Saturday, April 27, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rays 10, White Sox 4
By Bruce Levine
How it happened: White Sox starter Gavin Floyd was working from behind the eight ball early in the game in Chicago. He was injured in the third inning and replaced by Hector Santiago. The 30-year-old pitcher was diagnosed by team trainers with a flexor muscle strain of the right elbow. Floyd had surrendered a two-run homer to Ben Zobrist in the first inning. Tampa starter Matt Moore won his fifth game of the season, tying him for most wins in the AL. He allowed just one run in six innings. The Rays score four runs off of Santiago in his four innings of relief. Desmond Jennings hit a solo home run in the sixth for his third of the season. The Sox rallied for three runs in the eighth inning off of former Cubs pitcher Kyle Farnsworth. Tampa second baseman Kelly Johnson recorded the second four-hit game of his career. Third baseman Evan Longoria also matched his career high with four base hits.
What it means: Santiago will most likely go into the rotation if Floyd doesn’t return to the mound quickly. The White Sox’ winning streak was snapped at three. Floyd is now 0-4 on the season after the loss . The announced attendance of 25,270 was the second largest crowd of the year for Chicago. (Opening day saw 39,012 attendees.)
Outside the box: Outfielder DeWayne Wise sat out his second straight game with neck stiffness. Third baseman Jeff Keppinger also missed his second consecutive game due to back spasms. Manager Robin Ventura seems more concerned about the Keppinger injury. Ventura said pitcher John Danks is ready to be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment . Danks has been pitching to minor league players in Arizona and he continues his comeback from left shoulder surgery in August.