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Guillen presses Carrasco into service
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/19/2009 11:54 PM

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The White Sox have only 13 games to play, and they trail the first-place Tigers by 51/2 games and the second-place Twins by 31/2.

Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has vowed to go down fighting, and that's why he called on D.J. Carrasco to pitch 2 innings of relief in Saturday night's 13-3 win over the Royals.

Carrasco was supposed to start against Minnesota on Monday night in place of the injured Gavin Floyd (sore hip).

"I told the coaching staff, 'I don't worry about Monday,' " Guillen said. "If we don't win today, who cares about Monday?"

Guillen said either Daniel Hudson or Carlos Torres is likely to start against the Twins.

Torres has been erratic in 4 starts this season, going 1-1 with a 6.35 ERA. The win was against the Cubs on Sept. 3, when Torres pitched 7 scoreless innings at Wrigley Field.

Hudson has made 3 relief appearances since coming up from Class AAA Charlotte, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits in 52/3 innings.

"I love the way he throws," Guillen said. "He's not afraid. The innings are piling up a little bit, but one thing I like about him, he throws a lot of strikes. I like him a lot. I like what I see on the mound, his body language, his stuff."

In stops at Class A Kannapolis, A Winston-Salem, AA Birmingham and AAA Charlotte this season, Hudson was 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA.

Backing off Buehrle? Mark Buehrle has made 6 Opening Day starts for the White Sox, the second-most in franchise history.

Buehrle could tie Billy Pierce for the mark if he takes the mound against Cleveland on April 5 to open the 2010 season.

Sox pitching coach Don Cooper has already pushed for Buehrle to start the opener and catch up to Pierce, but the workhorse left-hander's role might change now that Jake Peavy is officially in the rotation.

Ozzie Guillen said Buehrle might drop down in the rotation next season to ease some of the strain that comes with being the ace.

"Buehrle, every year he throws 230 innings," Guillen said. "I talked to Coop about our plans for the future and we might move him back, not be the first guy anymore, be the third or fourth. Give him time to recover and be consistent. Every time Buehrle goes out there, he gives us a chance to win."

Fun with Flowers: Tyler Flowers got his first major-league hit Saturday, a single in the eighth inning.

Per custom, the baseball was thrown back to the Sox' dugout for Flowers to keep.

Mark Kotsay put the ball in his pocket and, with Flowers looking on, he threw another baseball in the stands.

"It's just great to get on base for these guys," Flowers said. "I was a little disappointed with a couple of at-bats before that. I missed a couple pitches and didn't get a bunt down. But it turned out to be an OK day."