More heavy-jacket weather awaited the White Sox and Robin Ventura Saturday. AP
CLEVELAND - Paul Konerko was the designated hitter and Adam Dunn the first baseman for a second straight game as the White Sox prepared to play the Cleveland Indians at chilly Progressive Field.
Manager Robin Ventura said Konerko struggles to stay loose in cold weather and is particularly affected if he leads off an inning after standing in the cold.
"There's no time for him to stretch if he leads off the inning,'' Ventura said.
The Sox lineup behind Chris Sale against right-hander Zach McAllister:
De Aza CF
Flying, the Coop
Pitching coach Don Cooper (diverticulitis) flew from his home in Nashville to Chicago, where he will see team doctors. "I don't know if he's feeling that much better but he's glad to be out of the hospital,'' said Ventura, who talked with Cooper before the game Saturday. "He's in some pain and not feeling too good.''
The Sox hope to have Cooper back when they return home Friday to play the Twins.
Twice as nice for Heath
Right-hander Deunte Heath had a nice double surprise on Thursday. His wife and two young children surprised him by driving from home in Atlanta to visit him at AAA Charlotte. Then he got word that he was being called up to join the Sox.
Heath feels fairly comfortable having made two appearances last year and spending spring training with the team. "It helps, big time,'' he said before the game. "This is a good opportunity.''
Heath replaced Chris Sale in the fifth and his first pitch was hit for a home run by Yan Gomes, a two-run shot that gave the Indians a 9-2 lead.
More like it
Acting pitching coach Bobby Thigpen liked how Jose Quintana threw his curve for strikes in hitters counts and worked on both sides of the plate Friday.
"You can't stay one side,'' Thigpen said. "He's actually pretty good opposite arm side into righties -- he can get it in there. He also needs to use his arm side of the plate to get them off that.''
It marked the fourth time Quintana (seven innings, one hit) posted a no-decision despite throwing at least seven scoreless innings.
Pitching matchups for four-game series in Toronto: Gavin Floyd vs. Mark Buehrle on Monday, Dylan Axelrod vs. Josh Johnson on Tuesday, Quintana vs. J.A. Happ on Wednesday, Sale vs. R.A. Dickey on Thursday.