Gavin Floyd holds Team USA scoreless; White Sox play to 4-4 tie
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com March 5, 2013 5:26PM
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd delivers against the United States in an exhibition baseball game Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The game is the first of two exhibitions the US will play leading up the the start of the World Baseball Classic. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Updated: March 5, 2013 10:54PM
WHITE SOX 4, TEAM USA 4
FOR THE RECORD: There’s no tying in baseball — unless it’s spring training and you’re the White Sox (5-3-3), who played to a draw for the third time this spring. The Sox led 4-2 before Giancarlo Stanton doubled in two runs against prospect Scott Snodgress in the eighth inning. Facing the Americans’ World Baseball Classic lineup that included Jimmy Rollins, Brandon Phillips, Ryan Braun, Joe Mauer, David Wright, Stanton, Adam Jones and Ben Zobrist, Gavin Floyd pitched 22/3 scoreless innings in his first outing. Hector Santiago threw 11/3 scoreless innings, and Matt Thornton, Nate Jones and Dylan Axelrod (one inning each) didn’t give up a run. Axelrod, who might not fit on the Opening Day roster, has allowed no runs, two hits and no walks in six innings. “Today was different because you’re going against an All-Star team, really,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “A lot of good pitchers out there today. It intensifies the juices and gets them going.’’
37 CANDLES, 3 HITS: Paul Konerko went 3-for-3 with an RBI single and a run on his 37th birthday. Gordon Beckham turned the same trick, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Dewayne Wise, who’s 5-for-17 with a homer, triple and double this spring, had two hits. Dayan Viciedo doubled, and Alexei Ramirez had two hits. Conor Gillaspie got a look at first base and punched out another hit. He’s 6-for-17.
ON DECK: Except for left-hander Chris Sale, who’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session, most of the Sox will enjoy a day off. They play the Cubs on Thursday. Lefty Jose Quintana, making his second start, will face Carlos Villanueva.