Uribe clutch again; Ozzie not surprised
Oct 29, 2010
Updated: November 5, 2010 2:54PM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Juan Uribe -- the White Sox castoff who was nearly cast aside by the San Francisco Giants during spring training 2009 -- continued to deliver big this postseason.
Uribe belted an RBI single in the seventh inning for what seemed a key insurance run as the Giants beat the Texas Rangers 9-0 to open a 2-0 lead in the 106th World Series.
''Uribe, he gets it done ugly, but he gets it done,'' White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Thursday. ''One thing about it, on the big stage, in a big series, he's not going to get scared. He's never going to panic or get nervous. That's why I always think he is going to come up big.''
Edgar Renteria opened the scoring with a one-out solo home run off left-hander C.J. Wilson in the fifth inning. Giants right-hander Matt Cain was phenomenal, holding the Rangers to four hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings. The supposedly light-hitting Giants rallied for seven more runs during a two-out, eighth-inning eruption highlighted by Aaron Rowand's two-run, pinch-hit triple to put the game away.
Uribe came up big for the White Sox during the 2005 World Series and was a clubhouse favorite. Even when was let go before the 2009 season, pitcher Mark Buehrle said he would give up $1 million from his contract to keep Uribe around. Uribe got a minor-league contract with the Giants before last season, but was nearly cut at the end of spring training before Guillen called manager Bruce Bochy and made a plea for his former infielder.
''I'm proud of him,'' Guillen said of Uribe. ''I was talking with Bruce Bochy, reminding him that I had a little insight that they were going to release him, and I told him to stick with him.'' More the merrier-
Commissioner Bud Selig hinted that adding additional wild-card teams to the playoffs could come by next year. In April, Selig resisted the idea of adding more playoff teams, but speaking to reporters before Game 2, he appears to have loosened his stance.
''We've got to work out a lot of detail, see what interest there is and why, and then we'll take it to all of the constituencies,'' Selig said. ''We'll look at everything.''
Discussing a snowfall in Minneapolis this week, Selig admitted weather is a key concern if the playoffs get extended beyond the current eight-team format.
''We have to talk to the union,'' Selig said. ''These are all details we have to work out.'' Vlad takes a seat
Though Rangers manager Ron Washington insisted it had nothing to do with the two errors he committed in right field during Game 1, veteran Vladimir Guerrero was on the bench to start Game 2. Guerrero, who spent most of the season as the Rangers' designated hitter, was replaced in the lineup by David Murphy, who started in left field. Nelson Cruz shifted from left to his usual spot in right.