05/16/12 11:50 PM ET
Pierzynski breaking out of slump
By AJ Cassavell / Special to MLB.com
Ventura ready for criticism
ANAHEIM -- Robin Ventura's decision to keep starting pitcher Jake Peavy in the game during the sixth inning of the White Sox loss to Detroit on Tuesday drew some criticism from fans and media."I knew that was coming with this job," Ventura said before Wednesday's game against the Angels. "If everybody likes you, it's just that the players are playing well." He pointed out that he learned very well what to expect when he was a TV announcer for ESPN. "I get what people say about the intricacies of when you're making moves, that it's easier to see it on the other side," Ventura said. "I did TV, too. It's very easy to do it there." Ventura also noted one thing he's learned is that sometimes the bigger picture of the full season can get lost in the day-to-day shuffle of fans seeking results right now. "The way he's been pitching, if you take him out and you lose that, people can go on the other side of that," Ventura said. "It's always easier to see it once everything else has happened and the game is over."
White Sox dealing with 'weird' schedule
ANAHEIM -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura has a simple rule for when the schedule doesn't fall in his team's favor, as is the case this week."I don't make it, I just set an itinerary and then let's go," Ventura said. Still, this week's travel schedule for the White Sox is a bit perplexing. They played two games to start the week at home against Detroit. Then the club flew to Anaheim, where they opened a two-game set on Wednesday, and then they fly back for a weekend series at Wrigley against the Cubs. Ventura opted to leave Friday's starter Phil Humber in Chicago when the team went to Anaheim. Typically, when a starter is scheduled to pitch the day after a travel day, they'll travel with the team, and then head home a day early. But with a two-game set, Ventura didn't see much point in bringing Humber out to Anaheim for one day only. Humber was the only pitcher the White Sox left behind, as Ventura noted the other starters still need to get their between-starts work in, and that's best accomplished with the full club. "It's weird to play two games, especially the last couple days against teams that are in your division," Ventura said. "It's odd to have the two games with the Tigers and come out here for these two and then right back."
AJ Cassavell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.