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The Chicago White Sox have seemingly released Sergio Santos from his save shackles. He has started the ninth in each of his last two save spots; Santos pitched a full frame Monday, striking out the top three of the Baltimore Orioles' order.
Pressure on Feliz
In both of those opps, though, the leadoff hitter has been a righty. That might've factored into Ozzie Guillen's matchup playing; he could've used Matt Thornton or Chris Sale if it were an LHB starting off. Either way, Santos hasn't allowed a run in his last 10 appearances (6 1/3 innings) and is regaining Ozzie's trust, which if consistently shown in his next few chances could eliminate this matchup issue from Santos' agenda.
- More diagnosis of Neftali Feliz, this time from catcher Yorvit Torrealba. He said that when the Texas Rangers moved the righty back to closing after trying to shift him to the rotation, Feliz might have become fixated on throwing his fastball and ignored developing his secondary stuff. Keeping with the closer mentality was important to him.
Feliz was available for a save chance if needed Monday; he wasn't. Mike Adams is next in line for Texas, who despite positive reinforcement toward Feliz has to be concerned with his approach. More outings like Thursday's - not Saturday's - will ease the tension.
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