Chicago White Sox: Andre Rienzo

White Sox add Jennings to rebuilt bullpen

December, 11, 2014
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SAN DIEGO -- The Chicago White Sox moved to add more bullpen help, getting left-hander Dan Jennings from the Miami Marlins on Thursday in exchange for right-hander Andre Rienzo.

Jenings, 27, has 116 appearances, all in relief, over the last three seasons for the Marlins. While posting a 1.34 ERA over 47 appearances this past season, he went 19 consecutive appearances at one point without giving up an earned run.

The 6-foot-3, 201-pounder was a ninth-round selection by Miami in 2008 out of Nebraska.

Rienzo, 26, made 21 starts for the White Sox over the past two seasons. He went 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts) this past season.

Predicting the Sox's expanded roster

August, 30, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have not confirmed what players will be called up when rosters expand next week, but at least three have been mentioned in one form or another.

General manager Rick Hahn said earlier this month that the team’s typical number of five to eight players called up would be applicable.

It is also possible that the players could arrive in waves since Triple-A Charlotte and Double-A Birmingham both finish their seasons on the first day of September. Neither team is headed to the postseason.

Here are the call-up predictions:

DEFINITE
INF Marcus Semien, RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Scott Carroll
When Gordon Beckham was traded to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 21, general manager Rick Hahn said Semien would get the call in September. When Chris Bassitt got the call to pitch in Saturday’s doubleheader, manager Robin Ventura said the righty would come off the roster after the twinbill, but go right back on it when it is expanded. Carroll wasn’t originally projected here, but after getting sent down to allow the White Sox to add a reliever in Eric Surkamp, Ventura said he would be back and likely stay in the rotation.

PROBABLE
C Josh Phegley, 1B/DH Andy Wilkins
Teams almost always add a catcher when rosters are expanded, but Phegley is deserving here even if that wasn’t the case with 23 home runs, 75 RBIs and a .535 slugging percentage at Charlotte. Making this a no-brainer is that he is also on the 40-man roster. Wilkins’ addition is a little more complicated since the White Sox need to find a 40-man spot for him. Even with the White Sox’s crowded 1B/DH landscape, Wilkins is deserving with 30 home runs, 85 RBIs and a .558 slugging percentage at Charlotte.

LIKELY
LHP Carlos Rodon, OF Jared Mitchell
Another player who needs a 40-man spot to open, the White Sox have made it clear that they would like to see Rodon in the major leagues, even though he was only drafted this June. The No. 3 overall selection was moved quickly through the system from the Arizona Rookie League to Single-A and now Triple-A. If the White Sox weren’t thinking about bringing him up, they could have just let him get in his innings and experience at Single-A until the season ended. Mitchell has largely been an underachiever in the minor leagues, but he has been hitting the ball well of late at Charlotte and he is on the 40-man. It’s time to see what he can do at the level, even if it’s only for a month.

PROBABLY NOT
3B Matt Davidson, RHP Andre Rienzo
When the season started, it figured that if Davidson wasn’t up already then September would be his time. It no longer seems that way as he hit 20 home runs with 55 RBIs at Charlotte, but has struggled to the tune of a .201 batting average and .368 slugging percentage, not to mention 160 strikeouts compared to 94 hits in 467 at-bats. Rienzo has major league experience, but the combined nine earned runs he gave up in his last three innings of relief with the White Sox in August will weigh large in this decision.

White Sox activate Zach Putnam from DL

August, 8, 2014
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The Chicago White Sox activated right-handed reliever Zach Putnam from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Seattle Mariners.

Putnam has been on the disabled list since July 24 with right shoulder inflammation. He appeared in one game with Triple-A Charlotte during his rehab assignment, working one scoreless inning with one strikeout Tuesday night.

Putnam, 27, takes the roster spot of right-hander Andre Rienzo, who was optioned to Charlotte after Thursday's game.

Putnam is 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA over 38 1/3 innings pitched and has three saves, 32 strikeouts and a team-leading 12 holds in 33 appearances this season, his first with the White Sox.

Putnam officially starts rehab at AAA

August, 5, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox reliever Zach Putnam officially joined Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday to begin an injury rehab assignment for his sore right shoulder.

Putnam, who played a key role in settling down the White Sox bullpen when he was recalled from Charlotte in April, was placed on the disabled list July 24 with right shoulder inflammation.

He will join Matt Lindstrom and Avisial Garcia, who are also on rehab assignments at Triple-A. In two appearances, Lindstrom has given up three runs on five hits over two innings. Garcia, whose rehab assignment was slowed when he was hit by a pitch on the left arm, has gone 5-for-10 in three games.

With the White Sox’s bullpen struggling, the return of Putnam and Lindstrom is highly anticipated, but manager Robin Ventura won’t count the days until they are back. He has no choice right now, but to depend on his struggling cast that includes Ronald Belisario, Javy Guerra, Eric Surkamp and Andre Rienzo.

“We’re going to have to use them, so for them they’re just going to have to be ready,” Ventura said. “They’re going to have to be better.”

Shoulder puts Zach Putnam on DL

July, 24, 2014
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The Chicago White Sox's bullpen took another blow Thursday when Zach Putnam was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Andre Rienzo was recalled to take his place.

The closer spot has been especially cursed for the White Sox, who traded Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason.

Closer candidates Nate Jones (back) and Matt Lindstrom (oblique) were both injured during spring training, with Lindstrom eventually breaking camp with the job. Jones is still out of action after back surgery.

Lindstrom started the season slowly and just as he was hitting his stride, he went on the disabled list with an ankle injury that required surgery. Ronald Belisario inherited the job from Lindstrom after having success in a setup role, but the closer spot did not suit him and he was removed.

Manager Robin Ventura went to a closer-by-committee situation, with Putnam and Jake Petricka getting the bulk of the chances. Attrition seems to have given the job to Petricka, although Lindstrom could be headed out on a minor league rehab assignment as early as next week.

Putnam is 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA this season. He has three saves and a team-best 12 holds in 42 appearances. Rienzo was 4-5 with a 5.87 ERA in 14 appearances (11 starts).

Sanchez optioned with pitching in mind

July, 19, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox optioned infielder Carlos Sanchez to Triple-A Charlotte after Saturday’s game and will have a corresponding move before Sunday’s series finale against the Houston Astros.

The White Sox are expected to call up a pitcher to get some bullpen depth.

Sanchez was called up last Sunday when Alexei Ramirez was experiencing back issues and started at shortstop in the first-half finale. Pitcher Andre Rienzo was sent back to Charlotte at the time.

The White Sox bullpen hasn’t been scored upon over the past two games but has pitched seven innings while essentially operating a man short.

White Sox send Andre Rienzo to Triple-A

July, 12, 2014
7/12/14
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The White Sox optioned right-handed pitcher Andre Rienzo to Triple-A Charlotte after Saturday's 6-2 win over the Indians.

Rienzo, 26, was 4-5 with a 5.87 ERA in 14 games (11 starts) with since being recalled by the White Sox on April 19.

Chicago will make a corresponding roster move prior to tomorrow’s first-half finale against Cleveland.

Rotation challenges exposed in twin bill

July, 2, 2014
7/02/14
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CHICAGO -- The two weak links that have been in the Chicago White Sox's starting rotation since the season started were both exposed in one evening Tuesday.

Hector Noesi and Scott Carroll were asked to get the best of the Los Angeles Angels in a doubleheader, and neither could come through, with walks playing a huge factor.

Noesi walked seven over five innings in his Game 1 defeat, while Carroll walked three, but two of those came to start the seventh inning when the Angels eventually added an insurance run that helped them to a sweep.

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Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY SportsHector Noesi walked seven over five innings in his Game 1 defeat.
The Angels won the opener 8-4 and took the second game 7-5.

When the season started, Erik Johnson and Felipe Paulino were supposed to be the rotation answers, but both fell flat. Since then, Noesi, Carroll and Andre Rienzo have all been given the chance to start, while Charlie Leesman has even gotten one turn.

Noesi has done the best with his opportunity, but his outing Tuesday shows that he remains a work in progress after pitching out of the bullpen before stretching out his pitch count on the fly as a starter with the White Sox.

Manager Robin Ventura was asked if the team is playing catch-up ever since Johnson and Paulino started slowly.

“Today it looks like that but Hector has thrown well for us his last few starts,” Ventura said. “That fifth sport has rotated around with Scotty and Rienzo. You have to make do; you have to find somebody to do it. It’s that simple.”

Noesi had actually gone 2-1 with a 3.59 ERA over his past six starts, but was nowhere near that form Tuesday, even though he held the Angels hitless through the first four innings and ended up striking out seven.

“I didn't really feel my release point, you know,” Noesi said. “Seven walks you can see, that's my first time doing that. I was trying to do my best.”

Ventura said he has no plans to remove Carroll from the rotation after the right-hander returned to a starting role just last week.

“I definitely want to take control of that spot and show them that I have the ability and talent to do so,” Carroll said. “I made really good pitches early on in the game. Sometimes the ball just doesn't go your way. I'm going to continue to work hard and train to be better next time.”

It’s not like the White Sox have a bunch of starting options right now, so the best way to get the most out of the guys they have is to cut down on the combined 10 walks issued by Tuesday’s starters.

“That’s a point where all you’re doing is giving them free baserunners,” Ventura said. "You want to make them work for [it], and you’re not. The intention has to be if you’re giving up runs you can’t make it too easy. On our side, we realize how tough it is if you’re not going well. You’ve got to throw strikes.”

Stock watch: Abreu's charge continues

June, 30, 2014
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Jose AbreuAP Photo/Jeff HaynesJose Abreu reached 25 home runs in fewer games than anyone in major league history.

RISING


Streaking
Jose Abreu, first base: Nearly three months into the season and the rookie continues to look like a veteran. Abreu is currently riding a 14-game hitting streak, with six home runs and 13 RBIs over that stretch. He is also batting .351 (20-for-57) over that time. Entering Sunday’s game he was the only player in major league history to hit 25 home runs over his first 68 big league games.

Left-handed bats: Leadoff man Adam Eaton has delivered a hot streak to coincide with Abreu’s run, batting .375 (21-for-56) over his last 15 games, with a .462 on-base percentage. Neither Alejandro De Aza or Adam Dunn started Sunday in Toronto against Mark Buehrle, but De Aza is batting .365 (23-for-63) with six doubles over his last 20 games, while Dunn has four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 19 games.

Hector Noesi, starting pitcher: The right-hander heads into Monday’s start against the Los Angeles Angels with a 2-1 record and a 3.44 ERA over his last six outings. He has pitched at least seven innings three times over that stretch. All this from a pitcher who was claimed off waivers in April as a reliever. Since the White Sox acquired him, Noesi has lowered his ERA from 14.21 to 5.07.

FALLING


Slumping
Fifth starter: An 8.87 ERA over his last five starts got Andre Rienzo kicked out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen. His replacement, Scott Carroll, didn’t fare much better. Carroll took a spin in Rienzo’s rotation spot on Thursday at Toronto and gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings. The last time the White Sox won a game with Rienzo or Carroll starting was May 20.

Ronald Belisario, relief pitcher: Since taking over the closer role on May 20, the right-hander has posted an 8.76 ERA over 14 appearances (12 1/3 innings). Just how hard has Belisario been getting hit since switching into his new role? Opposing hitters have a .457 batting average on balls in play against him since his move to closer. Before the move, that number was .250.

Conor Gillaspie, third base: The lone lefty bat not delivering of late, Gillaspie has gone hitless in his last 12 at-bats. He got a much-needed break against the lefty Buehrle on Sunday. Gillaspie is also 1-for-17 over his last four games, but still will carry a .317 batting average into the homestand. It has been one of his few dry spells this season after already delivering hitting streaks of 11, 10, eight, seven and six games.

Series preview: White Sox at Twins

June, 19, 2014
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If the Chicago White Sox want to make a mark on the bunched up American League Central, now would be a good time to do it.

The White Sox open a four-game series at Minnesota on Thursday night and then won’t see another division team until they close out the first half with a July 11-13 series at Cleveland. Between the division series, the White Sox will face the Orioles, Blue Jays, Angels, Mariners and Red Sox.

The 35-37 White Sox are two games better in the standings than the 32-38 Twins, and while the offenses have proven to be much different, the pitching staffs have delivered like numbers.

The White Sox are fourth in the AL with 319 runs scored, while the Twins are ninth at 297. On the pitching side, the Twins have a 4.32 ERA (13th in the AL), while the White Sox have a 4.35 mark (14th). White Sox starters are last in the AL with a combined 4.69 ERA, while the Twins are tied for 13th at 4.67.

The Twins make up their offensive difference with the White Sox by committing 14 less errors and holding a .985 fielding percentage to the White Sox’s .980 mark.

But the White Sox head to Target Field knowing they have had a fair amount of success there in recent years. Since Aug. 5, 2011, the White Sox are 18-8 at Minnesota, although they were just 5-5 there last year. The series will be the White Sox’s first of three visits to Target Field in the final 3 months of the season.

HEAD TO HEAD

Alexei Ramirez is 6-for-10 (.600) against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco with six RBIs. ... Adam Dunn has six hits in 23 at-bats against Twins starter Kevin Correia and three of those hits have been home runs. ... Gordon Beckham is just 1-for-14 (.071) against Twins starter Phil Hughes, while Moises Sierra is 7-for-14 (.500) against him with five RBIs. No White Sox player has more hits against Hughes than Sierra. ... The Twins’ Joe Mauer is 7-for-15 (.467) against Jose Quintana with two home runs, while Josh Willingham is 8-for-15 (.533) against the left-hander. ... The Twins’ Kendrys Morales is 3-for-5 in his career against Hector Noesi with two home runs. ... The Twins are the only American League Central team Andre Rienzo doesn’t have a decision against. He has a 3.97 ERA against them in two starts (11 1/3 innings). ... Mauer is 20-for-53 (3.77) in his career against John Danks, but Trevor Plouffe, Kurt Suzuki and Josh Willingham are a combined 5-for-38 (.132) against the lefty.

NOTES


The White Sox were one game from a three-game sweep in the opening series of the season, but lost the finale 10-9. ... The White Sox are 18-10 against the Twins at Target Field since 2010. ... Ronald Belisario, who has been the White Sox’s closer since Matt Lindstrom was injured in mid-May, has converted his last four save opportunities. ... Dunn has reached base in 50 of his 60 games this season. ... Conor Gillaspie is batting .364 (36-for-99) over his last 25 games and has five multi-hit efforts over his last 10 games. ... Tyler Flowers was hitless in 25 at-bats before his two-run single Wednesday against the Giants. ... Adam Eaton has reached base in 13 consecutive games and is batting .333 (17-for-51) over that stretch. ... At age 30, the Twins’ Yohan Pino, will be the oldest starting pitcher to make his major league debut in franchise history when he takes the mound Thursday. The right-hander was 9-1 with a 1.92 ERA at Triple-A Rochester. ... Former White Sox prospect Eduardo Escobar is batting .303 with a .349 on-base percentage in 58 games for the Twins.

PITCHING MATCHUPS

Thursday: White Sox LH Jose Quintana (3-7, 3.98 ERA) vs. Twins RH Yohan Pino (MLB debut), 7:10 p.m. CST
Friday: White Sox RH Hector Noesi (2-5, 5.37) vs. Twins RH Ricky Nolasco (4-5, 5.66), 7:10 p.m. CST
Saturday: White Sox RH Andre Rienzo (4-4, 5.67) vs. Twins RH Kevin Correia (3-8, 5.29), 1:10 p.m. CST
Sunday: White Sox LH John Danks (6-5, 3.97) vs. Twins RH Phil Hughes (7-3, 3.09) 1:10 p.m. CST

Rapid Reaction: Royals 6, White Sox 3

June, 15, 2014
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CHICAGO -- The White Sox fell 6-3 to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday and were swept in a series for the second time this month.

How it happened: Home runs from Eric Hosmer (two-run) and Salavador Perez (three-run) helped the Royals to the victory. Andre Rienzo gave up six runs on six hits over six innings and added another four walks to boot. Adam Eaton opened with a leadoff triple and scored in the first inning, but the White Sox couldn’t keep pace despite 12 hits. Alejandro De Aza had a two-run double. The White Sox left 13 runners on base.

What it means: The White Sox are now a season-worst four games under .500 at 33-37. They had been three games under on three separate occasions, but each time they managed to win a game. It certainly could be worse, though. After a June 15 defeat to the Houston Astros last season, the White Sox fell to nine games under at 28-37 on their way to a 63-99 final record (36 games under).

Outside the box: A rainout last week gave the White Sox the opportunity to straighten out Rienzo, but the right-hander’s struggles continued. In his first start since June 6, Rienzo was only slightly better than he was while giving up seven runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels. After starting the season 4-0, Rienzo has a 9.00 ERA over his last four starts, all defeats.

Off beat:
Eaton prides himself on being the fly in the ointment and he was a real pest in the first inning Sunday. His ground ball ate up Hosmer at first base and rolled into the right-field corner, sending him off to the races. He ended up on third base and was generously credited with a triple on what looked to be an error. At third, he coaxed a pickoff throw from pitcher James Shields that ended up being a run-scoring balk. And to make Eaton’s pesky ways complete, it all ended with Royals manager Ned Yost getting ejected for arguing the balk call.

Up next: After a day off Monday, the White Sox will send left-hander John Danks (5-5, 4.17 ERA) to the mound Tuesday to face San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain (1-4, 3.84) in the 7:10 p.m. start from U.S. Cellular Field.

Series preview: Royals at White Sox

June, 13, 2014
6/13/14
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CHICAGO – It is still hard to tell what Chicago White Sox team will show up on a nightly basis, the one that can slug and pitch its way to victory or the one that can be controlled by an ideal game plan.

On Thursday night it was the latter, although there is no shame in getting shut down by Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers, who pitched his team to a 4-0 victory.

The White Sox might not be facing anybody the caliber of Scherzer in the upcoming series against the Kansas City Royals, but they have matchups ahead against a pair of proven veterans in Jeremy Guthrie and James Shields.

The White Sox offense might get handcuffed on occasion, like it was against the Los Angeles Angels last weekend, but their games remain competitive. That credit goes to the pitching staff, especially from a bullpen that has been solid over the last month now that roles are clearly defined.

Overlooked in the pitching success has been a solid defense behind the pitchers. Corner outfielders Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo might not rate as defensive assets, but up the middle with shortstop Alexei Ramirez, second baseman Gordon Beckham and center fielder Adam Eaton the White Sox have been stingy.

“We owe it to (the pitchers) to be there every single pitch because they are putting their blood and sweat into every single pitch and for us to be on our toes behind him it shows we appreciate what they are doing,” Eaton said. “We have to continue to play good defense behind them.”

HEAD TO HEAD



The Royals’ Eric Hosmer is just 2-for-24 (.083) in his career against White Sox starter Jose Quintana. … Hector Noesi has just three innings pitched vs. the Royals in his career, the lowest amount against any American League team. … Andre Rienzo's 18 innings pitched against the Royals are his most against any team. The Royals are also the only team he has more than one victory against. … Viciedo is only 4-for-22 (.182) against Guthrie, and Ramirez is just 7-for-42 (.167). … White Sox players have combined for just 12 at-bats against Royals starter Danny Duffy, and Ramirez has the only hit, a single. … Beckham is 9-for-29 (.310) against Shields with two home runs, while Ramirez is 19-for-45 (.422) against the right-hander and also has two home runs.

NOTES



Quintana does not have a victory in nine career starts against the Royals, going 0-4 with a 4.06 ERA. … The White Sox are 5-1 in their last six games against American League Central opponents after losing Thursday’s game to the Tigers. … White Sox starters have a 3.02 ERA in 21 games since May 20. … Ramirez’s double Thursday was his first extra-base hit since May 23 against the New York Yankees. … Beckham is 8-for-20 (.400) during his current five-game hitting streak. … The White Sox are 16-12 against division teams this season after going 26-50 against them last season … Guthrie won his first two starts for the Royals this season and hasn’t won in 11 starts since. … The Royals might have a dismal .360 slugging percentage, last in the AL, but they have been swinging the bats better of late, scoring at least six runs six times in the last 13 games when they have gone 9-4.

PITCHING MATCHUPS

FRIDAY: LH Jose Quintana (3-6, 3.59 ERA) vs. RH Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 4.10), 7:10 p.m. CST
SATURDAY: RH Hector Noesi (2-4, 5.40) vs. LH Danny Duffy (3-5, 3.26), 1:10 p.m. CST
SUNDAY: RH Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25) vs. RH James Shields (7-3, 3.44), 1:10 p.m. CST

Brazil favored by Rienzo, Sox to win Cup

June, 11, 2014
6/11/14
7:28
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CHICAGO -- On the eve of soccer’s World Cup, a random sampling of Chicago White Sox players revealed that Brazil is the favored team in the clubhouse.

Of the 22 White Sox players asked, eight picked the host country to win the tournament that begins Thursday when Brazil plays Croatia.

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The biggest Brazil supporter is, of course, pitcher and Sao Paolo native Andre Rienzo, who played in a soccer academy in his home country until he was 16 before switching his primary focus to baseball.

“It’s huge in Brazil right now,” Rienzo said. “There are parties and people like it and people want to go see the games happen. I hope Brazil wins because it is in Brazil. If Brazil does not win, they will go and have trouble.”

Aside from the White Sox players who hail from the United States, the only other player from a World Cup-qualifying country is Jose Quintana, a Columbia native. Quintana and Alejandro De Aza were the only players to pick Columbia. De Aza is from the Dominican Republic, which isn’t represented on the pitch, but his wife being from Columbia influenced his decision.

Four players selected the United States to win it all, although those selects were more by default from players who wanted to stay loyal to their home country. Adam Eaton acted disinterested, then was spotted wearing a U.S. soccer jersey; perhaps he had more interest than he was willing to admit.

Two players that selected Brazil -- Zach Putnam and Paul Konerko -- said they were doing it in support of Rienzo.

Alexei Ramirez is from Cuba, but he is an ardent Argentina supporter, going as far as to put his Lionel Messi Argentina jersey in front of Rienzo’s face while he was doing an interview.

“I have a deal with Alexei that if Brazil wins he has to go get a Brazil shirt and get a picture,” Rienzo said. “If Argentina wins, I have to get a picture with an Argentina jersey. I hope Brazil, because if I take a picture with a shirt from Argentina, people in Brazil will kill me.”

Jose Abreu picked France, Scott Carroll picked the Netherlands, Chris Sale picked England and Adrian Nieto was the only White Sox player to select defending-champion Spain. Adam Dunn tried to pick three teams -- England, Spain and Brazil -- before finally settling with the home country.

Gordon Beckham and Moises Sierra declined to pick a champion. Beckham said he doesn’t follow the sport closely enough to make an informed opinion, while Sierra said he wasn’t interested because his native Dominican Republic was not participating.

Rain knocks Rienzo to the weekend

June, 10, 2014
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CHICAGO – Rain forced the postponement of the Chicago White Sox’s game against the Detroit Tigers and also ended up altering the starting rotation.

Andre Rienzo, who was scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the Tigers, will no longer pitch in this series. John Danks, who was supposed to start Tuesday, will be moved to Wednesday’s game and Chris Sale will stay put for his Thursday start.

The Tigers will make exactly the same moves. Justin Verlander will move from Tuesday to Wednesday, while Wednesday’s starter, Drew Smyly, will be skipped. Max Scherzer will remain in his regular rotation spot opposite Sale.

When the White Sox begin their series Friday at home against the Kansas City Royals, Jose Quintana will pitch in the opener, Hector Noesi will pitch Saturday and Rienzo will return to the rotation for Sunday’s game.

No reschedule date has been announced for Tuesday's rained out game. It is not expected to be made up during this current series. The Tigers return to Chicago one more time this season, the weekend of Aug. 29-31.

Stock watch: Eaton racing back to form

June, 10, 2014
6/10/14
11:53
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Adam EatonAP Photo/Andrew A. NellesAdam Eaton is riding a five-game hitting streak going into Tuesday's game.

RISING


Streaking
Adam Eaton, center field: The leadoff man appears to have his legs under him again after last month's trip to the DL with hamstring issues. The left-handed hitter is batting .333 (7-for-21) during a five-game hitting streak. Prior to the hitting streak, Eaton was in a 3-for-35 funk over his previous nine games.

Relief pitching: Ronald Belisario has been a white-knuckle ride at closer, but the relief corps has actually been dominating of late. The bullpen has a 1.69 ERA over its last 12 games (37 1/3 innings). Lefty Scott Downs has four consecutive scoreless appearances of less than one inning and Jake Petricka has delivered a scoreless outing in 21 of his 26 appearances. Daniel Webb is on a run of seven consecutive scoreless appearances and has a 1.00 ERA over his past 14 games.

AL Central play: Monday night's victory over the Tigers gave the White Sox a 15-11 record against division opponents. The White Sox are 3-3 against the Royals, 2-1 against the Twins and a whopping 7-3 against the Indians, a team they only beat twice last season. Against the Tigers, the White Sox are 3-4 this year, but have a chance to reach the break-even point Tuesday night.

FALLING


Slumping
Andre Rienzo, starting pitcher: The right-hander is having a hard time getting a handle on his command issues after starting out strong in the major leagues this year. Rienzo has given up a combined 15 runs over his past three starts (all losses), but three of those runs in a May 25 start against the Yankees were unearned. Manager Robin Ventura said he will stick with Rienzo in the rotation for now.

Dayan Viciedo, outfielder: The power threat was on an 0-for-24 slide before getting a pair of hits Sunday against the Angels. That respite was short-lived, though, as he went hitless in three at-bats Monday. Since the start of May (35 games), Viciedo is batting .197, with 27 hits and 33 strikeouts.

Tyler Flowers, catcher: His tendencies to run both hot and cold have shown up this season. Flowers is now hitless over his last 13 at-bats after an 0-for-3 night Monday. One good sign is that he did walk and score a run Monday night so he figured out a way to get involved. Since May 26 (11 games), Flowers is batting .059 (2-for-34) with a .135 on-base percentage.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.317 36 107 80
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208