Replay expansion gets big thumbs-ump from Sox’ Dunn
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter August 15, 2013 10:34PM
Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins
White SOX AT TWINS
The facts: 7:10 p.m., Ch. 26, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.
The starters: Jose Quintana (6-4, 3.70 ERA) vs. Kevin Correia (8-8, 4.59).
MINNEAPOLIS — Adam Dunn has been called out on a few plays at first base this season in which replays showed he was safe.
“But who’s counting? Me. Three,’’ said Dunn, who would’ve been hitting .241 instead of .233 with three more hits.
Major League Baseball announced Thursday that it will implement instant replay on most plays but the strike zone.
Dunn, for one, is for it.
“You want everyone to get the calls right,’’ he said. “Whether good [for you] or bad. Obviously, sometimes it goes against you, but for the most part, you want to make sure you’re getting the right call. I like it.’’
Dunn said the drawback of making games longer is an issue, but there are other ways to address that.
“You’re talking a few minutes,’’ Dunn said. “There are a lot of ways they can [address] how long a game is. This is something that’s not going to hurt.’’
Without knowing precise details of how it’ll work, manager Robin Ventura was in favor because getting it right trumps everything.
“You have the ability and technology to do it,’’ Ventura said. “It’s just forward thinking.’’
Putting on a brave face
Hector Santiago, who pitched five-plus innings Tuesday against the Tigers despite battling the effects of a high fever and infection after a root canal gone bad, was still looking puffy on the right side of his face Thursday, but he expects to take his normal Day 3 bullpen session Friday and stay on schedule.
Ventura said he felt bad about sending Santiago to the mound in that condition after his temperature had reached 103. Santiago was also vomiting the day before. The worst discomfort on the mound, Santiago said, was self-inflicted.
“As soon as I put my cap on, I felt it in my temple,’’ Santiago said. “As a pitcher, you do something with your face when you put extra ‘oomph’ on the ball, so every time I clenched up and pulled a face, it shot some pain up into my head.’’
Having the opposite effect
Dunn went into Thursday’s game hitting .310 over his last 200 at-bats. During that stretch, he had an on-base percentage of .419, a slugging percentage of .555 and an OPS of .974. Hitting the ball the opposite way has forced teams to scale back on the shift that took a lot of hits away early in the season.
“He’s knocking in some big runs for us going the other way, and now you’re seeing teams starting to straighten back up on him, which allows him to get that ball in the hole, which was probably a big part early in his career,’’ Ventura said. “If you’re straightening everybody back up, it kind of makes it a little more fair for him to swing the bat freely. They don’t know when he’s going to go over there, what he’s going to do. I have noticed teams not put that shift on as much.’’
This and that
Dayan Viciedo didn’t start for the sixth consecutive game.
◆ Steve Stone, who takes one series off per half, took this one in Minneapolis. Tom Paciorek was in the TV booth with Ken Harrelson.