Right fielder Alex Rios was pulled after six innings of the White Sox's 6-4 loss to the Braves Friday night, but it had nothing to do with a potential trade. Rios, whom several teams have been scouting heavily, was pulled after six innings for not hustling while grounding into an inning-ending double play in the fifth inning. "We expect more than that," manager Robin Ventura said. "It was simple." Rios, 32, is batting .270 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs. He is 2-for-20 since his six-hit game against the Tigers on July 9, but he hit a two-run double in the third inning Friday. "There are expectations, and we're not starting the second half that way," Ventura said. "It was simple. He'll be back in. But tonight, that's what happens when you don't run." Rios is owed about $20 million through 2014. Sox executive vice president Ken Williams has become more involved in potential acquisitions and has scouted the minor leagues, according to a source.
Rios trade rumor falls apart
Chicago Tribune | Jul 20