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07/12/08 7:27 PM ET
White Sox set post-break rotation
Starters will have long layoffs due to All-Star break
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Following a meeting with the starting pitchers prior to Saturday's game, pitching coach Don Cooper announced his rotation for after the All-Star break. The White Sox will send out left-hander Mark Buehrle after the break to pitch the first of three games against Kansas City. Right-hander Gavin Floyd and left-hander John Danks will pitch the second and third games of the series with the Royals. Right-handers Javier Vazquez and Jose Contreras will round out the rotation and pitch the first two games of Chicago's home series with Texas. "The foundation of our team is the pitching staff," Cooper said. "They've done a nice job in the first half, and we've got a hard second half coming up, so they'll need to be ready for it." The rotation will be altered a bit from how it was slated going into the All-Star break. Vazquez last pitched on July 9 and won't start again until July 21, giving him a 12-day layoff between starts. Contreras, who is scheduled to start Sunday before the break, won't pitch until July 22, giving him nine days between starts. Buehrle, Floyd and Danks will all have eight days off between starts. Although Chicago's starting pitching ERA is an impressive 3.78, no White Sox pitchers will represent the team in the All-Star Game. "Everybody has long layoffs," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "We looked at a lot of little things like: Who do we want to give the most starts? But we're comfortable with everybody, really." Manager Ozzie Guillen added that the team took into consideration which pitchers could take on the most innings and provide the most consistency. While none of the starters vehemently objected to the rotation, Guillen said it wouldn't have made a difference if one had. "Believe me, you cannot please everybody," Guillen said. "And every team's pitchers are going through a long time off, so we're not the only one going through that situation."
Shawn Shroyer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.