CHICAGO -- Although the statistic was not listed on the final boxscore, Gordon Beckham deserved a defensive save in the White Sox 1-0 victory over the Royals on Opening Day. If not for his diving catch on Lorenzo Cain's line drive in the seventh inning, Chris Sale might have been looking at a first-and-third, none out situation.
Beckham added another leaping catch of a Cain line drive in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-2 victory. While Beckham takes great pride in his Gold Glove-caliber defense, he wants to be known for more than his stellar glove work.
"It goes both ways. I want to obviously contribute offensively, too," Beckham said. "I'm not the kind of guy that enjoys just playing a good defense and not getting hits I need to get."
Proving to be a man of his word, Beckham matched a career high with four singles in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Royals. Beckham is coming off a season where he set career highs with 151 games played, 123 hits, 16 homers and 62 runs scored.
"I wish they would have come in a win, for sure," said Beckham of his four hits, of which three went to right field.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.