Cold, wind postpone Twins and White Sox
CHICAGO (AP)—The relievers got a chance to rest, and the Chicago White Sox got another day to brace for the “piranhas” when Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins was postponed because of cold weather and strong winds.
Temperatures were already in the low- to mid-30s by Friday afternoon and were expected to drop into the 20s by night.
A makeup date has not been scheduled.
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen likes to call the Twins “piranhas” because of the way they bite at opponents, and the Twins took a big chunk out of the Baltimore Orioles with a season-opening three-game sweep.
“You look at the way the piranhas attack, they go little by little and all of a sudden you are dead,” Guillen said. “That’s the way they play. They pitch and make the plays, they move the guy over, boom, 2-0. Then, (Joe) Nathan is in the game and the game is over. That’s the way I see it. I love the way those guys play. The most underrated manager in the game is (Ron Gardenhire).”
The Twins certainly looked sharp against Baltimore, outscoring the Orioles by a combined 17-8. They got solid starts from Boof Bonser and Ramon Ortiz, along with eight scoreless innings from the bullpen.
“They’re so reliable,” said Twins slugger Justin Morneau, the reigning AL MVP. “You’re not worried about any guy that comes in from the bullpen. They throw strikes. If we get to our bullpen with the lead, we’ve got a good chance to win the game.”
The day off probably was a good thing for a White Sox bullpen that logged 19 1-3 innings as the Cleveland Indians took two of three to start the season. The starters, the strength of the 2005 championship team, did little to quell fears that the last year’s struggles were more than just an aberration.
If White Sox fans are panicking, Guillen said, “Good for them. I’m not panicking.”
Not that he liked what he saw against Cleveland.
Jose Contreras and Jon Garland got hit hard as the White Sox lost the first two games, and Mark Buehrle left in the second inning of Thursday’s 4-3 victory after being hit in the left forearm by Ryan Garko’s line drive. X-rays were negative, and Buehrle hopes to take his next turn. The White Sox won the game in the ninth when A.J. Pierzynski was hit by Roberto Hernandez with the bases loaded.
“To win the pennant, you have to win 100,” Guillen said. “You can lose two and still do it. That’s the fans. That’s the way they are thinking. They have the same concern we have. We are looking for (the) pitching staff to turn around for 1 1/2 months, and so far we aren’t doing it.”
The Twins are getting it done in the early going, a sharp contrast to how they started last season. They were 9-15 in April and rallied from 12 1/2 games back to win their fourth division title in five seasons.
“It’s so early,” Gardenhire said. “It’s kind of hard to see where you’re at. Everybody wants to get off to a good start. Everybody knows you never want to get behind. But if you do, you just have to keep playing. We showed that last year.”
Twins infielder Jeff Cirillo remains day to day because of soreness in his left knee. He left after the knee flared up while running the bases Monday and did not play Tuesday or Wednesday.
“I rode the bike, it was fine,” Cirillo said after a workout Friday. “I hit, it was fine. I’m walking around without a limp.”
AP Sports Writer Rick Gano contributed to this report.