08/28/10 1:23 AM ET
Beckham taking early struggles as lesson
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Of course, Beckham reached that lofty 2009 level starting in June, as opposed to playing out his first full season this time around.
"It might be a little less, which is pretty stunning when you've played two more months and might have lesser numbers," Beckham said.
Yet, Beckham isn't complaining.
He hit a paltry .216 with three home runs and 22 RBIs before the All-Star break, fanning 53 times in 273 at-bats. Since the start of the second half, Beckham has hit .326 with six home runs and 24 RBIs -- and just 28 strikeouts.
Call that miserable first half a valuable learning experience in what figures to be a long and productive career for the White Sox second baseman.
"That's one thing I've learned this year is it's not a given," Beckham said. "Just because you did so and so last year, it doesn't mean you are going to do that again, plus two months. I guess that was, out of the gate, I figured I would do what I did last year from the get go and it didn't work out.
"Hopefully, next year, there won't be that issue. Considering where I was and the mental side of it, to be where I am now, the season is a positive for me to come out of it like I did and be where I am. That being said, I'm not happy with the way individually I've played overall. I've had a lot of downs and a little bit of an upswing."
Courtesy of a .346 average over his past 40 games, Beckham has raised his average from .205 to .253.
"If I had one bad month, as opposed to three, you have to look at it like that," Beckham said. "It's something I'll learn from. Next year, you go through stuff, you learn from it, move on and take it with a grain of salt.
"You can't always do what you are capable of. So, you work hard enough to try to get to where you are capable."
Jackson deal working well for White Sox
CHICAGO -- Daniel Hudson has worked at least seven innings in all five of his starts for the D-backs, winning three of them. He has fanned 36 since moving to Arizona, while walking just six.
Even with those impressive numbers from the rookie right-hander, Edwin Jackson's top-notch performance has turned that particular Trade Deadline deal into a draw for the White Sox.
"He's been great," said White Sox general manager Ken Williams of Jackson. "He's kept the ball down in the strike zone. You guys obviously see the stuff that he has.
"It's electric stuff. He has been as consistent as we've hoped for and even better. So kudos to him and [pitching coach Don Cooper] and whoever happens to be catching him on that given night. Knock on wood, he has been outstanding."
Factoring in Thursday's eight-inning, 10-strikeout shutout work against the Orioles, Jackson has a 2-0 record with a 0.96 ERA and 34 strikeouts in four starts with the White Sox. He has walked just seven in 28 innings and seems to be taking advantage of his move back to the American League.
"Every time I see him, I think he's been with four or five clubs," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "And you just wonder why."
"Change of scenery," said Jackson of a reason for his White Sox success. "It's coming out in a fresh start. Nobody wants to be the weakest link on a team that's winning."
White Sox Threets to have MRI on elbow
CHICAGO - Being part of the White Sox bullpen is a dangerous proposition these days.
Setup men J.J. Putz (right knee) and Matt Thornton (left elbow) already have been placed on the disabled list, and in Friday's 9-4 victory over the Yankees, southpaw Erick Threets left in the ninth inning with an injured left elbow. X-rays were negative, but Threets will have an MRI taken on Saturday.
"I don't think he wanted to take himself out of the game, but the only reason we did it was last time we trusted those guys, we put them on the DL," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Threets, who just came back from an injury rehab assignment due to a sore toe. "I'm not going to take that chance. I think his elbow locked but after that it went back to normal. It wasn't necessary to take that chance."
White Sox celebrate Chicago championships
CHICAGO -- Chicago became the only city to have a title in each of the four major sports over the past 25 years when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup championship this year. So, the White Sox decided to host a little pregame celebration on Friday to recognize the accomplishment.
The Stanley Cup, the Vince Lombardi Trophy given to the 1986 Super Bowl Champion Bears, the Larry O'Brien representing the Bulls' six NBA titles and the Commissioner's Trophy for the 2005 World Series champion White Sox all were on display at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday night. Mark Buehrle represented the White Sox, Richard Dent represented the Bears, Joel Quenneville represented the Blackhawks and Jerry Reinsdorf, the chairman of both the White Sox and Bulls, represented his NBA franchise.
Quenneville also threw out the first pitch.
"To me, I feel good about the Blackhawks, because that's the last one," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "To bring the trophies of the Bulls, they're going to need a truck. I think it's a great thing to see, a great thing to have. I've never seen an NBA trophy. I've seen it on TV, but I've never seen it in person. It's great."
Third to first
Scottie Pippen was delayed in traffic and missed the pregame champions' ceremony. But the Bulls' legend was in attendance for the 9-4 victory on Friday and was recognized during the seventh-inning stretch. ... Juan Pierre has hit safely in 30 of his past 32 games and has posted a .373 average during that span. ... White Sox starting pitchers are 37-16 with a 3.11 ERA and 53 quality starts in the last 72 games.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.