Buehrle won’t think about the last
By Daryl Van Schouwen firstname.lastname@example.org July 16, 2011 11:26PM
Chicago White Sox starter Mark Buehrle pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 16, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Updated: October 29, 2011 12:35AM
DETROIT — Scout’s honor, Mark Buehrle said he has given no thought to the possibility that this could be his last season with the White Sox.
He’s definitely not performing like a distracted pitcher. The 32-year-old 154-game winner (6-5, 3.42 ERA in 2011) hasn’t allowed more than three runs in his last 13 starts for a 2.47 ERA in that stretch.
“Not even thinking about it — I swear,’’ Buehrle said of his contract, which is up after the season. “My wife asked me the other day if I was thinking about it or anything, and I said no. I don’t know why. Don’t know if the reality of it might sink in. But I’m not thinking about it one bit.’’
Buehrle is in the fourth year of a $56 million contract. Rookie Chris Sale could fill his spot as rotation left-hander for much, much less. But Buehrle would like to return.
“Yeah, everybody knows that,’’ Buehrle said. “I’m open to playing, but they [Sox management] have to deal with the business part of baseball, and they have young guys they want to start. I don’t know where the money is split between guys and who they’re going to go after in free agency and trades. I’m not stressing out about it.’’
Danks feeling it
John Danks returned to the team after pitching six scoreless innings for Class AAA Charlotte against Louisville on Friday night. The Sox haven’t made it official, but Danks is expected to start in Kansas City on Thursday.
“Judging how I was throwing last night, I felt like I was throwing like I was before I got hurt,’’ said Danks, who had a 3-0 record and 1.96 ERA in three starts before straining his oblique June 25. “It’s a good sign. We’re going to get all the work in that we normally do and treat it like a normal start. I don’t anticipate having any rest. I feel like I can get back to where I was.”
Danks played with brother Jordan, one of the Sox’ top outfield prospects.
“It was cool,’’ Danks said. “You like it more when he’s making plays behind you. He made a couple of great plays last night that I didn’t think he had a chance at.’’
On the attack
Gavin Floyd gave his team a huge lift with a strong start against Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander on Friday night. A gentle, mild-mannered sort off the field, Floyd is at his best when he pitches in attack mode, pitching coach Don Cooper said. Edwin Jackson did the same the next day and shut out the Tigers.
“You are looking to dominate, so you can’t go in picking away and not being aggressive,’’ Cooper said. “If you do that, you will suffer a slow death or maybe survive. The outcome you are looking for is domination, so you might as well go mano a mano from the first pitch right now. That’s it with Gavin.’’
Floyd (7-9, 4.37 ERA) snapped a six-start losing streak.
“His focus is a key thing, too,’’ Cooper said. “To focus and commit. Then bring that good stuff unchained, just let it go. His approach key for me is to be aggressive and have a quicker rhythm and tempo. Throw all four of his pitches like a fastball, let it go with the best of his God-given ability.’’
The Sox wore the uniforms of the Chicago American Giants and the Tigers donned Detroit Stars uniforms in the 17th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game.
“It’s always an honor to put on the uniform that the elite guys before us had a chance to wear,” Jackson said.