Kevin Youkilis might be changing Sox from Red to White
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org June 23, 2012 8:54PM
Orlando Hudson lines an RBI double in the sixth inning that drove in Dayan Viciedo and tied the score at 6. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times
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The starters: Mike Fiers (2-2, 3.46 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (2-1, 1.53).
Updated: July 25, 2012 6:54AM
Reports continued to swirl Saturday that the White Sox might be the leading contender to acquire Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis. Will Middlebrooks is starting most games at third for the Red Sox, and manager Bobby Valentine reportedly has told Youkilis to expect reduced playing time.
The White Sox signed Orlando Hudson after he was released by the San Diego Padres as a stopgap when third baseman Brent Morel went out with back problems. Morel’s condition since has been diagnosed as more serious, requiring a lengthy rehab.
Hudson, a career second baseman, has been adequate but is learning on the job. He is hitting only .167.
‘‘You hear trade rumors and guys will talk about stuff, but it’s just like when you were a player,’’ White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘You can’t react to them or respond to them unless they come true. For me, there’s no sense looking at them unless they become true.’’
Several Boston media outlets reported the White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers were the teams in the mix for Youkilis, a lifetime .286 hitter who is hitting .225 this season. He hit .258 with 17 homers and 80 RBI last season.
Ventura said many things have been discussed of late.
‘‘We’ve got guys going on the DL, Fuke [Kosuke Fukudome] being designated,’’ he said. ‘‘But the other stuff you wait and react to it when something happens.’’
Q is for quality
Jose Quintana makes his sixth start Sunday and no longer is considered just a fill-in for John Danks. At 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA, he has exceeded expectations since his major-league debut
May 7 at Cleveland.
His father, Abel, will be at U.S. Cellular Field to see him.
‘‘For my dad, it’s an exciting time,’’ said Quintana, who is from Colombia. ‘‘It’s something I dreamed of when I was a kid, so for him to kind of see it come true is a great feeling, especially seeing how things are done in the major leagues. To see it on TV is a whole different perspective.’’
Ventura called the 23-year-old left-hander ‘‘unique in his maturity and the stuff he has and the way he pitches.’’
Brent Lillibridge started in center field and led off in place of Alejandro De Aza, who was given the day off. That is, until he pinch-hit for Lillibridge in the eighth and took over in center field.
De Aza is 3-for-24 (.125) in his last eight games.