Hector Santiago has twice put himself on the postgame highlight reel without even appearing in that particular game. Santiago made a barehanded catch of Mike Napoli's home run in the visitors' bullpen during a July 28 game in Texas and did the same on Friday night on Salvador Perez's lined shot into the White Sox bullpen. Friday's catch was made while Santiago was sitting on a chair, wearing his Half-Way to St. Patrick's Day green hat.
Using his non-pitching hand to catch the ball on the fly isn't a painful experience, according to the rookie.
"It's actually coming down slower at the finishing point," said Santiago with a laugh.
Saturday was Star Wars Day at U.S. Cellular Field, with Darth Vader throwing out one of the ceremonial first pitches.
Long-time Associated Press Chicago sports editor Joe Mooshil passed away at 85 on Friday night. Mooshil covered all the Chicago sports professional teams, including the White Sox, during his storied career.
"The Chicago sports scene has lost a member of the Old Guard today with the passing of Joe Mooshil," said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in a statement on Mooshil's passing. "It's probably fitting, in a way, that he passed away on a fall weekend filled with sports events, because Joe covered them all during his long and honor-filled career."
The White Sox improved to 28-27 against the American League Central, although they are 3-10 in the last 13 within the division. They are 64-4 overall when leading after eight innings.