White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Jake Peavy was excellent in Friday's 5-2 win over Detroit, Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko homered in Saturday's 5-1 win and the Sox showed impressive fight even in Sunday's 5-2 loss.

Taking two of three from the Tigers was a welcome departure from last year's first series against Detroit, which saw the Sox get swept at Comerica Park. And while it's still early, the results of the weekend qualify as a turnaround.

There were plenty of people who thought this series would be an opportunity for Detroit state their dominance over the Sox and AL Central, but that didn't wind up being the case. One person who's not surprised? Jim Leyland.

Game 1 of the series saw Detroit flaunt their greatest flaw -- defense. And the juxtaposition of Delmon Young's outfield adventures with Dayan Viciedo's diving catch and Alexei Ramirez's slick double play was too great to pass up.

Speaking of interesting contrasts: the home opener experiences for Paul Konerko, Robin Ventura and Nate Jones.

Friday's game also saw Miguel Cabrera file a complaint about the batter's box that led to a 10-minute delay. But if you're the vindictive type, you'll appreciate that Cabrera failed to record a hit in the three-game series.

Hector Santiago earned his third save of the season on Friday -- and while his selection to close games for the White Sox came as a surprise to those who follow the team, there wasn't anything shocking about it to the Sox brass.

Tyler Flowers started on Saturday and belted a mammoth home run, which is a good sign for someone who admitted his transition to a backup role has been difficult.

Kenny Williams generally won't answer questions about Ozzie Guillen (and why should he?), but he did this weekend when asked if he has any compassion for the former Sox skipper. The answer: he does.

Through the first six games of the season, the White Sox set a club record for strikeouts. But as Adam Dunn's strikeouts show, not every K is created equal.

Last but not least from the White Sox -- beer!

Around the division: The Indians stuck it to Kansas City this weekend in a three-game sweep -- but at Royals least outfielder Mitch Maier was able to shut down the Tribe for an inning and there were multiple bench-clearing incidents -- Adam Wilk will make his next scheduled start after suffering a left shoulder contusion on a foul ball Saturday and Justin Morneau looks like he'll play some first base this week for the Twins.

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

Here are some of Monday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Preview: Cubs look to bounce back vs. Giants tonight on CSN

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

Cubs can't complete another miracle comeback against Giants bullpen

Should Blackhawks' next assistant coach be Joel Quenneville's choice?

How Bears are using veteran videos to school rookies on NFL way

Luis Robert the latest high-end acquisition for White Sox

For Joe Maddon, Cubs winning World Series came down to Giant comeback in SF and avoiding Johnny Cueto in elimination game

Carlos Rodon 'getting closer' but still without time frame for return

Have the Cubs found their new leadoff hitter in Ben Zobrist?

MMQB's Peter King's thoughts on Trubisky, Howard, White and the Bears offense

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

PHOENIX -- The red-hot White Sox ran into Zack Greinke on Monday night.

He cooled them off in a hurry.

Greinke struck out 12 hitters and Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run home run off Miguel Gonzalez as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the White Sox to a 5-1 loss in front of 18,333 at Chase Field. The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the White Sox, who had scored 24 runs in their final two games against the Seattle Mariners.

“(Greinke) keeps the ball down out of the zone a lot,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s kind of enticing. He keeps the ball in the hitter’s area and it ends up falling out. It’s one of those things that you’ve got to try to get him up. Our approach was to try to make him throw a lot of strikes. He ended up hammering the strike zone early and then finally he just came into a groove.”

Descalso’s three-run shot off Gonzalez was one of two pitches the White Sox right-hander would have liked back. After Gonzalez walked Chris Owings with two outs in the fourth inning, his only free pass of the night, he left the curveball over the middle and Descalso deposited it in the right-center field stands to break a scoreless tie.

He also left a pitch up to Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning and the All-Star first baseman ripped it for a solo shot.

But overall Gonzalez rebounded from his previous two starts when he walked nine batters. He was sharp for three innings as he faced one over the minimum. He just missed to Owings in the fourth, which brought up Descalso.

Gonzalez allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in five innings.

“You see what happens when you walk guys,” Gonzalez said. “That wasn’t in a good situation to walk the guy. You have to keep grinding, keep making my pitches. Really two pitches were the ones that hurt me tonight. A lot of positives. Nothing to worry about. Keep working hard and things are going to go my way.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way. Those two pitches, if I take those back, you never know. It’s a different ballgame.”

Not only did Greinke strike out a dozen hitters, he limited the White Sox to four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez had two hits, the first coming after Greinke opened the game by retiring seven straight batters. Leury Garcia homered off Greinke with one out in the fifth inning to break up his bid for a shutout.

It was quite the turnaround from when the White Sox bashed Yovani Gallardo and Chris Heston on consecutive days in Seattle. The White Sox scored a combined nine first-inning runs in winning three of four against the Mariners.