Interesting afternoon

Interesting afternoon

Posted by scotgreg on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 17:41
Sounds like White Sox GM Kenny Williams is not going to make anymore moves before Friday afternoon's trade deadline. Williams already got reliever Tony Pena from the Diamondbacks on July 7 and outfielder/first baseman Mark Kotsay from Red Sox Tuesday. Still, there are plenty of interesting items to pass along before the Sox and Yankees meet in the opener of a four-game series at the Cell tonight. *Shortstop Alexei Ramirez is not in the lineup after spraining his right ankle Wednesday night at Minnesota. Guillen said Ramirez was walking around much better today, and he could be back in the lineup Sunday. Brent Lillibridge was brought up from Class AAA Charlotte as an insurance policy, but it looks like Ramirez is going to be good to go. *Ozzie said he's thought about moving Gordon Beckham from third base to short, which is his natural position. But Jayson Nix is starting at short tonight and Ozzie sounds reluctant to move Beckham after he's been playing third for nearly two months. *Yes, there was plenty of David Ortiz talk buzzing around both the White Sox' and Yankees' clubhouse before the game. The most awkward moment came when New York's Alex Rodriguez, who admitted to using steroids in 2003, was asked about Ortiz. “No comment,” A-Rod said several times. Ozzie, of course, had plenty to say about Oritz and Manny Ramirez being the latest names to be leaked. “Can somebody in baseball, PLEASE, we're all begging people, get that stupid list out and move on,” Ozzie said. “This is ridiculous. This is embarrassing. This is a joke. Whoever is there is there; get them out and that's it. We're going to continue being alive, we're going to continue playing the game. “But sitting here every freaking day, every manager, every player, responding to same question, it's getting tired. It's old.” *Riding a 5-for-25 slump, Scott Podsednik is out of the lineup tonight. Kotsay is batting leadoff and playing center field. Jim Thome is also back in the lineup after missing the Twins series with a bad back. *Last, but not least, it's Mark Buehrle Day in Illinois today, and the White Sox' starting pitcher is going to be honored before tonight's game. “This is the second one,” Buehrle said. “I got one in St. Charles (Mo.) after we won the World Series, they honored me at home, too. I don't really know what to say. You never think you're going to have Day, especially in two different cities.”
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