ARLINGTON -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura put right-handed-hitting catcher Tyler Flowers and right-handed-hitting left fielder Brent Lillibridge into Saturday's starting lineup, partially because of Rangers left-hander Derek Holland but also just to get his bench players early work.
"I want to get guys in there as soon as we can. I'm sure in Cleveland that [Eduardo] Escobar and [Kosuke] Fukudome will get a start," said Ventura, whose team opens a three-game series against the Indians on Monday.
"Just to kind of get the season going. I don't want guys sitting on the bench for six or seven days and then going home but not having played yet. We have confidence to put them in and to fill in when they need to fill in."
Dayan Viciedo and A.J. Pierzynski got the night off, with both expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday.