Jerry Koosman, enjoying his reprieve from the bullpen, has found new pitching life at 40.
"I lift weights in the winter and don't try to keep up with the young guys," said Koosman (4-0), who pitched the White Sox to a three-hit, 2-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals last night in Chicago.
It was Koosman's first complete game of the season in his third start--the first shutout by a White Sox pitcher this year--and the 31st shutout of Koosman's career.
"My fast ball was my best pitch," said Koosman. "I didn't find my curve until the last three innings and I didn't throw any changeups . . . .I enjoy the starting rotation more than the bullpen and I've progressed with each start, but I'm still not where I want to be.
"A pitcher strives to get all his pitches over. I guess that's perfection but that's where I want to be."
Greg Luzinski drove in the 1,000th run of his career with a single in the first inning and rookie Ron Kittle hit his 13th homer in the fifth. The victory was the seventh in the last eight games for the White Sox.
Keith Creel, recalled from Omaha earlier this week, was the loser.