Sox lineup: Flowers starts at catcher again

August, 29, 2012
8/29/12
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Powers By Scott Powers
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Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers was lucky to play once every week back in April, May and June.

But with starting catcher A.J. Pierzynski suffering an injury in July and now in a slump, Flowers has been getting more of an opportunity. After filling in for Pierzynski, who was ejected, on Saturday and then starting on Sunday, Flowers will get the nod again on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.

Flowers has been making the most of his chances lately. He hit a game-tying home run on Saturday and a game-winning home run on Sunday. He has a six-game hitting streak and is 9-for-21 with four homers and seven RBIs during the streak.

Pierzynski is hitless in his last five games and is 5-for-32 over his last 10 games. He has not homered and has had three RBIs since Aug. 13. He is hitting .288 with 23 home runs and 70 RBIs for the season.

“(Pierzynski) can get frustrated like anybody else,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said prior to Wednesday’s game. “You’re just trying to give him a break here or there. He’ll start (Thursday.) I think it’s more for the mind than anything else. Tyler has been doing fine lately. It’s a good break for A.J.”

Here’s the White Sox’s lineup against the Orioles on Wednesday:

1. Dewayne Wise, CF
2. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
3. Adam Dunn, DH
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Alex Rios, RF
6. Dayan Viciedo, LF
7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
8. Tyler Flowers, C
9. Gordon Beckham, 2B
Dylan Axelrod, RHP
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Dayan Viciedo
BA HR RBI R
.377 1 9 9
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 7
RBIJ. Abreu 21
RJ. Abreu 16
OPSD. Viciedo .986
WC. Sale 3
ERAC. Sale 2.30
SOC. Sale 29