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Jenks off to Boston, won't be forgotten

December, 16, 2010
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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Bobby Jenks is about to become that rare Boston Red Sox player.

When he strolls into U.S. Cellular Field next season, he will be one of the few to wear the uniform of the "other Sox" who is actually treated well by South Side fans.

Multiple outlets, including ESPN, are now reporting that Jenks has agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox at two years and $12 million. The deal is pending a physical.

His days with the White Sox might have ended on a disappointing note. Multiple injuries reduced his effectiveness in the second half of 2010, and manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams were actually on the same page in their disappointment with the right-hander.

It doesn’t change what Jenks did for the franchise, not to mention himself, when he burst upon the scene in 2005 to help the White Sox win the World Series. In subsequent seasons his stock continued to rise.

Jenks will always be viewed as a man of the people. From humble beginnings, he emerged as a talent with a big body and an even bigger right arm. Some reckless ways dotted his minor-league years with the Angels, but he was reborn with the White Sox. A good comeback story is hard to resist.

But it will be interesting to see how long the cheers last. While the Red Sox need Jenks to make life hard on the Yankees, Jenks will probably have an extra dose of energy for the White Sox. It this case, it does figure to be personal.

What was sure to help convince the Red Sox to sign Jenks was his history against the Yankees. In 17 innings he has a 2-0 record with four saves and a 1.06 ERA. He also has a .756 WHIP and has 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

News and notes from White Sox camp

February, 22, 2010
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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Lefty Mark Buehrle will make his eighth Opening Day start on April 5 against the Cleveland Indians. Buehrle didn’t find out from manager Ozzie Guillen that he was going to get the start. Instead, media relations manager Pat O’Connell called Buehrle to tell him that Guillen had broken the news to reporters on Sunday.
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AP Photo/Mark DuncanMark Buehrle will make his team-record eighth Opening Day start.

When I talked to Ozzie Guillen on Monday, he told me that after Buehrle pitching No. 1 and Peavy pitching No. 2, he and pitching coach Don Cooper will try to match up his other three starters -- John Danks, Gavin Floyd and Freddy Garcia -- against the most favorable opponents and teams. That philosophy gives Guillen the luxury of giving one of the three more days off in April before going with a full-bore, five-man rotation in May.

Guillen also told me that during spring training, right handed pitcher Daniel Hudson will get stretched out all the way until Opening Day so that he’s ready to go into the rotation in case one of the other pitchers is injured.

Reliever J.J. Putz told me on Monday that he’s throwing the ball freely and without pain. He said his only worry was to hold himself back from doing too much too early. Putz is another in a long line of new Chicago White Sox players who admitted they’d rather play with A.J. Pierzynski than against him.

“He was always doing something to beat you,” Putz said. “I’m glad he’s on my team now. Besides, he’s a hell of a catcher. A lot of guys have done well with him behind the plate.”

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Chris Sale
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.20 198 168
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Abreu .319
HRJ. Abreu 35
RBIJ. Abreu 105
RA. Ramirez 80
OPSJ. Abreu .974
ERAC. Sale 2.20
SOC. Sale 198