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White Sox' Omogrosso able to laugh off bullpen mixup

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Brian Omogrosso got some extra running in Saturday, but not the kind he'd care to repeat.

The White Sox reliever was following instructions that he was starting the eighth inning of the Sox' 12-9 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. When his jog from the bullpen got about halfway to the infield, he put on the breaks, turned around and went back to the pen.

The Sox had scored five runs during the top of the inning to get within a run, and manager Robin Ventura changed his mind and sent Donnie Veal, who had gotten roughed up in the seventh, back out to start the eighth.

Problem was, Omogrosso didn't know about it.

"I got halfway through the outfield and I saw Donnie [on the mound],'' Omogrosso said. "He looked at me and we both kind of held up for a second and I was like, 'Oh, s---.' The fans got a good laugh out of it.''

Omogrosso was able to laugh along with them.

"One of those miscommunication things. It happens,'' he said. "It wasn't as bad as what happened in Houston, right?''

That was a reference to the umpires allowing Astros manager Bo Porter to pull Wesley Wright before the reliever faced a batter. That one, which also involved the Angels, was no laughing matter.

"I'm able to laugh at myself,'' Omogrosso said. "It sucks, but what are you going to do. Jesse [Crain] said, I've never seen that before.

"For me, that made two things I never saw happen on a baseball field before - somebody milking a cow [Nate Jones and the Angels' Ryan Brasier.before the game Friday] and then that.''

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