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PHI@MIA: Sanabia dazzles Phillies over 6 1/3 frames

He didn't know, bro.

That was Alex Sanabia's explanation for what happened the last time he was on the mound and a camera caught the Marlins right-hander spitting on a ball.

There's been no backlash from Major League Baseball or other teams regarding the incident. There has, however, been some friendly jabbing from Sanabia's teammates, such as the message written on the clubhouse whiteboard prior to Saturday's loss to the White Sox, complete with Sanabia's response when asked about the action:

"'I didn't know bro, I was in my zone and just grooving' - Alex Sanabia #MyBad :)"

"It's always good when you can sit back and laugh a little bit," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Sometimes this game gets too serious. He's a good kid. He's young. He's still learning. He's got a lot to learn, and it's our job to teach him."

Sanabia's spitting incident on Monday overshadowed his dealing that day, as the young righty turned in one of his best outings, tossing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

A similar outing will be needed in Sunday's series finale against the White Sox, who have won eight of their last 11 to rise to third place in the American League Central.

Two big reasons for Chicago's improved play are veterans Alex Rios and Paul Konerko.

Rios saw his 18-game hitting streak snapped Saturday, but is still batting .355 with four homers in his last 19 games. Konerko, meanwhile, is batting .316 with a home run in his last 10 games.

"You can see him grinding through at-bats," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Konerko. "You have a guy on second, knocking in a run. You know stuff you see him normally do is nice to see. He's been doing a lot of stuff in the cage, so it's paying off."

Marlins: Hot-hitting rookie
• Second baseman Derek Dietrich, who hit a game-tying homer Saturday in the ninth inning, has reached base in all of his 14 games since his May 8 promotion. It's the second-longest stretch by a Marlins rookie to begin a career, behind Kevin Millar's 17-game streak from April 11-June 6, 1999.

• Catcher Rob Brantly is hitting .304 with four doubles and eight RBIs in his last 17 games, five of which have been multi-hit efforts.

White Sox: Axelrod on the hill
• The White Sox rotation became crowded Friday when left-hander John Danks returned and, with six capable starters, lefty Hector Santiago was bumped to the bullpen. Right-hander Dylan Axelrod stayed in the rotation and gets to show why on Sunday when he makes his 10th start of the season.

Axelrod has worked at least six innings in six of his nine starts this season, with five of his last seven starts being quality.

• Shortstop Alexei Ramirez is batting .358 with five RBIs and nine runs scored in his last 13 games, six of which have been multi-hit efforts.

Worth noting
• The White Sox lead the all-time series against the Marlins, 6-5.

• White Sox starters are a combined 31-22 with a 2.89 ERA all-time in Interleague Play.

• The White Sox are 12-14 against teams below .500. Comments