By Nate Gotlieb
White Sox hitters said this afternoon they aren’t going to change their mentality at the plate against Twins pitcher Logan Darnell, who is making his first-career start.
The White Sox (50-54) will face the 25-year-old left-handed rookie as the team tries to clinch its four-game series against the Twins (46-56). The White Sox will counter with ace Chris Sale, who is 6-1 with a 1.87 earned-run average over his last 12 starts.
“I think we all try the same amount regardless [of] who’s on the mound for us,” White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie said, “but obviously a guy with that kind of stuff…we always look forward to playing on the days when he pitches.”
Gillaspie said the offense will try to do the same things against Darnell, who has a 3.43 ERA in 94.1 innings in Triple-A this season.
White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko echoed that sentiment.
“You kind of have to just read and react when you’re out there,” Konerko said. “You don’t really face anybody in the big leagues at any time that it’s not a challenge, that they can’t get you out, so, I mean, you got to be ready.”
Abreu to DH
Jose Abreu will DH and hit third tonight while Konerko will play first base and hit fifth. Right fielder Dayan Viciedo, fresh off a 4-for-5 outing, will hit fourth. Adam Dunn is not in the starting lineup.
Manager Robin Ventura said Abreu could DH more as the season progresses. He also appeared pleased with Abreu’s improvement on defense.
“I think when he first came up, footwork and things like that weren’t as good as they are right now,” Ventura said. “I think he’s done a really good job.”
- Ventura said relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom and outfielder Avisail Garcia will play another simulated game Tuesday in Detroit. Ventura added that he expects Garcia, who has been out since April 9 with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, to play again this season.
“I wouldn’t have said that a while ago,” Ventura said, “but where he’s at right now physically and what he’s doing out there on the field…I think he’s going to play.”
- Ventura also said he doesn’t expect reliever Nate Jones to pitch again this season. Jones hasn’t pitched since April 3.