Chicago White Sox: closer

Sox name Reed team closer

May, 23, 2012
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Powers By Scott Powers
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CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura named Addison Reed the team's closer on Wednesday.

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White Sox move Sale to closer's role

May, 4, 2012
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The Chicago White Sox are moving Chris Sale, who's been one of the more effective starters in the American League, from the rotation to the closer role, the team announced Friday.

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Ventura still mum on closer's role

April, 6, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It could be around the ninth inning every game when Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura will sidle up to pitching coach Don Cooper and say "Who should we close with today?"

As the team prepared to open the 2012 season on Friday against the Texas Rangers, Ventura still refused to say if he had a closer.

"I just do not feel the need to announce it," the first-year manager said. "It's not going to be the same guy all the time. ... It will end up being different at different times of the season."

The Sox start the season with basically four rookies out of the seven bullpen pitchers.

"It depends on how guys do against certain teams and match-ups," Ventura said. "If we had Mariano Rivera I would be able to tell everybody I had a closer."

Part of Ventura's problem is that Matt Thornton may be best suited for both the closers and set- up roles. Thornton has 20 or more holds in four straight seasons, something no other reliever has done over that time period.

Thornton was also the failed team closer to start the 2011 season. After four early blown saves he went back to being a successful set-up man while relative unknown Sergio Santos claimed the job.

"For (the relievers) they understand when they are coming in and when they are likely to be used," Ventura said. "That's enough for them to know."

Who closes? Ozzie isn't saying - yet

May, 11, 2010
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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireOzzie Guillen isn't saying if Bobby Jenks still is the White Sox closer.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Until the late innings on Tuesday night, no one will know for sure if Bobby Jenks still is the Chicago White Sox closer.

Manager Ozzie Guillen stopped short of saying Jenks had lost his job by announcing before Tuesday’s game against the Twins that he’ll mix and match his bullpen guys at the end of the game.

“I’m going to leave that open for now with a few choices,” Guillen said. “For our ballclub to be the best one, Bobby has to be our closer.

“But he’s not throwing the way we want him to throw. If [Michael] Cuddyer is up there, Bobby will be out there. I’m not saying he isn’t my closer. It depends on who will be out there. We’ll be open to [changes] until Bobby starts throwing the ball better.”

Guillen’s hottest reliever is Matt Thornton, who has been lethal to all hitters, especially left-handers. The Sox primary set-up man has 25 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings. He’ll most likely be Guillen’s choice at the end of the game if Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau or Jason Kubel is in a position to tie or win a ballgame.

Jenks has five saves in six attempts and has given up 19 hits in 12 innings. His 2.40 WHIP is the worst among relievers in baseball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
3 2.30 29 27
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Ramirez .379
HRA. Ramirez 4
RBIA. Ramirez 14
RA. Eaton 15
OPSA. Ramirez 1.044
ERAC. Sale 2.30
SOC. Sale 29