By Joe Christensen
Joe Nathan needed six pitches to get through the ninth inning. A.J. Pierzynski and Carlos Quentin both swung at the first pitch. Denard Span said Quentin’s ball wouldn’t have cleared the fence, but what a catch.
(*) Glen Perkins quelled concerns about his left shoulder and his toughness, holding the White Sox to three runs over seven innings.
“I think that was a little monkey that I had to get off my back,” Perkins said. “Coming in against these guys, this is a team we have to beat. I think I needed to prove to myself and prove to my team that I can get the job done, so it was definitely a little extra motivation, and I don’t think that will let up from here on out.”
(*) Heard today that Oakland has asked for Class AAA Rochester 3B Danny Valencia in return for SS Orlando Cabrera. Twins would never do that, but it was a reminder that Valencia’s name probably comes up frequently in trade talks. Valencia didn’t play for Rochester tonight, making me suspicious, but I checked and Valencia was sick after going 0-for-6 on Sunday.