GLENDALE, Ariz. — A near-regular White Sox lineup gave their manager reason to exhale on Tuesday.
With free agent Jose Abreu leading the way, the White Sox offense scored early en route to a 7-6 win over the Texas Rangers at Camelback Ranch. Abreu had three of the team’s 12 hits, including a pair of RBI singles as the White Sox improved to 5-5-2. Prior to Tuesday, Abreu, who went 3-for-4, had two hits in his first 13 at-bats of the spring.
“Its good to get him back in there and on the field and see him swing like that,” Ventura said. “Even though these aren’t supposed to mean that much its nice when you get your regulars in there and score some runs. It just helps the psyche somewhat when you’re down here when you put together some runs with the regulars in there.”
Adam Eaton, Gordon Beckham, Abreu, Avisail Garcia, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo all started. Beckham had a solo home run, his first of the spring, and Matt Davidson later ended and blasted his first homer.
Abreu had three singles and Dayan Viciedo doubled in a run and singled in four at-bats. Alex Liddi had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth.
Jones gets a closer-like spot
Nate Jones got rid of some of the rust he showed over the weekend in his first spring outing.
Good thing considering the batters he faced.
The right-hander entered in the sixth inning on Tuesday and was tasked with facing Elvis Andrus, Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre. Jones sandwiched two ground balls around a strikeout of Fielder in a scoreless frame. Even though it was the sixth inning Jones considers it preparation for a “friendly competition” for the closer’s job.
“We’re rooting for each other,” Jones said. “We’re not bashing on each other or anything like that. We’re rooting for each other, pulling for each other. Wherever we land that’s where we land and we’re going to do the best we can with it.”
— Relievers Scott Downs, Mitchell Boggs and Donnie Veal allowed six earned runs and seven hits with two walks over two combined innings. Boggs yielded four runs, three hits and a walk in 2/3 innings. Ventura said he thought Boggs was just up in the zone and erratic but also believes the right-hander has time to work out any issues.
— Micah Johnson, who scored the winning run on Liddi’s hit against Texas, went 3-for-4 with a run scored in a 7-7 B game at Goodyear against the Cleveland Indians. Liddi played shortstop and went 2-for-3 with a homer while Andy Wilkins homered, singled and drove in three runs. Miguel Gonzalez also went 3-for-3. Chris Beck allowed two earned runs and four hits in three innings. Omar Poveda struck out five over three scoreless innings.