06/06/10 12:41 AM ET
Could a Harper end up with the White Sox?
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
But could Bryan Harper, the older brother of Bryce, wind up as a White Sox selection? The left-handed pitcher, who transferred to the College of Southern Nevada to play with his brother, also figures to be a higher-round selection. The main question is, with all indications showing Scott Boras as an adviser to both Harper brothers, would the White Sox go after a Boras player when they have shied away from such players in the past?
As for Bryce Harper, White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann watched him play a few times and came away extremely impressed.
"He's just a freak," said Laumann with a laugh. "You hate to have anyone live up to being baseball's LeBron James, but this kid is pretty amazing -- what he's doing at 17 and playing at the JUCO level.
"It's not great baseball, but it's way, way, way better than high school. He was 6-for-6 in one game, with four home runs. I don't care who you are or what level you do it. That's pretty impressive."
White Sox struggles affect Ozzie big time
CHICAGO -- Questions are starting to repeat during Ozzie Guillen's pregame media session, as the White Sox continue to struggle offensively and within their starting rotation, leading to a 23-32 record.
So, on Saturday, the role was reversed for the White Sox manager. Guillen was asked what he would want to know from the manager of this team if he were a White Sox fan asking the questions. Guillen's answer was very direct.
"Wins," said Guillen with a smile. "How are we getting better."
Guillen made one important distinction in regard to his status as a prime employee of the organization. It would be hard to find a bigger fan of the White Sox than Guillen himself, regardless of the paycheck.
"Believe me, I played here. I love this organization," Guillen said. "I don't think anybody takes a loss worse than me. You see my kids Twitter or my kids comments about every time we lose or win, that makes a lot of difference in my family and life. It can make it from a fun day to a really bad day.
"Nobody takes a loss the way I do. I'm managing the team I always love and played with, but I'm a big, die-hard fan. I'm lucky to manage the team I've always loved. We need to win to have a smile on face."
Lefties have not been right for Danks
CHICAGO -- During Cleveland's four-run sixth inning against John Danks in Friday's 10-1 loss for the White Sox, three of the hits allowed by the southpaw came off the bats of left-handed hitters. Lefties are batting .307 against Danks in 2010, compared to a .217 average for righties, and a .267 career average for lefties.
It's an adjustment Danks clearly needs to work on before his next start Thursday against the Tigers.
"Obviously, we've got to do something different," Danks said. "We're not getting lefties out. It's something we're going to look at. We've got time."
Round 1 of Crosstown Classic looming
CHICAGO -- For those looking ahead to the Interleague matchup with the Cubs next weekend at Wrigley Field, the White Sox will throw Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle and Gavin Floyd in the three-game set. Freddy Garcia, who has a 4-0 career record and 1.25 ERA in five starts against the Cubs, will start Wednesday against the Tigers and miss the intracity showdown.
Guillen defends Pierre's bunt decision
CHICAGO -- Juan Pierre laid down a bunt on a 3-2 pitch from Mitch Talbot to lead off the seventh inning, but the White Sox leadoff man had not forgotten the count.
"No. I think that's his game," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Pierre's foul bunt, which resulted in a strikeout during Saturday's 3-1 loss. "He knew [the count] was 3-2. He thought he was going to throw a fastball down the middle, the guy was playing back. If you bunt and get a base hit, people are saying, 'Look at what a genius you are.' If that thing don't work your way, you don't look too good."
Stretch didn't cause Peavy balk
CHICAGO -- With Austin Kearns on third base and one out in the fourth inning of Saturday's contest with Cleveland at U.S. Cellular Field, White Sox starter Jake Peavy elected to work out of the windup instead of the stretch. That particular decision didn't produce Peavy's balk, leading to the Indians' second run in the frame, which helped produce Cleveland's 3-1 victory.
Peavy explained after the setback how he got his signals crossed with catcher Ramon Castro on the pitch he wanted to throw.
"We went through every pitch I had. I thought the only one we had left was the pitch I wanted to throw, a cutter in, and Castro went back to something else," said Peavy, who uses the windup if he doesn't think the guy on third will steal home, since the windup is more comfortable for him to pitch. "I thought we were to the point where he had to call one pitch.
"It was a balk. I started and realized that I had the pitch he didn't call and I was about to throw it. Obviously, that's not good to cross your catcher up with the guy on third."
From first to third
CHICAGO -- Jake Peavy on Saturday recorded his first quality start since May 8 against Toronto. ... Matt Thornton's streak of 11 straight scoreless outings came to an end when the Indians scored in the eighth in Saturday's 3-1 victory. The streak covered 12 innings. ... The White Sox scored three runs or fewer for the 24th time and sport a 1-23 record in those games. They have scored one or no runs eight times.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.