DETROIT – More lineup changes are on the way Sunday as the recently minted last-place White Sox search for answers.
Rios, who does not have a hit in his last 20 at-bats, is expected to be a spectator in the series finale at Detroit while Brent Lillibridge gets the start in center field.
Not only is Rios struggling at the plate, but he seems to be taking bad routes in the outfield like the one that got him turned around Saturday and led to a two-run triple. Rios, who has been dealing with a sore toe, was supposed to get a day off on the turf at Tampa Bay, but never did.
“I’ll try to move people around , not to panic, but get those guys mentally ready,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Like I say, it’s not easy. We’ve been there. I’ve been there personally. I still believe in those guys. We got great talent, but it’s time right now to get mean. It’s time to show people how good we are.”
Teahen, a left-handed hitter, and Vizquel, a switch hitter, are getting an opportunity since the Tigers are going with right-hander Max Scherzer on Sunday.
The mix-and-match lineup will be trying to snap an eight-game losing streak against the Tigers that dates back to last season. The White Sox have lost nine of their last 10 games.