Viciedo omission surprises Williams

DETROIT -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen hinted that Dayan Viciedo might be in Thursday’s lineup and when he wasn’t, general manager Ken Williams seemed the most shocked.

Williams took his first look at the batting order, and while not upset, he wondered aloud about the omission of the big third baseman.

Guillen was ready with an answer.

“I did [want to play Viciedo Thursday], but I had a meeting with my coaching staff,” Guillen said. “Viciedo will play in Baltimore. I think this kid [Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer] has good enough stuff, and we have to take Viciedo step by step.”

The White Sox open a four-game series at the Baltimore Orioles on Friday (the series will conclude Monday at Camden Yards).

“The way we are doing it right now is a good thing,” Guillen said. “He will play two out of four games in Baltimore and continue to play. My job is to find the best matchup [against] a pitcher, especially when you are a kid. The matchup today was not the best one for him.”

Viciedo is hitting .378 (17 for 45) with six doubles, three home runs, six RBI and 11 runs scored over his last 14 games. He is batting .328 overall this season in 23 games.