Sox get rid of 12-game AL Central skid with win over Twins
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter August 10, 2013 11:14PM
Alexei Ramirez, Pedro Florimon
TWINS AT WHITE SOX
The facts: 1:10 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The starters: Kevin Correia (7-8, 4.84 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (6-3, 3.51).
Updated: September 12, 2013 6:56AM
The White Sox snapped a 12-game losing streak against American League Central teams with their 5-4 victory Saturday against the Twins.
That record mirrors the Sox’ overall struggles this year.
‘‘You look at even the two games [Friday], and we were in both of those,’’ manager Robin Ventura said of the doubleheader sweep by Minnesota. ‘‘We’re in games. We have a lot of those [close] games in the Central. We’ve lost games late.
‘‘It’s been a rough go in the Central for us.’’
The Sox are 13-33 against division opponents compared to 12-10 against the AL East and 11-16 against the AL West.
Garcia’s first start
Avisail Garcia made his first start for the Sox, batting sixth and starting in center field before moving to right in the eighth. He went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
‘‘Once you don’t have [Alex] Rios, things start moving around a little bit more than before, just because of changes and personnel,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘There is a different element to it that you have some younger guys up here that you can move around and just see what they can do. This is a process of moving forward that you’re kind of assessing more things than you were before.’’
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Charlie Leesman had a solid debut in Game 2 on Friday, working five innings and allowing one run — a homer — and three other hits, walking five but striking out eight.
‘‘I’m always the toughest critic on myself,’’ Leesman said. ‘‘Five walks, you never want to see that. But the five walks aside, I think I was very happy with how I did.’’
Leesman likely will get another chance in September when rosters expand. He’s part of the stable of young pitchers the Sox believe is a plus for the organization as it looks to improve next season.
‘‘He did well,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘Probably the jitters of being his first time up here [is the reason for] the high pitch count . He did fine. It’s good to see that you can call a guy up that hasn’t been up here before and perform the way Charlie did.’’
Leesman is a left-hander, like four of the Sox’ rotation pitchers.
Ventura has said he doesn’t see a disadvantage in having a predominantly one-sided starting staff.
‘‘It depends,’’ he said. ‘‘You can be a little one way or the other. Even looking at our lefties. John [Danks], there are teams that try to put a lot of lefties in against him because he’s a different type of lefty than [Hector] Santiago, [Jose] Quintana and [Chris] Sale are. You don’t look at it as just because they’re left-handed they’re the same.
‘‘As a lineup or as a team, you can become dominant in one or the other, and it’s always nice to have a balance. I don’t know if it’s a left-handed game, but you look at the [makeup] of the teams, and they do have their abundance of good left-handed players. But I’d rather have good players than worry about whether they’re left-handed or right-handed.’’
Dayan Viciedo was removed again from the lineup with discomfort in his sore left thumb.