White Sox notebook.
Anyone looking for a pitcher for the 2008 season — or maybe even someone to acquire at the trade deadline this year — would do well to watch today’s game at U.S. Cellular Field.
Besides being the opener of the Cubs at White Sox three-game series, today’s contest also pits two of baseball’s top potential free-agent pitchers, as Mark Buehrle is scheduled to start for the Sox against the Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano.
“I know he’s a good pitcher and you can’t go out and give up too many runs to give your team a chance to win,” Buehrle said of his counterpart. “Other than that, I’ll go out there and attack their lineup.”
Not only could Buehrle and Zambrano likely be two of the most sought-out pitchers in the offseason, both have been part of numerous trade rumors. The latest came Thursday from ESPN’s Jayson Stark, who talked to “baseball people” who say the Atlanta Braves are “much more interested” than the New York Mets in the Sox left-hander.
“Go about the business and don’t worry about it,” Buehrle said of all the rumors flying about. “Things can change in a day or two. You hear rumors and hear everything that is going on, and I don’t pay attention to it. Some guys may. It’s one of those things that it’s rumors.
“A couple of weeks ago they said nothing would happen, and now something might happen. It can change in a day or week, so I don’t pay attention.”
Today could be the last crosstown series start for each of the two pitchers, and it’s coming at the right time for both. Buehrle is 2-1 with a 2.86 ERA in three June starts, while Zambrano is 2-2 with a 2.83 ERA in four June starts.
Shake it Up
General manager Ken Williams said Monday he has considered a trade to “shuffle the deck,” meaning a swap of major league talent for major league talent to shake things up in the locker room.
Manager Ozzie Guillen doesn’t think that’s something the Sox need to do.
“I don’t think it’s necessary to go out there — look at the team we have,” Guillen said. “Yeah, we have a couple of holes because we’ve had a couple of guys hurt. Look at the team we have, I don’t think there’s a reason to go out there and make an unnecessary trade, just trade to make a trade. You make trades that can hopefully help the ballclub win.”
Instead of accepting his designation to Triple-A Charlotte, pitcher Bret Prinz, who played at Marian Catholic and Crete-Monee high schools, has elected to become a free agent.
What to do, What to Do
Gates at U.S. Cellular Field will be open for today’s and Saturday’s games 1½ half hours before first pitch. Gates will open two hours before the start of Sunday game.
- Tailgating is permitted all three days in parking lots A through L. Lots A, C and G will open two hours before game time.
- Parking lot A will open at 6 a.m. today so ticket holders can park their cars, take the el to work and then come back to the park afterward. - No standing-room tickets will be sold for any of the three games. More White Sox coverage is online at www.dailysouthtown.com/sports.