06/01/11 12:01 AM ET
Peavy wholeheartedly backs six-man rotation
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Peavy's praise is based within the benefits to be derived from the six White Sox starters in the present, and more importantly, later in the season when the South Siders could be pushing for an American League Central crown.
"You have a few extra days to recover, and I think it's obviously beneficial," Peavy said. "You would like to think that it would pay off in the long run. Late in August and September, we would be a little more fresh, because we've had a little extra time.
"You have six deserving guys and six competing at the highest level and doing a good job. Now we've got some help in that bullpen. Things are shaking out just fine. I hope at the end of the day, it works to our advantage."
Factoring in Phil Humber's start Tuesday in a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox, the White Sox have an 8-6 record with a 4.22 ERA in 20 starts since employing the six-man rotation. That number includes the recent struggles of John Danks, who has dipped to 0-8 with a 5.25 ERA.
Manager Ozzie Guillen and pitching coach Don Cooper have not set their rotation past Gavin Floyd on Wednesday and Mark Buehrle on Friday against the Tigers. But Peavy hopes Danks' rough May won't leave the talented left-hander as the odd man out.
"I know Johnny has had a couple of rough runs here lately, but people are quick to forget he was 0-5 or 0-6 and he was arguably the best pitcher on the staff," said Peavy of Danks, who had a 3.83 ERA when he was 0-5. "You've heard some people saying, 'Well, he might be odd man out.'
"There's not a chance. We got to have Johnny Danks. Phil Humber deserves every right to start. I don't see there's much we can do at this point and time.
"Absolutely, I don't think any of us have any problems moving to a five-man [rotation], because it's what we always have done our whole careers," Peavy said. "But all of us at this point and time are fine with the way it is. We can roll with it as long as they want."
Ramirez looking to become more than all right
BOSTON -- For the first three years of Alexei Ramirez's career, the talented right-handed hitter beat up on left-handed pitchers to the tune of a .307 average.
So why has Ramirez struggled against those same southpaws in 2011, hitting just .226? Part of the reason, according to Ramirez, is that he simply hasn't faced a large number of lefties.
"The only thing I can think about is how I've been going up against more righties," said Ramirez through translator Jackson Miranda. "So when a lefty comes in, it throws me off balance a little bit."
Ramirez has 159 at-bats against right-handed pitching this season and just 53 against left-handers.
"It's pretty much just seeing the angle of the ball coming in, and I have to make that adjustment," Ramirez said.
Crain survives, but still might be out of action
BOSTON -- Jesse Crain has a large bruise to show for his effort, located above his right kidney, after taking an Adrian Gonzalez line drive to the side in the eighth inning of Monday's 7-3 victory for the White Sox. To Crain's credit, he made the play on the Red Sox first baseman before wincing in pain behind the mound.
"My back is still there," said Crain with a smile.
Manager Ozzie Guillen expressed a desire to stay away from Crain on Tuesday, but more because the right-hander has pitched in six games since May 20.
"I don't want to use him, because the last three or four games, we've been pitching him a lot," said Guillen of Crain. "He should be fine, but I told him, 'Next time you throw to this kid, go in. Don't go away, because you've got a good chance to get hit again.'"
Thornton not worried about his statistics
BOSTON -- Matt Thornton couldn't tell you his ERA stood at 5.60 entering Tuesday's game at Fenway Park probably because he hasn't checked it out in a while.
"There's a certain point where you don't even want to see them anymore," said Thornton with a smile of his statistics, including a .325 batting average against. "You just continue to go out and focus on helping the team win ballgames."
That responsibility for Thornton on Monday was protecting a four-run lead and throwing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to finish off the Red Sox.
"My goal was to make sure I was the last pitcher out there to save the bullpen," said Thornton, who has not given up a run in six of his last eight outings.
Third to first
The White Sox finished May with a record of 16-13, ending the month with two straight wins in Boston.
Phil Humber's six starts of seven innings or more tie him with Mark Buehrle and Gavin Floyd for the most such outings on the staff.
Alexei Ramirez had a team-high 36 hits in May and is hitting .355 with 13 doubles, 19 RBIs and 18 runs scored over his last 21 games.
Gordon Beckham is batting .267 on the road, compared to .205 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Ozzie Guillen moved his career record to 626-566.