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White Sox call MLB about start time

8/21/2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The White Sox made an inquiry to Major League Baseball, concerned about the 6 p.m. start time to Saturday’s doubleheader, especially with a day game on Sunday.

General manager Ken Williams called league officials, but the doubleheader went off as scheduled. The second game was tacked on to the end of Saturday’s regular 6 p.m. start after Friday’s game was rained out.

One of the reasons for the unusual start time, as explained to the White Sox, was that the games couldn’t start any earlier because of the Fox Network’s exclusive rights to televise Saturday day games. There were apparently other start time options, but the Royals elected to go the 6 p.m. route.

“That’s a decision the Royals make,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Whatever decision they make I have to respect that. I wish it was a little bit different, but it’s not. In many years I’ve been here, I’ve never seen that one – to start a doubleheader that late. But in the meanwhile, they make that decision and we have to go by that decision.”

The biggest consideration the White Sox made to the late starting time was to have A.J. Pierzynski catch the opener. Ramon Castro was scheduled to catch Game 2. Pierzynski would then turn around and catch Sunday’s game.

The situation reminded Guillen of late in the 2008 season when the White Sox beat three different teams in their final three games to win the division.

“I kind of like it,” Guillen said.