It took nearly 19 years, but Robin Ventura finally got his revenge on Nolan Ryan.
Now he's simply focused on winning more games.
A day after earning his first victory as manager, Ventura leads the White Sox against the Texas Rangers in the finale of their three-game series Sunday night in Arlington.
Now the president of the two-time reigning AL champion Rangers, Ryan got his licks in on Ventura during their memorable brawl Aug. 4, 1993, when Ventura was a third baseman for the White Sox and Ryan was in his final season as a major league pitcher.
After the Rangers (1-1) took Friday's season opener 3-2, Ventura finally prevailed against Ryan's team on Saturday as Alex Rios homered in the top of the ninth to lift the White Sox (1-1) to a 4-3 victory.
"I know he's done a lot in the game and he's done many things on the field," Chicago first baseman Paul Konerko, who went 2 for 4 with three RBIs in his 2,000th career game, said of Ventura. "It still has to be pretty cool for him to get his first win as a manager and hopefully we give him more."
Jake Peavy allowed three runs in six innings before the bullpen shut down Texas over the final three frames.
"You've got to like the way we're competing out there,'' Konerko said. "Our pitchers, to hold that lineup to three runs two games in a row ... hopefully we can do it one more day and get out of here before they kill somebody because they have a pretty good lineup.''
Gavin Floyd will be next in line to face the Rangers after going 12-13 with a 4.37 ERA in 2011. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.73 ERA in six career starts versus Texas. Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton is 6 for 10 with two doubles in his career off Floyd.
Floyd will be opposed by left-hander Matt Harrison, who seeks to build on a breakout 2011 season in which he went 14-9 with a 3.39 ERA. Harrison didn't earn a decision in two starts versus the White Sox last season, but is 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA in his five career outings against them.
Konerko is 1 for 11 lifetime against Harrison.
The Rangers, who ranked third in baseball with 5.28 runs per game in 2011, managed 10 hits Saturday but didn't score a run after the third inning. They won the opener 3-2 on Friday despite only six hits.
"We squared up a lot of balls and didn't find many holes," Michael Young, who had two hits Saturday, told the team's official website. "We pushed some runs across early but Peavy settled down. We made a lot of hard contact and didn't get many breaks."
- Robin Ventura
- Nolan Ryan
- Paul Konerko