Robin Ventura, Paul Konerko are ‘Hawk’ fans
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 25, 2013 11:40PM
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Updated: June 28, 2013 6:30AM
A national TV crew worked Saturday’s game against the Marlins, giving announcers Ken ‘‘Hawk’’ Harrelson and Steve Stone a day off after Friday’s game featured another Harrelson tirade directed at umpire Angel Hernandez.
At first base, Hernandez ruled Alex Rios was out for an inning-ending double play in the 10th that prevented the winning run from scoring.
‘‘He’s kind of pulling for us to win, it seems,’’ White Sox manager Robin Ventura said with a smile. ‘‘It’s not a secret that he would like us to win every night. Playing here, that’s part of the fun. He’s into it and pulling for you. Sometimes the filter doesn’t quite close all the way.’’
Players are used to Harrelson’s passion for the Sox.
‘‘He’s the 26th, 27th and 28th guy; he’s the Hawk,’’ Paul Konerko said. ‘‘What can you say? He’s going to say whatever is on his mind. He’s been around for a long time; he’s been in baseball a long time. If he sees something he doesn’t like, he’s going to let people know. That’s the Hawk.’’
Hernandez worked behind the plate Saturday, but catcher Hector Gimenez said there would be no carry-over animosity.
‘‘I don’t know him, but I’ll talk about simple stuff,’’ he said. ‘‘[Friday] is over, and this is a new game.’’
Gimenez was behind the plate again as Tyler Flowers missed another game with a sore back.
Flowers has been struggling with only three hits in his last 19 at-bats and is hitting only .202 overall.
‘‘We want [Flowers] to be a catcher first,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘It’s always going to be hard to hit, and that’s something that happens to everybody. When [the whole team is struggling], you put pressure on yourself, and then when you get off to a slow start, you put more pressure to get out of it.’’
Long look at short
The Sox outrighted infielder Angel Sanchez to Class AAA Charlotte as he came off the disabled list, solidifying the plan to use Gordon Beckham as a backup at shortstop when he returns from his injury rehab.
Beckham has played shortstop in several games during his rehab, but Ventura said he talked to the second baseman about the plan during spring training.
‘‘He took ground balls in spring training,’’ Ventura said.
‘‘We never did it in a game because we already had Angel there and were playing a lot of other guys there just to give them an opportunity.’’
John Danks said he felt fine after his first start in more than a year on Friday.
Chris Sale also had no discomfort throwing on the side and remains on track to start on Tuesday.