04/08/10 9:03 PM ET
Jenks satisfied with 2010 debut
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"Yeah, he hit the [heck] out of that one," said Jenks with a laugh of Choo's grounder off the end of the bat rolling 15 to 20 feet up the third-base line. "He couldn't roll it any better."
The White Sox closer gave up one run in the ninth and walked two. He also struck out two and wasn't dissatisfied with the effort.
"Physically, I felt good," Jenks said. "Arm-wise, I felt good. I was a little off with my sinker. I missed with it. But my four-seam was good and had good location. They hit a few good pitches and a few things went their way."
Teahen likes White Sox expectations
CHICAGO -- Mark Teahen has frequently talked about the difference found in season goals between playing for Kansas City, a perennial American League Central cellar dweller, and now suiting up in his first season for a White Sox team with its sights squarely set on the playoffs.
That altered attitude came into greater focus for the White Sox third baseman during the first two games of the 2010 regular season.
"In Kansas City, you always felt like the underdog," Teahen said. "Here, the expectations are a whole lot different, and as a team, we expect to win every night.
"It's fun to go into every game expecting to win. Not to knock what they do in Kansas City, but there is a different expectation here and it's fun to play with that."
Teahen picked up on the difference as quickly as Opening Day. With Opening Day being the one moment when hope springs eternal for all Major League teams, whether they have a viable postseason chance or not, Teahen pointed out how the Royals made it a big extravaganza with fireworks involved.
The White Sox were a bit more understated on Monday against the Indians.
"In some ways, it's nice that it was downplayed a little bit here, although they did a good job with it," Teahen said. "It is just another game. Hopefully, we play a lot of big games, rather than just Opening Day."
Pierre moves to designated hitter
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen proved once again to be a man of his word by putting Andruw Jones into Thursday's series finale against Cleveland as the team's center fielder. Alex Rios moved to left field and Juan Pierre switched to designated hitter.
"That's the way we're going to play him and it's something we might use a lot of the time during the season," said Guillen of taking Pierre out of the field but keeping him in the lineup. "I don't think it's any different. It's going to be different for him because most of the time he's on the field, but in the meanwhile, like I say, we've got to get some guys at-bats."
Guillen opted for Jones in center and Rios in left because Rios had played left field previously for the White Sox. Guillen also believes Jones, one of the game's top defensive center fielders over the past 15 years, has some good play in center left in his game.
"We don't have a regular in anything, not in the outfield," Guillen said. "Maybe Carlos Quentin, but you're going to see Carlos moving around. The others, we're going to have three, four guys moving back and forth.
"If they feel uncomfortable doing that, I'm here. I'm not going to play somebody if you feel uncomfortable playing the position."
Danks ready to go
CHICAGO -- John Danks has been patiently taking in the starting efforts of Mark Buehrle, Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd over the first week of the season. Needless to say, he's ready to make his opening trip to the mound on Friday to start the weekend series against Minnesota.
"It's been a long time," said Danks with a smile. "It's fun to watch these guys pitch, but at the same time, I'm champing at the bit to get out there. I'm excited to get going."
Good news for the left-handed throwing Danks coming from the Twins lineup is that it's loaded with left-handed bats. The bad news is those left-handed bats belong to Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Jason Kubel, three of the most dangerous hitters in the division.
Mauer has a .345 lifetime mark against Danks. Morneau and Kubel have nine RBIs apiece against him, with Morneau hitting three home runs.
"You know what, they are great ballplayers," Danks said. "They have had success against me and hopefully we will make the right adjustments and give us a chance to win. Those guys are keys to the lineup, and if you take them out, you take a big piece away."
Worth noting: Mark Buehrle received treatment on his left shin Thursday but said he felt fine, aside from a little residual soreness. Buehrle also said he didn't receive a request from the Late Show with David Letterman to do a Top 10 list after Monday's spectacular defensive play, as he did last year following his perfect game. "I guess it would be, 'Top 10 things going through my mind when I was running for the ball?'" said Buehrle with a laugh. "Thank God they didn't ask." ... Teahen is now hitless in nine at-bats this year, but feels as if he's simply part of a slow start on offense for the team. "For the most part, I feel like I'm having quality at-bats," Teahen said. "I just haven't connected for too many hits." ... New Orleans Saints tailback Pierre Thomas threw out the first pitch before Thursday's game. Thomas played collegiately at the University of Illinois and attended Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, Ill., about 40 minutes southwest from U.S. Cellular. Thomas grew up a big fan of Frank Thomas.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.