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Abreu is En Fuego…and it’s Sox vs. Cubs II in Mesa 

Friday, March 27, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second and final meeting this spring between the two Windy City clubs. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija  for the Sox and RHP Jason Hammel for the North Siders.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu went 3-3, raising his Cactus League batting average to a blistering .488…Adam LaRoche (double), Alexei RamirezJ.B. Shuck, Gordon Beckham (double) and minor-leaguer Christian Marrero each drove in a run in the Sox’ 9-6 loss to the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Zach Putnam, Jairo Asencio and Erik Surkamp each pitched a scoreless inning.

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Words of Wisdom From the Front Office 

Earlier this week a group of Sox bloggers spoke with GM Rick Hahn and Assistant GM Buddy Bell. Here’s a sampling of what was discussed.

Hahn (pictured above), speaking about the importance of building the farm system:

“It absolutely was a priority for all of us. The end-all, be-all is winning in Chicago, and really the farm system plays into that two-fold. One, is providing impact talent that can help us win in Chicago, or two, providing us with viable trade assets to go get the pieces we need in Chicago. While I agree that we’re in a healthier spot than we’ve been in in a while, from a farm system standpoint, I do think for years it was serving that second purpose fairly well, as we were able to augment the big league club. But in an effort to try to create something around here that’s sustainable, not a situation where we just jump up once and contend and knock out an 88 to 90-win season and fall back down, but instead, put ourselves in position to contend annually. Getting the farm system to hit on all cylinders so that we were providing guys for Chicago was a priority.”

Bell, talking about the organization’s philosophy of challenging players:

“I think the benefit is that you’re able to see what kind of adjustments you have to make, ultimately.  I see low A and high A as not a tremendously big jump, I think in Courtney’s (Hawkins) case, in his first year he did a good job in Kannapolis and then went up to Winston-Salem for the playoffs and did well. I thought he needed to make some adjustments and he had to understand the adjustments and he had to be humbled a bit. He certainly was even though he put up some pretty good numbers from a strikeout standpoint. I think he suffered there a little bit.  I think probably from my experience as a player, I wanted to be pushed, I wanted to understand what I needed to do—it’s hard at times, this game is an awful hard game to play. Within reason, I think our philosophy is to push guys and I think we’ve been successful for the most part. Guys are ultimately going to determine if they are going to make it in the big leagues and a jump from low A to high A is not that big of deal in my mind. A jump—just to get away from that question for a bit—I think the jump from Charlotte to the big leagues is the biggest jump and I don’t think it ever used to be, I’m not sure what the deal is but the game the way it’s played in Triple A is not even close to how it’s played in the big leagues. The speed of the game in the big leagues has gotten so quick to how it’s played in triple-A. I think the jump from single-A ball to triple-A is not as great as it used to be, I think it is all kind of relative. But to answer your question—our philosophy is to push the guys a little bit, to be a little more aggressive than maybe (other organizations).”

Remember Me? 

Abreu Among Elite Sluggers

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/114700296/2015s-home-run-crown-contenders-jose-bautista-giancarlo-stanton?partnerId=ed-9041872-658620023

Tweet of the Day: Quite a Comparison

@BerniePleskoff: Heard it from scout today: #WhiteSox Carlos Rodon reminds him of  “young Steve Carlton.”  Not too shabby. I love what I’ve seen of Rodon.

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More Rodon

Carlos Rodon‘s 19 strikeouts are tied with the Mariners’ Taijuan Walker and the A’s Drew Pomeranz for the Cactus League lead.

The LaRoche/Thome Connection

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/115004674/adam-laroche-happy-to-have-jim-thome-as-mentor-with-white-sox

Quotes of the Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Straight A’s: Avi and Alexei.

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It’s Official: The Shark Will Face Royals on Opening Day

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Today’s News

Samardzija to Make Sox Debut in Game 1, Quintana Will Go in Game 2

Robin Ventura made it official yesterday. Jeff Samardzija will be the White Sox’ Opening Day starter when the Sox face the Royals April 6 in Kansas City.

With Chris Sale still on the mend from the fracture in his right foot, the Shark gets the call while also making his debut in a Sox uniform.

Jose Quintana will be on the mound for the club’s second game two days later on April 8.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox, LHP Clayton Kershaw for L.A.

Last Night’s Highlights

Sox 6, Royals 0 at Surprise…Carlos Rodon was outstanding last night with his college catcher and former roommate, Brett Austin, as his batterymate. In four innings of work, the highly touted rookie pitcher from North Carolina State struck out nine, allowing only four hits without allowing a walk (see video below)…Chris Beck followed Rodon and was superb, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing just two hits along with a pair of strikeouts…Scott Carroll and Arcenio Leon pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, respectively…Offensively, Keon Barnum smashed a three-run home run, Avi Garcia hit a solo shot, Melky Cabrera singled in a run and J.B. Shuck doubled in Emilio Bonifacio, who tripled.

The Barnum and Garcia homers:

http://atmlb.com/1Bq7mgl

http://atmlb.com/1bvEYDw

Sale Update

Chris Sale talks about Wednesday’s bullpen session

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A Fond Look Back

Actor and lifelong Sox fan/native South Sider Mandy Patinkin is the narrator for a documentary on the 2005 World Champion White Sox to premiere April 12 at 7:00 p.m., CT, on CSN Chicago.

http://www.robertfeder.com/2015/03/25/mandy-patinkin-narrates-look-back-at-2005-white-sox-season/#more-7261

Thank You Fans!

The White Sox (@whitesox) hit the 100k follower mark on Instagram today.

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Here are some of our most popular moments so far this season:

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Quotes of the Day

Rodon has impressed his teammates during his short stay in pro ball. The following is a good example why:

“The last thing you want to do is open up and talk a lot. Best thing to do is listen because you learn a lot more when you listen instead of speaking up and talking a lot. And that’s the last thing the older guys want to hear is a rook that hasn’t been in it before and has never been a part of it and start opening up and just talking.”

An anonymous observer made the following comment on last night’s Sox battery of Rodon and Austin:

“To think that a year ago, these two were getting ready for Duke.”

Shark Cage

Brand new this season: Samardzija’s Shark Cage in Sections 154 and 155. Fans will get a free cap and strikeout card with a ticket ($20 for most games with some exceptions).

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT, WGN). Probable Starters: RHP Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Jason Hammel for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

This is something you don’t see every day–a father and son exchanging the lineup cards at home plate. Here Royals’ third base coach Mike Jirschele and son Justin, an infielder in the Sox’ minor-league system, do the honors before last night’s game.

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Former N.C. State Batterymates Rodon and Austin to Reunite as White Sox Tonight

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (8:05 p.m., CT, MLB Network). Sox Starter: LHP Carlos Rodon.

Sox Starting Lineup: Adam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu DH, Adam LaRoche 1B, Avi Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Gordon Beckham SS, Brett Austin C, Micah Johnson 2B.

It will be a special moment tonight when Rodon takes the mound and looks in for the signs from catcher Brett Austin. At this time last year Rodon and Austin, the Sox’ first and fourth round picks, respectively, in the 2014 June draft, were batterymates at North Carolina State (see photo above).

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu (a solo shot) and Tyler Flowers (a two-run blast) each smashed their first homer of the spring in yesterday’s 7-6 loss to the Rockies at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

Gordon Beckham doubled in a pair of runs…Zach Duke (1.0 IP), Maikel Cleto (2.0) and Zach Putnam (1.0) pitched scoreless relief.

Enjoy the Abreu and Flowers home runs:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v53300583/?partnerId=as_mlb_20150324_42644806&adbid=580495019812999168&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

http://atmlb.com/1N5JAxA

Sox Moves

C Rob Brantly has been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte and INF Juan Diaz and OF Courtney Hawkins have been reassigned to minor-league camp.

Meet Zach Duke

http://m.mlb.com/video/v52931083/?cid=cws

Quote of the Day 

John Danks on Abreu’s first homer of the spring:

“I didn’t know he didn’t have a homer to this point. I really didn’t. We are not worried about Abreu. We’ve seen what he can do and expect another big season out of him. He doesn’t miss the barrel much. I’m glad he’s on my team.” 

 Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox, LHP Clayton Kershaw for L.A.

Photos of the Day

Loyal White Sox fan Eric Von Schaumburg, diagnosed with ALS two years ago and unable to speak, visited Sox camp yesterday. Here he is with a couple of his favorite players–Chris Sale and Adam Eaton–his fiancee Lindsay and after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

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Sale on His Progress: “It’s Great to Be a Real Baseball Player Again”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Today’s News

Getting There

Chris Sale ran yesterday for the first time since his foot injury, is set to throw a second bullpen tomorrow and is scheduled to throw 75 pitches on Friday in a simulated game. All of this planned activity prompted Chris’ upbeat comment above.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Sox Starter: LHP John Danks. Others scheduled are RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Matt Albers, LHP Onelki Garcia.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Andy Wilkins doubled in three runs, Alexei Ramirez continued his hot hitting by driving in a run with a double, his 14th RBI of the spring (click on link below), and Conor Gillaspie went 2-3 with a single and a double in the Sox loss to the Padres in Peoria…Melky Cabrera made a terrific throw to double off a runner at first base.

http://m.mlb.com/sd/video/v52719183

Sox Moves

INF Leury Garcia, LHP Onelki Garcia and 1B Wilkins have been optioned to Class AAA Charlotte; RHP Frankie Montas has been optioned to Class AA Birmingham and RHP Logan Kensing, RHP Nolan Sanburn and LHP Joe Savery have been reassigned to minor-league camp.

Read All About It: The Abreu Profile in Chicago Mag

http://atmlb.com/1EJIRhU

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Quote of the Day

Robin on Sale:

“Today’s a good day just getting him back out with everybody on the field… just to get him back out’s good for his sake.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (8:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox Starter: RHP Chris Beck.

Photo of the Day

Popular country music artist Luke Bryan, a buddy of Adam LaRoche, visited Sox camp yesterday. Bryan had time for this selfie and also took some BP with the great Bo Jackson looking over his shoulder.

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In Sox Camp “Q” Stands for Outstanding

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose

Quintana for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross for San Diego. Other Sox scheduled to pitch: RHP David Robertson, RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Quintana will be looking to continue his outstanding performance this spring. He’s 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.

Yesterday’s Highlights

J.B. Shuck (pictured below) singled, doubled, drove in a run and stole his fourth base of the spring. He is now hitting .394…Alexei Ramirez, also batting .394, added a single and double with an RBI and Courtney Hawkins, following up his two homers on Saturday, doubled and drove in a run in his only at bat in the Sox’ loss to the Brewers at Maryvale.

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A New Avi

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/461225/white-sox-outfielder-avisail-garcia-best-lay-bad-pitches

March Madness White Sox Style

On Saturday, Sox hurlers and North Carolina State products Carlos Rodon and Erik Surkamp were celebrating their alma mater’s impressive win over No. 1 seed Villanova in the East Regional to advance to the Sweet 16. And former Fighting Irish standout Jeff Samardzija was doing likewise after Notre Dame’s triumph over Butler in the Midwest Regional. Now it’s Conor Gillaspie‘s turn to gloat as his Wichita State Shockers upended No. 2 seed and intrastate rival Kansas yesterday to advance to the round of 16 in the Midwest. N.C. State squares off with Louisville on Friday in Syracuse while Jeff’s Irish will play Conor’s Shockers on Thursday in Cleveland.

Also in a very good mood is White Sox social media whiz Colleen Maxwell, whose Michigan State Spartans surprised No. 2 Virginia in the East. Sparty goes up against Oklahoma Friday in Syracuse.

Quotes of the Day

Alexei on hitting in the sixth hole:

“That’s part of the job that I’m doing right now. I’ve found my spot in the lineup. It’s a great responsibility and I can find men on base. I have to bring them home.”

And on this year’s Sox:

“We are like a family right now. We make jokes. We laugh. I think that it’s a good team we have here. I think that the front office found the pieces.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Sox Starter: LHP John Danks. Others scheduled are RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Matt Albers, LHP Onelki Garcia.

Photo of the Day

World Champion White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand (on the far right) brought his Little League team to Glendale to see how it’s done on the major-league level. That’s Aaron’s son wearing his Dad’s No. 33.

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Sunday Roundup: Hawkins Sizzles, Two Special Kids, An Emotional Eaton and More…

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Brewers at Maryvale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Matt Garza for the Brewers. Other Sox scheduled to pitch: RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Arcenio Leon.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Courtney Hawkins launched a one-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning, his third in Cactus League play, to tie the score at 4-4 and repeated the feat in the ninth to give the Sox a dramatic 6-4 come-from-behind win over the Royals at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Jose Abreu continued his outstanding spring with his sixth RBI in 11 games–a fifth-inning sac fly…He’s now hitting .484 in CL action…J.B. Shuck singled and doubled and is now batting .367…David Robertson pitched a perfect sixth and Carlos Rodon, Javy Guerra and Daniel Webb followed with a scoreless inning apiece.

Enjoy Hawkins’ walkoff blast:

http://m.mlb.com/video/v51501983/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Robin on Hawkins

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/459882/hawkins-big-spring-white-sox-continues-tying-walk-homer

“Home Run For Life”

Before yesterday’s game, brothers Shaun and Malik Hamilton ran the bases and were greeted by players from both the Sox and Royals as part of “Home Run For Life,” a program that sponsors and works with children who have life-threatening illnesses (see photos below).

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Sale’s Progress a Pleasant Surprise

http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/459479/chris-sale-pleasantly-surprised-progress

Hot Off the Presses

Jose Abreu is featured in the April issue of Chicago Magazine. It’s on newsstands now and online beginning tomorrow.

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Congrats to White Sox pitchers Rodon and Surkamp

You can’t blame proud North Carolina State products Rodon and Erik Surkamp if they are doing a little bit of celebrating today as their Wolfpack upset No. 1 seed Villanova last night to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.

Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton on signing his new contract:

“It almost brings a tear to my eye because I’ve been looked over my whole life. I say that I dreamed about it, but really I didn’t. When I was in high school, I dreamed about playing college baseball, Division II, Division III. When I was in college (Division I Miami of Ohio), I was just dreaming about putting on a professional uniform in Missoula, Montana. To sign a professional contract for five years in the big leagues, it’s absolutely crazy how far we’ve come.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross for San Diego. Other Sox scheduled to pitch: RHP David Robertson, RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Photo of the Day

The manager’s bracket picks.

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“Adam Serves as a Catalyst, Brings a Spark of Energy to the Ballpark Each and Every Day…”

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Sox Probable Starter: RHP Brad Penny. Others scheduled to pitch are RHP David Robertson, LHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Javy Guerra and RHP Jake Petricka.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia had a pair of run-scoring singles, Adam LaRoche doubled in a run (click on link below), walked and scored, Alexei Ramirez knocked out three singles with an RBI and run scored, Jose Abreu singled twice, doubled and scored twice, Melky Cabrera collected two singles and scored and Micah Johnson had a couple of hits, a stolen base and an RBI in the Sox’ 10-7 loss to the Cubs yesterday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…The South Siders pounded out 15 hits in defeat…Starter Hector Noesi now has a 2.89 spring ERA after allowing two runs and two hits in 4.1 innings.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v50294683/?partnerId=as_mlb_20150320_42468126&adbid=579028614634590208&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

All About Eaton

The Sox have agreed to terms on a five-year, $23.5 million contract with Adam Eaton, which includes club options for 2020 and 2021.

Eaton batted .300 with 26 doubles, 10 triples, one home run, 35 RBI, 76 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 2014, his first season in Chicago. He tied for the American League lead in triples, ranked third in average with runners in scoring position (.355), was 10th in average and 12th in on-base percentage (.362).

Quotes of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on the Eaton extension:

“Adam serves as a catalyst, brings a spark of energy to the ballpark each and every day and helps ignite our offense. He provided everything we look for in a leadoff hitter, a centerfielder and a competitor after joining us last season. We expect him to be an important part of this team’s success moving forward and we are very pleased we were able to reach this agreement to keep him in a White Sox uniform for potentially the next seven seasons.”

Hahn on Chris Sale‘s rehab:

“Sale had a really good day…He threw a live bullpen session today. He remains on track to not miss significant time.” 

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Maryvale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox Starter: RHP Jeff Samardzija. Others scheduled to pitch: RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Arcenio Leon.

Photo of the Day

Bo Jackson, who threw out yesterday’s ceremonial first pitch, and Robin Ventura relax after batting practice.

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It’s Sox vs. Cubs as the Regular Season Looms

Friday, March 20, 2015

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Today’s News

It Won’t Be Long Now

They’re hard at work in Chicago getting U.S. Cellular Field ready for the season ahead (see photo above)–evidence that it’s just around the corner. The Sox open up in Kansas City on Monday, April 6, with the home opener set for Friday, April 10 against the Twins.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood for the North Siders.

Sox Starting Lineup: Adam Eaton CF, Melky Cabrera LF, Jose Abreu 1B, Adam LaRoche DH, Avisail Garcia RF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Tyler Flowers C, Micah Johnson 2B.

Rowand and Eaton: Separated at Birth?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-white-sox-spring-training-spt-0320-20150319-story.html

Right on Q

Jose Quintana talks about his solid outing on the mound vs. the Reds this week and his first major-league hit.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v49163583

A Shark Bite

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/69972428/v49013283/?partnerId=as_cws_20150319_42356306&adbid=578570469831413761&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

A Shuck Tale

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150318&content_id=113324954&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Prospect Tim Anderson on the Spring Training Experience

http://m.mlb.com/video/v49671783

Sox Note of Note

Happy Birthday to White Sox GM Rick Hahn.

Quote of the Day

Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins tweeted this after slamming his second spring homer on Wednesday:

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Sox Probable Starter: RHP Brad Penny.

Photo/Video of the Day

Here’s a sneak peek at the new Sox commercial spots.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v49483883/?partnerId=as_cws_20150320_42419166&adbid=578914214217003008&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

http://m.mlb.com/video/v48916483/?cid=cws

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v48912583/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

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Sox Bats Explode vs. Reds; Cubs in Glendale Tomorrow

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Today’s News

Yesterday’s Highlights

Gordon Beckham doubled twice, slammed a two-run homer (1) and drove in three runs, Courtney Hawkins continued his hot hitting with his second homer of the spring and Geovany Soto (1) added a round-tripper as the White Sox routed the Reds, 9-4, at Goodyear…Jose Quintana, now 2-0, lowered his earned run average to 1.59 as he allowed just one run on two hits and a walk along with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. Making a couple of rare plate appearances because the DH wasn’t used in the National League park, Jose also had an RBI single…Alexei Ramirez, already among the Cactus League RBI leaders, added two more and now has 10.

Roster Moves

Third baseman Matt Davidson, C Adrian Nieto, SS Tyler Saladino, C Kevan Smith and OF Trayce Thompson were optioned to Class AAA Charlotte. RHPs Raul Fernandez and Michael Ynoa were optioned to Class AA Birmingham and 1B Dan Black, INF Andy LaRoche, RHP J.D. Martin, OF Jared Mitchell, SS Tim Anderson and RHP Tyler Danish were reassigned to minor-league camp

With the moves, the Sox have 51 players remaining in major-league camp: 30 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and six outfielders.

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on two of the optioned players, Saladino and Thompson.

“We’re thrilled with both with where they’re at. We feel both could help us in Chicago should the need arise.”

Off-Day Today

On Friday, White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

Soto is hitting .316 in Cactus League play.

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Sox Boast a Host of Hot Hitters

March 18, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Reds at Goodyear (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Jason Marquis for Cincinnati.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Trayce Thompson tied the game at 5-5 with a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and that’s how the game ended between the Sox and Mariners at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Adam LaRoche doubled in a run and J.B. Shuck and Avi Garcia each went 2-3 with a pair of singles…Starter Jeff Samardzija went four solid innings, allowing two runs, four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Chris Beck pitched perfect ball in the seventh and eighth innings and Daniel Webb hurled a 1-2-3 ninth.

Big Sticks

Melky Cabrera (pictured above) has gone 5-7 with a single, walk, run scored and RBI in his last three games. He’s hitting .348 on the spring.

Jose Abreu is hitting .423 with a single, double, triple and five RBI in his last eight games. He has hit safely in eight of nine games played and has a six-game hit streak.

–Micah Johnson is hitting .444 with a .500 on-base percentage and is among the Cactus League leaders in hits (12) and runs scored (7) as well.

–Garcia, hitting .440, has two doubles and two RBI in eight games and has reached safely in all eight.

–LaRoche (8) and Alexei Ramirez (7) are among the CL RBI leaders.

–Courtney Hawkins, in 13 games, is hitting .400 with two doubles, a homer, five runs scored and four RBI.

Pen Power

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150317&content_id=113138634&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Gillaspie Looking to Start AND Finish Strong

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150316&content_id=112990922&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Meet Prospect Frankie Montas

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20150315&content_id=112877278&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Danish “Very Lucky” After Monday’s Scare

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-white-sox-tyler-danish-arm-20150317-story.html

Spanky Sighting

Former slick-fielding Sox first baseman Mike “Spanky” Squires was at CR-G yesterday scouting for the Reds. Here’s a fun fact: Squires referees high school basketball games during the winter in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area.

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Sox Note of Note

Taking another step in his rehab, Jesse Crain is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game today.

Quote of the Day

Kenny Mayne of ESPN fame (second from left in photo below) visited with Robin and Coop yesterday. Mayne’s takeaway in a tweet:

Thanks @whitesox 

I felt a part of your team until the equipment manager made me give back jersey.

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off-day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable starters: RHP Hector Noesi for the Sox, LHP Travis Wood for the North Siders.

Photo of the Day

Thompson enjoyed a game-tying St. Patrick’s Day.

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