Flowers behind plate as Pierzynski gets day off

Flowers behind plate as Pierzynski gets day off

MINNEAPOLIS -- Catcher A.J. Pierzynski got the day off on Sunday as the White Sox wrapped up their series against the Twins. Tyler Flowers made his 37th start of the season at catcher and hit eighth.

The day off was Pierzynski's second of the month, as he also didn't play in Chicago's Sept. 4 game against the Twins. He has played in 121 of Chicago's 145 games this season entering Sunday, including 108 starts at catcher.

The matchup against Twins left-hander Scott Diamond on Sunday also made manager Robin Ventura more inclined to start Flowers, who is hitting .304 against left-handers, compared to just .192 against right-handers.

"Give [A.J.] a day," Ventura said. "A.J. will be playing tomorrow. So it's just kind of one of those early days. Left-hander, get [Flowers] in there."

Ventura said right fielder Alex Rios will likely also get an off-day soon, perhaps during the team's series in Kansas City later this week.

But expect to see fewer off-days for Chicago's everyday players as the regular season -- and, more importantly, the American League Central race -- winds to its conclusion.

"Guys are tired, so you're just trying to make sure you're still strong," Ventura said.