TAVERAS SITS: Center fielder Willy Taveras gets the night off tonight. Taveras entered today having gone 0-for-13 since getting one hit to snap an 0-for-32 streak.
Lefty-hitting Chris Dickerson fills in tonight against Sox righty Jose Contreras. But, Baker indicated that the righty-hitting Taveras will play Saturday and Sunday against two lefty Chicago pitchers, Clayton Richard and Mark Buehrle.
In his pre-game media session, Baker spoke with his usual calm candor but again expressed dismay at having to explain his lineups. Baker is aware of the public clamor to bench cold-hitting players.
“First they want (Laynce) Nix to play instead of Dickerson,” Baker said. “... Now they want Dickerson instead of Taveras. It’s a long season, and you’ve got to go with a guy’s track record as well as what he’s doing now too. Quite honestly, I’m getting a little tired of having to testify to who I play and why, and how long and when.”
Taveras's track record says he's a bad player.