David Price has seen his share of talented hitters and stacked lineups, especially considering he pitches in the American League East.
But it's not the Blue Jays, Yankees or Red Sox that has caught Price's attention in the early going. He's concerned with shutting down a high-powered White Sox offense that is second in the Majors in runs per game.
"The bottom of their order is extremely strong," Price said. "Alexei Ramirez and [Dayan] Viciedo, those are two of the top three averages in the American League right now -- and maybe even baseball. They're swinging it exceptionally well.
"Jose Abreu looks like the real deal to me. Obviously he has power to all fields, swings at strikes. They got a very good lineup. You got a guy like Paul Konerko coming off the bench to pinch-hit for you, that's pretty strong as well. They got a pretty good lineup."
Indeed, Viciedo (.368) and Ramirez (.343) rank first and fourth in the American League in hitting. Abreu went 0-for-4 Saturday, but is hitting .353 with five home runs, 13 RBIs and 10 runs scored in his last eight games. He has set the record for home runs in April by a rookie (9) and is tied for RBIs by a rookie in the month (27).
"There's a lot of guys that have had good starts, but he's very important for us and we wouldn't have the feeling that we have offensively without him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of Abreu. "He's a big part of it and just the way he swings the bat, his approach, maturity and person that he is is infectious for our guys."
The White Sox will counter Price with right-hander Scott Carroll, making his Major League debut. Carroll, 29, is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four starts covering 23 innings at Triple-A Charlotte. His only issue has been walks -- he has nine to just 13 strikeouts.
Carroll is 27-38 with a 3.95 ERA and 2.07 strikeout-to-walk ratio in eight Minor League seasons.
"He's doing pretty good down in Triple-A," Ventura said. "For us, it's, 'Give the guy a shot.'"
Rays: Maddon expects hitters to pick it up soon
Rays manager Joe Maddon thinks it's just a matter of time before struggling hitters Logan Forsythe and Wil Myers break out and the Rays' offense takes off.
"Logan Forsythe is going to really start hitting the ball well. I have all the confidence in the world in him, as an example," Maddon said. "Wil, he will pick it up against these guys too a little bit. I just think up and down we need a little bit more time to get the whole thing going in the right direction.
"I'm not in any way concerned about any of these guys. Their attitude's great. Their work is great. It's just a matter of time before it all comes together."
Myers has a slash line of .230/.309/.345, while Forsythe is hitting .167 with no home runs and one RBI.
White Sox: Gillaspie on DL, Noesi added to roster
Third baseman Conor Gillaspie was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a left hand contusion. The White Sox added right-hander Hector Noesi to the active roster.
Gillaspie had been playing through the contusion for past 2-3 weeks. It wasn't getting any better after he sat out four games leading up to Saturday, so the call was made to shut him down.
"It's in one of those spots where the bat presses against your hand," Gillaspie said. "Any time I hit a ball it's a no-go right now. I can do other things, but if you can't hit up here, you're kind of [stuck]."
Noesi tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's 4-0 loss, his White Sox debut. He was claimed off waivers Friday.
"He did great," Ventura said. "For getting here today and getting right in there, not ideal conditions to be in there and make your debut with a team, but he did what was asked of him."
• At 36 degrees, Saturday's first pitch was the second-coldest game in Rays history behind the 33 degree first-pitch temperature at Boston on April 17, 2003.
• Viciedo extended his hitting streak to eight games. He's hitting .516 with four doubles, a homer and three RBIs in that span.
• Cesar Ramos earned his first career win as a starter on Saturday, tying a career-high with five-plus innings pitched.
• John Danks threw a career-high 123 pitches in the losing effort to the Rays on Saturday.
Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.