White Sox starting lineup: 11 years ago in St. Louis

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White Sox starting lineup: 11 years ago in St. Louis

It's been 11 years since the White Sox last played the Cardinals in St. Louis, and that three-game series from June 15-17, 2001, didn't go so well for the visitors from Chicago. St. Louis swept the series, winning 10-3, 8-3 and 8-3, but that's not the point of this post.

Let's look back at the starting lineups Jerry Manuel trotted out in all three games:

Friday, June 15, 2001:

Ray Durham 2B
Chris Singleton CF
Carlos Lee LF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Paul Konerko 1B
Sandy Alomar C
Joe Crede 3B
Royce Clayton SS
Jon Garland SP

Saturday, June 16, 2001:

Ray Durham 2B
Chris Singleton CF
Carlos Lee LF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Paul Konerko 1B
Joe Crede 3B
Royce Clayton SS
Josh Paul C
Kip Wells SP

Sunday, June 17, 2001:

Ray Durham 2B
Chris Singleton CF
Carlos Lee LF
Magglio Ordonez RF
Paul Konerko 1B
Sandy Alomar C
Joe Crede 3B
Royce Clayton SS
David Wells SP
Bench players used in the series: Jeff Liefer, Tony Graffanino, McKay Christensen, Aaron Rowand

Relievers used in the series: Matt Ginter, Kelly Wunsch, Ken Vining, Sean Lowe, Gary Glover

Notes:

- Magglio Ordonez homered twice and Paul Konerko also went deep.

- Missouri native Joe Crede hit one of his five career triples off June 17 starter Bud Smith.

- Future White Sox closer Dustin Hermanson started June 16's contest, earning the win by allowing one run over five innings.

- Royce Clayton went 1-11, lowering his OPS to .362.

- Bulls guard Cardinals reliever Mike James threw 2 13 innings.

- Mark McGwire was ejected on June 17 in David Wells' six-inning, 5-run start in which he had seven strikeouts and no walks.

- Bobby Bonilla had only one hit in seven at-bats in the series, but it's okay because the Mets just started paying him over 1 million annually through 2035. 2001 was Bonilla's final year in the major leagues.

- Mark Buehrle didn't start in the series and still has yet to pitch a game in his hometown. Miami makes their only trip to St. Louis July 6-8 this year.

- It's worth noting that while this series didn't go well for the White Sox, they turned the tables on St. Louis five years later, sweeping the Cardinals by a combined score of 34-11 from June 20-22, 2006.

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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Today’s starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 3.56 ERA) vs. Jharel Cotton (4-7, 5.40 ERA)

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How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some guys played cards. The soccer ball got kicked around in spite of the close quarters in the visiting clubhouse. There was dancing. A magic trick or two was attempted. A few players even tried to get in a nap.

White Sox players found myriad ways to keep themselves occupied during Thursday’s draining 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay -- the longest in Minnesota Twins history.

Yet despite not knowing what time the game may start, White Sox players found a way to overcome the uncertainty and stay engaged. Similar to May 26 when the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers was cancelled, the White Sox figured out how to go from zero to 60 in mere seconds. Though there’s no exact formula for success, the White Sox seem to have figured out a way to endure the elements and get out quickly. On early Thursday evening, the White Sox overcame the rain and misery to jump ahead of the Minnesota Twins en route to a 9-0 victory at Target Field.

“We keep it real loose whether,” veteran third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We have a good time. We enjoy each other’s company. Win lose or draw, tomorrow’s a new day. Today we kept working hard and we knew we had a game to play and eventually we were going to play it. We turned it on at the right moment.”

Jose Quintana saw so much of his iPad that eventually he had to turn it off out of sheer boredom. Thursday’s starting pitcher was almost able to complete two feature-length movies during the rain delay. Quintana, who excelled with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, watched ‘Fast and Furious 7’ and ‘Get Out’ on his iPad during the delay.

While he liked the action movie, Quintana wasn’t as fond of the latter, though he admits he’s not a big fan of horror movies.

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“I think it was bad because too much time in front of the iPad,” Quintana said. “It made me bored.

“I just tried to stay relaxed, focused on the game. … Tried to come back and work a little bit. It’s a little hard, but we don’t have control so stay focused on the game.”

Whereas the White Sox determined when they played last month at home -- they cancelled Game 1 of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and pushed the second game back to 8 p.m. because of rain -- this time was in the Twins’ hands. The forecast called for rain all afternoon before things cleared up around 5 p.m.

While the White Sox were in limbo as to when they would play, they had a pretty good idea that eventually they would.

“It’s miserable,” Frazier said. “You try and find some things to do, play cards, hang out with the guys. If you had a set time it would help. But we came out banging in that first inning. It’s huge.”

White Sox manager Rick Renteria is impressed with how his team has handled both long days. The White Sox also defeated the Tigers 8-2 on May 26th. While Renteria and his coaching staff spent a lot of his time preparing for their upcoming home series against the Oakland A’s, he’s pleased with how his players managed themselves through the uncertainty.  

“They’re the ones who are dealing with the chaos,” Renteria said. “They’re the ones who play the game and who have to have their minds to be ready to go out and perform. They’ve been able to respond well. It’s part of who they are, their character, and hopefully it’s something they continue to be able to do and build on.”