Game 151: White Sox-Angels …

Ervin Santana wasn’t too happy about having to start on eight days’ rest, because he had been pitching so well lately and because the come-backer he took to the right wrist wasn’t that big an issue. “Why, if I was pitching good? I don’t need any extra time. I don’t know, that’s their situation, what they want to do with the rotation. I have nothing to do with that. I’m just here to pitch. When they tell me to pitch, I pitch.” And Santana will pitch against the first-place White Sox, with the Angels holding onto their postseason hopes by the skin of their teeth. They’re 4 1/2 games out with 12 left.

White Sox (81-68)

Alejandro De Aza, CF
Kevin Youkilis, 3B
Adam Dunn, 1B
Paul Konerko, DH
Alex Rios, RF
A.J. Pierzynski, C
Dayan Viciedo, LF
Alexei Ramirez, SS
Gordon Beckham, 2B

Pitching: RH Jake Peavy (11-11, 3.26 ERA)

Angels (81-69)

Mike Trout, CF
Torii Hunter, RF
Albert Pujols, DH
Kendrys Morales, 1B
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Erick Aybar, SS
Mark Trumbo, LF
Maicer Izturis, 2B
Chris Iannetta, C

Pitching: RH Ervin Santana (8-12, 5.08 ERA)

  • One night after Ernesto Frieri lost a second straight game — and Zack Greinke‘s opportunity for a win — by giving up the home-run ball in the ninth inning, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he’ll “match up more” in the ninth inning. “His confidence isn’t quite where it should be,” Scioscia said, “but we need Ernie and we need him in the back end in some capacity, no doubt.”
  • Peter Bourjos has been bothered by flu-like symptoms since Wednesday. He says he’s “achy, tired, low fever — exhausted, really.”
  • Scioscia re-hashed the decision to not pitch Greinke (again) with 109 pitches. Here’s what he said: “I’m very comfortable with the decision we made in Kansas City and last night. Of where Zack is in the season, with the amount of mileage, as every pitcher has, I don’t think it’s worth in a guy’s career to try to stretch him in a game that he might or might not get through an inning. That’s the bottom line. … We’re not out here trying to lose games. We didn’t put Peter Bourojs in to pitch, we didn’t yank him to pitch Howie Kendrick. We put in guys who we feel are going to go out there and do a job as well as anybody that we’re going to send back out there on a high pitch count. That’s what we’re looking at.”

Alden

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