With the AL Central already clinched, White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen rested most of his starters for last night's series opener in Cleveland.
Only LF Scott Podsednik and 3B Joe Crede were in a Chicago lineup that featured reserves and several players who spent the season at Class AAA Charlotte.
"Why did I make the lineup like that? 'Cause I'm the manager," Guillen joked to reporters before saying he wanted to get his players rested for the postseason.
"They've played a lot of baseball. It's a long season," he said. "Hey, I've got to rest my players. I'm not going to say I'm going to rest those guys tomorrow. Tomorrow is a different lineup. It's not that I don't respect the integrity of the game, but I need to rest players."
Instead of Aaron Rowand, Brian Anderson, who was called up on Sept. 6, played center field and batted second. Instead of Jermaine Dye in right, Timo Perez made his 38th start. Chris Widger replaced C A.J. Pierzynski and DH Carl Everett sat and watched Joe Borchard, who is 4 for 5 since arriving Sept. 10.
Cleveland Manager Eric Wedge wasn't surprised to see so many unfamiliar names in Chicago's lineup.
"I don't know if it's an advantage or a disadvantage," Wedge said. "You're talking about numerous players we don't know much about."
* GOODBYE MR. WILSON: Mariners C Dan Wilson, who plans to retire at the end of the season, was activated from the 60-day disabled list so he could start last night's game against the Athletics.
The plan was for Wilson to play one inning in his final game for the franchise.
The Mariners' season will end tomorrow against the A's.
Wilson, 36, had surgery on May 20 to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He played in eight games this season before being injured.
To make room for Wilson on the Mariners' 40-man roster, IF Willie Bloomquist was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
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