Chicago White Sox: Dewayne Wise

Five years later, Buehrle feat stirs senses

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"Alexeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiii … Yes … Yes … Yes … Yes … Yes … History!"
-- White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson, on the air, at the completion of Mark Buehrle's perfect game, July 23, 2009.


CHICAGO -- A day bathed in bright sunshine greeted the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday afternoon, just as it did five years ago to the day when Mark Buehrle delivered his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The left-hander, who couldn't throw a fastball through a wet paper bag, or so it seemed, used pinpoint control and his patented cutter to dispatch the Rays in order through nine innings.

It went 27 up and 27 down for a slice of history as Buehrle became the second White Sox pitcher, at the time, to deliver perfection. Charles Robertson had already done it in 1922, and Philip Humber repeated the feat three years later.

With 26 outs in the books, the Rays' Jason Bartlett was the final batter. He hit a ground ball to the left of shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who fielded the ball cleanly and threw to first base to end the game.

And what were Ramirez's thoughts before Bartlett came to the plate?

"I was hoping it wasn't coming at me," Ramirez admitted Wednesday through an interpreter. "If anything, I was hoping it was a fly ball, just not a grounder. I hadn't been feeling well. I had gotten a little injured before that. I was hoping it wasn't a grounder."

Buehrle finished his masterpiece in a tidy 2 hours, 3 minutes for his second career no-hitter. He blanked the Texas Rangers in 2007. But this was a perfect game, reaching the rarified air that only 20 other pitchers have in the history of the game.

And while the nerves must be on edge for the pitcher, at least they can dictate the game from the mound. The fielders end up playing an agonizing waiting game.

"I just tried to play my game and try not to make a bad play or think about it that much," Ramirez said. "When you get to the ninth inning, that's when you feel the pressure, when you feel like this is happening and trying to do everything you can to make sure Mark gets this."

Ramirez calls Dewayne Wise's ninth-inning grab at the left-center field the best catch he has ever seen. The only permanent sign of Buehrle's feat at U.S. Cellular Field is the small block lettering at the top of the wall in left-center that reads "THE CATCH."

Ramirez, though, doesn't need much to take his mind back five years ago.

"I remember it often," Ramirez said. "Whenever I see Buehrle, we signal each other and we recall that day and it's just such a special occasion that not that many pitchers have accomplished it. I remember it often."

Ventura to insert Konerko at first base

August, 3, 2013
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DETROIT -- Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he wanted to get Paul Konerko back at first base sometime during their three-game series with the Detroit Tigers.

That opportunity comes Saturday night for Konerko.

“I talked to him [Friday], and he said he felt good enough to do it,” Ventura said before the White Sox’s game at Comerica Park against the Tigers. “It’s just one of those [games to] get him back and get him back in the swing of things.”

Konerko returned to the White Sox lineup July 22 after missing nearly four weeks with lower back tightness.

“I haven’t played first in a while, so I’m sure there will be some [moments when] the game gets a little fast making all the movements,” Konerko said before the game. “I’ve been taking ground balls, so I try to stay as sharp as I can, but nothing’s like the real game."

He’s strictly been Chicago’s designated hitter since returning.

“Last week, I think back-wise, you’re just trying to get him through that,” Ventura said. “In Cleveland, he had a little something going on, but he’s better now so he’s able to go out there.”

Ventura said Konerko just didn’t feel right running around the bases in Cleveland, so the decision was to delay his return to first base.

Konerko last played first base on June 23.

“The first one in a while is always a little weird, but I’ll get through it and, hopefully, I’ll get to the point where I can play a good number in a row and give Adam [Dunn] a rest,” Konerko said.

Dunn has played every game at first base except one while Konerko worked his way back to the lineup. Dunn will be the DH Saturday night.

No run support: Friday marked the 20th time this season Chicago has been held to one run or fewer.

“It’s frustrating. I’ve been in that situation as a hitter, and you don’t feel good about it,” Ventura said. “It’s hard enough to pitch and do everything right, but when guys are pitching that well and you’re not giving them any run support, it’s frustrating. You get down and everything else. You’re just looking for a break.”

A great example of things just not going the White Sox’s way came in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Tigers. Ventura decided to call for a hit-and-run with pinch runner Jordan Danks on first base and Gordon Beckham at the plate with one out. With Tigers second baseman Ramon Santiago shifting toward the bag, Beckham grounded right to him for an easy double play.

“We were just trying to get something going instead of just bunting him over,” Ventura said. “Gordon hit it hard, but it just so happened to be right where the guy was running to.”

The White Sox were fourth in the American League in runs scored last season.

“That’s just baseball,” Ventura said. “It’s frustrating. It can be cruel in all those weird ways.”

Wise released: The White Sox made a roster move Saturday, placing outfielder Dewayne Wise on waivers that will allow them to give him his unconditional release.

Wise, 35, had been on the 15-day disabled list since May 30 with a right hamstring and right oblique strain.

“I don’t know if it’s a younger [thing] or how you look at it,” Ventura said. “It’s seeing other guys and seeing what they can do. And also giving him a shot to see what else he can do.”

During his rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Charlotte, Wise was hitting just .170 in 16 games.

The move may mean newly acquired Avisail Garcia could be in a White Sox uniform soon.

In a game with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, Garcia was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs. He also drew a walk.

“We’re just looking forward to seeing what we got,” Ventura said. “We’ve seen him from afar, but it’s always different when you get them on your team and you see how they fit in and how you’re going to use them.”

Jordan Danks joins brother John on ChiSox

June, 2, 2013
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Chicago White Sox shuffled their roster Sunday, placing outfielder Dewayne Wise on the 15-day disabled list and recalling outfielder Jordan Danks from Triple-A Charlotte.

Wise strained his right hamstring on May 25 while scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning from second base. He has appeared in one other game since then, going 0-for-2 Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs.

"It just hasn't gotten any better," Wise said before Sunday's game against the Oakland A's. "I told them yesterday that at this point I can't be myself out on the field. I can't do the things that I do. It was pretty much my decision to tell them I think it's best for the team to go ahead and put me on (the DL) because I can't pinch run and do stuff like that."

Wise said he was worried that if he tried to push his hamstring now he would tear it.

"That was a concern, too," Wise said. "I just felt like doing running stuff ... with our strength coach, I just felt like I couldn't get up to top speed. Every time I felt like I tried to push myself to do it, it felt like it was going to pop. I definitely don't want to do that. I thought the best thing to do was take it slow, put me on the 15 and see what happens after that."

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Jake Peavy solid, gets big help in field

May, 8, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Jake Peavy didn't miss a beat.

Despite not pitching in nearly two weeks due to back spasms, the veteran returned with an excellent outing.

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AP Photo/Seth WenigIn his first start since April 26, Jake Peavy gave up one run on three hits in 6⅔ innings. But he credited assists in the field. "Defense behind me was outstanding," he said.
He shut down the New York Mets in the Chicago White Sox's 6-3 win on Wednesday at Citi Field. Peavy gave up one run on three hits in 6⅔ innings, while striking out six in his first start since April 26.

"It starts with pitching, and Jake had a great game," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Peavy was scratched in his previous two scheduled starts due to the back spasms that first flared up on May 1. He had a six-minute bullpen session Monday and said he would be good to go in the series finale against the Mets.

On Wednesday, Peavy said his bullpen session went well as he got loose, but he didn't have a feel for his pitches and struggled with his command. In the second inning, he gave up a long homer to Lucas Duda that tied the game at 1-1.

Peavy found a way to work through it and kept the Mets off the board the rest of the game, navigating their lineup with ease. Aided by several great defensive plays by Alexei Ramirez and Dewayne Wise, Peavy departed after allowing a single with two outs in the seventh. He threw 114 pitches.

The right-hander said he will get some treatment at his house on the team's off-day on Thursday, and he's hoping the spasms are behind him. Peavy added there were no restrictions Wednesday and that he felt fine.

"Big win. We needed to come back and win after what happened last night," Peavy said in reference to the team's 1-0 loss in 10 innings on Tuesday. "It was nice of the boys to respond."

Helped out: Peavy wouldn't have had such a great line without some fantastic plays from Ramirez and Wise.

In the second, Wise made a running grab to snag a well-hit ball from Ike Davis that could have potentially scored a run, as baserunner Mike Baxter was halfway to third. Wise's back crashed into the wall in center after he caught the ball, and he almost had a chance to double up Baxter at first base.

Ramirez also had some slick-fielding plays up the middle, starting with the first Mets' batter of the game, as he robbed Jordany Valdespin of a hit. Ramirez also made a nice play to start an important inning-ending double play in the fourth inning, as the White Sox were only ahead 4-1 at the time.

"Defense behind me was outstanding," Peavy said. "Dewayne Wise going and getting that ball there that was hit deep to center. And obviously Alexei; we saw how well he played.”

“That's what we did last year,” he said. “We made the plays we're supposed to make. And we made good, outstanding plays from time to time and got some timely hitting."

De Aza a power hitter? With his sixth home run, outfielder Alejandro De Aza is on pace for more than 30 homers this season. He only hit nine last year in 131 games. His boost in home runs has correlated with a rise in strikeouts, though, as he now has 41 through 31 games.

White Sox's bats finally come to life

May, 8, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Watching the normally weak-hitting Chicago White Sox lineup pound out six runs and 13 hits Wednesday had outfielder Alex Rios reciting an old baseball adage after Chicago's 6-3 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field.

"I believe that sometimes hitting is contagious, and when we started getting like that everybody seems to follow the leader and that's what we got to do," Rios said. "We've been struggling a little bit, but it's just a matter of putting good at-bats together and battle like we've been doing. We're going to get out of this funk sooner than later."

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Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesAlex Rios was one of the keys in Wednesday's win as the White Sox got their offense going.
After scoring a combined two runs in their previous two games, the Sox broke out against the Mets by tying their season-high in hits. Chicago had scored two runs in the 21 innings spanning the previous two games, including a 1-0 loss in 10 innings Tuesday, but they broke through against Mets starter Jeremy Hefner.

"Offensively, get a couple of hits, one that falls in with Conor [Gillaspie], but they swung the bats tonight," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It's one of those, even after a night like last night, you still have to come out and grind and work at it and get after it."

In the previous two games, Chicago, owners of the lowest team batting average in the American League, had been shut down by Kansas City's James Shields and the Mets' Matt Harvey. Chicago didn't score in 17 innings against the starters and managed to beat Kansas City with a rally against the bullpen.

Wednesday, outfielder Alejandro De Aza galvanized the White Sox by leading the game off with a home run to right field. After two games of offensive misery, the White Sox could finally relax and go the plate with a lead.

"When you start the game with the lead, it boosts everything. It boosts the defense and the offense," Rios said. "Gave the pitcher more room to work with and gave us that confidence we need. We played pretty good today, put a good game together and everything was fine."

In the third, Chicago benefited from a well-placed double to get some breathing room. With the White Sox ahead 2-1 and two men on with one out, Gillaspie blooped a ball to center that dunked in and scored both runners. Ventura pointed to that inning, as Chicago scored three runs, as the one that gave the team confidence moving forward. Chicago added a run in both the seventh and ninth.

The White Sox may not have tattooed most of their balls Wednesday, but after their struggles the previous two games, they didn't care how the hits came.

"A hit is a hit. You take it as is," White Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise said. "There weren't many hard hits tonight, but we got a few balls to fall in and hopefully that's something we can build on, and go home these [next] three games against Anaheim and hopefully we can get some wins."

Bullpen, defense stumble yet again

May, 5, 2013
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It is getting so bad for the Chicago White Sox now that even one of their most dependable performers has joined the struggles that are sweeping through the clubhouse like a virus.

With a victory well within their grasp, the White Sox managed to lose yet another one to the Kansas City Royals when closer Addison Reed followed two walks with a two-out, two-run, game-tying double in the bottom of the ninth inning.

That is the same Reed who had converted 17 consecutive save chances going back to last season and 10 of his first 10 chances to start this season.

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Trade puts light back on Mitchell

April, 30, 2013
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's need to pay cash for a backup outfielder Monday brings to light all of the issues that have continued to torment highly-regarded prospect Jared Mitchell.

The former first-round draft pick, whom the White Sox continue to hold in high regard, can't seem to catch a break and the White Sox's acquisition of Casper Wells from the Oakland Athletics on Monday only seems to highlight that.

The early-season injury to Dayan Viciedo, and the fact that the team started the season with only four outfielders, has brought the White Sox's major-league ready depth into focus. On the lower levels, the White Sox have some of the most impressive outfield talent around, but when it comes to players who can jump into the major leagues now, it isn't nearly as strong.

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Two more ailments to add to list

April, 26, 2013
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CHICAGO -- It’s getting to the point that you can’t spot a White Sox player without trying to figure out his latest injury.

Jeff Keppinger was not in the starting lineup Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays because of back spasms and Dewayne Wise was a late scratch because of a sore neck. The White Sox were already without starters Gordon Beckham (hand) and Dayan Viciedo (side), who are on the disabled list.

Then there is starter John Danks, who had shoulder surgery last summer, and Angel Sanchez, the utility infielder who is dealing with a strained lower back.

For a franchise that has used the least number of DL days over the past decade, it’s as if injuries are catching up to them all at once.

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Ventura scrambles lineup for Felix

April, 6, 2013
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CHICAGO – Just because he was a third baseman during his playing days, doesn’t mean that Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura can’t throw a sneaky curveball.

Whether or not this one is a hanging curve out over the plate will be determined soon.

Ventura made wholesale changes to his lineup Saturday, getting a number of players from the bench a chance to stretch their legs for an extended period. Dewayne Wise, Conor Gillaspie and Hector Gimenez all will get starts.

It comes, though, with the White Sox facing Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, the same Hernandez who is one victory and five strikeouts away from becoming just the fourth player with 100 victories and 1,500 strikeouts before the age of 27.

“You get the 12 o’clock start and you know it just gets the guys in there who haven’t been in there yet as far as playing and starting,” Ventura said. “It gets them at-bats. (Hernandez) is tough on righties too.”

Dayan Viciedo, Paul Konerko and Tyler Flowers all will start Saturday’s game on the bench, leaving the club at a significant power disadvantage.

Alejandro De Aza will stay put in the leadoff spot, but Wise will bat second. Alex Rios and Adam Dunn stay in their Nos. 3 and 4 spots respectively, but Jeff Keppinger moves down to the No. 5 hole, while Gillaspie bats sixth, Alexei Ramirez bats seventh, Gimenez bats eighth and Gordon Beckham brings up the rear in the nine spot. The new look gets four left-handed bats and one switch hitter into the mix against the right-handed Hernandez.

In other twists, starting center fielder De Aza moves over to left field while Wise plays in center, while Gillaspie plays third base and Keppinger moves to first.

There were so many changes, in fact that Ventura made mistakes in his original lineup, needing white-out to correct them. He accidentally put Giminez in the No. 6 spot and Gillaspie in the No. 8 spot before making some quick edits.

“No, I just wrote it down wrong and I looked at it,” Ventura said. “I wasn’t thinking that hard. It was a quick turnaround (from Friday night).”

White Sox say Es won't identify them

April, 4, 2013
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Gordon BeckhamJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesGordon Beckham isn't worried about the White Sox defense this season.
CHICAGO – Forget about the three errors the Chicago White Sox made Wednesday, they still prefer to look at themselves as a solid defensive club.

Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo and Dewayne Wise all were charged with errors in a victory over the Kansas City Royals, with Viciedo figuring into Ramirez's miscue when he bumped into the shortstop on a popup.

"I think that obviously we proved it last year that we can be pretty good and I think we're very good again," said second baseman Gordon Beckham, who continued to show improvement on defense last season. "Obviously you make three errors in a game and it's not going to look like the best defense in the game, but I think that was kind of anomaly. That won't happen much, I know that."

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White Sox season preview: Bench

March, 30, 2013
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Dewayne WiseRick Scuteri/USA TODAY SportsDewayne Wise is the only experienced player on the White Sox bench.


The "savvy-veteran" tag won’t exactly qualify when talking about the Chicago White Sox bench this season.

Dewayne Wise, who will serve as the fourth outfielder and main left-handed bat off the bench, actually fits that bill, but it doesn’t really apply anywhere else.

Also in reserve roles this season will be Rule 5 pickup Angel Sanchez as the utility man, recently acquired Conor Gillaspie as the backup at third base and Hector Gimenez as a 30-year-old backup catcher with practically no major league experience.

With just two left-handed hitters in the starting lineup, Wise could see a decent amount of playing time as the fourth outfielder, but not if the starters are producing. At first glance, his best chance to play could come in place of left fielder Dayan Viciedo, who struggled against right-handed pitching last season.

Even though Sanchez can play multiple positions it’s actually Gillaspie that could see more playing time. The lefty-swinging Gillaspie could be used to give third baseman Jeff Keppinger a day off or when Keppinger slides over to second base to give Gordon Beckham a breather.

Sanchez is expected to primarily be used when Alexei Ramirez gets a day off. He better get used to sitting because Ramirez played in 158 games each of the past two seasons.

As a switch hitter Gimenez also gives manager Robin Ventura the potential to get a left-handed bat into the mix every once in a while. He doesn’t figure to play more than once a week, though.

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  • The challenge with having young players on the bench is getting them the consistent at-bats to keep them fresh and their swings in sync. Since Gillaspie is primarily a third baseman, with the ability to play some first base, getting him some playing time will be challenging for Ventura.

  • To be frank, not going to the bench much at all means things are going right with the starting lineup. Since Wise is the only true outfielder on the roster outside of the three starters, he becomes extremely important. His challenge will be to seamlessly transition into the outfield if and when the first injury arrives.

  • That player who can come off the bench and crush a late-inning home run isn’t available. That means the subs will have to contribute in other areas. The offense will be hit and miss, which is understandable, but the defense the bench guys give will have no margin for error. Gimenez figures to have the most defensive weight on his shoulders with the expectation that he gets on the same page with the starting pitcher on the infrequent days he is behind the plate.
  • White Sox keep Dewayne Wise

    November, 21, 2012
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    CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with veteran outfielder Dewayne Wise.

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    Sox fading in Central Division race

    September, 28, 2012
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    Jake PeavyJerry Lai/US PRESSWIREJake Peavy did his part with 7 1/3 solid innings on the mound, but the White Sox offense struggled.

    CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox's playoff chances are fading quickly after another offensive meltdown Thursday evening.

    The 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays was similar to many of the team's failures during this losing streak that has consumed the club. Chicago has lost eight of their past nine games and has seen a lead of three games become a deficit of two in the American League Central Division in just 11 days.

    Robin Ventura’s team had the bases loaded with nobody out in both the fourth and fifth innings and only managed to score once in each. The lack of run production took the zip out of a stellar performance by starter Jake Peavy, who allowed just two runs in 7 1/3 innings and suffered a no-decision.

    "Jake was pitching great," Ventura said. "He had given us everything that you need [to win]. Tonight it was about if you don't execute you are not going to win."

    The Sox, of course, did not execute, and once again were awful with men in scoring position going 1-for-8 at the plate and are now 9-for-73 in their past 10 games as they have gone 2-8.

    They had a man on first and nobody out in the eighth inning and failed in two areas to do the little things. Pinch-runner Jordan Danks was called out on an appeal play when he failed to touch second base after running past the base on a fly ball. Danks failed to touch second on the way back to first base. That play was preceded by pinch-hitter Dewayne Wise failing to get a bunt down to advance Danks into scoring position.

    "If you don't do the fundamental things you aren't going to win," Ventura said. "It is that simple. We had opportunities late. We did not do the fundamental things and it has been for a while now that we haven't done the things to be successful."

    Peavy, who may have pitched his last home game as a Sox starter, took the blame for not pitching better. In reality he did a good job of holding down a hot Rays team that has now won eight straight games. The Sox hold an option of buying out the pitcher's $22 million contract for $4 million. Peavy and his teammates are seemingly seeing their once hopeful season slip away.

    "I think everybody will take accountability for the way we played," Peavy said. "We had it right there in front of us a lot of tonight and the last week and a half. We just have not been able to do it."

    The Tigers and Sox still have six games each to play, but Detroit's magic number is now at five.

    Rapid Reaction: Angels 4, White Sox 2

    September, 22, 2012
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    ANAHEIM -- A quick look at the Chicago White Sox's 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

    How it happened: Sox starter Jose Quintana put himself and the team in a four-run hole in the first. The rookie left-hander walked two and made a bad error on a simple bunt play. All three of those runners scored. Quintana faced nine batters and threw 37 pitches in the inning. Paul Konerko got a run back in the second, driving a 3-2 breaking ball out of the park off Angels starter Dan Haren for his 24th home run. Manager Robin Ventura was ejected for arguing a balk called on Quintana and Konerko for trying an illegal pick-off. It was the fourth ejection for Ventura this season. The Sox added a run on a Dewayne Wise groundout in the seventh, scoring Alex Rios.

    What it means: Although the White Sox are technically a half game ahead of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, the division is back to a virtual tie. Both teams are even in the loss column. Detroit’s 8-0 win against Minnesota on Saturday put the Sox’s magic number on hold. Detroit plays a double header on Sunday to make up for a Friday rainout .

    Outside the box: The hitting slumps for Kevin Youkilis, Konerko and Adam Dunn were at 10-for-72 on the current road trip before Konerko’s home run. White Sox pitchers made two errors on easy bunts. Expect extra pitchers fielding practice the rest of the season.

    Up next: The final game of the series Sunday matches the White Sox’s Gavin Floyd (10-10, 4.50 ERA) against Angels ace Jered Weaver (18-4, 2.79).

    Wise proving to be smart pickup for Sox

    September, 22, 2012
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    ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Life is good for outfielder Dewayne Wise, who has had a big impact on the Chicago White Sox's sustained success since returning to the team.

    The journeyman has reinvented himself as an offensive threat to go along with his defensive prowess. If not for a quirky trade that sent All Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees, Wise would still be playing in New York.

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    Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesDewayne Wise has forced his way into the lineup since rejoining the White Sox.
    “I really enjoyed my time over there,” Wise said. “Everyone is very professional over there as well. When you sign with New York you already know what you are getting into. It is a great place to play, especially when you are doing well.”

    Wise’s strong play has forced Sox manager Robin Ventura to use a platoon of Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza and himself over the past three weeks of the season. Great defense aside, Wise is hitting .310 with eight extra base hits and nine RBIs over his last 17 games. The long ball has been a new part of Wise’s offensive arsenal. He has eight home runs this season, five since coming back to Chicago.

    “It’s crazy how my career has varied to this point,” Wise said. “I always felt like I could play up here. It is all about getting the chance. I have never had the amount of big league at-bats that I have had this season.”

    The 34-year-old Wise signed a contract with the White Sox on Aug. 3, one day after getting his release from the Yankees. The Sox were looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder who could play defense and run a little bit. They approached the Chicago Cubs about a trade for Tony Campana and were turned down. They also talked about resigning 2005 World Series hero Scott Podsednik before giving Wise a chance.

    “I am really glad to be back,” said Wise, who up until this season was best known for “The Catch”, saving Mark Buehrle’s perfect game with a homer-saving grab of Gabe Kapler’s ninth-inning drive. “So many people in the organization have been great to me and I’m happy to pay back in any small way I can.”

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