White Sox's win provides answers

April, 7, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- White Sox fans have plenty of questions about their 2012 ball club. A few of those question might have been answered during Saturday night’s 2-1 win over the Rangers.

Question No. 1: Which Jake Peavy will be on the mound for the Sox this season?

After forcing his way through six innings, Peavy tried to answer that one himself.

“Stuff-wise, it wasn’t very good,” Peavy said. “We knew that in the ‘pen it wasn’t great and we had to battle, but once I got the breaking ball away, I was alright.”

The Sox’s right-hander gutted his way through six innings, leaving the game with the score tied in the seventh frame.

“If I am going to be this healthy, I am going to be able to compete,” Peavy said. “We needed this win, we did.”

[+] EnlargeAlex Rios
Jim Cowser/US PresswireAlex Rios' first hit of the season was a game-winning home run.

Question No. 2: Who is the closer ?


That was answered when rookie Hector Santiago trotted in after Alex Rios’ ninth-inning home run gave the Sox a 4-3 lead .

“It was kind of hinted (on Friday),” Santiago said. “We were just going at it out there, we didn’t know how it was going to roll out, but I guess it played out that way.

The young pitcher notched the team’s first save of the season and tried to give his manager the ball as a memento of his first managerial victory.

“I tried to gave it to him, but he gave me the ball back for my first save,” Santiago said. “That was great.”

Question No. 3: Will Alex Rios regain his All-Star form?


Rios started the season 0-for-7 before his game-winner in the ninth inning off White Sox killer Joe Nathan.

“I always try to do my best,” Rios said. “Sometimes it doesn’t work the way I want it to work, but I always play hard. The only thing I can do is keep working.”

Ventura ‘s first win as a manager came complete with a beer shower courtesy of his players.

“The whole thing was nice,” Ventura said. “You get a kid like Hector Santiago, who is a tough kid, (notch a save). Rios with the big home run, I like the feeling we have and the attitude they have when they come to work.”


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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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