Castro spells Pierzynski for a night
Backup catcher makes third start since May 3 for White Sox
KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Ramon Castro made his third start Saturday since coming off the disabled list May 3 with a bruised right heel.
Although A.J. Pierzynski has a career .433 average against the Royals, manager Ozzie Guillen opted to give him the night off.
"I need Castro to get some at-bats," Guillen said. "I don't want Castro to sit two months and ask him to do something."
Castro was 0-for-4 with two walks entering Saturday. He was also catching Jake Peavy for the first time.
Guillen said Pierzynski would be back behind the plate Sunday for an afternoon game after a night game. It is also a better matchup for Pierzynski, who is 2-for-14 (.143) off Luke Hochevar, the Royals' starter Saturday. Pierzynski is 11-for-27 (.407) with five doubles and two home runs against Royals right-hander Brian Bannister, who is scheduled to start Sunday for Kansas City.
Beckham gets start in No. 2 spot
KANSAS CITY -- Gordon Beckham was back in the second slot of the White Sox batting order on Saturday.
It was the 20th time Beckham, who is hitting .193 with a .302 on-base percentage, was in the lineup batting second.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said he considered batting Mark Teahen or Alexei Ramirez second.
"Those two guys were going through my mind," Guillen said. "I didn't want [Alex] Rios batting second and take the bat away from him just in case. Beckham was the best one. Hopefully he'll continue doing what he's been doing the last couple of games. I think he's swinging the bat better. I'm not going to say good. We bring that to the top of the lineup."
Guillen said catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who batted second Friday but was not in the lineup Saturday, would probably hit second Sunday.
"I'm pretty sure, but it depends how Beckham swings the bat today," Guillen said. "In the ideal lineup, Gordon bats second."
Start at DH 'once out of a lifetime' for Vizquel
KANSAS CITY -- Omar Vizquel acknowledged he had to do a second take when he saw the lineup posted Friday. Vizquel, who broke into the Majors in 1989 with the Mariners, was the White Sox designated hitter.
It was the first time in his 20-plus years in the Major Leagues that Vizquel was the DH.
"It just felt strange," Vizquel said Saturday. "No doubt it was different. I felt anxious to go on the field. My thing is the defense, and everybody knows that. I feel I needed to go on the field. You always have to do everything once. I think that's a good experience to feel what a DH felt before, because I've never done it.
"I went down the lineup and said, 'DH, Wow.' You usually see the DH in the top part of the lineup, but never as the last hitter."
While Vizquel, 43, is one of the best fielding shortstops in the history of the game, maybe being a DH would extend his career for another 10 years.
"Not a chance," Vizquel said and smiled at the suggestion. "It is once out of a lifetime."
Vizquel said he did not get the lineup card.
"I should have asked for it," he said.
He went 1-for-4 as the DH.
White Sox right fielder Andruw Jones, who missed the past two games with a stiff neck, was back in the lineup Saturday batting third. Jones is three home runs shy of becoming the 46th player to hit 400 home runs. ... Carlos Quentin, who was scratched Friday with a stomach ailment, was not in the lineup Saturday. ... While the White Sox are last in the American League with a .228 batting average, their high-Class A Winston Salem club had a team bating average of .318 after 35 games. Outfielder Brandon Short, a 28th-round Draft pick in 2008, leads the Carolina League with a .400 average. The Dash, who are 24-11, have four others batters in the top 10 in the Carolina League: 3) Ozzie Lewis .355, 4) Justin Greene .354, 6) Jon Gilmore .342 and 10) Andrew Garcia .323. ... Juan Pierre leads with Majors with 11 stolen bases, entering Saturday.
Alan Eskew is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.