04/18/07 12:37 AM ET
Notes: Guillen dances lineup shuffle
Iguchi returns to No. 2; Hall still progressing in rehab
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Darin Erstad, mired in a 2-for-24 slump entering the contest, moved to the leadoff spot out of necessity, with Scott Podsednik placed on the disabled list with a right adductor pull. Rob Mackowiak got the call in left field, hitting eighth, with switch-hitting shortstop Alex Cintron hitting ninth against right-handed starter Robinson Tejeda. A.J. Pierzynski moved to the sixth slot, and Joe Crede hit seventh in the lineup.
The biggest change was Tadahito Iguchi moving back to the lineup's second slot, where he was perched for his first two years with the White Sox. When asked about moving to a lower, run-producing spot in the lineup during Spring Training, Iguchi said the approach wouldn't differ from hitting second.
When asked about moving back to the second spot on Tuesday, Iguchi's answer stayed pretty much the same.
"My focus switches every time I go up to hit, depending on the situation," said Iguchi, through translator David Yamamoto. "Honestly, hitting second means hitting in the first inning instead of the second or third.
"For me, no matter where I hit, second, fourth or fifth, my approach doesn't change. It comes down to producing or not. I don't see it too different."
Iguchi said he would be ready to lead off if needed in Podsednik's absence, although Pablo Ozuna figures to fill that role against left-handed pitchers. The White Sox entered Tuesday last in the American League with a .222 average and 38 runs scored, while hitting just .222 with runners in scoring position.
Guillen simply was trying to jump-start a powerful offense he knows eventually will produce.
"Ozzie is street smart," said White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker of the offensive struggles. "He'll figure out what's best for the team and let it evolve."
Making progress: A new face was stretching with the White Sox prior to Tuesday batting practice session, as Toby Hall's recovery process for a torn right labrum took on a slightly different focus. Hall was set to make 90 throws during a pregame workout and then was given official medical clearance to begin hitting, given the order to take it slowly and stop if any sort of pain arose.
White Sox athletic trainer Herm Schneider mentioned over the weekend in Cleveland that the throwing portion of Hall's recovery took on greater significance than the hitting. Hall didn't think he was ready to throw in a catcher's squat from a velocity perspective, and still is looking at the end of May as a drop-dead mark as to whether he can return or would opt for shoulder surgery.
"That's my personal plan. I don't want to push it too far and all of a sudden I'm late for spring. I want to be smart about it," Hall said. "As long as I can start playing catch and get that feeling of it not popping out. That's the main thing, getting that going.
"It's more the nervousness of it. They know it won't [pop out] because they wouldn't have me throw this far.
"When it happens to you, you realize ...," Hall added. "That first week or week and a half, I would sneeze and it would pop out. Here we are three weeks into it now and the strength is there."
Navigating traffic: Boone Logan arrived in Chicago Tuesday night some time around the third inning, traveling in from Ottawa, Canada, where Triple-A Charlotte is playing. He pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing two hits.
Guillen said Logan was set to land around 7 p.m. CT, and factoring in the Chicago highways, Guillen quipped Logan would arrive around 10 p.m.
No police escort was to be involved in Logan's travels, according to Guillen.
"He's not that important," said Guillen with a laugh.
Decidedly one-sided: White Sox fans clearly don't have any love lost for Sammy Sosa, judging by the loud jeers prior to his second-inning at-bat and the loud cheers after he struck out swinging against Jon Garland. But Guillen stuck by his weekend comments in regard to Sosa, saying he was good for the game and better for Chicago baseball.
"He was fun and people loved him on the North Side. People on the South Side don't like him, but they have to respect him," said Guillen of Sosa, who started as the Rangers' designated hitter. "As long as they respect him and don't offend him on the field, people pay do whatever they want to do -- except jump on the field."
Guillen said White Sox players gave Sosa the nickname of "Zorro" when he first played regularly on the South Side because of his wild-swinging ways.
In memory: Prior to Tuesday's first pitch, everyone in attendance at U.S. Cellular observed a moment of silence for the victims of the tragedy that took place at Virginia Tech on Monday. Commissioner Bud Selig requested that moment of silence for all teams hosting games on Tuesday.
Down on the farm: Jason Bourgeois singled home the game-winning run in the 10th inning of Double-A Birmingham's 2-1 victory over Montgomery on Monday night. Adam Russell fanned six in five innings, but Eduardo Sierra earned the victory. The Barons have a 1.89 ERA as a team and a .273 average. ... David Cook and Daron Roberts each homered and drove in two as part of Class A Winston-Salem's 5-2 victory at Myrtle Beach. Brian Omogrosso earned his third save. ... Anderson Gomes and John Shelby had two hits apiece, but it wasn't enough to prevent Class A Kannapolis' doubleheader sweep at the hands of Savannah.
Around the horn: Jack Egbert was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week and Cook was named the Carolina League Offensive Player of the Week for the April 5-15 time period. Egbert posted a 2-0 record and 1.50 ERA for Birmingham, with 17 strikeouts in 12 innings, while Cook hit .321 with two home runs and seven RBIs. ... Mia St. John, the female boxer who will take part in a Friday night card at the Star Plaza in Merrillville, Ind., spoke with Guillen and posed for pictures after Guillen's pregame media session Tuesday. St. John received a White Sox jersey from Guillen. ... Michael Rooker, an actor from Chicago who was in the movies Days of Thunder and Mallrats, among many others, threw out the first pitch.
On deck: Although Mark Buehrle finished just 1-2 with a 5.32 ERA in three starts against the Rangers in 2006, the left-hander has an 8-3 lifetime record with a 3.29 ERA when facing Texas. Kevin Millwood gets the call against Buehrle with another 7:11 p.m. CT first pitch.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.