Markedly Cuban lineup

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF RE­PORTER dvan­schouwen@sun­times.com | @CST_­sox­van

White Sox man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria went with his top-heavy Cuban lineup a se­cond con­sec­u­tive day, and why not? The se­cond try re­sulted in 14 hits in a 9-2 vic­tory Sun­day against the Roy­als af­ter the first time pro­duced a 21-hit on­slaught in an 11-5 win.

With cen­ter fielder Luis Robert, third base­man Yoan Mon­cada, first base­man Jose Abreu and catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal lined up Satur­day, it was the first time four Cuban­born play­ers oc­cu­pied the first four slots in a ma­jor-league lineup.

“That’s pretty cool to hear,” Ren­te­ria said. “Ac­tu­ally, one of the guys [Abreu] brought it to my at­ten­tion. He was pretty ex­cited about it. They were talk­ing about it around the bat­ting cage.”

The four­some com­bined to go 11-for-22 with four RBI and seven runs Satur­day. Robert had a home run and two dou­bles and fell a triple shy of the cy­cle. On Sun­day, Gran­dal had three sin­gles and a walk and drove in three runs. Gran­dal’s sin­gle in the sev­enth scored Nick Madri­gal to give the Sox a 4-2 lead af­ter Abreu (dou­ble, sin­gle, two runs) broke a 2-2 tie with a sin­gle.

Gran­dal, who started the sea­son 2-for17, has five RBI and five hits in the last two games, rais­ing his av­er­age to .269 with five walks.

“I’ve been work­ing through some me­chan­i­cal is­sues,” said Gran­dal, an Amer­i­can Lea­guer for the first time. “Not hav­ing faced guys from the Twins and In­di­ans and even th­ese guys, it takes time. Ob­vi­ously, we have no video, so it’s mak­ing another ad­just­ment through a game. It’s re­ally hard for us to do. You just try to make them throw as many pitches as they can so you can see them and hope­fully try to make an ad­just­ment from there.”

Lefty spe­cial­ists

Left-han­der Ross Detwiler, who re­tired the first 16 bat­ters he faced this sea­son, al­lowed a one-out sin­gle to Whit Mer­ri­field in the eighth be­fore get­ting an in­ning-end­ing dou­ble play and pitch­ing a per­fect ninth. It was the long­est streak by a Sox pitcher to open the sea­son since Gary Glover in 2001 (also 16).

Lefty Aaron Bum­mer has eight strike­outs in four score­less in­nings cov­er­ing his last four ap­pear­ances.

Her­rera re­leased

Right-han­der Kelvin Her­rera was granted his un­con­di­tional re­lease, clos­ing the chap­ter on a free-agent sign­ing gone bad.

Her­rera had a 6.14 ERA last sea­son af­ter agree­ing to a two-year, $18 mil­lion con­tract.

He was in­ef­fec­tive in two out­ings this sea­son be­fore the Sox des­ig­nated him for as­sign­ment Fri­day.

This and that

Leury Gar­cia, who played short­stop Satur­day in place of Tim An­der­son (strained groin) and reached base six times, in­clud­ing four hits, had the day off for per­sonal rea­sons be­cause of a death in the fam­ily, Ren­te­ria said. Danny Men­dick started at short­stop.

Nicky Del­monico started in right field, his first ap­pear­ance since Tues­day in Cleve­land, and was bat­ting .105 when he drove in two runs with a sin­gle in the seven-run sev­enth.

Right fielder No­mar Mazara, on the in­jured list for an un­spec­i­fied rea­son, could be ac­ti­vated Mon­day.

Robert, who has hit safely in eight of his first nine games, turns 23 Mon­day.

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Luis Robert (88) went 1-for-4 Sun­day and has hit safely in eight of his first nine games.

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