An MRI on Carlos Quentin‘s sore left shoulder revealed a sprained AC joint and the right fielder is still considered day-to-day.
Manager Ozzie Guillen said he hopes to have Quentin by the Seattle series which starts on Friday. The two-game set in Anaheim would be an unexpected surprise.
But Brent Lillibridge had three hits, including a two-run shot to open the scoring, and Alejandro de Aza smacked a two-run double later in the third inning after Rangers starter Derek Holland gave the Sox the gift of two two-out walks.
Paul Konerko singled in two of his first three at-bats, inching even closer to the 2,000 mark for his career. He flied out in the fifth and grounded out in the eighth to leave him at 1,999, meaning he’ll likely reach the milestone Tuesday or Wednesday in Anaheim.
Gavin Floyd avoided the dreaded “Gavin inning” this time around, tossing seven scoreless. He was pulled after allowing a leadoff single in the eighth, just the third hit of the game for Texas.
Floyd struck out six, five of which came with runners on base. He made the big pitches when he needed to. The closest Texas got to scoring a run was after Mike Napoli singled in the third. He stole second and advanced to third on Brent Lillibridge‘s error (Floyd tried to pick-off Napoli with him running, Lilli didn’t catch the ball), but Floyd rebounded to whiff Mitch Moreland and Yorvit Torrealba to defuse the threat.