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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Today’s News

Tonight’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at Oakland Coliseum (9:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the four-game series. LHP Jose Quintana gets the starting nod for the Sox.

Opening Night Highlights

Chris Sale went seven solid innings in his first outing of 2016 (click on top link below), the bullpen came through at the end and the White Sox scored all of their runs in an action-filled third frame in the 4-3 Opening Night victory over the A’s in Oakland…Sale, who earned the win, gave up three runs, seven hits and a lone walk along with eight strikeouts as all the Athletics’ runs came in the bottom of the third…In the top of that inning the Sox put up their crooked number via an Adam Eaton RBI triple (click on bottom link), a Jimmy Rollins RBI single and two unearned runs…Relievers Zach Duke (0.1 IP), Nate Jones (0.2 IP) and David Robertson (1.0) shut the door, tossing two innings of scoreless, hitless ball. Robertson chalked up the save.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=573531983

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=573152483

Quote of the Day

Eaton after Game 1:

“To start the season with a win on the road is special. It’s good to see. We got off on the right foot the right way, with a big inning. And to have solid pitching toward the tail end, it’s a good sign for us.”

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Home Again

This series marks the return of shortstop Rollins, hitting coach Todd Steverson and assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks.

Rollins graduated in 1996 from Encinal High School in nearby Alameda and was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the ’96 draft.

Steverson worked nine seasons in the Oakland organization, including two as the A’s first base coach and two as the minor-league hitting coordinator.

Sparks spent 10 seasons (1997-2015) in the Athletics organization, including nine as the minor-league hitting coordinator.

Sox TV Voice Benetti Featured on NBC Nightly News

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/new-white-sox-announcer-with-cerebral-palsy-is-making-mlb-history-658816067777

Hall of Fame Chairman

Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s in Oakland (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN/ESPN). LHP Carlos Rodon gets the start for the Sox.

Photo of the Day

Sox are honoring the late Eddie Einhorn with this uniform patch.

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Rehearsal Over, Good Vibes Abound as Sox Regular Season Begins

April 3, 2016

Today’s News

New Blood

The additions of Todd Frazier, Jimmy Rollins, Brett Lawrie, Austin Jackson, Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro (all pictured above) have infused a whole new level of leadership and talent to a formidable White Sox core–which includes Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Melky Cabrera, Avi Garcia, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and David Robertson.

Opening Day on Monday

White Sox vs. A’s at Oakland Coliseum (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Starting Pitchers: LHP Sale for the Sox, RHP Sonny Gray for the Athletics.

Chris is scheduled to make his third career Opening Day start. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 15 strikeouts over his career OD outings.

The Sox are 60-55 overall on Opening Day and 32-32 when opening on the road. This year marks just the second time in the last 14 seasons the Sox will open against a non-division opponent and the fifth time in the last 12 seasons away from home.

25-man Roster

The Sox will go to battle with the following roster:

Pitchers (12): Sale, LHP Quintana, LHP Rodon, RHP Mat Latos, LHP John Danks, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Nate Jones, RHP Robertson

Catchers (2): Avila, Navarro

Infielders (6): Abreu, Jerry Sands (also OF), Lawrie, Rollins, Frazier, Tyler Saladino

Outfielders (5): Cabrera, Jackson, Eaton, Garcia, J.B. Shuck

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Quote of the Day

Sale on why he loves Opening Day:

“Just the energy, it’s the first day, it’s like the first day of school. Everybody loves the first day of school, and everybody loves the first day of most things. It’s exciting. The fans are really into it. Us as players, we really enjoy it. It’s a great day as a whole.”

JRollin’ On

Rollins is making his 15th consecutive Opening Day start, all at shortstop. He’s tied for the longest active streak of its kind with the Angels’ Albert Pujols. And at 37 he will become the oldest OD shortstop for the White Sox since Luke Appling (42) in 1949.

Final Spring Games

With today being an off day before things start for real, the White Sox (17-13-1) ended their spring schedule on a positive note, sweeping the two-game series from the Padres in San Diego.

In yesterday afternoon’s contest, the Sox entered the top of the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead. When the third out was made, we had scored seven times to take a 10-2 advantage. That’s the way it ended.

Garcia pounded out three hits, including a solo homer (No. 5) and two RBI (19). A trio of top prospects who were invited on the trip to SD to experience the big-league atmosphere–Jacob May, Trey Michalczewski (two doubles) and Tim Anderson–each collected a pair of hits as did Shuck. May and Michalczewski each drove in a run and Anderson plated a pair…Travis Ishikawa doubled in two runs and Sands and Hector Sanchez posted an RBI apiece…Danks gave up a pair of runs in five innings and earned the victory while Albers (2.0 IP), Jennings (1.0) and Brian Clark (1.0) pitched scoreless baseball.

In the first game on Friday night, Jose Abreu smashed a two-run homer, Todd Frazier tripled and scored and Melky Cabrera, Jerry Sands and J.B. Shuck each drove in a run in the Sox’ 5-3 win…Nate Jones, who pitched a perfect seventh, chalked up the the win in relief.

Saladino and Sands

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-tyler-saladino-role-white-sox-spt-0402-20160401-story.html

Hawk Hits the Road

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/170114072/ken-hawk-harrelson-ready-for-white-sox-season

Tuesday’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at the Oakland Coliseum (9:05 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of a four-game series to open the season. Quintana will make the start for The Good Guys. It’ll be LHP Rich Hill for the Athletics.

Photo of the Day

On Opening Day 35 years ago, former Red Sox Carlton Fisk made his return to Boston a special one. He belted a dramatic, three-run homer to give the White Sox a 5-3 victory over his ex-mates.

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Jose Abreu: “I want to spend my whole career with the White Sox…I would love to be here”

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Today’s News

Abreu a White Sox Through and Through

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/169644080/jose-abreu-wants-to-stay-with-white-sox

Yesterday’s Highlights

With a 6-3 loss to the Reds in their final Cactus League game, the White Sox finished 15-13-1 for their first winning CL record since 2004…Tyler Saladino drilled his fifth homer, a solo shot, and drove in another run with a single, giving him 14 RBI and a .318 batting average …Avi Garcia drove in his 17th run and finished at .333…David Robertson (1.0 IP), Jake Petricka (1.0), Phillippe Aumont (1.1) and Josh Wall (1.0) pitched scoreless relief…Aumont made eight appearances in Arizona and ended with a 0.00 ERA.

Saladino’s homer:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=568661883

Clubhouse Humor

Sox teammates are calling Saladino “Emanski” because of his exceptional fundamental skills. Tom Emanski is the instructor seen on that ubiquitous baseball instructional video.

Eaton Relishes Role as Tablesetter

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160329&content_id=169443826&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Roster Moves

The White Sox made three roster moves before yesterday’s game. The Sox purchased the contract of INF Jimmy Rollins from Class AAA Charlotte; optioned RHP Scott Carroll to Charlotte; and outrighted RHP Jacob Turner to the Knights.

Following the moves, the Sox have 29 remaining in major-league camp: 13 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and six outfielders. The White Sox 40-man roster remains at 37.

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Quote of the Day

Rollins on being named the Opening Day starter:

“To win the job is great. That’s just the beginning. Just go out there and be productive when I get my opportunities to play and when I’m getting my days off and rest, get ready for the next day.”

Sox Notes of Note

The White Sox finished Cactus League play with 49 homers to lead all of baseball–and the total is 27 more than they hit in 2015…The Sox drew 87,294 fans to Camelback Ranch-Glendale this spring, an average of 6,235 a game. It’s the second highest total in the Sox’ eight years at CR-G.

Weekend Schedule

Today is an off day. On Friday night, it’ll be the White Sox vs. Padres (9:05 p.m. CT, WLS) at Petco Park in San Diego in the first of two exhibition games with Mat Latos scheduled to start. On Saturday, the Sox will face the Padres again (3:10 p.m. CT, WLS) as John Danks gets the starting nod. Sunday is another off day. The White Sox open the regular season on Monday night vs. the A’s in Oakland (9:05 p.m. CT, CSN) with Sox ace Chris Sale on the hill.

Photo of the Day

The Sox travel from Camelback Ranch to Petco Park for a pair of tune-up games before Monday’s regular season opener.

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Jake Peavy: “I told Jimmy Rollins and Brett Lawrie, ‘You All Have a Good Team,’ and Those Guys Believe It.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Today’s News

Ex-Sox Pitcher: Don’t Sleep on the White Sox

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/jake-peavy-has-message-chicago-dont-sleep-white-sox

This Afternoon’s Game

In the Cactus League finale, White Sox vs. Reds at Goodyear (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Jose Quintana will make the start for the Sox. David Robertson, Zach Duke, Jake Petricka and Dan Jennings are among those scheduled to follow Q.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Chris Sale tossed 5.1 innings, allowing just one run and six hits while striking out five, as the White Sox (15-12-1) topped the Rangers, 6-2, at Camelback Ranch-Glendale for their third straight win…Todd Frazier smashed a two-run homer (click on link below), his third of the spring, and Adam Eaton belted his second Cactus League roundtripper, a solo shot. That brings the Sox HR total to 48 with one Cactus League game remaining…Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 with an RBI, Alex Avila singled in a pair of runs and Avi Garcia went 2 for 3…Nate Jones (0.2 IP), David Robertson (1.0) and Zach Duke (1.0) threw perfect baseball in relief.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=567693883

Quote of the Day

Sale on the regular season beginning Monday:

“I think we all are (ready for Opening Day). It’s great to come down here and get your bearings and get your feet underneath you, but I think we’re all ready to start the race.”

Roster Moves

The Sox have announced five moves: Optioned INF Matt Davidson, INF Leury Garcia, RHP Tommy Kahnle and INF Carlos Sanchez to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigned Jason Coats to minor-league camp.

Following the moves, the White Sox have 31 players remaining in major-league camp: 15 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and six outfielders.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday night, White Sox vs. Padres at Petco Park, San Diego (9:10 p.m. CT, WLS) in the first of two exhibition games in the California city before the start of the regular season on Monday vs. the A’s in Oakland.

Photo/Video of the Day

A solid start and ready for Opening Day. And wish Chris a Happy Birthday–he’s 27 today.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=567889883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=567878583

Chris Sale

A Whopping 46 Homers and Counting…

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS, whitesox.com). Chris Sale is set to make the start while David Robertson, Zach Duke and Nate Jones are scheduled to pitch as well.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The big boppers were at it again for the White Sox (14-12-1) as The Good Guys won an 11-7 slugfest over the Rockies in Scottsdale…The Sox pounded out four more home runs, 16 hits and were led by a Matt Davidson solo homer, a two-run blast and solo shot by Carlos Sanchez and a solo clout by Jose Abreu…Our Cactus League HR total is now at 46, which leads all of baseball, and it’s more than double the 22 we hit last spring…Davidson, Sanchez (4 RBI) and Abreu all had 3 for 4 days and Tyler Saladino collected three hits, including two doubles, and drove in a pair…Davidson now leads the team with five HRs…John Danks tossed six innings for the win and Jones threw a perfect seventh inning.

Enjoy the four homers: Sanchez (2), Davidson and Abreu:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=566880083

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=566940683

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=566876383

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=566960583

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn on Avi Garcia:

“I’d view him more as a guy who still has, at his age, a world of potential and the ability to convert on that potential. What we’ve seen from him down here in Arizona has all been positive, and solid indications that he’s headed in the right direction.”

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A Conversation with Jason Benetti on the Newest Episode of “The Cycle”

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/fan_forum/podcasts/index.jsp?c_id=cws&podcast=the_cycle

Sox Notes of Note

Great stats as usual from @ckamka:

Abreu now a combined 51/111 (.459) over the last two springs: 2015: 30/59 (.508); 2016: 21/52 (.404)

White Sox shortstops this spring: Rollins: .341, 4 HR, 12 RBI; Saladino: .308, 4 HR, 12 RBI

Tomorrow’s Schedule

In the Cactus League finale, White Sox vs. Reds at Goodyear (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Jose Quintana will make the start for the Sox. David Robertson, Zach Duke, Jake Petricka, Tommy Kahnle and Dan Jennings are scheduled to follow Q. After an off day on Thursday, the Sox head to San Diego for Friday and Saturday games vs. the Padres before opening the regular season in Oakland on Monday.

Photo of the Day

It was Sox-Bulls Night at the UC last night.

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Todd Frazier on 2016: “It’s going to be a lot of fun…I can’t wait”

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Today’s Spring Training News

The Toddfather Finds His Niche

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/todd-frazier-has-found-niche-white-sox-clubhouse

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Scottsdale (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). John Danks will start followed by Nate Jones, Tommy Kahnle and Dan Jennings.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Frazier (pictured above, center) said the season’s going to be fun and it certainly was yesterday in Scottsdale. Todd belted a two-run homer and tripled in a run, Travis Ishikawa hit a two-run homer and smacked a three-run triple and Avi Garcia hit his fourth long one of the spring in the White Sox’ 13-9 win over the Giants…Ishikawa was a single shy of the cycle…Jacob May and Jason Coats each singled and doubled and Omar Narvaez added a pair of singles in the 16-hit attack…Scott Carroll gave up a pair of runs with three strikeouts in four innings of work and earned the win.

Frazier’s triple and homer:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=566399083

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=566399183

Ishikawa’s triple and homer:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=566132883

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=566399983

Quote of the Day

Rave Review of New Sox Offense

https://www.sportsmanias.com/news/mlb/baseball-blogs-weigh-in-ortiz-blue-jays-white-sox/56f854214e6336c73f8b4b67

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS, whitesox.com). Chris Sale is set to make the start while David Robertson, Zach Duke and Jones are scheduled to pitch as well.

Photo/Video of the Day

Avi has had quite a spring. Aside from his four homers, he’s driven in 16 runs with a .333 batting average. Here’s his two-run shot on Sunday.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=566398983

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GM Hahn on Spring Training: In Terms of Tone and Focus, I Don’t Think We Can Be Happier

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at Scottsdale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS). Mat Latos will make the start for the Pale Hose in a spring rematch with former Sox righty Jake Peavy. Scott Carroll is also scheduled to pitch.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Sox (split squad) vs. Reds

Jimmy Rollins (now hitting .350) drove in his 12th run of the spring, Adam Eaton singled in a pair and Jason Coats singled and walked with two RBI in the Sox’ 9-7 split squad loss to the Reds yesterday afternoon at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Hector Sanchez added an RBI single and Todd Frazier went 2 for 3 with a run scored to raise his Cactus League average to .356…Joey DeMichele collected a pair of singles…Matt Albers (1.1 IP), Zach Duke (1.1), David Robertson (1.0) and Phillippe Aumont threw shutout ball in relief of Carlos Rodon…Aumont made his seventh consecutive scoreless appearance.

Sox (split squad) vs. Dodgers

Tyler Saladino (No. 4) and Jose Abreu (No. 3) each belted solo homers in the Sox’ 5-4 loss to the Dodgers last night at Camelback Ranch. Saladino, with two RBI on the night, has 10 this spring. Austin Jackson, J.B. Shuck and Dioner Navarro each collected a pair of hits and Jackson added an RBI…In relief, Jake Petricka (2.0 IP) and Zach Putnam (1.0) tossed scoreless ball.

Saladino (pictured below) and Abreu go deep:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=565379383

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=565371483

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals

Quotes of the Day

With about a week remaining, General Manager Rick Hahn and skipper Robin Ventura (pictured at top of post) talked to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com about this year’s camp:

Hahn:

“Certainly in terms of accomplishing what we had hoped to accomplish here in terms of setting the tone and getting through with the right focus, I don’t think we can be happier.”

Ventura:

“There’s just a better understanding from these guys. They are confident in what they can do and what they’ve done in the past. They’ve worked hard and know how to work…there’s enough veteran guys that have kind of melded together. It’s been a very good camp.”

Relievers Stretching Out

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-stretch-out-relievers-end-camp-nears

Sox Counting on Minor-League Reinforcements

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160325&content_id=169071062&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

The Avila Family Feud

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-father-son-avilas-white-sox-spt-0327-20160326-story.html

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Scottsdale (3:10 p.m. CT, CSN). John Danks will start followed by Nate Jones, Tommy Kahnle and Dan Jennings.

Photo of the Day

Saturday Roundup

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

A Saturday Twin Bill

White Sox (split squad ) vs. Reds at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, WLS, CSN). Carlos Rodon will make the start for the Sox.

Sox (split squad) vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (9:05 p.m. CT. Carson Fulmer gets the starting nod for the White Sox.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Quintana tossed six innings, allowing just two runs on two hits with seven strikeouts and retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced (click on top link below). Offensively, Austin Jackson belted a grand slam (click on bottom link) in the Sox’ 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Mariners in Peoria. Nate Jones struck out the side in the seventh and has recorded nine strikeouts in six scoreless innings in Cactus League play…Jose Abreu singled and doubled and raised his spring batting average to .386.

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=563942883

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v563647083/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

Quote of the Day

Robin on Friday’s “rundown” drills (via @CSNHayes):

“You don’t get ’em right, we’re going to redo them…Get it right…It just can’t happen.”

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The Bonding of Rollins and Anderson

Read about the special relationship between Jimmy Rollins and top prospect Tim Anderson (pictured above with Rollins on the right).

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/what-tim-anderson-learned-from-jimmy-rollins-in-white-sox-camp/

Sox Hitters “Sparked” by New Assistant Hitting Coach

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160324&content_id=168896478&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Fulmer Adds a Cutter

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160323&content_id=168723890&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at Scottsdale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS).

Photo of the Day

Greg Sparks (left) and Todd Steverson, the Sox’ assistant hitting coach and hitting coach, respectively.

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Will the White Sox Shock the World? Read Below for One Expert’s Opinion

Friday, March 25, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Sox Projected to Win 88 Games, AL Central

It’s that time of year when baseball experts everywhere are making predictions. One of those experts is Clay Davenport, an original member of Baseball Prospectus. There are some fascinating things in his projections for the upcoming season and one of them is that the White Sox, at 88-74, will win the American League Central.

Writer Will Carroll, in assessing Davenport’s results for the FanDuel Insider, wrote that the White Sox have one of his most shocking projections:

“The AL Central is thought by most to be a two-way race between the Royals (projected at 71-91 here) and the Cleveland Indians (85-77). Instead, Davenport’s projections have the southsiders passing both by and putting up a big 88-win total.

“Most of the offensive impetus comes from Jose Abreu, a five-win projection and 1.000-plus OPS that could put the Cuban slugger in MVP discussions if it comes to pass. Davenport also sees a return to form from Adam Eaton. On the pitching side, their strength is at the top. Chris Sale could be a Cy Young candidate again and while Jose Quintana may not be a sexy name, he’s a solid starter. If Carlos Rodon can build on his rookie campaign and Mat Latos can stay healthy – something the White Sox are very good at – then this does have the makings of a surprise contender.”

More Davenport projections:

http://claydavenport.com/projections/PROJHOME.shtml

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:10 p.m. CT). Quintana gets the starting nod for the Sox.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jimmy Rollins connected for his fourth Cactus League homer, a solo shot, and Brett Lawrie belted his third, a two-run blow, in the White Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Angels at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The two homers brought the Sox’ spring total to 36.

The Rollins and Lawrie homers and a terrific leaping grab by Melky Cabrera:

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=562620183

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=562756783

http://mlb.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=562679783

Roster Moves

Following yesterday’s game, the White Sox made the following roster moves: Reassigned SS Tim Anderson, RHP Matt Lollis and LHP Matt Purke to minor-league camp.

With these moves, the Sox have 37 players remaining in major-league camp: 17 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and eight outfielders.

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Quote of the Day

Top Sox prospect Anderson (pictured above) was sent down, but not before he made a positive impression on Robin (via @csnhayes):

“It’s been big for him to come up here. I think Jimmy (Rollins has) been a pretty good influence on him, and for him to be able to be around him and to really slow down the game. I think when you’re younger you see the game in a certain way, but you want to do everything fast to show everybody how fast you can do stuff. Jimmy has a really good internal clock of being able to slow down the game. I think in talking to him today, that’s the biggest thing that Timmy’s got. Offensively he’s a talent. He’s a very aggressive swinger. He can put the barrel on it very often and hard. I think the biggest thing for me seeing him in the last couple years is, defensively, he just looks so much better and confident and slows the game down a lot.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (split squad ) vs. Reds at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, WLS, CSN).

White Sox (split squad) vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (9:05 p.m. CT).

Photo of the Day

Spanning three generations of Sox fans…

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Spotlight on Abreu

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Jose in the News

Whether it’s been the subject of having Todd Frazier as protection in the lineup, personally rejoicing over the new relationship between the United States and his native Cuba or even his robust .385 spring batting average, Jose Abreu has been front and center in recent news cycles.

Click on the links below and read more:

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160322&content_id=168591608&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160322&content_id=168565322&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160323&content_id=168729442&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Adding to the Abreu profile, the Sox slugger was praised by President Obama as a positive example of the reuniting of the U.S.and Cuba. Here’s what Obama said to ABC News anchor David Muir about Jose:

“Here’s a guy of immense talent who hadn’t seen his son for several years because he felt the only way that he could play in the big leagues and help his family was to be separated from his toddler. That can’t be the kind of policies we want to promote. My hope is this just becomes one more part of the stitching back together of the United States and Cuba.”

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Chris Sale makes spring start No. 2. Zach Putnam and Zach Duke are also scheduled to pitch.

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Yesterday’s Highlights

Following his five-inning shutout of the Cubs last Friday, John Danks tossed six scoreless frames against the Padres yesterday at Camelback Ranch-Glendale in the White Sox’ 6-1 victory, giving The Good Guys a 12-8-1 Cactus League mark…Danks’ success dates back to March 13 when catcher Dioner Navarro noticed John was tipping his pitches. As you see, he’s been brilliant since then…Avi Garcia smashed this third Cactus League homer, a solo shot, and drove in another–giving him 14 RBI this spring…Brett Lawrie and prospects Tim Anderson and Cleuluis Rondon each collected an RBI …David Robertson pitched a scoreless seventh inning…Phillippe Aumont came on in the ninth and struck out two in 0.2 innings. It was his sixth straight scoreless appearance this spring.

Danks on a roll, Avi goes yard:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=562237883

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v562254383

Robin on Matt Davidson: “You’re Seeing a Different Guy”

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-direction-matt-davidson-headed

Sox Notes of Note

From @scottmerkin: White Sox are on pace to hit 51 homers this spring. They hit 22 last year, 28 in 2014, 41 in 2013, 27 in 2012 and 39 in 2011…With yesterday’s triumph the Sox captured their 100th spring training win since moving to Glendale in 2009.

RIP Baseball Icon Joe Garagiola

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Peoria (3:10 p.m. CT).

Photo of the Day

Mr. Frazier talks with Casey Stern on MLB Network Radio.

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