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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Extra Bases: Faith has worked for Sox

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- Sometimes a little faith goes a long way.

The Chicago White Sox rescued Hector Noesi off the waiver-wire scrap heap, moved him from reliever into a rotation spot and presto, and now have an effective starting pitcher on their hands.

The opportunity isn’t lost on Noesi, who already has been traded by the Seattle Mariners and designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers this season. The right-hander feels like every start is an opportunity to show his appreciation.

“Sometimes it's about trust, you know,” Noesi said after winning his second consecutive decision Monday to improve to 2-4. “Like, I come here and this team gives me the opportunity really fast. So I try to appreciate everything and do my work. Sometime it's about, they believe in me that I have something good, so I try to show them that I can do this.”

When last seen in a different uniform, Noesi was giving up seven runs in an inning of relief for the Rangers. And that outing was against the White Sox no less.

But instead of seeing what Noesi couldn’t do, the White Sox saw potential. Noesi has been designated, the White Sox claimed him and pitching coach Don Cooper has worked with him on some delivery tweaks. Noesi was given a chance to slowly stretch himself out to 100 pitches, and a new starter was born.

This move wasn’t out of nowhere, though. General manager Rick Hahn said he envisioned Noesi as a starter when the pitcher was claimed, but nobody thought it was going to happen this fast.

“He’s giving us a chance to win,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He has been great. The changeup for him has really been a factor that has got him to this point. He’s getting a better feel for it because the more he pitches he’s able to throw it more often in different counts, hitters counts, and get through it.”

Read all about it: Here is the Rapid Reaction from the White Sox’s 6-5 victory over the Tigers in the opener of a four-game series.

Keep an eye on this: John Danks is rolling now with a 1.21 ERA over his past three starts, an impressive run that started when he moved toward the third-base side of the pitching rubber. He pitches Tuesday against the Tigers.

Question of the day: How much weight does the current series against the first-place Detroit Tigers carry moving forward?