Trade talk has followed White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham for the better part of a year, growing stronger as the club's infield prospects work their way further into major league consideration. With the July 31 trade deadline less than three weeks away, Beckham, of course, would like to know if his future is with the Sox, as he has said he would like it to be. But he said he worries about the rumors less than he did as a younger player and right now is trying to focus more on breaking out of his recent hitting slump. A day after Sox manager Robin Ventura left him on the bench, suggesting the rumors could be affecting his play, Beckham came up with a two-run double in the ninth inning to give the Sox a nice cushion in a 6-2 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field. The Sox broke a three-game losing streak and will look for a series victory Sunday before heading into the All-Star break. "It's not something that is killing me inside to not know," Beckham said of the rumors. "With the way I've been playing lately, I'm focused on trying to put a good product out. That's the thing that has been more frustrating than anything." After hitting .272 in May and June, Beckham has hit .100 in July. He was 0-for-2 with a walk when he knocked the double down the left-field line off reliever Austin Adams, making his major league debut, to give the Sox a 5-2 lead. Beckham said the day off was good for him mentally and he felt more comfortable at the plate. "It was good to get a hit," Beckham said. "I felt like I had good at-bats all day and worked some counts and it didn't work out. But I guess those led up to the last at-bat where I pulled it all together." Sox right-hander Scott Carroll pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits with one walk and a hit batter on 78 pitches. He exited after the fifth because of back stiffness, which he said might have been caused by tight hamstrings and dehydration. "It really kind of hit me in the fifth," Carroll said. "I was just trying to get extension on fastballs, and it just wasn't there." Jose Abreu provided Carroll with a cushion when he hit his major league-leading 29th homer to right field off Zach McAllister for a 2-0 Sox lead. Sox designated-hitter Adam Dunn made the lead 3-0 in the sixth when he singled off the right-field wall to drive in Alejandro De Aza.
Slumping 2nd baseman gives White Sox nice cushion in 9th for 6-2 victory over Indians
Chicago Tribune | Jul 13