05/18/11 12:57 AM ET
Pierzynski admired Killebrew's kindness
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
"I got to go on a couple caravans with him. And he was awesome," said Pierzynski of Killebrew, who lost his valiant battle against cancer on Tuesday. "I never heard anyone say a bad word about the man.
"Just for a human being to have the success that he had in his career and to act the way he did was amazing. He treated everyone the same -- with respect."
Pierzynski explained that Killebrew loved the game and loved being around the players. Pierzynski added that Killebrew would get playfully teased because of how long it took him to sign autographs at the various public events.
"But he would sign every one perfect and would talk to every person and would say, 'These people came out, spent their hard-earned money to see me and said hello, so the least I could do is give him my 'A' autograph,'" Pierzynski said. "He preached that to everybody. He was just a pillar. He's going to be missed by everyone."
Viciedo stays in Minors to play daily
CHICAGO -- With nothing personal meant against Dallas McPherson, the popular opinion among White Sox fans was to bring up Dayan Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte to replace Mark Teahen.
But Viciedo is considered an outfielder more than a third baseman, at this point, and with McPherson hitting from the left side, he can slide into the third base/first base utility role temporarily vacated by Teahen's injury. Viciedo is hitting .315 with five home runs, 32 RBIs and a .321 average against right-handed pitchers, but manager Ozzie Guillen wants Viciedo to remain playing every day.
"There's no reason why you call him up and then you have to sit him down," Guillen said. "You have to open a spot. The way we're playing, I think we should keep the ballclub the way it was.
"As soon as Viciedo is here, I think he's here for good. To pinch-hit or play once a week, that's kind of hard for us and for him."
Teahen took batting practice and still felt uncomfortable, so the move to the disabled list was made. With McPherson's arrival, Omar Vizquel could be used at second by Guillen to spell Gordon Beckham, who was hitting .217 entering Tuesday's start.
"Well, if you're talking about struggling, I might replace a few guys," Guillen said. "[Alex] Rios still is struggling, Juan [Pierre] is struggling right now, Gordon is still struggling.
"You have to be patient and show a little confidence and a little hope for those guys. The best thing you can do is just keep playing and see what happens. Having McPherson here can help us to get Gordon a day off. The way Omar is swinging the bat, I want to use him the most I can."
Righties Floyd, Humber to flip rotation spots
CHICAGO -- The White Sox will use Gavin Floyd in Thursday's finale of a brief two-game home series with the American League Central-leading Indians, flip-flopping with Phil Humber, who will now start Friday's Interleague opener against the Dodgers.
Humber will have six days off between starts after throwing 82 pitches and six innings for a win over Oakland on Friday. Floyd actually will be working on regular rest in the context of this six-man rotation, having allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to Oakland.
Floyd follows Jake Peavy and has a 4-3 career record with a 5.44 ERA against the Indians. Mark Buehrle and Edwin Jackson figure to follow Humber, with a Buehrle-Jon Garland matchup set up for Saturday.
Barkley likes Guillen's passion, personality
CHICAGO -- For probably the first time ever, a comparison was drawn between White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and Bulls center Joakim Noah. This information came from Hall of Fame NBA star and current television analyst Charles Barkley but had to do with their demeanor and not Guillen's rebounding ability.
"One of the reasons I like Joakim Noah, and he's my favorite personality, I want to know that my guys [care]," said Barkley, after spending two hours Tuesday as an in-studio guest on the Waddle and Silvy Show at ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "When I watch Noah play, there's no doubt in my mind he's giving me everything he got.
"It's the same thing when I watch Ozzie. I like Ozzie's personality. I like that he's fiery. I know Ozzie cares about winning and losing, and that's what I want from my baseball manager, plain and simple."
Barkley is good friends and neighbors with White Sox general manager Ken Williams, but has only spoken to Guillen on the phone. He enjoys the way Guillen goes about his business.
"First of all, he's got a great personality, but I think the main thing is he doesn't take himself that serious," Barkley said. "We are talking about sports now. We ain't saving the world. We are talking basketball and in his case, we are talking about baseball. I know he wants to win."
Third to first
White Sox assistant athletic trainer Brian Ball was selected to be part of Ranges manager Ron Washington's 2011 American League All-Star staff. Neil Allen (in 1987) is the last White Sox pitcher to start a season 0-7. John Danks remained 0-6 with a no-decision in Tuesday's 4-3 win. The White Sox have grounded into double plays in seven consecutive games, hitting into 11 during that span. Over the last 10 games, the White Sox bullpen has allowed just one unearned run in 27 2/3 innings. The bullpen owns a 0.29 ERA in the last 13 games.