Sox to get first look at Tigers on Tuesday
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org July 8, 2013 10:04PM
SOX AT Tigers
Updated: August 10, 2013 6:35AM
The White Sox will see the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers for the first time this season Tuesday in Detroit.
‘‘It’s odd [we] haven’t seen them already,’’ manager Robin Ventura said of the Tigers. ‘‘I guess that means a lot of games with them in the second half.’’
The Tigers lead the second-place Cleveland Indians by 3½ games and the last-place Sox
Last season, the Sox won only six of 18 games against the Tigers.
Movin’ on up
Second baseman Gordon Beckham was second in Ventura’s batting order for the second consecutive game and for the third time this season. He has batted eighth for most of the first half, but his .338 average after a 1-for-4 effort Monday against the Cubs has made him a top-of-the-order candidate.
‘‘He’s been having good at-bats,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘He’s been hitting to all fields, and that’s why you see his average where it is.’’
Beckham’s streak of three consecutive multihit games ended against the Cubs. Since returning from the disabled list (broken hand) on June 3, he is hitting .342 (40-for-117) in 32 games.
Catcher Josh Phegley was surrounded by media before his first home game, including a TV crew from his hometown of Terre Haute, Ind. Phegley was promoted from Class AAA Charlotte on Friday while the Sox were in Tampa, Fla.
‘‘I think coming back here, it will be a little more of a nervous feeling playing in the first game at home,’’ he said before hitting a solo home run in the third inning in his first at-bat at U.S. Cellular Field.
Phegley hit .316 with 15 homers and 41 RBI at Charlotte. He was 2-for-7 with a homer and three RBI in two starts against the Rays.
‘‘I have always had some power and the ability to hit the ball to all fields, gap-to-gap,’’ Phegley said.
Ventura said he plans to split playing time between Phegley and Tyler Flowers.
Phegley said Flowers has been welcoming.
‘‘We’re the catching staff, and we’re gong to work together and do our best to get these pitchers through the games and be in a winning position,’’ he said.
Right-hander Jake Peavy, who has been on the disabled list since June 5 with a fractured left rib, will throw a simulated game Tuesday in Detroit.