Flowers, Kottaras get key doubles as White Sox beat Indians
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Tyler Flowers and George Kottaras had key doubles in Chicago's three-run fourth inning, spoiling T.J. House's day after he was told he earned a spot in Cleveland's rotation as the White Sox beat the Indians 4-1 on Sunday.
Flowers doubled to score Gordon Beckham and he later scored along with J.B. Schuck on a long double by Kottaras to give Chicago a 3-1 lead.
House, who will start on April 12 against Detroit, allowed four runs and six hits in six innings. The left-hander has had one bad inning spoil each of his last three starts, but pitched well enough to convince the Indians he belongs in the rotation.
''It is glaring that one inning,'' House said. ''I is kind of getting to me. I want to get it out of the way out here, rather than the season. I was a little bit up that inning.''
Francona liked the way House handled the good news.
''His stuff was good,'' Francona said. ''That one inning where he gave up three instead of one or two. He is aware of it and we love that. We talked about limiting runs. He's learning as he goes. When he starts pitching to a game plan we can work with him. Here, (in spring) you want to see how a guy reacts.''
The Indians scored an unearned run off White Sox starter Scott Carroll in the first inning. Jason Kipnis walked and Michael Brantley, returning after he sat out with a sore back, singled. Beckham's wild throw on an attempted double play allowed Kipnis to score.
Carroll allowed just two hits in three innings.
''Today was definitely different going back to starting,'' Carroll said after making three appearances in relief this spring. ''It was cool. I got to see a lot of lefties. I was working both sides of the plate and got a lot of ground balls.''
Michah Johnson had two hits for the White Sox and had a stolen base taken away when Beckham interfered with Roberto Lopez's throw.
White Sox: LHP Chris Sale will start the season on the disabled list with an evulsion fracture in his right foot. Sale will throw a bullpen session on Monday. He will pitch simulated games on April 1 and 5.
Indians: Nick Swisher is testing his bi-lateral knee surgery by getting at-bats in minor league games. ... RHP Carlos Carrasco is not in camp. He and his wife are expecting the birth of a child. ... Michael Brantley returned after sitting out with a sore lower back.
White Sox: Scott Carroll made his fourth appearance, competing for a spot on the White Sox staff, possibly long relief. Carroll pitched three innings and gave up an unearned run on two hits.
''From what the team saw last year there was a lot to work off of,'' Carroll said. ''It gave me a lot of confidence coming into this year.''
The right-hander has allowed one earned run in 8 2-3 innings this spring after making 19 starts in 2014. He pitched 129 1-3 innings.
''I think the long man role is something I could excel at,'' Carroll said. ''Last year I did it for a month. It was something I enjoyed. I was productive at it. Hopefully, they see me as an integral piece to do something like that.''
Indians: T.J. House is pitching against the White Sox, knowing the he will be the No. 4 starter in the Indians rotation.
''Tito and Mickey showed a lot of confidence in me and I want to reward them,'' House said. ''It's great. I don't have to look over my shoulder anymore. Everybody knows. The later it gets the worse it is, not only for baseball but where you're going to live. Now I want to just take this and run with it.''
White Sox: RHP Hector Noesi will pitch in the rematch against the Indians on Monday.
Indians: RHP Trevor Bauer will pitch on Monday against the White Sox.