GLENDALE, Ariz. — Matt Davidson struck out twice, but cleanly fielded everything that came his way in the White Sox 9-7 win over Kansas City Monday at Camelback Ranch. Over-analysis of spring stats, especially from just one game, is generally pointless and manager Robin Ventura said Davidson will get plenty more chances to prove himself.
"That’s going to happen early," Ventura said. "He’s going to get some more at-bats so we’ll go from there. He’s just kind of a work in progress. I’m not going to judge anybody on two days. He’s going to get some more at-bats and hopefully get a little more comfortable."
Other bites from Monday's game in Glendale:
— Paul Konerko went 2-3 in his first game since Friday, and his only out was a line drive right at Royals right fielder Norichika Aoki. He did well on the second of his two hits to serve an offering from lefty Tim Collins into right, the kind of quality approach one would expect from the 17-year veteran.
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"He’s always doing that. He cares about that stuff," Ventura said. "I think some of this also is him learning to kind of sit for a little bit and go back up and have those at-bats. So, today was a good day for doing that. I wouldn’t expect anything less out of him."
— Second baseman Gordon Beckham was a late scratch from Monday's lineup with a sore right leg, though Ventura said it's a minor issue and nothing anyone is worried about.
— The White Sox got to Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie early when minor leaguer Andy Wilkins blasted a three-run homer over the right field bullpen in the first inning. After struggling to mount any offense against Guthrie over his first year or so in Kansas City, the White Sox began to solve the right-hander last summer, dealing him back-to-back losses -- so there's at least some precedent for success against Guthrie. But in his first five starts with Kansas City against the White Sox, Guthrie allowed two earned runs in 44 2/3 innings.