White Sox Viciedo continues to turn on the power
Dayan Viciedo hits a 2-run homer in the third inning Saturday. It was the third in three games for the White Sox' left fielder.
Seemingly overnight, Dayan Viciedo has emerged as one of the best young power hitters in baseball.
The White Sox' 23-year-old left fielder hit another home run Saturday — his third in three games and No. 10 overall.
"It's just a matter of time," manager Robin Ventura said. "I think he's put a lot of work in, defensively, offensively. There's a bit of an adjustment when you get here, to become comfortable.
"It was just a progression for him. You could kind of see it coming, and now he just gets to the plate and I think he has a better idea of what he's doing."
Over his last 12 games, Viciedo is batting .422 with 7 home runs and 18 RBI.
"It just comes out from the work," Viciedo said through a translator.
"I'm just more excited to go to the plate to hit. When I go up there I don't really look to hit a home run. What I do more is just look to make great contact. That's the most important thing."
Alex Rios hit a 2-run homer in the ninth inning to cap the White Sox' 14-7 victory Saturday.
Rios should have had a pair of homers, but he was robbed of a 3-run shot in the first inning when Indians center fielder Michael Brantley went up and over the wall and made one of the best catches of the season.
"Obviously, you're going to get mad, but to lose focus on the game … you're going to have a couple of more at-bats that could be useful during the game," Rios said. "You still get mad, but it's a good play. With runners on base, it's an even better play."
Cleveland's regular 3-4-5 hitters sat out Saturday with injuries.
No. 3 hitter Asdrubal Cabrera is day to day with a tight left hamstring.
Cleanup man Travis Hafner stayed back in Cleveland after having a cortisone shot in his right knee Thursday. Hafner is scheduled to be tested Monday, and knee surgery is possible.
Carlos Santana, the Indians' No. 5 hitter, took an Alex Rios foul tip off the mask in the eighth inning Friday and left the game. On Saturday, Cleveland placed Santana on the seven-day disabled list with a slight concussion.
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