Peep Show

Updated: March 23, 2004, 9:22 AM ET
By Jim Baker

American League
Chicago White Sox: New manager Ozzie Guillen is not all that concerned that his closer -- also new to the team -- is struggling this spring. Shingo Takatsu was imported from Japan with the idea that he would be the team's closer. Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune suggests he is pitching more like a right-handed specialist these days, though. Guillen wants him facing all comers with the game on the line in the ninth, though, and was encouraged by his outing yesterday, in spite of the fact he gave up three hits to the four men he faced. "He threw the ball a lot better than he has in the past," Guillen told Foltman.

Cleveland Indians: One of the great mysteries of 2004 is why Ugueth Urbina is still not signed. That mystery might be solved very soon. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Indians are close to adding the man who averaged 36 saves over the past two seasons pitching for Montreal, Boston, Texas and Florida. He would not be ready for the opening of the season. In his place David Riske would do the closing.
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