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Dewayne Wise rises from down low to career high

TONIGHT

YANKEES AT SOX

The facts: 7:10, Ch. 26, ESPN2, 670-AM.

The starters: Phil Hughes (12-10, 4.23 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (14-4, 2.72)

Updated: September 23, 2012 6:23AM



This is when you begin to think it’s the White Sox’ year. On the day leadoff man and center fielder Alejandro De Aza goes on the disabled list, his replacement gets a career-high four hits.

A few weeks ago, 34-year-old Dewayne Wise was sitting around his apartment waiting for his phone to ring and hoping it wasn’t the beginning of the end of his career after the New York Yankees released him.

“Of course you’re worried,’’ Wise said. “You don’t want to be home, your season ending in July. Sitting at home watching TV and seeing all your ex-teammates and some of your friends still playing baseball.’’

Looking for experienced outfield depth, the Sox called, gave him some tune-up at-bats at Class AAA Charlotte and brought him on board.

“It’s just all about getting the opportunity,’’ said Wise, who is 12-for-34 (.353) with three homers and nine RBI in eight starts with the Sox. “That’s all a player can ask for, just to get consistent at-bats. I’ve been feeling good.’’

De Aza to DL

Although De Aza was put on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with bruised left ribs, he pointed to his oblique area and said, “To me, it’s the oblique.’’

When De Aza came out of Friday’s game in Kansas City, the Sox said his back was the issue. Whatever is ailing him, the Sox don’t have the luxury of waiting for it to heal, especially in the oblique area, where injuries have a way of lingering.

Jordan Danks was recalled from Charlotte, and Wise will be the starting center fielder. The move is retroactive to Aug. 18.

Floyd in good standing

Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Gavin Floyd , who was pulled quickly after 2 1/3 innings Monday, is in no danger of losing his place in the starting rotation. He also said the Sox can’t afford more starts like that one.

“No. He knows that,’’ Ventura said.

Ventura would have let Floyd go longer in June, but the stakes are higher in late August.

“You’re getting closer, and I’ve had time to see him when he pitches well and when he doesn’t,’’ Ventura said. “It just didn’t look like he had that command that you could count on from previous times he pitched.”

Collector’s corner

Closer Addison Reed has collected all 22 baseballs from his saves, a record for Sox rookies. Reed is confident he can finish strong based on how he feels.

“Just from what I heard, I heard the dog days of summer is always the hardest to get through,’’ he said. “My body feels good. Everything feels good. I don’t think anything is going to change.’’

This and that

The paid attendance of 24,247 was the Sox’ smallest home night crowd since June 8 against the Houston Astros. Premium seating prices for the Yankees might have been the big factor, with bleacher seats priced at $60.

Adam Dunn moved into 68th place all-time with his 1,154th career walk, passing Toby Harrah .

Dayan Viciedo’s career-high hitting streak ended at 11 games.

A.J. Pierzynski has a 12-game hitting streak at U.S. Cellular Field.



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