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Munoz to debut against Expos
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06/19/2004 12:41 AM ET
Munoz to debut against Expos
White Sox (35-28) at Montreal (20-45), 6:05 p.m. CT
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Arnie Munoz, a 21-year-old left-hander promoted from Double-A Birmingham, will make his Major League debut Saturday for the White Sox in the middle game of a three-game set with the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.

Munoz has a golden opportunity to thrive where others have failed this season, as Ozzie Guillen's club has not yet found a reliable fifth man for the starting rotation.

Munoz will be working with veteran Sandy Alomar Jr. as his battery mate. Guillen would like to spare his decorated catcher from the hardships of playing on Montreal's tough carpet but he feels a voice of experience will be needed to keep Munoz's' nerves in check.

"I have to think about Sandy's health," Guillen said. "He's a little bit banged up -- he's not sore, it's just the artificial grass. It's a kid throwing and I don't want two kids out there. Hopefully, with Sandy behind the plate, that'll work for us."

Pitching matchup:
CWS: LHP Arnie Munoz

  • Major League debut

    MTL: RHP Tony Armas Jr.

  • 0-2, 6.75 in 2004
  • 1-0, 1.80 lifetime vs. CWS

    Players to watch:
    Following an 18-hit night in the series opener, there are several players on a hot streak. Carlos Lee continues to carry a charged bat. With Friday's four-hit night, Lee is hitting .359 in June (23-for-64) with six doubles, two homers and 12 RBIs.

    Quotable:
    "Hopefully things work out for him. He's a great kid. What he did [Thursday] night, when he talked to us, was a class act. I have more respect for Billy Koch than I've ever had for any player because of that." -- Guillen on Koch's dignified exit after being traded to Florida

    On the Internet
     MLB.TV
     Gameday Audio

  •  Gameday
  •  Official game notes

    On television:

  • CWS: WGN
  • MTL: No TV

    On radio:

  • CWS: ESPN 1000
  • MTL: TEAM 990

    Quick hits: Mark Buehrle entered Friday's game with the American League's highest run support at nearly 9.5 runs per game. The team's 11-7 victory actually increased that stat to nearly 10 runs per start. ... New closer Shingo Takatsu has some pretty impressive numbers among the league's relievers. His opposition is hitting only .136, second in the AL and his 1.11 ERA in relief is fourth in the league.

    On deck (All times CT):

  • Sunday: White Sox at Expos, 1:05 p.m.
  • Monday: Indians at White Sox, 7:05 p.m.
  • Tuesday: Indians at White Sox, 7:05 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Indians at White Sox, 7:05 p.m.
  • Thursday: Indians at White Sox, 1:05 p.m.

    Pierre Moussette is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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