The Tribune's Mark Gonzales answers questions about home runs surrendered by Mark Buehrle to punch-and-Judy hitters, the White Sox's roster once Mark Teahen returns and the White Sox's 2011 interleague opponents.
Are we ever going to get rid of Ken Harrelson and Steve Stone? They only barely come alive where there is some action. They are not announcers, and they are lazy. Harry Caray was on every pitch, and he made it tense and exciting. These two are the worst in the majors. -- Robert Humphrey; Sacramento
I do have the MLB Extra Innings package at home, and I'm glad they finally give you an option of which telecast to watch because there are some broadcasters I can't listen to.
I'm a Sox fan living in South Korea now. With the trading deadline passed, is it possible that the Sox are still searching for that left-handed batter through the waiver wire? I'm thinking an experienced batter like Jim Edmonds can do the trick. -- Randy K; Westmont
The Sox are still searching, but it's a narrow list. And Ken Williams would have to be overwhelmed in order to make a move. I'm not sure Edmonds is the answer on this club.
With the home run he gave up to Chone Figgins back on July 28, four of the eleven homers Makr Buehrle has given up this year have been that players' first of the season with only of those coming in April. So what is it with guys with no pop taking him deep? -- Brian; Lemont
I don't know, but Mark can't blame me for Felix Pie's solo shot Sunday. Mark suggested I was a jinx because I had mentioned that John Danks did well against Ichiro before Ichiro got three hits off him in two games. They also tried to blame me for Gavin Floyd's steak without allowing a home run ending, but I had asked Floyd about it in late June, and he went another month without allowing a home run.
How about a little love for Juan Pierre! The guy plays every day, works deep into counts, slaps the ball to all fields, leads the league in stolen bases, and plays a decent left field. I'd say he is a key ingredient in this year's turnaround but rarely gets any comment. -- Richard; Moline
I have pointed out Juan's exceptional defense because that was one part of his game that got knocked. As for his offense, he's been pretty steady (a current 15-game hitting streak) and hasn't fallen into any lengthy slumps.
When the Sox send a player to Triple-A Charlotte, do the Knights have to make an adjustment in their roster and send someone down to AA? Also, sometimes a team will call someone up from a minor league team and sometimes they purchase someone and bring him up. What's the difference? -- Terrence Brejla; San Francisco
Rosters at the Triple and Double A levels sometimes are smaller than the major league rosters. They also have a seven-day disabled list, as opposed to the majors' 15-day list.
When a team purchases the contract of a player from the minors to the major league roster, that means he is now placed on the 40-man roster and subject to options, etc. A player who is simply called up or promoted is on the 40-man roster.
I've been a White Sox fan for a long time, but living in Tampa, the Rays are my No. 2 team. I've noticed that this year the Sox are playing very similar to the way the Rays have played for the last few years. Consistent pitching, team speed, good fielding most days, a fair/good offense. The only clear advantage that I see the Rays having is their abundance of young players, which means they'll be good for a while. Are there any clear advantages that the Sox have that may trump the Rays in the playoffs and in the future? -- Jim Kessler; Tampa
If it comes down to a White Sox-Rays playoff, I like the fact that Danks and Buehrle are left-handed although the Rays have done a better job against left-handed pitchers than in past years. The Sox also have a better bullpen than the Rays, but the Rays' speed is pretty impressive.
Any guess who gets sent down when Mark Teahen comes back? -- Shawn; Chicago
I'm still concerned about breaking up this team's chemistry when Mark Teahen is ready to come off the DL. With Brent Lillibridge showing he can now come off the bench and contribute defensive at several positions and his hitting well to "The Tank" crushing the ball on almost every at bat, do we need him back? I know it's hard to pay a multi-million dollar salary to a minor leaguer, but this team took off when Teahen left. -- Garry Loucks; Tucson
If they had to make a decision now, I'd say Viciedo. But stranger things have happened (Erick Threets' injury), so I think the Sox will use every day they can with Teahen in the midst of a 20-day rehabilitation assignment before they make a decision.
This team has been sculpted a lot better since opening day, although I'm glad Jayson Nix is getting more playing time with Cleveland.
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