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Vizquel at third base to assist Buehrle

4/17/2011

CHICAGO – The day game Sunday after a mid-afternoon-turned-evening game on Saturday only brought one change to manager Ozzie Guillen’s lineup.

Brent Morel was out at third base for the day and replaced by Omar Vizquel over Mark Teahen. Guillen has said that Teahen would be his main backup at third and the reserve player expected to get the most time this season, but so far it hasn’t been the case.

“I was thinking about Teahen today,” Guillen said. “He will be playing in Tampa. But I need some defense [with Mark Buehrle pitching].”

Buehrle has never been much of a strikeout pitcher, finishing with 99 Ks last season, but he’s becoming even less of one this year. The fast-working left-hander entered Sunday’s start with just three strikeouts in three outings, a pace that would give him less than 35 this season. It also means opponents are putting the ball in play against him.

The move to Vizquel, though, shouldn’t be seen as if Guillen is down on Morel’s defense. The rookie third baseman has made four errors this season, three on throws, but the change to the lineup had a different motivation.

Guillen is continuing his trend of resting Morel when the White Sox are facing particularly nasty right-handed pitching and the Angels’ Dan Haren fit that bill. Haren entered Sunday’s start with a 3-0 record and a 0.73 ERA.