraveled in the eighth. He was pulled for Chris Sale -- presumably so Robin Ventura would try to get him a two-inning save -- against whom the Indians tied the game up at 3. Sale didn't pitch the ninth (Hector Santiago did) and then Addison Reed earned his second career save, mowing Cleveland down in the 10th. Reed's success blowing through the heart of the Indians order only raises more questions about Sale's move to the bullpen, which Chicago Tribune Live discussed prior to the game:

The Sox only managed three runs despite another good game from Adam Dunn (2B, 3 BB). That's been a trend this season, and those issues were epitomized by Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Kosuke Fukudome and Brent Morel combining to go 0-14 with just a walk at the back of the order.

David Kaplan examined the White Sox farm system, looking at a few top guys -- he's not too high on Nestor Molina, and if his evaluation is right that won't bode too well for the future of the team.

The BP Crosstown Cup is approaching pretty quickly. A.J. Pierzynski discussed his favorite memory from the series, which led to Wrigley Field being littered with trash:

Around the division: David Glass isn't interested in selling the Royals, Kansas City stormed back against Daniel Bard to beat Boston, Thomas Diamond threw seven shutout innings to help Minnesota beat Los Angeles and Jeff Sullivan wrote about Detroit's infield defense.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

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