Emotional Sox not at best in loss to Twins

May, 22, 2012
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's emotions were thrown into a mixer over the last three days.

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David Banks/Getty ImagesGavin Floyd allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings on Tuesday.
On Sunday, they celebrated a sweep of their cross-town rival, the Chicago Cubs.

On Monday and Tuesday morning, they mourned the passing of former White Sox pitcher and special coaching assistant Kevin Hickey during his wake and funeral.

On Tuesday evening, they were beaten handily by the Minnesota Twins, struggling equally offensively and defensively in a 9-2 loss at U.S. Cellular Field.

“They’ve been dealing with (Hickey’s medical situation) all year, but the finality of it with Hick…” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We’ve been dealing with it all year, so guys have been able to put it aside when they play. It could (be a reason for today.)”

White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd and first baseman Paul Konerko admitted Tuesday was a difficult day for their team.


“Today was a tough day at the start, but we’re there to celebrate his life and try to go out there and do your job,” Floyd said. “I wasn’t able to do that. But you got to remember him and how he’s affected our lives.”

Konerko said, “Obviously the whole routine changes today because everybody was up early and that kind of stuff. That could affect your play because we’re kind of creatures of habit. Yeah, there was a lot of mental energy burned today before we got here. But I thought we did the best could. It just wasn’t there tonight.”

Twins trouble: It’s safe to say the Twins have Floyd figured out.
With Tuesday’s defeat, Floyd fell to 0-8 with an 8.96 ERA in his last eight starts against the Twins dating back to Aug. 31, 2009. He allowed eight hits, nine runs and three walks and lasted just 3 2/3 innings on Tuesday.

“I guess I have to figure that out,” Floyd said of struggles against the Twins. “I don’t know. They have a good plan against me apparently, so I got to change that and try to get them next time.”

Hudson debut: Recently signed infielder Orlando Hudson made his major-league debut at third base on Tuesday after playing 1,268 games at second base in his career.

Hudson was inserted into the game at third base during the eighth inning of Tuesday’s game. He fielded a slow grounder in the inning and rifled a throw slightly off the mark to first base. Konerko was able to reach high for the ball and remain on the base for the out.
Hudson also singled in his lone at-bat and scored one of the team’s two runs.

Ventura’s frustration: Ventura hasn’t shown a lot of emotion so far in his young managerial career, but he openly let reporters know how he felt about Tuesday’s loss.

“We just got it kicked today,” Ventura said. “We got our (rear) kicked, and that’s it. So you just come back tomorrow. It was all the way around.”
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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WINS LEADER
John Danks
WINS ERA SO IP
8 3.99 83 119
OTHER LEADERS
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HRJ. Abreu 29
RBIJ. Abreu 73
RJ. Abreu 49
OPSJ. Abreu .972
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