08/12/10 12:29 AM ET
Laumann cautiously optimistic about draft signings
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
The team has until Aug. 16 to come to terms with the young men or they will re-enter the 2011 Draft.
"I'm kind of cautiously optimistic on both of them, really," said White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann, in Chicago to finalize matters with the drop-dead date on Monday. "Both of them are satisfied with what we are trying to do for getting them done.
"We've kind of gone to the wall with both as far as what we wanted to do. It's in their hands now."
Grimes, a 6-foot-5, 18-year-old right-handed pitcher out of Millcreek High School in Georgia, has the option of playing for Georgia Tech. Terry, a 20-year-old middle infielder from Cerritos Junior College in California, could opt for collegiate ball at Long Beach State.
Quentin trying to get back in the zone
CHICAGO -- For Carlos Quentin to have success at the plate, it's all about staying within the zone.
That's zone, as in balls and strikes and as in controlling the self-imposed pressure.
"He's such a dynamic player when going good that it's tough to watch him when he struggles because he's so hard on himself," said White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker of Quentin, who seems to be breaking loose from an 8-for-40 slump covering the past 11 games with six RBIs in his last two games. "You can just see it in his body language, in his eyes, trying so doggone hard.
"When he's doing good, we go good and he knows it, too. He might be putting too much pressure on himself because of that fact."
The White Sox have a 14-6 record this season in games when Quentin homers, with one of those losses coming on Tuesday to Minnesota, as Quentin hit a three-run shot to right off of Scott Baker and then drove in a fourth run via a ninth-inning groundout. His average sitting at .234 certainly is not an optimum level for Quentin, but having 76 RBIs on 79 hits is a sign of amazing production.
Walker still believes Quentin's plate discipline leads to success. And when Quentin gets on a roll, as he did for most of the 2008 campaign before a September injury, he's one of the top forces around on offense.
"Carlos has such a unique swing and when he's right, he's as good as anyone in the game," Walker said. "When he's good, when he feels good, I'd just as soon have him up at the plate as anybody in baseball. When he's scuffling like this, the tough thing to understand is he has such great plate discipline when going good.
"If he's going bad, he's usually swinging at everything and expands the zone and gets himself out. He might have as good of plate discipline as anyone in baseball. That's the battle. The first cause of that problem is what we are trying to understand and have him understand. Why? Is it timing or is it mental, where he's trying to do too much and facing too much pressure?
"Ultimately, Carlos, in his career, has found answers and when he finds them, he's great," Walker said. "Right now, he's scuffling, but as good as he is, he's one good swing away and he gets a feel. He can carry us right on out to the promise land. So, we need to let him work through it."
Beckham returns to the lineup
CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham returned to Wednesday's starting lineup, going 0-for-1 with a walk while hitting ninth in the White Sox 6-1 victory over the Twins, after missing the last two games and part of Sunday's loss to Baltimore with a moderate right groin strain. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Beckham could have played in Tuesday's series opener against the Twins and explained how his second baseman was available in an emergency in Baltimore.
"Our coaching staff saw him moving around, and he said he was ready to go," said Guillen. "He was fine. Our medical staff said he was fine to go. That's why he'll be out there."
Beckham explained that he felt fine, aside from the injured area being a little sore from working out Tuesday. He showed his fitness by throwing out Denard Span trying to stretch a double into a triple with a perfect relay throw on the game's first play.
"It's definitely good enough to go, and I want to get back in there, so that's what I'm doing," Beckham said. "Obviously, I want to be back on the field helping the team.
"I don't think that one person is going to make or break a win or a loss. Hopefully, I can help out tonight and get a big hit or make a good play when I need to."
Andruw scratched from the starting lineup
CHICAGO -- Andruw Jones was scratched from Wednesday's starting lineup against the Twins with tightness in his back.Omar Vizquel replaced Jones in the lineup, playing third base, with Dayan Viciedo moving from third base to designated hitter and Carlos Quentin going back out to right field. Manager Ozzie Guillen said Jones definitely will be out of Thursday's lineup, following his rule of one extra inactive night when a player removes himself from the lineup.
Garcia's line says it all
CHICAGO -- There wasn't much Freddy Garcia could say about Tuesday night's start not already spoken by his final pitching line of six runs allowed on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings, including three home runs.
"You saw the game," said a smiling Garcia, sitting in front of his locker on Wednesday. "You know what happened.
"I said last night, if I threw the rosin bag, they'd hit it. It was one of those games."
Garcia has made 21 starts during the 2010 campaign and only four of them have left the White Sox with no chance for victory. That's a pretty good ledger for a fifth starter, who has 10 wins, 15 quality starts and pays no mind to doubters who refuse to believe he can keep up his stellar pace through the season's end.
"If people don't believe in me, that's their problem," Garcia said. "I always prove people wrong. I'll keep doing it. If I pitch like that yesterday, what can I do?
"I'm not going to pitch every start six, seven innings. I have to forget it and prepare for my next start. Like I said, I prove a lot of people wrong all the time. In my next start, I'll try to pitch the best I can."
Third to first
Dayan Viciedo has yet to draw a walk in 78 plate appearances this season. ... The White Sox have homered in a season-high 10 straight games. ... White Sox starting pitchers have a 32-13 record with a 2.84 ERA and 46 quality starts in their last 58 games. ... The White Sox are 21-22 against the American League Central, while the Twins have a 30-17 mark. The White Sox have never reached the playoffs with a losing record within their division. ... John Danks committed his first career balk in the eighth inning Wednesday. ... The White Sox are 40-17 overall since June 9, the best mark in all of baseball.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.