New-look Royals? Sox hope not

The White Sox start a three-game series with Kansas City tonight, and these aren’t your one-day-old father’s Royals.
Yes, they finally fired Trey Hillman, who had long been in over his head as a rookie manager trying to hold a really bad ballclub together.  It had to be done.  Some links:

It’d be rather unfortunate if the Royals experienced the New Boss Bump just as the Sox come to town, needing to take two of three while the Minnesota Twins travel to New York, a place where they never win.
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Christian Marrero Reading Room:
*White Sox Outsider 2010 is now available on Amazon.
*Carl posted a great new cartoon at Smells Like Mascot.
*Joe Cowley creates a way to measure Chicago Tough, and surprise, surprise — A.J. Pierzynski is his No. 1 White Sox.  But I laughed at “Was Juan Uribe” being worth 20 points alone.
*The Sox are likely to take a college pitcher with their first pick in this year’s draft, and focus on pitching on the first and second days to shore up some of the losses suffered in the Jake Peavy and Juan Pierre trades.
*Mark Teahen returns to Kansas City, but not in much better shape.
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Minor league roundup:

  • Charlotte 2, Lehigh Valley 1
    • Remember when we were all, like, “OMG! What’s wrong with Daniel Hudson?” 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K.
    • Tyler Flowers went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and has 16 whiffs over his last 10 games.
    • Jordan Danks went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, and C.J. Retherford went 0-for-3.
    • Dayan Viciedo had a single over four at-bats.
    • Old friend Ehren Wassermann took the loss for the IronPigs.
  • Jacksonville 2, Birmingham 1
    • Brent Morel went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
    • John Shelby had a single and three K’s over five at-bats.
    • Christian Marrero was 0-for-4 with two K’s.
  • Potomac 7, Winston-Salem 5
    • Nevin Griffith reversed his slide somewhat, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out only one.
    • Brandon Short is the new Ted Williams, as a 2-for-4 day boosts his average to .406.
    • Eduardo Escobar (three strikeouts) and Jon Gilmore each went 1-for-5.
    • Justin Greene went 0-for-4 with a K.
    • Kyle Bellamy pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one.
  • Kannapolis 5, Delmarva 0
    • Miguel Gonzalez left the game after grounding out in his only at-bat. Hand injury is all I know.
    • Trayce Thompson went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
    • Brady Shoemaker went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI.
    • Kyle Colligan went 1-for-3 with a double and an HBP.
    • Terry Doyle continues to be too good for Low-A hitters, striking out 10 over seven shutout innings. He allowed just two hits and a walk.
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Jim Margalus
Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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knoxfire30

Wonder how many chances dayton moore keeps getting in kc, after he changes coaches again when are they going to realize that he is as much if not more the problem.

knoxfire30

oh i know and im thrilled about his extention as a sox fan, but their is no way he sees that contract to the end

chisoxt

Not if he continues to pants Kenny on more deals!!

Shinons

If we can’t pull off at least two against the Royals while missing Greinke’s turn in the rotation, I’d be ready to see Williams cash out his chips.

striker

I’m beginning to think the White Sox are throwing the season in order to generate drama and in turn boost ratings for the reality show. A team this good can only suck this bad on purpose. 🙂