6/22/2013 2:35 P.M. ET
Santiago finds success by pounding strike zone
By Robert Falkoff / Special to MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago trusted his stuff, filled the strike zone and wound up going a career-high eight innings against the Royals on Friday night. It was a blueprint that manager Robin Ventura would love to see on a consistent basis from Santiago, whose previous high was seven innings, which he reached twice.
"It just shows you that filling the strike zone works," Ventura said. "If you walk guys and are a little erratic, you put yourself in a bind."
Santiago allowed only three hits and one walk in a 9-1 Chicago victory. He threw just 106 pitches over eight innings, and Ventura said Santiago could have gone back out for the ninth if it had been necessary.
"When you don't have to exert as much by going to deep counts every single time ... it really helps," Ventura said. "Once you are that good at filling the strike zone, the other team isn't going to sit there and just take the first pitch. They have to be aggressive. He got some quick-pitch outs that helped him early in some innings. Instead of sitting there battling all the time and ending up at 3-2 [counts], you get a quick out and now you're on to the next guy."
Beckham out of lineup, gets chance to rest hand
KANSAS CITY -- Gordon Beckham wasn't in the White Sox lineup on Saturday, as Jeff Keppinger got the start at second base.
Manager Robin Ventura said he still wants to be careful with Beckham, who was on the disabled list from April 10 through June 2 with a left hand fracture.
"The way his hand is, we can get him a day here, play a game, a day off, play two and get him another day off," Ventura said, noting the two off-days next week.
Peavy to host charity jam session in Chicago
KANSAS CITY -- White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy will host the first "Jake Peavy and Friends Charity Jam" at Joe's Bar and Restaurant in Chicago on Sunday night at 8 p.m. CT.
The event, which will raise money for charity to help the fight to end cancer, will feature live country music from Peavy and several Nashville recording artists. There will be a live auction and raffle, appetizers and a VIP buffet dinner with additional White Sox players expected to attend.
Drew Walker of WUSN Chicago will serve as the master of ceremonies.
Ventura believes Brett will succeed as coach with KC
KANSAS CITY -- If Royals legend George Brett decides to shed his title as interim hitting coach and remain in that role for the long term, White Sox manager Robin Ventura can envision Brett flourishing in the job.
Brett has said he would re-evaluate his situation after a month. He took over as Royals interim hitting coach on May 30.
"I've talked hitting with him before," Ventura said. "It's not like he can't teach it. He just hasn't done it every day like he has to now. That gap will close the more he's doing it."
Ventura said his philosophy on hitting is similar to what Brett believes in.
"He understands there are different ways to do the same thing," Ventura said. "I don't see him not being good at doing this."
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.