All-Star slugger Manny Ramirez will be expected to join the Chicago White Sox since the LA Dodgers placed him on waivers last week. Sources believe for the organizations to be discussing potential trades that could land Los Angeles a prospect in exchange for a portion of the $3.8 million owed to Ramirez as part of his two-year $45 million contract. The White Sox are also open to covering the full amount after securing waiver rights to Manny on Friday. The club has until 1:30 PM on Tuesday to complete a trade with the Dodgers.
Ramirez will join the Sox at a crucial time in the regular season with just under 40 games left on the schedule. Chicago is currently 4.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central Division. “He’s one of the best right-handed hitters out there, and I don’t have a lot to say except whatever team he’s on, he’s going to help them,” said White Sox outfielder Andruw Jones. “He’s a big bat and he knows how to play the game.” Don’t miss the action at US Cellular Field as the Chicago White Sox campaign for post-season play! Tickets are now available!
Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle got a World Series ring with his team in 2005, but he cemented his sole place in baseball history over the past week. Burhrle threw the 18th perfect game in MLB history. The left-hander completely silenced the Tampa Bay Rays, though he needed a hilight-reel catch from DeWayne Wise to clinch it. Burhrle continued his dominance in his next start. The first seventeen Minnesota Twins batters were retired, breaking a record set by the Giants’Jim Barr in 1972 and tied by teammate Bobby Jenks in 2007. “I’m not into the whole attention stuff,”Buehrle told the Chicago Sun Times’ Joe Crowley. Burhrle is humbled to be mentioned among some of the greatest names in baseball after making his bit of history. Though the White Sox would lose the second game, the team seems to have gotten a major morale boost from the lefty’s amazing feat.
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The AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox handed Jon Lester his first loss since May 25th, and kept Clay Buchholz winless since May 2nd over the weekend. The Sox managed to get a three run rally going the 8th inning of Friday night’s game, but it was not enough to erase the 7+ solid innings of work from Chicago starter Mark Buehrle.
“I was just trying to get on base to be honest with you, to get David [Ortiz] up with a chance to tie the game,” said Pedroia, whose 3-run homer put the Sox within 2. “I ended up getting a good pitch to hit and hit it. That was basically it.”
Carlos Quentin’s post-Sox-rally-homer and closer Bobby Jenks’ perfect ninth sent the Sox packing.
Tuesday, the only bright spot of Boston’s weekend, featured an 8-inning, one run gem by Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka benefitted from 4 double plays, and stuck out four batters. The Sox exploded against Chicago in the 6th inning, on Dustin Pedroia RBI single and a bases-clearing double by David Ortiz. Ortiz broke out of his recent slump on the road trip and was 3-5 with 3 RBI’s on the day.
“Papi knows when the ball is gone, but I guess Mother Nature doesn’t want me to hit it out tonight. The wind was blowing really hard tonight” said Ortiz, laughing about how he though his double had been a homer.
Sunday’s starter Clay Buchholz has struggled all season long. He hasn’t logged a win since May 2nd, and has a 2-8 record with a 6.32 ERA on the season. He seemed to be cruising along in the first inning, and the Jermaine Dye homer in the second did not seem so bad after Boston’s 3-run first innings. However, Buchholz imploded in the 3rd, giving up homers to Carlos Quentin and Jim Thome, and getting chased from the game after only 74 pitches. Boston’s offense picked it back up again in the 6th inning with Jason Bay hitting an RBI single and scoring on a wild pitch; but it was too little too late. Jenks pitched another perfect 9th to rack up his 24th save of the season.
After Sunday’s games, the Red Sox are 4.5 games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East, and lead the AL Wild Card by 1.5 games above the Minnesota Twins.
Tonight the Sox will try to split the series. Josh Beckett(10-8, 4.08 ERA) faces off against lefty John Danks (9-4, 3.21 ERA). First pitch is at 8:11pm at US Cellular Field.
The Red Sox travel to US Cellular Field in Chicago to take on the White Sox tomorrow night. Jon Lester (10-3, 3.714 ERA) starts against Mark Buehrle (8-10, 4.07 ERA). Lester has been making a case to be considered the Sox ace recently; in his last 8 starts he’s 6-0 with a 2.67. Buehrle has struggled lately, allowing eight runs on14 hits and only lasting 4 1/3 in his last start. The AL Central leading White Sox and AL East second place Red Sox both take two game winning streaks into the series.
First pitch is at 8:11PM on NESN and WRKO 680 AM.
In a deal that pretty much came out of nowhere, the Chicago White Sox acquired Ken Griffey Jr. In return, the Reds get Danny Richar, Nick Masset and possibly $1 Million in cash considerations. With Jermaine Dye and Carlos Quentin doing a solid job at the corner outfield spots, and the DH spot taken by Jim Thome, Griffey’s place in the lineup is not immediately clear. Keep your eyes peeled for the AL Central-leading Pale Hose to make another deal today.
Carlos Quentin and Jermaine Dye in the corners and Jim Thome at DH
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