White Sox 7, Rangers 6
Even White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was impressed by Phil
Humber on Thursday.
Humber threw three scoreless innings, Mark Teahen homered and
Chicago rallied for a 7-6 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Humber allowed two hits, struck out two and walked none. His
status appears to be tied to Jake Peavy: The White Sox are
searching for a long reliever as well as a starter in case Peavy’s
not ready to go when the season starts.
He certainly caught the attention of Guillen, who said Wednesday
he’s been waiting for a pitcher to impress him.
”I said yesterday nobody’s impressed me at all,” Guillen said.
”It was nice because this kid came out and pitched the ball well
against a tough team. It was a big step, a huge step for him
Humber has bounced around since he was traded from the New York
Mets to the Minnesota Twins in the Johan Santana deal in 2009. The
Kansas City Royals waived the right-hander in December, and he was
picked up by Oakland. He joined the White Sox after the Athletics
cut him in January.
He threw 19 of his 26 pitches for strikes against the
”I think managers, that’s what they want to see, especially for
a long man,” Humber said. ”If you’re a guy like that they want
you to attack the batters and see what happens. If you’re walking
guys, they have no use for you.”
While Humber provided some good news, the White Sox lost right
fielder Dayan Viciedo to a broken right thumb when he was hit by an
inside changeup from Dave Bush in the eighth inning.
Viciedo, in the middle of a terrific spring, is expected to miss
2 to 4 weeks.
”It’s sad,” said Guillen, adding Viciedo still could make the
team out of camp if he recovers quickly. ”He earned that. That’s
why we can’t take anything away from the kid.”
C.J. Wilson pitched four innings for the Rangers, allowing a run
and three hits. Wilson, already picked to start on opening day,
threw 36 of his 59 pitches for strikes.
”In spring training you have to work on all sorts of stuff at
the same time,” said Wilson, who was focusing on his cut fastball,
slider and changeup. ”That’s why I’m working on them one game at a
The Rangers had a scare in the sixth when left fielder Craig
Gentry ended up in Chicago’s bullpen after trying to track down
Mark Teahen’s two-run homer. He crashed through a gate in the
outfield wall, landing on top of White Sox catcher Donny Lucy.
”I ran all the way out there to see if he was OK,” Texas
center fielder Julio Borbon said. ”It’s the last thing I would
have imagined happening.”
Gentry stayed in the game and was the last Rangers starter still
playing. Lucy ended up catching the ball.
Josh Hamilton hit an RBI single and Mike Napoli added a two-run
double in Texas’ five-run sixth inning.
NOTES: Gentry had another encounter with the wall in the top of
the eighth, bouncing off the middle of the fence while trying to
catch Teahen’s double.