CHICAGO -- Snoop Dogg, the charismatic recording artist, actor and all-around entertainer, threw out one of the ceremonial first pitches prior to Thursday's series finale with the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.
Snoop took pictures with fellow first-pitch thrower Bob McMillen, the head coach of the Rush, Chicago's Arena Football League entry, and then fired a strike to Chris Sale.
"Oh man, that was special," Snoop Dogg said. "It was a strike. It was a changeup, screwball. It was one of my pitches that I normally don't really go into, but we are in the Windy City so I had to make sure it got over the plate the right way."
Known as more of a football and basketball supporter, Snoop expressed pride in going to the same high school as Tony Gwynn and said he knew how to play baseball "if necessary." He made the stop on the South Side before venturing to Indiana for a concert later Thursday night.
"You are supposed to enjoy it when you are out here," Snoop said. "It's too bad the Bulls ain't in it. We expected a lot out of them this year, but we'll roll with the White Sox."
White Sox and Twins players posed for pictures with Snoop, and he made a pregame stop in the White Sox clubhouse. He also talked in the dugout with manager Robin Ventura, who Snoop Dogg apparently followed when Ventura was a player.
"Apparently he knew some stats of mine that I didn't know," said a smiling Ventura. "He's a big fan of mine."
De Aza's home run overturned after review
CHICAGO -- Alejandro De Aza's leadoff homer in the fifth inning of Thursday's 11-8 win over the Twins was overturned by instant replay.
De Aza launched a 3-2 pitch from Cole De Vries down the right-field line that was originally ruled to be fair by first-base umpire Doug Eddings.
After a brief conference on the field, all the umpires but home-plate umpire Paul Nauert went in to review the call. They came back with a foul-ball ruling, and De Aza took a called third strike to start a scoreless frame.
"Yeah, I know it was foul," said De Aza, who launched his first career grand slam in the sixth. "But I saw the umpire call it fair, so I kept going."
It was the ninth time in White Sox history that they've been involved in the usage of instant replay to review a home run since it was instated in 2008. It's the third time it took place at U.S. Cellular Field.
Floyd not concerned about bumpy stretch
CHICAGO -- The last two starts for Gavin Floyd have ended in defeats, with less than flattering pitching lines to go with the setbacks. But they clearly haven't sapped his confidence.
When asked Thursday if he noticed a difference in his starts against the Angels and Tuesday against the Twins, in which he allowed a combined 16 runs on 18 hits in 9 2/3 innings, as opposed to his previous four when he was so good in allowing four runs over 28 2/3 innings, Floyd didn't miss a beat with the following answer.
"I'm still good," said Floyd with a smile but without a hint of joking.
Floyd feels as if he made decent pitches against the Twins, but it was partially a case of the ground balls he induced finding holes. Plunking No. 9 hitter Jamey Carroll with a one-out pitch in the fourth to start a five-run inning didn't exactly enhance Floyd's night, either.
"I was not very good with my command. I was rushing a little bit," Floyd said. "Consistency through the game wasn't there.
"There were a lot of things that went wrong, but it's part of the process of baseball. You try not to have those games, but no matter how much you try, they are going to happen. Hopefully, they don't happen often. It just happened to me two games in a row."
When Floyd next takes the mound on Sunday against the Indians, he doesn't feel as if wholesale changes are needed. It will take better command and possibly a little better luck.
"You do the same thing on a different day and get different results," Floyd said. "What's done is done, and you just have to move on from there and try to get better.
"It just stinks, but I'm no different than I was three games ago. You just keep grinding it out in a long baseball season. You keep having the same attack, aggressiveness, focus and trust, and just keep going after it."
Reed hears of ascent to closer role from Twitter
CHICAGO -- News of Addison Reed's full-time closer status, made official by White Sox manager Robin Ventura before Wednesday's victory, wasn't relayed to Reed from anyone with the team or by the media.
"I didn't even know until I think my sister text me or something and she said she saw it on Twitter," said Reed, who gave up Justin Morneau's two-run homer in the ninth inning of Thursdays' 11-8 victory over the Twins. "Everything is on Twitter now. She said she saw it on Twitter and yeah, I mean, it's awesome.
"Like I've always said, it's something I always wanted to do. I love being in that situation in the ninth inning, so yeah, I'm ready for it. Hopefully I get a lot of opportunities."
The 23-year-old said it was hinted at that he would take over the closer role. But with four of his last six appearances resulting in saves, he had a pretty good idea as to what job he would be handling.
"When I got those last few appearances in the ninth, I kind of thought something was maybe going on. I'm happy, though. I'm just pumped up," Reed said. "So, I mean, it doesn't bother me that nobody told me."
Reed worked Thursday in a non-save situation and suffered a bruise on his glove hand when trying to snag Joe Mauer's leadoff comebacker line drive. The hand was being iced postgame, and Reed expected no further problems.
Third to first
Playing an unknown position such as third base is a small price for Orlando Hudson to pay as a tradeoff for going to a contender such as the White Sox.
"We're fighting for something. We got a great chance to win the division," Hudson said. "We got a chance to do a lot of great things."
White Sox relievers had their consecutive scoreless innings pitched streak snapped at 11 2/3 during Thursday's 11-8 victory over the Twins.
The White Sox improved to 12-11 against the American League Central.
Paul Konerko hit his 45th career homer against the Twins, his most against any opponent.