Beckham leads off with 4 walks for White Sox
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White Sox left fielder Alejandro De Aza, middle, celebrates with teammates Conor Gillaspie, left, and Gordon Beckham after Saturday's 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.
Alejandro De Aza got the day off Saturday, so Gordon Beckham moved up to the leadoff spot for the White Sox for only the second time this season.
While he still projects out as a No. 2 hitter, Beckham likely gave the Sox something to think about by drawing 4 walks against the Minnesota Twins.
According to research done by Christopher Kamka, Beckham became the first White Sox leadoff hitter to draw 4 walks in a game since Scott Podsednik on May 9, 2006.
"I don't know if I've had 4 walks in a week," Beckham said.
While he is almost guaranteed of dropping back down in the order, Beckham took some positives out of batting first.
"I don't mind it," he said. "For what I'm trying to do right now, it's fine. I'm trying to have good at-bats, make sure I don't go up there and do something stupid. You just hit the ball hard when you get a place to do it.
"Obviously, you can't control where it goes once you hit it, but I'm just trying to hit the ball hard and stay within myself."
Infielder Leury Garcia is the player to be named later in Friday's waiver trade that sent right fielder Alex Rios to Texas. Since Garcia is on the Rangers' 40-man roster, he has to clear waivers before making his way to the White Sox.
Garcia, 22, played in 25 games with Texas earlier in the season and batted .192 with 1 RBI. Garcia has been playing at Class AAA Round Rock, batting .264 with 8 doubles, 4 triples, 4 home runs, 19 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 47 games.
With Jeff Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie alternating as the Sox' utility infielders, Garcia is likely to report to Class AAA Charlotte when he clears waivers and then join the White Sox in September.
The 5-foot-7, 160-pound Garcia plays second base, shortstop and third base.
Traded from the Sox to the Tampa Bay Rays on July 29 for a player to be named, relief pitcher Jesse Crain has yet to throw off the mound for his new team. He hasn't pitched in a game since June 29 and has been on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.
The White Sox and the Rays agreed on a pool of players in the trade, and the better Crain pitches — assuming he gets his shoulder healthy — the better the prospect for the Sox.
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