-- Keek; Tucson, Ariz.
Not yet, unless the return is overwhelming at this point. The main reason I hesitate to be eager to move Thornton is because Detroit hasn't shown any signs of running away with the division, and Cleveland shouldn't scare anyone.
What needs to happen is for someone to pull away to a substantial lead. Then the trade options will start to take shape.
-- Frank; Indianapolis
The biggest reason is a greater emphasis on stopping the running game in
, from bench coach Mark Parent supervising the drills from the pitchers making a greater effort to change their tempo and hold runners to the catchers working on their throwing.
also has done a better job of holding his ground around the second base bag.
-- Mike Mucker; Wichita Falls, Tex.
-- Sam Gold, Chicago
Remember during the latter stages of spring training how the general manager, manager and pitching coach took great delight in keeping the identity of the closer a secret, only to blow up in their faces?
I never understood the secrecy, but it was their prerogative. This time, they've all but said Reed is the closer but still aren't afraid to use Thornton in closing situations against a predominant left-handed hitting lineup.
I would venture to say that they like Reed as the closer without saying it. Crain is still working his way back after his oblique injuries. I'm not sure he'll get a chance to close but he'll serve as a valuable member of this rotation.
-- Mike K.; Buffalo Grove
Molina is 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA at Double-A Birmingham and pitched one game for Triple-A Charlotte. His ERA inflated after his last start, when he was tagged for six runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings on May 12.
I think Sale and Peavy have done an exceptional job of picking up the slack. With all due respect to Buehrle, his name has rarely surfaced because of the success of the starters.
-- Scott Buhl; Elmwood
-- Mark Spiranovich; Cleveland, Ohio
I don't think the Indians are willing to make deals with a division rival like the Sox. I think Thornton would be an asset to the Red Sox's bullpen but I think the White Sox would like to get a pitcher with the potential of an
in any deal.
I don't see the Sox adding payroll for an outfielder as long as attendance is down. But I like your imagination in these proposals.
Have you ever seen a worse lineup in the majors than the present White Sox? I happened to look at the box score, and five starters were batting less than 200. You mean we have nobody in the system than can bat over .200. There lineup is a joke. Their bullpen is just as bad. Thornton hasn't got anybody out in a year, and there new lefty closer is no better. I've been watching the Sox since the early 50's and never remember a more pathetic hitting team. It's going to be a long year again. Still suffering.
-- Ted Cee; Las Vegas
There really is no short-fix solution with Dallas McPherson and
out with injuries at Triple-A Charlotte. But not trying
at third base for a stint in spring training was mystifying, and I'm even more surprised he hasn't gotten a longer look over there at Triple-A Charlotte.
-- F. Wisin; Westchester
I don't see it. I believe Kenny's future will be tied to how much the Sox set themselves up to improve on a long-term basis based on the progress of players he traded for this past winter and any other future moves, along with the development of players currently in the farm system.
I could see a changing of the guard to Rick Hahn after the 2013 season, but I wouldn't bet the entire house on it.
-- Demosthenes Papaeliou; Las Vegas
I don't see the Sox eating the balance of Will's $2.5 million salary unless they acquire a decent prospect in any kind of deal.
Do you have any stats showing the Sox record for Sunday home games from last year and this year? It seems like every time I watched them last year and now this year they always seem to lose Sunday home games. Is that just my imagination?
-- Vern Z.; Tinley Park
The Sox were 5-8 in Sunday home games in 2011 and they're currently 1-2 in 2012.
-- Don Little; Carrollton, Tex.
I can't see Texas trading a young, cheap talent like Feliz for a potential free agent like Peavy.
The Sox's struggles against first-time pitchers is baffling, especially because advance scout
and video coordinator
provide plenty of information, and Mike Gellinger has been a terrific resource to the hitters under Greg Walker and Jeff Manto.
I was shocked the Sox didn't fare better on Wednesday against
, whom they faced only twice prior to losing to him. But I guess my expectations were too high.
-- Mike L.; Chicago
I think KW internalizes losses more acutely than the Chairman. KW reminds me of former San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell with that scowl when the team is losing or a certain player makes a bonehead play. But I will say that he's been more relaxed than any year I can recall since 2005. The death threats on his son by some sick 49ers fans gave him plenty of perspective.
-- Aaron Gold; Chicago
I asked Robin recently about the possibility of moving A.J. to the second spot if Viciedo continues to hit, and Robin said it did cross his mind. The main thing is having a productive hitter behind
. I know the No. 2 spot has been an abyss, but I still think it's important to have protection for Konerko.