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Friday, May 23, 2014
Extra bases: Rotation gamble continues

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Hector Noesi is a survivor, which is the only way to explain how somebody can give up seven runs in one inning, get released because of it and then be claimed by the same team that scorched him for all those runs.

Now with the Chicago White Sox, after the Texas Rangers cut him loose, Noesi has even managed to climb into the starting rotation. And when a rotation spot was needed for Chris Sale this week, it was Scott Carroll who was moved to the bullpen while Noesi remained a starter.

The right-hander will get another chance to pitch in the rotation Friday when he takes on the New York Yankees, the same team that originally signed him as a non-drafted free agent in 2004 out of his native Dominican Republic.

He still hasn't posted a victory in four previous starts with the White Sox, but his new club can see his potential.

"He's more comfortable in the starting role, and we feel we've made progress with him in the starting role in terms of getting him where we want him to be," general manager Rick Hahn said. "We have a regular schedule for him that makes it more likely we're going to get to the point where we want to with him than putting him in the pen right now and not being as consistent with his usage."

Read all about it: Here is the Rapid Reaction from the Sox's 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday, when Chris Sale gave up one hit over six innings.

Keep an eye on this: Paul Konerko is hitting .316 in 103 career games against the Yankees.

Question of the day: Should Chris Sale be allowed to throw more than 100 pitches in any start before the All-Star break?