Vitters One Of The Big Hitters In AFL Opener

Vitters One Of The Big Hitters In AFL Opener

Tuesday Oct. 4, 2011
Posted: 5:50 p.m.
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Josh Vitters had a monstrous opening day in the Arizona Fall League Tuesday afternoon but it went for naught as Phoenix defeated visiting Mesa, 12-8.

Vitters, who hit .283 with 14 homers and 81 RBIs with Double-A Tennessee during the regular season, hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs. The former top pick appeared in 20 AFL games in 2010, batting .253 with two homers and 13 RBIs. He hit .353 with a homer and eight RBIs in 16 AFL games in 2009

Fellow Cubs prospect DJ Lemahieu went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks. He was also hit by a pitch and scored a pair of runs. Junior Lake, who split the season between Class-A Daytona and Tennessee, went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. White Sox prospect Brandon Short went hitless in five at-bats with three strikeouts for Mesa.

Cubs prospect Marcus Hatley, who split his regular season between Peoria, Daytona and Tennessee, allowed a run on three hits in 1 13 innings. White Sox right-hander Brandon Kloess also pitched at three levels during the regular season Winston-Salem, Birmingham and Charlotte also made his seasonal AFL debut, allowing an unearned run in an inning.

In other action, Cubs prospect Brett Jackson went 1-for-3 with a walk Monday night in Team USAs 8-4 loss to Puerto Rico in IBAF World Cup action. White Sox outfielder Jordan Danks went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

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.

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