BOSTON -- After spending parts of six years in the Minors, Brian Omogrosso relishes every inning he's getting to pitch for the White Sox in his first big league chance. The White Sox, in turn, have trusted the 28-year-old in tight game situations, as one of six current rookie relievers.
Omogrosso hurled a scoreless seventh inning in relief of Philip Humber during Tuesday's 7-5 victory over the Red Sox. That performance came after Omogrosso protected a one-run lead for Jose Quintana in the sixth inning of Friday's 14-inning victory at Kauffman Stadium.
Working as a closer or setup man during his Minor League career, Omogrosso thrives on these pressure-packed situations. He also knows pitching the seventh for the White Sox is different from pitching the ninth for Triple-A Charlotte.
"There's no question," Omogrosso said. "I know every hitter from 1 to 9 is just as good as every three- and four-hole hitter [in the Minors], if not a lot better.
"So, I kind of enjoy the challenge a little more. It magnifies every pitch that much more that you have to be that much more perfect. But I told them that if they want me to be the bullpen catcher, I'll be the bullpen catcher. I'll be the long relief guy. I'll do whatever they need me to do."
Dunn says it won't be four years before he steals again
BOSTON -- Adam Dunn's game centers on hitting the long ball, of which he has 28 homers to tie Josh Hamilton for the Major League lead this season, and 393 for his career. He also stands out as an on-base guy, with a career .373 percentage entering Wednesday.
After Dunn picked up his first stolen base since Aug. 16, 2008, in the third inning of Tuesday's 7-5 White Sox victory over the Red Sox, don't be surprised if the big designated hitter runs a little bit more during the season's second half to supplement his power.
"I'm going to try to get moving this second half, for sure," Dunn said. "I'm not going to make any predictions, but I'm going to try to maybe pick my spots a little more than I have in the past.
"There are obviously some guys that probably won't pay attention to you in certain situations where I think it's pretty easy to steal. So, pick your spots and go."
In regard to Tuesday's steal of second, Dunn told manager Robin Ventura and his teammates that he was going to take off if Boston starter Jon Lester basically gave him the base. Dunn picked up career stolen base No. 60, with 19 of those coming for the Reds during his first big league season in 2002.
Don't look for Dunn to challenge Rickey Henderson's Major League record of 1,406 stolen bases any time soon. But as long as Dunn feels fit and strong, he'll add this to his repertoire.
"Nothing hurts, that's the main thing," Dunn said. "So, as long as that keeps up, I feel like I can at least move a little bit."
Konerko plays 2,000th game with White Sox
BOSTON -- The third game of this four-game set at Fenway Park on Wednesday night marks the 2,000th game first baseman Paul Konerko has played as part of the White Sox. Konerko ranks third in franchise history behind Luke Appling (2,422) and Nellie Fox (2,115).
"You've been around a long time," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of the meaning behind Konerko's 2,000th game, giving him 2,081 for his career. "There are a lot of guys who have played the game a long time but not necessarily with the same organization for that long.
"The longevity is not an easy thing in the game, especially with the same team. Those milestones, there's a lot of respect with that."
Konerko regularly downplays his White Sox historical significance, even though he joined Frank Thomas this season as the only players to hit at least 400 homers while playing for the team. He points to statistical achievements as things to be enjoyed after his career is complete.
Ventura believes those numbers, coupled with Konerko's leadership and him being an integral part in the team's 2005 World Series championship, make him one of the all-time faces of the franchise.
"He'll get his number retired soon," said Ventura. "There's just no way around it. You look at the numbers he's put up and the years he's been here. They won with him."
"In today's game, you don't see too many guys get to that mark with a team or even a 1,000 games because of the way guys move around with trades and free agency," said Konerko, after driving in the White Sox lone run during Wednesday's 10-1 loss. "So I'm definitely proud of that. It takes me wanting to be here and the team wanting me to be here, too."
Following strong return, Humber tabbed for Sunday
BOSTON -- Philip Humber has been tabbed as the White Sox starter for Sunday's series finale at Comerica Park and the last game of this 10-game road trip to open the second half. Dylan Axelrod will move to the bullpen, although he could start Monday's home contest against the Twins if Gavin Floyd is not ready to come off the disabled list.
Humber returned from the disabled list Tuesday to earn the victory over the Red Sox by allowing two runs over six innings. In his first start since June 16, Humber yielded just three singles over his final five scoreless innings.
Axelrod matched a career-high with eight strikeouts in Monday's start against the Red Sox. He gives manager Robin Ventura a proven spot starter to rely on if needed.
"Having him here and having the comfort if something happens and what happens today, then you're able to have Axe to fill that spot instead of timing it up with somebody in the Minor Leagues," Ventura said. "You have a guy you know can come in and do it."
Third to first
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kevin Youkilis is the first player since Ken "Hawk" Harrelson in 1969 to homer at Fenway Park after playing for the Red Sox earlier in the season. Harrelson, the iconic White Sox television play-by-play man, homered for Cleveland on Sept. 16, 1969, at Boston after playing 10 games for the Red Sox earlier that season.
Youkilis is 5-for-12 with two doubles, a homer, three RBIs and four runs scored in his first three career games against the Red Sox.
John Danks didn't throw on Wednesday but reported that he felt no pain in his previously sore left shoulder. The left-hander, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to May 20, plans to throw again Thursday from possibly a distance greater than the 90 feet he played catch from Monday.
Jesse Crain will throw another simulated game Thursday, after successfully testing his right shoulder in the same manner Tuesday. Crain hopes to return for the White Sox by the home series against the Twins beginning Monday.
The White Sox game at Baltimore on Aug. 29 will now be televised by WGN-TV. The game time remains at 6:05 p.m. CT.