The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 8, 2008 · Page 312
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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008 Baseball DAILY HERALD SECTION 2 PAGE 5 Versatility the key for Bourgeois BY SCOT GREGOR fffvgm@daityhrrald.am TUCSON, Ariz. — The White Sox might not have a bumper crop of talent in their farm system, but they do have an intriguing position player who bears watching. At first glance, he looks like a dead ringer for former second baseman Ray Durham. He also has a similar style of play, but Jason Bourgeois continues making a name for himself hi the Sox' training camp. "I want to show (manager) Ozzie (Guillen) and everybody here that I can play and be an asset to the team, Bourgeois said. "I'm here in camp, and my goal is to get to the big • ^^W^^H ••• ••• ^^^ ^^m ^^MBMM M '^H^ r ^^m m* -^^^^r _^^M ^™" ^^^^^ mm^ ^^^^^~- -^^i^r- -^^r- •— Longshot moving to different positions, hoping to stand out leagues and hopefully stay rjf3j^~] impressed with the to there." ^EnA "The more I can do, package. Bourgeois is a longshot to ^^B, ^K^mffT'll h. " ""^L*^ ° f •?£ leagues and hopefully stay there." Bourgeois is a longshot to make the White Sox' 25-man roster this spring. His natural position is second base, where Alexei Ramirez, Pablo Ozuna, Juan Uribe and Danny Richar, are vying for playing time. Bourgeois can also play center field, but Jerry Owens, Nick Swisher and Brian Anderson are blocking his path. To make himself more attractive to the White Sox, the 26-year-old Bourgeois is also learning to play left field, shortstop and third base. "For the past few years, I've been out there moving "The more I can do, better off 111 Jason Bourgeois around and adjusting to all of the different positions," said Bourgeois, a Houston native. "1 started playing center field when I was in Double-A ball, and I played there a lot this winter in Mexico. The more I can do, the better off I'll be." Claimed off waivers by the White Sox before last season after spending time in the minor leagues with the Rangers, Mariners and Braves, Bourgeois combined to hit .308 last year with Class AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte. He also led all Sox farmhands with 38 stolen bases. Catcher Donny Lucy played with Bourgeois at Charlotte in 2007 and was impressed with the total package. "He's a (heck) of a player and a tremendous teammate," Lucy said. "He's a gamer. He goes all out every single day and you know what you're going to get from him. A guy Dke mat, you want to see him get a shot. When he does, I'm sure he'll thrive." Bourgeois is making the most of his shot this spring. Even though the right-hander went O-for-3 in Friday's split- squad loss to the Diamondbacks, Bourgeois is still batting .421 in the Cactus League. "He's getting an opportunity to play and show what he can do," said White Sox bench coach Joey Cora. That's all Bourgeois is asking for. "I was able to put it all together last year and that helped my confidence," said Bourgeois, originally a second- round draft pick by Texas in 2000. "I learned my game, learned to trust in it. I just want to carry it over into this year." Bourgeois, who is likely to open the season at Charlotte, has a game that is ideal for what the White Sox are trying to do this season. "I like the way he plays," Guillen said. "He's got a lot of speed and can play center field and other positions. I like those types of players." Two more weeks in closer derby Fukudomania Notes BY BRUCE MILES bmiles@dailyherald.ccm MESA, Ariz. — Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Friday he hopes to have the closer's situation settled by the third week of March. "We get so concerned about the closer's role that you lose a lotofballgames like we have here in the spring in the eighth inning," Piniella said. "I think we've lost three or four already. ... Just give us a couple more weeks to sort this thing out, and we'll have an answer for you." Veteran Bob Howry threw the ball better Thursday against the Athletics. The Cubs said Kerry Wood has touched 98 mph on his fastball. Carlos Marmol has ,looked good most of the ,"* spring, with Piniella saying winter ball has put him ahead of the other competitors in terms of how he's throwing. Piniella still is looking for another right-handed arm to add to the mix that already includes the three closer candidates and Michael Wuertz. That arm could belong to Kevin Hart. "Of all the guys that we have here, Hart is emerging as that guy right now," Piniella said. "He looks confident out there. He's got some poise, and he's throwing strikes. We'll see how camp proceeds, but it's starting to '.,. look more and more that way." In Friday's 6-4 victory over . the Mariners, Hart gave up 2 ''.". hits and 2 runs in one-third of an inning in the eighth. He 1 also was hit in the left Achilles'tendon with a batted ball, but the Cubs said he's OK. Ramirez returns: Third baseman Aramis Ramirez made his 2008 Cactus League debut Friday, going O-for-2 with a walk. He also made a nice . () running catch in foul territory ',. nearthewall. Ramirez has been out with a '"..' sore right shoulder. He did not have to make any throws. "I played five innings the ' first day out there; I feel pretty 1 good right now," he said. "I can come back (today) and Cute 8| MsriiMn 4 Cubs'record: 3-6 At the plate: Daryle Ward hit a 2-run homer in the Cubs' 4- run fourth inning. Derrek Lee had an RBI double in the first Matt Murton was 2-for-4 On the mound: Lefty Ted Lilly gave up a 2-run homer to Yuniesky Betancourt in the first and nothing after that in 3 innings. Tim LaheV worked a scoreless inning. Kevin Hart gave up 2 runs in the eighth. Carlos Marmol earned his first save with a scoreless ninth, but he gave up a hit and walkedone. Next The Cubs play a pair of split-squad games. In Mesa, Sean Marshall pitches against TEA for Arizona (2:05 p.m., Channel 9). In Phoenix, Jon Ueber pitches for the Cubs against Oakland's Rich Harden. ' , —Bruce Miles play five more innings and go from there." Left fielder Alfonso Soriano is also expected to play today. He's been out since Sunday, when he suffered a minor break of his right middle finger. Roster cuts: The Cubs reduced their spring roster from 59 to 50 Friday. The most notable cut was right- handed reliever Billy Petrick, who was optioned to Class AAA Iowa. The Cubs took it easy on Petrick this spring in the wake of the shoulder problems that slowed him last year. Petrick got into eight games with the Cubs in 2007. "We love Billy, but coming off his injuries, we would be remiss to try to force him to get ready by the 28th, 29th of the month," general manager Jim Hendry said. "We think he's a long-term player for us, and we feel if we rush him or he goes out there and is not ready to go two to three days in a row and he tries to force it, he might force himself into a situation that would not be good for him." The Cubs also sent eight nonroster men back to Baserunning not a problem BY BRUCE MILES bmilfsQdafrjherald. com MESA, Ariz. — Kosuke Fukudome came to the United States with a reputation for being well-schooled in all aspects of the game, including baserunning. "Don't compliment me too much on that," he said after Friday's 6-4 victory over the Mariners. Fukudome legged out a double to left-center in the third inning, beating the throw to second base as he read the play. The next batter, Derrek Lee, flied to right field. Fukudome was safe at third base, but just barely, as he didn't slide. "He knows how to run the bases," manager Lou Piniella said. "I think he got a little surprised over there on that throw to third base, where he didn't slide. He"s scoots around the bases pretty good. He makes a nice turn. He cuts the angles really well. He knows how to play." Has Piniella seen "all" of Fukudome's game yet? "No, I don't think we have," he answered. "I don't think you'll see all of his game until the end of spring training. This is more of a feeling-out period for him and a learning period for him." minor-league camp, including hard-throwing reliever Jose Ceda and outfielder Tyler Colvin, their No. 1 draft pick from 2006. The others sent out were pitchers Esmailin Caridad and Geoff Jones, outfielder Andres Torres, infielder Bobby Scales and catchers Welington Castillo and Josh Donaldson. Trade to Angels shocked Garland BY SCOT GREGOR sgrtgar&daUyhenM. com TUCSON, Ariz. — The White Sox had to pay a high price to get shortstop Orlando Cabrera in a Nov. 19 trade from the Angels. They got their first look at what they lost Friday, as starting pitcher Jon Garland took the mound against the split-squad Sox in an exhibition game at Tempe, Ariz. "We needed a player like Cabrera and they asked for (Garland)," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "To get a good player, you have to give up something. Unfortunately, Garland was the one" Garland, an 18-game winner for the Sox in 2005-06 before slipping to 10-13 last season, pitched 3 innings against his old team Friday and allowed 1 run, a solo homer by Jermaine Dye. "You always have to give to receive," Garland said. "To me, I was a little boggled because (Cabrera) is a free agent at the end of the year. And they had just signed (shortstop) Juan (Uribe) back, so I was a little boggled by that. I just looked Notes at it as the Angels wanted me more." Considering the White Sox have been built on solid starting pitching the past few seasons, Garland said he was "shocked" by the trade. "Definitely shocked," Garland said. "When you talk about how pitching and defense wins championships, I always felt that's what you are going to stick with. To trade a pitcher, I feel like I did a pretty (darn) good job over there the past three or four years putting up innings and getting out there every day and giving the team a chance. There was some shock there." Dye has been around the game long enough to be immune from shock. "I'm never surprised in this game," Dye said. "Anything can happen. People change teams all the tune. I think it was good for both clubs. Anaheim got a good starter and we got a guy in Cabrera who is going to be able to help us out. "You never really know if trades are good or bad until a couple of years later, when you find out what kind of player you have." D'backs 10, White Sox 0 Angels 11, White Sox 1 White Sox'record: 5-7 On the mound: Against the Angels, starter Lance Broadway pitched 2 innings and allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits. Los Angeles starter Jon Garland pitched 3 innings against his former team, allowing 1 run on 2 hits. Against the Diamondbacks, starter Nick Masset gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings. At the plate: Against the Diamondbacks, Jim Thome (.136) was O-for-3. Against the Angels, Jermaine Dye and A.J. Pierzynski had the only hits, both off Garland. Next John Danks starts against the Giants today in Tucson. —ScotGregor Double whammy: The White Sox lost both of their split- squad games Friday by a combined score of 21-1. The Sox also lost to the Rangers on Thursday, 6-1. "That happens," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We have been playing good overall. 1 haven't even got mad yet. As a team, we are having more fun this year. It's just a couple of spring days you are always going to have. Hopefully, we don't have that many." Cubs: Money would help park Continued from Ftige 1 convention, I've had three people call us. Three companies called to say they have interest, and we're exploring it with them. It may go nowhere." Kenney did not specify the names of the companies, but he explained the Cubs already have naming-rights deals, citing the Bud Light Bleachers and the new Chicago Board of Options Exchange auction seats. Given the discussion over tradition of Wrigley Field, Kenney said the Cubs are assessing all options but that a full naming rights deal is possible. "We know people prefer to keep the name on the building, he said. "I prefer to keep the name on the building. If we can make it work to do that, that would be great. But we're not going to leave resources that will go into the payroll and go into our restoration plans on the table to appease people who say, 'I don't think you should do it.'" Kenney said the majority of the naming-rights monies would go into the park's restoration. He said that naming rights would support the renovation, with a renovated stadium creating more revenue, which theoretically, would go toward an increased payroll. Although Wrigley Field and its famed marquee are land- marked, Kenney cited the First Amendment in saying the Cubs could change the lettering on the marquee for a new name of the park. "We couldn't take the marquee down," Kenney said. "We believe the First Amendment protects what letters we write on the marquee. So if we said, 'Let's take the marquee off and do something different,' if we were that foolish, we couldn't do that" On the renovation of the park, Kenney said it would benefit fans and players alike. "We don't have the adequate player facilities," he said. "We don't have a batting tunnel to prepare yourself if you're going to come in and pinch hit. "The other parts of it are fan amenities. Our mezzanine suites, we don't even call them luxury suites anymore because they're neither luxury nor suites. 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