Different day, same controversy

Different day, same controversy

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 04/15/2011 - 18:14
He knew the question was coming, but that didn't mean he liked it. Who is the White Sox' closer? Ozzie gave a very vague answer before Friday night's White Sox-Angles game, which is supposed to start on time despite all of the rain in the area. As a matter of fact, the grounds crew just removed the tarp here at U.S. Cellular Field, so hopefully the game gets in. Still think Sergio Santos deserves to be the new closer, but I'm not the manager. Ozzie is, and here are his thoughts: "Don't ask me about the bullpen," he said. "Whoever is in the bullpen, in the last game, in the last inning, will be (the closer). Period. Period. You see (Mark) Buehrle in the ninth, that's our closer. I don't have any more answers on the bullpen. "We're going to make a soap opera out of this (bleep), just let me know. If the fans want to know, I don't know. If the media want to know, I don't know. The pitchers over there want to know, I don't know. Then whoever's there in the ninth is the one I decided to be the guy to close the ninth. Next question. I'm tired of soap operas." The whole closer controversy is getting old, and Paul Konerko was probably right on when he assessed the situation after Wednesday's loss to the A's, when the Sox blew their sixth save in seven opportunities. "I think everybody thinks it's just going to be one of those games where we have a 2-3 run lead and we go out there and get three outs in a row, three popups, and from there on it'll probably be fine," Konerko said. "But until that happens, the page can't be turned and that's kind of how these things go." Here are tonight's lineups: WHITE SOX Pierre - LF Beckham - 2B Dunn - DH Konerko - 1B Quentin - RF Rios - CF Pierzynski - C Ramirez - SS Morel - 3B Humber - RHP ANGELS Izturis - SS Kendrick - 2B Abreu - DH Hunter - RF Wells - LF Callapso - 3B Trumbo - 1B Conger - C Burjos - CF Weaver - RHP
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