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Posts Tagged ‘Carlos Quentin.’

Cabrera, Konerko named AL Co-Players of the Week

 

Asdrubal Cabrera (file photo)Paul Konerko (file photo)

Cleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko were named co-American League Players of the Week, for the period ending April 10.

Cabrera earned the weekly honor by hitting (9-for-25) in six games, keeping the Indians atop the American League Central Division. Cabrera and Konerko each had league bests with three home runs and eight RBI’s. Cabrera was second in the AL with 19 total bases, tied for third with five runs scored and fourth with a .790 slugging percentage.

This is Cabrera’s second career weekly award, the last coming on September 15, 2008.

Konerko entered Monday on a 10-game hitting streak dating to 2010, and opened the season by driving in a run in Chicago’s first seven games, a new franchise record. This is Konerko’s fourth player of the week award.

Konerko’s award comes after the 35-year-old first baseman hit .417 (10-24) in six games during the week. Along with matching Cabrera’s home run and RBI totals, he posted a .760 slugging percentage and a .385 on-base percentage.

The former LA Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds player by winning the award, marks the second straight week a member of the White Sox has earned the honor, following Carlos Quentin in the season’s opening week. Quentin and Konerko are the first teammates to earn the AL honor in consecutive weeks since Chicago’s Jim Thome and Mark Buehrle (July 20 and July 27, 2009, respectively)

 

Info courtesy of MLBpressbox.com

 

Indians beat White Sox 7-1

 

Carlos Santana (file photo)

Carlos Santana, who played first base in the series finale against Chicago, his first time at that position in the major leagues, made the key play to help Cleveland win their first game of the season, 7-1.

The Indians attendance took another dive as the paying customers were 8,726, the lowest ever at Progressive Field. That mark breaks the record set the day before of 9,853.

The big play of the game involving Santana, occured in the fourth inning. Chicago was up 1-0 with Carlos Quentin on second and A.J. Pierzynski on first and none out against Justin Masterton (1-0). Alexei Ramirez, a power hitter, was asked to bunt and on the first pitch, the ball went foul. Ramirez bunted the second pitch as the runners were on the move, the ball was popped in the air down the first-base line. Santana, already playing in, stretched out to grab the ball. When the ball was caught, Quentin was on third and Pierzynski at second. Santana had it easy as he flipped to Orlando Cabrera at first base to double off Pierzynski, and then Cabrera then realized that he had to throw to second to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera at second to complete the 31st triple play by the Indians in their history.

At the plate, Santana was 2-for-4 in the clean-up spot and was 6-for-13 in the series. Catcher Lou Marson was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Masterson, who can be an effective pitcher when he keeps the ball down, used his power sinker and threw 63 of 98 pitches for strikes.

White Sox’ Quentin named AL Player of the Week

Carlos Quentin (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin has been selected as the American League Player of the Week for the first week of the season ending April 3rd.

Quentin is awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.

In three games over the opening weekend, Quentin hit an AL-leading .545 (6-for-11) with a home run and three runs scored, while matching Major League-bests with three doubles and seven RBI’s. Quentin also posted a 1.091 slugging percentage and a .583 on-base percentage. On Opening Day, the Stanford University product connected on his first home run of the season, a two-run blast in the third inning of a 15-10 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

The Bellflower, California native collected three hits with five RBI’s and scored two runs in the victory. Quentin’s five RBI’s tied Sammy Sosa (1991) for the second-most by a White Sox player on Opening Day, trailing Minnie Minoso’s six RBI’s in 1951 (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau). On April 2nd, the 29-year-old collected two doubles, two RBI’s and one run scored en route to an 8-3 win over the Indians.

Since arriving in the American League in 2008, the right-handed hitting slugger has tallied 84 home runs, including 77 as an outfielder, which is tied with Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees for the most home runs in the A.L. by an outfielder. This marks Quentin’s second career weekly award, his first coming on June 27, 2010.

Indians sweep White Sox behind Carmona

compiled from staff and wire reports

Shin-Soo Choo belted a grand slam and drove in five runs, leading the Indians to their first three-game home sweep of the White Sox since May 2003.

Choo went 2 for 3 with a walk, hitting his second career slam in the second inning off Gavin Floyd (0-2). His first grand slam came against Boston’s Josh Beckett on August 3, 2006.

Fausto Carmona (mlb)

Fausto Carmona (2-0) gave up three runs over six innings for Cleveland. Chris Perez came on with runners on first and third and one out in the ninth inning, giving up a sacrifice fly to Carlos Quentin before throwing a called third strike past Paul Konerko for his fourth save.

The game was played in Cleveland.

Chicago White Sox shutdown Cleveland, 6-0

compiled by staff and wire reports

Mark Buerhle, started his club-record eighth opener,  looked more like the four-time All-Star he is than the guy who won just twice last year after his perfect game against Tampa Bay on July 23.

Buerhle made a highlight-reel between the legs putout and pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and Paul Konerko homered to lead the White Sox to a 6-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

Mark Buerhle (CWS)

Now playing in his 12th season in the Windy City, Paul Konerko got Chicago off to a good start with a two-run drive in the first and Buerhle simply shut the Indians down like he always does, spoiling Jake Westbrook first start in nearly two years and the managerial debut of Manny Acta.

Westbrook, back from reconstructive elbow surgery, tied a club record with four wild pitches, hit Carlos Quentin twice, walked four and allowed 5 runs and five hits in his first start since May 28, 2008.