The Cell is looking like a cell to Chicago White Sox hitters these days. Even when one of them gets on base, it must feel like solitary confinement because they are usually left feeling all alone.
The Sox finished their first homestand of the season with a losing record (4-6) after dropping five of their last six games, including the last four. The road is suddenly looking not so bad.
“Me, personally, I love playing at home,” Adam Dunn said. “That’s why they call it home and that’s why it’s home-field advantage. We just weren’t able to take advantage of that.
“It’s going to be a tough stretch (upcoming 11-game trip) because playing on the road is not easy. Hopefully we have a safe flight and land and get back on it (today).”
Dunn, the Sox’s new DH, is not the only guilty party, but he’s one of the main culprits in a sputtering offense for the Sox, who start a three-city trip today in Tampa.
He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the Angels in front of 23,458 fans at U.S. Cellular Field.
Since returning from his appendectomy, Dunn has two hits in 15 at-bats. He is hitting .182 for the season, which is not exactly what a team wants from its $14 million No. 3 hitter.
“You know, it’s weird, I don’t feel bad. I feel fine. I just stink,” he said. “I have no reason. I’m not a big film guy but I looked at film. I’m swinging at bad pitches at the wrong time and taking the (wrong) ones.
Matt Capps is taking over as the Twins’ closer so Joe Nathan can work on regaining his form in non-save situations as he comes back from elbow surgery.
Nathan blew save opportunities Thursday and Saturday in games eventually won by the Rays. The right-hander missed all of last season after having right elbow ligament replacement surgery, and has been inconsistent this season.
“Until I start getting that back, and I know I will at some time, I don’t want to put this team at any risk and cost them ballgames right now,” Nathan said.
Nathan is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA in six games.
The San Francisco Giants placed Barry Zito on the 15-day disabled list Sunday, a day after the left-hander sprained his right foot attempting to field a bunt.
Zito made a dive to catch a pop bunt in front of the mound by Arizona pitcher Joe Saunders in the second inning of the Giants’ 5-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
He made the catch.
Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Johnny Damon left Sunday’s game against Minnesota with a bruise on the tip of his left ring finger.
Damon appeared to get hurt while attempting to bunt in the third inning. He had the hand placed on the middle of his bat and it appeared to get partially struck by Brian Duensing’s pitch.
Alex Rodriguez was out of the New York Yankees’ lineup against Texas on Sunday night because of stiffness in his lower back and on his side.
Rodriguez had trouble getting loose Saturday in the cold weather and left a 5-2 victory over the Rangers in the seventh inning. New York manager Joe Girardi said the slugger told him he was still sore.