So, two things to watch for with Owens this spring: if he’s able to hit the ball with authority and if he’s able to be patient and get on base a lot. If he can’t do those two things, he still may win the starting centerfield job, but he won’t be any kind of a long-term solution.
And for the most bullpen stability, a team needs an anchor in the closer role — and Oakland has that in Andrew Bailey. In his second major-league season, Bailey posted a 1.47 ERA with 25 saves. But he only pitched in 47 games, missing time with injuries — and that threw the whole bullpen out of whack at times.
Two huge holes remain in Boston’s lineup with David Ortiz listed as doubtful and Kevin Youkilis still on the DL with a sore back. None the less, the Red Sox continue to lead the Majors in hitting with a .278 team batting average and scoring with an average of 5.32 runs a game.
Stankevitz was quick to point out that Sox relievers Matt Thornton, Octavio Dotel, and Scott Linebrink have combined to allow zero runs in the 7.1 innings pitched through the team’s first six games.
The starting pitching continued to be solid. The starters have had seven consecutive quality starts and have merited a paltry 1.37 ERA (including tonight). Edwin Jackson had his slider hitting the right spots striking out five through seven innings and allowing only five singles. Walks have been an issue with Jackson, but not tonight. Jackson would only allow one base runner via the walk. Torii Hunter grounded into his twelfth double play of the season in the sixth to end one of the only legitimate threats of the evening. sale jerseys and Will Ohman each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the night. Jackson moved to 3-4 on the year and Santana dropped to 1-4. John Danks will take the mound in search of his first win tomorrow against Joel Pineiro.
Sluggers such as Paul Konerko and A.J Pierzynski have helped guide the Chicago offense batting .313 and .297 respectively. Alexei Ramirez and Juan Pierre have also been key catalysts.
Cleveland scored in the second on a fielder’s choice by Trevor Crowe and a fielding error by White Sox starter Edwin Jackson, Crowe stole his 20th base of the season but was left stranded. Crowe’s 20 stolen bases gives Cleveland two with 20 steals. He joins Shin-Soo Choo.