Jones gets start in CF

Jones gets start in CF

Posted by scotgreg on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 18:02
It's another raw night on the South Side, but the White Sox and Indians are going to play the third and final of the season-opening series in about an hour. Here are your lineups: SOX Pierre – DH Beckham – 2B Quentin – RF Konerko – 1B Jones – CF Pierzynski – C Rios – LF Teahen – 3B Ramirez – SS Floyd – RHP INDIANS Cabrera – SS Sizemore – CF Choo – RF Hafner – DH Peralta – 3B LaPorta – 1B Valbuena – 2B Marson – C Brantley – LF Masterson–RHP Couple of notes ... *As tipped here yesterday, Andruw Jones is going to play center field tonight in his first start of the season. Alex Rios moves from center field to left. “I think Rios played left field for us in the past,” Ozzie said. “He played left field here on this field before. I think Andruw can still play center field at the big-league level, easy. He played very well in spring training and that's why we made that decision.” If Jones does play as well as he did in the Cactus League and keeps his weight down, he could be playing a lot of CF for the Sox this season. Remember, Jones won 10 straight Gold Gloves playing center for the Atlanta Braves. *Indians starter Justin Masterson, acquired from the Red Sox last July 31 in the Victor Martinez trade, faced the White Sox twice last season and allowed just 2 earned runs on 8 hits over 13 innings while striking out 16. Rios has had the most success vs. the former Boston reliever/starter, going 3-for-9 with a home run and double. *In 5 career starts vs. the Tribe, Gavin Floyd is 4-2 with a 4.30 ERA. He's struggled vs. Jhonny Peralta (7-for-17, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and has had his best success vs. Luis Valbuena (0-for-6). *Some interesting stats on tonight's starters _ Floyd had a 2.47 ERA at home last season, the second-lowest figure among AL starters. On the road, he had a 5.47 ERA. Masterson was 0-5 with a 5.81 ERA on the road last year in 20 games (8 starts). The right-hander has lost nine straight road decisions dating back to June 18, 2008.
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