05/14/11 4:15 PM ET
Pierzynski gives Crisp credit for bold move
By Eric Gilmore / Special to MLB.com
"I saw the replay," Pierzynski said before Saturday's game against the A's. "It was a lot closer than I thought it was. I thought he was easily out, but it was a couple inches. It was exciting. Safe or out, that's like the most exciting thing I've ever seen on one single play, just because of all that was involved."
There were two outs in the eighth with the White Sox leading, 4-3, when A's pinch-hitter Conor Jackson came to the plate to face lefty Matt Thornton. After Jackson fell behind 0-1, Crisp took off for home as Thornton went into his windup.
"As a catcher, you always peek at the runner to see what he's doing," Pierzynski said. "A lot of guys deke all the time like they're coming, but he didn't stop. I was just like, 'Oh my gosh, hurry up and get me the ball as fast as you can because he's going to make this.' This was the first time I ever had somebody try to do that. Thornton got me the ball, threw it in a good spot where I could handle it.
"The only thing I was thinking is just lay on top of the plate, so if he's going to get there, he's going to basically have to go through me. He had to go so far around. I think he might have actually touched the plate, but after I had already gotten to him."
Pierzynski gave Crisp credit for making such a bold attempt.
"He's a good player. He takes chances like that with his legs, and he has the ability to pull them off a lot of times," Pierzynski said. "It's fun. It's fun to see guys do that and dare to do stuff that's a little bit outside the box."
Teahen to resume activity on Monday
OAKLAND -- The clock is ticking for Mark Teahen to recover from a strained right oblique and avoid a trip to the disabled list.
Teahen, who was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Angels after the top of the seventh, missed his second straight game Saturday and won't play Sunday in the series finale against the Oakland A's.
"We're going to wait till Monday," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Saturday. "When we get to Chicago, he's going to do some baseball activities, see how he is. He feels a little bit better today, obviously, because he's not doing anything right now.
"As soon as he does some baseball activities, then we're going to make the decision to see what we're going to do. ... But right now, the thing we're going to do today and tomorrow is make sure he stays off the field."
Teahen is spending plenty of time in the trainers' room getting treatment and is taking anti-inflammatory medicine, trying to reduce the swelling. He said he won't truly know if he's making progress until he returns to the field on Monday.
"I've never had an issue with it, so I have no idea how it will respond, but I like to think I heal fairly quickly," said Teahen, who has made appearances at third base, first base, left field and right this season, as well as DH. "So hopefully it responds well."
"I think by the homestand we need to know what way we're going to go with it. I'm spending as much time as I can on the training room table."
With the White Sox playing a day game after a night game, manager Ozzie Guillen gave catcher A.J. Pierzynski the day off Saturday. "That's the way we're going to do it," Guillen said. "I think he needs more rest. This guy plays so long and so much, sometimes we forget we have to take care of him. That's the reason we did it."
Infielder Omar Vizquel had two hits Friday night, giving him 2,812 for his career. Entering Saturday's game, he was one hit shy of tying George Sisler for 46th on baseball's all-time hits list. Vizquel wasn't in the starting lineup.
Entering Saturday's game, Pierzynski had thrown out just three of 29 basestealers, while backup catcher Ramon Castro was 1-for-10. "We have to get better," Guillen said. "How? I always say when you have a guy behind the plate who can throw, it helps. But I think everything comes with the pitchers. If a pitcher holds a guy [close], he gives the catcher a better chance. But there's no doubt we've got to get better."
Eric Gilmore is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.