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Chicago White Sox
We apologize for this being repetitive, but the White Sox insist on continuing their unprofessional, out-of-sync style of baseball that has wow'ed us throughout the first month of the regular season. Nonetheless, here's a complete breakdown of what transpired Tuesday night in Texas ...
It's unfortunate that the last few games have had to last nine innings, because if they didn't the Sox would have pulled out a win or two and actually kept us entertained.
The south siders got off to a quick start in the first inning against the Rangers' Yu Darvish, as Alex Rios drove in Tyler Greene, who tripled (pictured above, H/T Getty Images), to get the team on the board quickly. A Paul Konerko two-out RBI bloop single to right field drove in Rios before Conor Gillaspie doubled to put ducks on the pond and Alexei Ramirez stranded 'em there.
Jose Quintana got off to a fine too, hurling three scoreless innings to start the game. Although he had to work over some base runners, it looked like he'd be able to put together yet another Buehrle-like performance, if you will.
But then he hit the 'wall' that he's known to run into once in a while in the fourth inning when Nelson Cruz and Jeff Baker (pictured to the right, H/T Getty Images) hit back-to-back solo home runs off of him to tie the game at two runs apiece.
After the Sox went quietly in the top of the fifth inning, the Rangers came out hot once again, smacking four base hits to bring home two more runs and all of the sudden Jose Quintana was poised to take a if the outcome would hold.
But the White Sox did, as you have to give them at least some credit for doing, kept fighting, as DeWayne Wise took a Yu Darvish ephis-pitch yard, bringing home Hector Gimenez (reached on fielders' choice after a Conor Gillaspie walk) to tie the game at four.
But I won't tease you any longer; from there on out, things did not go well.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, things got really ugly really quickly.
Matt Lindstrom came in to relieve starter Jose Quintana and did a nice job of retiring the leadoff man, Jeff Baker. But after a walk to Geovanny Soto, he departed for lefty specialist Donnie Veal, who also did not do his job, letting up a deep double to Mitch Moreland to score Soto, giving Texas the lead once again.
And just to add insult to injury, a throwing mistake getting the ball back in helped Moreland advance to third base. Then it was Nate Jones' turn to join the circus.
Jones got a quick out but then let up an Ian Kinsler RBI single, an Elvis Andrus single, walked Lance Berkman ... all before throwing two wild pitches that each brought home another Ranger run. Before the inning was over, Adrian Beltre added a two-run home run (pictured below, H/T Getty Images), and out of nowhere Texas was leading, 10-4
Despite the Sox adding a run in the seventh inning on an Adam Dunn opposite field home run, his sixth of the season, and Alexei scoring on a wild pitch in the eight, the Rangers still went on to win easily, 10-6.
Overall this year, we'd still have to say the bullpen has been good. But the last few games that has not been the case one bit, and for a team that isn't hitting too consistently or timely and can't field to save their lives, they surely cannot afford to have another aspect of the team fall by the wayside.
Sooner or later, we just have to hope one of these ugly, ugly losses really gets to the team and helps them turn it around. We know they can field better, but it's getting to that time - put up or shut up time.
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Hopefully the Sox can give themselves a chance to win the series on Thursday by capturing a win on Wednesday, as our ace, Chris Sale takes on Rangers' youngster Nick Tepesch.
BEST OF MAXIM
ARLINGTON, Texas Ian Kinsler's defensive play in the seventh inning Tuesday night was so good manager Ron Washington gave him a salute.
Kinsler's snare of an Alex Rios grounder up the middle and throw to first was good enough that Washington gave Kinsler a military salute from the dugout.
It's the kind of reward that perfection merits. That's what Washington thought...
ARLINGTON, Texas Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who has battled issues with his right oblique for the last few seasons, was out of the lineup Tuesday as Texas manager Ron Washington wanted to give him extra time to rest.
"I decided to see if I give him yesterday and today so we can settle it down a little bit," Washington said. "It's nothing he can't play...
ARLINGTON, Texas Mitch Moreland didn't change anything when he struggled the first few weeks of the season, and he's not changing anything now that he's one of the Rangers' hottest hitters.
Moreland went 3-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 10-6 win over the White Sox.
Two of the hits went to the opposite field, a good sign for the left-handed Moreland. All three...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Conor Gillaspie and Alejandro De Aza homered in the seventh inning and the Chicago White Sox ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Chris Sale (3-2) remained undefeated in his career against AL West teams, settling down after a rough second inning to make it through seven. The left-hander struck out seven...
After losing Gavin Floyd to a flexor strain over the weekend, the Chicago White Sox will be encouraged by the news that John Danks is ready to make his first rehab start. Danks has been pitching in extended spring training but will step up to making a minor league start later this week.
MLB.com's Scott Merkin said Danks feels that Gavin Floyd's injury may serve as "...
For most little baseball fans, getting a foul ball or a home run ball at a Major League Baseball game is among the top things that can happen to them.
During last night's Rangers/White Sox game, Chicago's Adam Dunn hit a home run which was caught by a Rangers fan who gave the ball to his son.
Keep an eye on the woman in red (who apparently is the boy's older sister...
The White Sox will hit the road for a six game trip starting Tuesday in Texas. The Sox went 3-5 on an abbreviated eight game homestand with two games cancelled due to weather issues. It has been a tough go for the South Siders, who have not won a series since the first week of the season.
The team they will face, the Rangers, is coming home after a 4-3 road trip and...
Going to the ballpark is a pretty big deal for a kid. A souvenir to commemorate the game--like a home run ball--just makes the day perfect. So imagine the dismay on this poor kids face when his sister takes his home run ball and throws it back!
In her defense--no, there is no defense for her. It's not like the Texas Rangers are infamous for throwing back opposing home run...
The White Sox' carousel of small-scale roster moves early in the season continued Monday night, as the team acquired 28 year-old outfielder Casper Wells from the Oakland A's for cash considerations.
Wells will join Jordan Danks and DeWayne Wise in the rotation of outfielders to fill in for Dayan Viciedo until he returns from the disabled list.
To this point...
Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski is out of the starting lineup for the series opener against his former team, the Chicago White Sox.
Pierzynski is dealing with soreness and bruising on his right side, though manager Ron Washington said the catcher was available to pinch hit if needed Tuesday night.
Pierzynski spent the previous eight seasons with the White Sox before signing...
The Texas Rangers placed left-handed starting pitcher Matt Harrison on the disabled list last month due to a back injury. The ailment -- a herniated disc -- required surgery to repair, but Harrison underwent a second surgery on his back yesterday following a setback in his recovery, according to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest.
Rangers lefty Matt Harrison had setback with...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Yu Darvish overcame a shaky start for his fifth victory in April and the Texas Rangers backed him with plenty of big hits Tuesday night in a 10-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Darvish (5-1) struck out nine in six innings, but the game was tied when he threw the last of his 108 pitches.
Texas scored six times in the sixth to break it open. Mitch Moreland...
We showed you the incredible .GIF of Yu Darvish tossing his five pitches overlaying one another last week made by Drew Sheppard, and now courtesy of the MLB we can see the same thing from Justin Verlander. The Tigers ace has four pitches which include the fastball, curve ball, slider, and change-up. On the video you can see each of them alone, and finally all compiled together....
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Featured Game: Chicago AL at Texas, 20:05 ET
2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game)
3. Today’s Complete Schedule
Featured Game: Chicago AL at Texas, 20:05 ET
Regarding This Game, What Makes It Notable
In terms of what makes this game notable, that’s largely due to how Texas...
After calling Chicago home for eight seasons, A.J. Pierzynski has settled in nicely with the Texas Rangers.
Yu Darvish is especially glad to have him behind the plate.
Pierzynski faces his former team for the first time as the Rangers open a three-game set against the visiting White Sox on Tuesday night.
A fan favorite from 2005-12, Pierzynski helped lead Chicago to a World Series...