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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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Former Irish Star Samardzija is St. Patrick’s Day Starter (Who Else?)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Mariners at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable starters: Jeff Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma for Seattle.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Tyler Saladino hit his first homer of spring, a solo shot, walked, stole a base and made some great plays in the field in the Sox’ 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale…Micah Johnson continued his outstanding offense with a single, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. He’s now batting .458 on the spring…Javy Guerra pitched a perfect fourth inning in relief of Carlos Rodon, who settled down nicely after a rough start. Rodon went three innings, giving up a pair of runs while striking out three…Tyler Danish pitched two strong innings before being removed after being hit by a smash back to the mound. Preliminary report is that it’s a bruised right tricep.

The Surging Sox

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/mlb-2015-chicago-white-sox-rebuild-rick-hahn-chris-sale-jose-abreu/

Celeb Sighting

Former Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass was in Scottsdale yesterday taking in the Sox game.

Quote of the Day

Communications guru and lifelong White Sox fan Kevin Sullivan, in town to address Sox minor leaguers, on Hawkins’ terrific catch yesterday in left field.

“That was the greatest catch by a No. 86 in the history of baseball.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photo of the Day

Saladino: Star of the Day.

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It’s Gillaspie (Wichita State) vs. M. Johnson (Indiana), Mitchell (LSU) vs. Rodon and Surkamp (N.C. State) as March Madness Begins

Monday, March 16, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (3:10 p.m., CT). Probable starters: LHP Carlos Rodon for the Sox, LHP Robbie Ray for Arizona.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Catcher Rob Brantly homered (click link below) and Alexei Ramirez (double), Melky Cabrera and Conor Gillaspie each drove in a run as the Sox defeated the Angels for the second straight day, 5-3…Logan Kensing got credit for the win, David Robertson pitched a scoreless inning and Zach Putnam struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v47209483/?partnerId=as_mlb_20150315_42128606&adbid=577243141494816768&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

The Big Dance

Like so many other sports fans around the country, the White Sox will be watching closely as the NCAA tournament unfolds. And you can count on the Sox for their annual bracket frenzy.

While the players and staff all have their favorites, several players in camp are products of the participating schools. And in two cases, teams connected with five

Sox players will be facing each other, sure to prompt some good-natured razzing.

On Thursday in the East Region at Pittsburgh, Jared Mitchell‘s LSU Tigers go up against Rodon’s and Erik Surkamp‘s N.C. State Wolfpack. On Friday it will be Gillaspie’s Wichita State Shockers vs. Micah Johnson‘s Indiana Hoosiers in the Midwest Region at Omaha, Neb. As we know, Rodon had an outstanding college baseball career, good enough to be the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft, and Surkamp was drafted in the sixth round. Gillaspie earned All-America honors on the diamond while Johnson was an All-Big Ten selection.

Take a look at all five back in their college days–Gillaspie and Johnson are pictured above and Mitchell, Rodon and Surkamp are shown below.

Here are some other players and staff in camp who will be rooting for their schools.

* Oklahoma State: Manager Robin Ventura

* Georgia: INF Gordon Beckham

* Purdue: INF Dan Black, RHP Scott Carroll

* Ohio State: OF J.B. Shuck

* Arkansas: 1B Andy Wilkins, RHP Nolan Sanburn

* Notre Dame: RHP Jeff Samardzija

* Kentucky: Assistant Athletic Trainer Brian Ball

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Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton, who spent a good amount of time on the disabled list last season, gives some advice to Micah about taking care of his body (via CST_soxvan):

“He’s more explosive than I am on the basepaths. I’m trying to instill in him the lessons I learned last year. Hopefully we can kind of be buddies in the cold tub together and make sure we maintain ourselves and police each other when we’re tired and don’t want to do that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Mariners at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable starters: Samardzija for the Sox, RHP Hishashi Iwakuma for Seattle.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Eaton taking another step toward getting healthy.

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Adam’s Slam Worth the “Weight”

Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago for LA.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Just hours before yesterday’s game vs. the Angels in Tempe, we posted a picture on the blog showing Adam LaRoche working out in the White Sox weight room. Well, it seems like his efforts there have paid off. In the fourth inning, Adam launched a grand slam (click on link below), his first homer of the spring, and added another RBI with a sac fly as the Sox went on to win, 7-6, on a 14-hit attack…LaRoche wasn’t the only standout against the Halos. Leadoff man Micah Johnson went 3-4 with three singles, drove in a run and scored twice. He’s now hitting .455 in Cactus League play…Melky Cabrera also knocked out three singles in three at bats and is now hitting .316…Tyler Saladino went 2-4 with a run scored and Courtney Hawkins doubled in a run. Hawkins continues to impress. He’s batting at a .450 clip…Starter Brad Penny got credit for the win. He went 3.2 IP, allowing a lone run…Matt Albers earned the save with a scoreless ninth that featured a pair of strikeouts. He now has a five-inning scoreless streak.

http://atmlb.com/1ElGKR8

Shark and Coop Getting it Together

http://www.sportsmanias.com/tweets/article/5504ac17f7ed2f353d000122

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Hawk Up Close and Personal

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/2015/03/14/112748942/broadcaster-ken-harrelson-has-high-hopes-for-white-sox-in-2015

Quote of the Day

Chris Sale on his rehab from the foot injury and expected return to the rotation:

“I’ve never really gone through anything like this before, so I didn’t know what the timetable would be or was projected to be. I just show up every day and try to get it better.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (3:10 p.m., CT). Probable starters: LHP Carlos Rodon for the Sox, LHP Robbie Ray for the Dbacks.

Photo of the Day

In honor of Scott Podsednik and the 10th anniversary of the 2005 World Champions, it’s 22 days to Opening Day.

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A Spring Training Saturday

Saturday, March 14, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:10 p.m., CT). Probable starters: RHP Brad Penny for the Sox, LHP Andrew Heaney for LA.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu went 2-3 with a triple and Avi Garcia and Engel Beltre each singled in a run in the Sox’ 5-2 loss to the Rockies in Scottsdale. Abreu is now batting .450 in Cactus League play, Garcia .500…Starter Jose Quintana gave up just one hit in 2.2 IP while striking out three. His ERA now stands at 1.35.

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Hawkins Making an Impression

Courtney Hawkins (pictured above), the Sox No. 1 selection and 13th overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft, is enjoying an outstanding spring.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/courtney-hawkins-flourishing-outfield-role-white-sox

Meet Tyler Saladino

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/23118/saladino-is-back-and-back-in-future-plans

Quotes of the Day

Sox prospects talk about the privilege of learning from Jim Thome, the slugger-turned-special assistant to GM Rick Hahn (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com).

Third baseman Matt Davidson on Thome:

“He’s a great human being. Very positive and obviously has a ton of experience. He instills so much confidence and self-belief. That’s the basis of being a really good person, one, and baseball player, two.”

Outfielder Trayce Thompson:

“It blows your mind to think he has 600 home runs. He’s going to be a Hall of Famer. But he makes it very easy. He’s just a normal guy, very approachable.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, LHP Hector Santiago for LA.

Photo of the Day

Adam LaRoche in the weight room.

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There is Joy in Glendale, Even Though Mighty Ferrell Struck Out

Friday, March 13, 2015

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Today’s News

Crowd Pleaser

The Will Ferrell show came to Camelback Ranch-Glendale last night in dramatic fashion with the crowd enjoying the theatrics and enthusiastically cheering on the popular actor-comedian.

Ferrell, who gained fame on Saturday Night Live and movies like Anchorman, made the rounds at Phoenix-area spring training sites yesterday as he played for 10 teams (five games) in one day for charity and an HBO special. He landed on the CR-G field via helicopter, was immediately inserted in the Sox lineup in the ninth inning as the DH, struck out on a 2-2 pitch (see below) and then was traded to the Giants and entered the game as their catcher.

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (3:10 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox.

Yesterday’s Highlights

SOX (Split Squad) VS. RANGERS AT SURPRISE

Courtney Hawkins went 2-3 with a double, RBI and run scored and is now hitting .467 in Cactus League play…Carlos Sanchez singled and drove in a pair of runs in the Sox’ 7-3 loss to Texas…Joe Savery pitched a perfect fifth inning.

SOX (Split Squad) VS. GIANTS AT CAMELBACK RANCH-GLENDALE

In non-Ferrell news, Alexei Ramirez drove in three runs with a single and a sac fly, Melky Cabrera singled twice and scored a pair of runs and Jose Abreu had a single and an RBI in the Sox’ 7-4 loss to the Giants…RHP Matt Albers pitched a scoreless seventh.

Quote of the Day

Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson gives some advice to Will.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (3:10 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Brad Penny.

Photo of the Day

Ferrell laughing in dugout with skipper Robin Ventura.

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No Joke! Will Ferrell to DH for Sox

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Today’s News

Stay Classy, White Sox Fans

Actor/comedian Will Ferrell will DH for the Sox today in the team’s 6:05 p.m., CT game against the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.  Ferrell is participating in a once-in-a-lifetime role for the lifelong baseball fan, as production begins on a new special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, to air exclusively on HBO later this year.

Dedicating today’s project to the fight against cancer, Ferrell also is honoring the historic feat by Oakland’s Bert Campaneris five decades ago by playing every position on the field and maybe some off the field for 10 different teams in the same day.

Ferrell’s goal is to honor Campaneris while also helping organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, including Cancer for College.  Formed in 1993, Cancer for College is a charity that helps individuals adversely affected by cancer realize their dream of a college education.

An important part of the fund-raising efforts will be game-used memorabilia from Ferrell’s journey across the five ballparks that will be auctioned online later in the year on MLB.com with proceeds being donated to Cancer for College as well as Stand Up To Cancer, a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research.  MLB is the founding donor of Stand Up To Cancer.

Ferrell’s historic day will be chronicled in the exclusive HBO special which will air later this year and also feature major-league players, managers, coaches, executives and fans.  Fans can follow along live and on-demand throughout the day across MLB Network, MLB.comwhitesox.com and all the official social media accounts of MLB and the White Sox.

This Afternoon’s Games

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Rangers at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Frankie Montas. Others scheduled are RHP Chris Beck and RHP J.D. Martin.

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (6:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Hector Noesi. Others scheduled to see action are: RHP David Robertson, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Erik Johnson.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit and fought back to tie the Rangers 4-4 in a game called after nine innings, the club’s second come-from-behind tie in the last three days…Conor Gillaspie (in photo below) knotted up the game at 3-3 in the sixth with a double and Andy LaRoche knocked out his own two-base hit in the eighth to tie the contest at 4-4…Geovany Soto went 2-4 with an RBI…Logan Kensing (0.2 IP), Daniel Webb (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Javy Guerra (1.0), Dan Jennings (1.0) and Jake Petricka (1.0) each pitched scoreless ball…The Sox are now 3-3-2.

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Welcome to the White Sox, Michael Ynoa

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-see-big-potential-michael-ynoa

Quotes of the Day

The White Sox on Ferrell playing for the Sox:

Robin Ventura:

“Hopefully he’ll help us. It’s a good for Major League Baseball, raising some money for a good cause. For us, spring training is long days. Hopefully it’ll be a lot of fun. I think he’ll get on base for us. I might have to pinch run for him, though.”

Adam Eaton:

“I love new teammates! Welcome!!…Will Ferrell ? Hmm not sure how I feel about this… Gonna need to see some production.”

Micah Johnson:

“If the man is on base in front of me tomorrow I hope he’s ready to double steal.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale (3:10 p.m., CT).

Photo of the Day

Alexei and Jose: friends and teammates.

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