07/17/11 5:31 PM ET
Streaky Quentin getting hot at the right time
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
And with back-to-back three-hit games against the Tigers to start this nine-game American League Central road trip, Quentin appears to be in the neighborhood of one of those runs that can carry the White Sox.
"He's getting there," said Walker of Quentin. "The All-Star break was good for him. He had actually started working on some things before the All-Star break that have led to him swinging the bat better.
"The main focus for Carlos is when he starts going good, he swings at balls on the plate. When you see him making good decisions on what pitches he's swinging at, he's seeing the ball well and becomes extremely dangerous. Right now, he's very solid in his mechanics. So, he's not tinkering."
A look at Quentin's body of work since the 2009 season would leave the intense competitor classified as the proverbial streak hitter. Quentin posted a .182 average over the last 22 games leading into the Midsummer Classic, but has been on everything offered up by Detroit pitching.
His second career All-Star appearance was earned behind a .294 April average and 13 home runs and 36 RBIs over the first two months. But Walker believes Quentin has the talent and knowledge to shed that "streaky" label.
"In 2008, there was nothing streaky about that year. He was lights-out from Day 1," Walker said. "He's definitely capable of being consistent.
"I think the longer he plays this game, I view him like Paul [Konerko]. The longer he plays this game, the less he's going to think about mechanics, and he's going to come up with an approach that probably doesn't include covering all pitches at all times.
"If he does that, he'll just get better and better," Walker said. "He's a tremendous talent. He gets after it every day, a heck of a competitor. At times, he has some thoughts that beat him a little bit, trying to cover all speeds at all quadrants of the plate all the time. When he comes off of that, it will lead to more consistency."
White Sox holding strength in numbers
DETROIT -- The six-man rotation employed by the White Sox certainly will keep Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Philip Humber, Gavin Floyd, Jake Peavy and Edwin Jackson fresh for the team's September stretch run. And even though that extra starter will cost innings and starts for workhorses such as Danks and Buehrle, the six starters are fine with the alignment.
"More than anything, we are a pretty tight group," Danks said. "Maybe starting pitching is just our strength and our depth. Obviously, with that said, starting pitching is at a premium.
"There will be talks. But we would hate to lose Edwin. We would hate to lose Gavin, Buehrle, or whoever it is. We are all so tight that I think more than anything, it would be just not having him around."
Jackson threw his third career shutout in Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Tigers, but Jackson also could be a pitcher on the trading block in the final year of his contract. Danks' name also could pop up because the White Sox might not be confident in inking the southpaw to a long-term extension prior to free agency after the 2012 season.
Danks basically speaks for all of the starters when stating that he's not worried about anything off of the field.
"I'm not a general manager, but if it makes sense, you know [White Sox general manager] Kenny [Williams] is going to do what he has to do," Danks said. "That's just the nature of the game.
"I haven't thought about it. Like I said all along, I try not to worry about things I can't control."
Pena may be close to rehab assignment
DETROIT -- Tony Pena threw two innings in a simulated game on Saturday, working 17 pitches in each frame, as the right-handed reliever tries to work his way back from right elbow tendinitis. Pena has been on the disabled list since May 28.
His health will be evaluated on Monday. If Pena feels good, the White Sox will send him to Triple-A Charlotte for more game work. Pena's injury rehab was halted due to soreness in that elbow.
"As long as he's sore, we can't do anything now," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said.
John Danks' return on Wednesday in Kansas City will lead to a roster move. Left-handed reliever Hector Santiago figures to be going back to the Minors, despite making a positive impressive during his short Major League stint.
Teahen starts at third for third straight game
DETROIT -- Mark Teahen made his third straight start for the White Sox at third base during the weekend series at Comerica Park, with the Tigers starting right-handers in all three games.
"Managers don't change lineups when the team is winning," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Right now, we are desperate to win as much as we can. That's the reason. I think I have the feeling right now we are on a roll, and I want to keep the guys as much as I can out there. I expect it to work out."
Guillen felt there was no need to talk about the change with rookie Brent Morel, who has not lost his starting job and will be back in the lineup at some point during the upcoming Kansas City series, with the Royals throwing two lefties. Morel took some extra batting practice on Friday and makes sure to be stretched out and ready as a late-inning defensive replacement.
Otherwise, Morel understands the move. He also won't try to get three hits in one at-bat upon returning to the lineup.
"I don't want to put pressure on myself even if I play once a week, twice a week, five times a week," Morel said. "Just go out there and play the way I can and do what I'm supposed to do. I'm just rooting for those guys, and as long as we're winning, why change anything?"
Third to first
Gordon Beckham extended his hitting streak to eight games with two hits in Sunday's 4-3 loss to Detroit. Beckham is hitting .404 in his last 14 games, raising his average to .255. Alex Rios' two hits on Sunday marked his first multihit game since June 20 against the Cubs. Jeff Szynal was inducted into the Information and Entertainment Association Hall of Fame during a formal ceremony on July 13 in Kansas City. Szynal, the senior manager of scoreboard operations and production, has been with the White Sox for 28 years.