Abreu, Frazier Go Back-to-Back in Sox Win; Austin Jackson Joins Outfield Mix
Monday, March 7, 2016
Today’s Spring Training News
Jackson Provides Another Talented Option
The White Sox have inked outfielder Austin Jackson (pictured below) to a one-year, $5 million contract.
“Austin provides us with another talented outfield option,” explained Sox GM Rick Hahn. “His addition to the roster provides Robin with additional flexibility from both a defensive and offensive standpoint.” Hahn added that he suspects Jackson will spend the majority of his playing time in center field.
Jackson is a career .273 hitter with 170 doubles, 47 triples, 55 home runs, 296 RBI, 522 runs scored, 106 stolen bases and a .333 on-base percentage in 860 games over six major-league seasons, primarily with the Tigers. He also played with Seattle and the Cubs.
Third baseman Mike Olt was designated for assignment.
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (2:10 p.m. CT). Erik Johnson is set to start for the Sox. Also scheduled to pitch: Nate Jones, Scott Carroll, Michael Ynoa, Peter Tago, Tommy Kahnle and Will Lamb. Former Sox lefty Hector Santiago will be on the mound for LA.
Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier each went 2-for-3 and hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning as the White Sox (2-1-1) went on to defeat the Padres, 8-1, at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Jacob May and Kevan Smith each doubled in a pair, Carlos Sanchez drove in another with a two-base hit and Jimmy Rollins added a first-inning sac fly…Carlos Rodon earned the victory with three scoreless innings…Matt Albers (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Jake Petricka (1.0), Dan Jennings (1.1) and Daniel Webb (1.0) came on in relief and pitched scoreless baseball.
Enjoy the back-to-back homers:
Abreu: A Force in Any Language
Mat Latos and the “Critter” Pitch
Get to know the Sox’ new righty (pictured above with Alex Avila).
Quote of the Day
Rodon on his Sunday outing:
“A little more relaxed. Just know what I’m doing a little more after one year of spring training. A little more comfortable, just going out there and working on stuff. Fastball, change, trying to get better on those things and bring it into the season.”
Carlos also commented on the Abreu/Frazier homers:
“I watched on TV when I was in there getting a workout in. That was awesome. It’s pretty cool. It’s fun to have that kind of power in the lineup. I would like to see that quite often.”
White Sox vs. Brewers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, whitesox.com). Sox starting pitcher will be John Danks.
Photo of the Day
All-Star closer turned baseball analyst Dan Plesac, who grew up in Northwest Indiana following the Sox, interviews Chris Sale as the MLB Network crew made a stop yesterday at CR-G.