An­der­son backs Padres’ Tatis

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

Tim An­der­son wants to change the game, so it came as no sur­prise to hear the White Sox short­stop scoff at the no­tion Fer­nando Tatis Jr. broke an un­writ­ten rule by swing­ing at a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded dur­ing a blowout vic­tory.

Tatis, the 21-yearold Padres short­stop who leads the ma­jors in homers, hit a grand slam against the Rangers’ Juan Ni­ca­sio that an­gered the Rangers and led to man­ager Chris Wood­ward cit­ing the “un­writ­ten rules” of base­ball “that are con­stantly be­ing chal­lenged in to­day’s game.”

Wood­ward took is­sue with the Padres, lead­ing 10-3 in the eighth in­ning at the time, for pil­ing on runs by swing­ing at a pitch that is of­ten taken. It falls un­der the um­brella of other un­writ­ten rules such as not steal­ing bases with a big lead. It seemed al­most ev­ery­one in base­ball weighed in on the sub­ject Tues­day, in­clud­ing An­der­son.

“I don’t care about what other peo­ple say about the rules be­cause they’re un­writ­ten,” An­der­son said.

“What he did, I liked it. But he shouldn’t have apol­o­gized. Apol­o­gize for what? There was no need for that. You hit a grand slam, what are you apol­o­giz­ing for?”

After the home run, Ni­ca­sio was re­placed by Ian Gibaut, who threw a 93 mph fast­ball be­hind Manny Machado.

Tatis ap­par­ently missed a take sign be­fore the pitch and was apolo­getic. His man­ager, Jayce Tin­gler, of­fered him lit­tle sup­port.

“I’ve been in this game since I was a kid, and I know a lot of un­writ­ten rules,” Tatis said. “And this time, I was kind of lost on this one. From those ex­pe­ri­ences, you have to learn. Prob­a­bly next time, I’ll take a pitch.”

Tatis said he wants the game to be fun, which is what An­der­son has been preach­ing for a cou­ple of years now.

“It’s just re­ally an open floor. It’s a wide open gym, man,” An­der­son said. “Any­body can do any­thing. Just bring a lot of ex­cite­ment, man. I think the game is, like I said, a bore. It is bor­ing. To see things like that def­i­nitely makes it ex­cit­ing.

“Who would have thought he was go­ing to hit a home run 3-0 with the bases loaded? No­body. So I think that’s why ev­ery­body’s act­ing weird about it.”

What’s more, there was no rea­son to lie down, An­der­son said.

“The game wasn’t over,” he said.

Gran­dal out a few days

Man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said he hopes to have catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal, who left Mon­day’s 7-2 win over the Tigers with back stiff­ness, play­ing “by the end of the week.”

“He’s do­ing better to­day,” Ren­te­ria said. “Hope­fully be­fore the end of the week he’s back in there again.”

James McCann, an All-Star in 2019, will likely han­dle most of the duty with Zack Collins back­ing up.

Dun­ning for Wed­nes­day

Sox prospect Dane Dun­ning will start Wed­nes­day against Tigers top pitch­ing prospect Casey Mize, Ren­te­ria said. It will be the first game with both pitch­ers mak­ing their ma­jor-league de­buts since July 10, 2018, when the Phillies’ Enyel De Los San­tos faced the Mets’ Drew Gagnon (STATS).

As for Rey­naldo Lopez (shoul­der), who is work­ing his way back at Schaum­burg, “if and when he re­turns he will still be very lim­ited,” Ren­te­ria said.

DAVID BANKS/GETTY IM­AGES

Sox first base­man Jose Abreu hits a two-run dou­ble dur­ing the fourth in­ning Tues­day against the Tigers at Guar­an­teed Rate Field.

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