Last Day in Arizona, Roster Down to 34
Thursday, April 2, 2015
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields, Scottsdale (2:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the Sox’ final Cactus League contest. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Rubby De La Rosa for Arizona.
The Sox sent Brad Penny and Scott Carroll to minor-league camp, reducing the roster to 34. Robin Ventura says 25-man roster will be revealed tomorrow.
Sox vs. Mariners in Peoria:
Led by an unlikely hero and a cast of the usual suspects, the White Sox pounded out 22 hits in their 12-4 victory over Seattle…The surprise of the day was the performance of DH Jeremy Farrell, who spent time at Class AA Birmingham last season. Farrell made the most of his opportunity to play with the major leaguers, going 4-5, including a two-run homer, a double, a pair of singles and three runs scored…Joining the Sox farmhand in the onslaught were Carlos Sanchez (4-4, two RBI, a walk and a run scored), Avi Garcia (3-4, two-run homer, four RBI), Gordon Beckham (3-4, a double, two RBI, two runs scored), Melky Cabrera (2-4, double, two RBI, run scored) and Jose Abreu (2-4, double, two runs scored).
Here’s Avi’s homer and Melky’s two-run double:
Sox vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale:
Adam Eaton went 2-3 with an RBI, Micah Johnson singled and doubled in three at bats and scored, Tyler Flowers continued his hot hitting with a 2-3 afternoon and Geovany Soto drove in a run in the Sox’ 8-2 loss to the Padres.
Robin has confirmed that following Jeff Samarzija in the opener on Monday and Quintana on Wednesday, John Danks will pitch the finale of the three-game series in Kansas City a week from today. Hector Noesi will start the home opener a week from tomorrow.
Chris Sale showed he’s on the way back from his fractured foot. He went six innings (90 pitches, 67 strikes) yesterday, allowing a run, two hits, no walks while striking out 13. Listen to Chris after his outing:
Petricka on the Mend
Dealing with a forearm injury, Jake Petricka was able to play catch yesterday. And although he’s going to start the season on the DL, he said that he feels he’s “on the right track.”
Rodon to Start the Season in Charlotte
Former Mets GM Steve Phillips and ex-major leaguer Todd Hollandsworth agreed on at least one thing today during their MLB Radio Network show: Abreu is their choice for the 2015 American League MVP.
Looking Back at 2015 Spring Training
Quote of the Day
Carlos Rodon won’t be starting the season in Chicago, but he made a huge impact on the mound–and with this great moment–during spring training.
@JenLada: Penny approached Rodon early in camp. Rodon said “Holy crap, you’re Brad Penny. I watched you throw 100 w/Marlins in 2003 WS.” Rodon was 10.
Two of the Greatest
Sox legends Luke Appling (1907) and Billy Pierce (1927). were both born on this date. Happy 88th Billy!
White Sox vs. Charlotte, the Sox’ Class AAA affilate (5:05 p.m., CT). Danks, David Robertson, Zach Duke and Zach Putnam are scheduled to pitch their last outings before Opening Day Monday in K.C.
Photo/Video of the Day
A classic conversation between Bo Jackson and Adam LaRoche‘s son Drake.