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TEX@TB: Odorizzi goes six scoreless in 2014 debut

Andre Rienzo isn't sure how long he'll be around, but he's sure enjoying the moment. He's one of two new starters in the Sox rotation as the replacement for the injured Felipe Paulino.

"The dream's to be here, and I enjoy every day here," Rienzo said. "Nobody wants that, expect that to happen [to Paulino], but I'm here and I try to help the team as long as I can. I don't know how long I'll be here -- one day, one week, one month -- so I enjoy every day."

The 25-year-old right-hander has a 3.70 ERA in 37 starts between Double-A and Triple-A the past two seasons, plus three starts this season, but has yet to stick on the Major League roster. He'll be charged with leading the White Sox to a series victory over the Rays when he takes the mound against fellow righty Jake Odorizzi Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rienzo got the win in his first start of the year last Wednesday, holding the Tigers to four runs in 6 1/3 innings of the White Sox's 6-4 win. He gave up all four runs in the fourth, surrendering a two-run homer and two-run single, and otherwise tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

"That day I tried to help the bullpen, because the bullpen was used so much the night before," Rienzo said. "The team helped me, the team made great plays, the offense is great, so I tried to keep the team in the game and battle to get a win."

Odorizzi has struggled since tossing six shutout innings in his first start. He made it through just 3 1/3 innings in his last start, last Wednesday against the Twins, allowing four earned runs on five hits.

White Sox: Abreu setting records left and right
Rookie Jose Abreu has put in nothing short of an amazing first month in the Major Leagues. The 27-year-old Cuban slugger has been setting records left and right through the first three games of the series, surpassing even his own expectations.

Abreu increased his RBI total to 31 with a two-run single and two-run home run in Sunday's 9-2 win over the Rays, giving him the record for RBIs by a rookie in the month of April. The record was previously held by Albert Pujols (27 in 2001), whom Abreu tied with his walk-off grand slam in Friday's win. He also passed Paul Konerko, who had 28 RBIs in April 2002, for the franchise record for RBIs in April.

Abreu's grand slam on Friday meant he also surpassed Pujols for the most home runs by a rookie in the month of April with nine. His two-run shot on Sunday was his 10th, the most by a White Sox rookie in any month. He's just one shy of Paul Konerko's franchise record for home runs in the month of April (11, 2010).

"You know, I go to the field to play baseball, help the team," Abreu said. "I really don't go looking for records, but they're definitely welcome. But that's not something that I go looking for, but it's a nice thing."

Rays: Hanigan more than just defense
Ryan Hanigan has been lauded for his defensive abilities behind the plate, and rightfully so. The eight-year vet is second among active catchers with a 40.5 percent caught stealing rate and handles pitches in the dirt well.

Meanwhile, his offense out of the nine-hole has been a pleasant surprise. His .255 average doesn't jump off the page, but he's tied for the team lead in home runs (3) and tied for second in RBIs (14).

"I want to swing it," the 33-year-old Hanigan said. "I want to be a complete player, no doubt. I'm feeling good at the plate."

Hanigan rested Sunday, but was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in Tampa Bay's 4-0 win on Saturday.

"I feel like I had four really good at-bats," Hanigan said. "My swing feels good right now."

Worth noting
• Over the last nine games, the White Sox bullpen is 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA (9 ER/32 IP) and three holds, and is 2-for-2 in save chances.

• Dayan Viciedo extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning double Sunday. He's hitting .500 (17-for-34) with five doubles, one home run and three RBI in that span.

Tampa Bay's four errors in the sixth inning on Sunday marked a franchise record for errors in one inning.

David Price's four-game winning streak against the White Sox was snapped with Sunday's loss. He is now 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA in six starts at U.S. Cellular Field. The four losses are his most at any visiting stadium. Comments