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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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Home Run Derby

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS, whitesox.com). John Danks gets the start.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Trailing 7-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Jimmy Rollins–who went 3 for 4 on the day–smashed a three-run homer and Travis Ishikawa followed immediately with a solo shot as the White Sox held on for the 8-7 come-from-behind victory over the Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Austin Jackson hit his first homer of the spring, a solo blast, Todd Frazier went 2 for 3 with an RBI and Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera each drove in a run…Tyler Danish pitched 2.1 shutout innings in relief of Mat Latos and earned the win. Nate Jones and Zach Putnam tossed a scoreless inning apiece. Putnam chalked up the save.

Enjoy the Rollins (pictured above), Ishikawa (pictured below) and Jackson homers:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v561249483

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v561254483

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v561067583

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Quotes of the Day

Todd Frazier and Scott Carroll started their pro baseball careers at the same time–in Billings, Montana in the Reds organization (2007). They talk about their lasting friendship (via @scottmerkin).

Frazier:

“It’s crazy how we come back together. We got drafted the same year, went to the same places every year and we just clicked, man. It’s just one of those things and we kept in touch ever since.”

Carroll:

“We just got to experience a lot together…In the minor leagues, we were with host families or in apartments, and then hotels on the road. But we were always roommates. I remember the first day he got called up, when we were in Norfolk, Virginia.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN).

Photo of the Day

With all eyes on President Obama‘s trip to Cuba and the game between the Rays and the Cuban National Team, MLB’s official historian John Thorn posted this on Facebook. It’s a tribute to White Sox icon and Cuba native Minnie Minoso‘s time in the Negro Leagues.

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Latos to Make Cactus League Debut Today; Sox Shine on Defense

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Mat Latos (pictured above), making his first Cactus League start, and Nate Jones are among those scheduled to pitch for the Sox.

Yesterday’s Highlights

On Sunday, outfielder Jerry Sands belted two homers and drove in three in the Sox’ win over the A’s. Yesterday, he made a spectacular catch in left field saving a pair of runs in the Good Guys’ 9-4 loss to the Indians in Goodyear…Melky Cabrera homered and doubled, Todd Frazier singled twice and drove in a run, Tyler Saladino doubled in a run and Brett Lawrie added an RBI…In addition to Sands, a number of Sox made key defensive plays–Austin Jackson, Carlos Sanchez, Jose Abreu, Lawrie and Jacob May.

Check out the Sands, Lawrie and May gems (top link) and Melky’s homer:

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/26271672/v560201983

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/69972428/v560188183

Melky

Roster Moves

The White Sox optioned RHP Erik Johnson to Class AAA Charlotte and reassigned RHP Tyler Danish and INF-OF Steve Lombardozzi to minor-league camp.

Quote of the Day

With Johnson headed to Charlotte, pitching coach Don Cooper is looking for today’s starting pitcher to fit into the starting rotation:

“Latos is now going to be given the real opportunity to see if he can take it and grab it and run with it.”

Jim Thome Talks White Sox

http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/26271672/v560201983

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS, whitesox.com).

Photo of the Day

Looking to win a role on a strong Sox pitching staff, Scott Carroll was superb yesterday vs. the Tribe as he allowed just two hits in three scoreless innings in a starting role.

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Robin: Carson Fulmer “Putting Himself on the Radar”

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Goodyear (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Scheduled to pitch for Sox are Scott Carroll, Tyler Danish, Tommy Kahnle, Matt Lollis, Matt Purke and Dan Jennings.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox (10-7-1) won their third straight game with a 6-2 victory over the A’s in Mesa. The Sox combined outstanding pitching with a 16-hit attack, highlighted by Carson Fulmer‘s stellar outing and Jerry Sands‘ two homers…Fulmer (pictured above) threw 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a pair of walks with four strikeouts…Sands belted a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the seventh. That’s Jerry pictured in the center of photo below being congratulated by his teammates…Jimmy Rollins, Jason Coats and Carlos Sanchez each added an RBI single and Matt Davidson continued his hot hitting with a three-hit day. He’s now batting .483 in Cactus League play…Dan Jennings pitched 2.2 perfect innings, recording three strikeouts, and Phillippe Aumont threw a scoreless ninth. It was Aumont’s fifth consecutive scoreless appearance this spring.

Fulmer’s performance:

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/52577744/v559873883/?c_id=cws

Sands goes deep–twice:

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/26659992/v559395883

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/69972428/v559668983

MLB: Spring Training-Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers

Quotes of the Day

Robin Ventura on Fulmer:

Coop‘s excited about what he’s been doing down here…(He’s) really putting himself on the radar.”

Chris Sale:

“My body feels great, my arm feels great. That’s half the battle while we’re down here…So everything is rolling, everything is clicking and we’re going out to try and win some games.”

More Fulmer

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-draftee-carson-fulmer-has-put-himself-teams-radar

Catching Up With New Sox Backstops

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/168179098/white-sox-new-catchers-work-to-learn-pitchers

Sox Notes of Note

In a “B” game at Camelback Ranch, Jose Quintana pitched six innings of shutout ball against Reds’ minor leaguers, giving up five hits, two walks and three strikeouts…Nate Jones and David Robertson each tossed a scoreless inning.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Mat Latos, Erik Johnson and Nate Jones are scheduled to pitch for the Sox.

Photo of the Day

Latos makes his Cactus League debut tomorrow.

Latos

 

The Sale-adino Factor*

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Yesterday’s Highlights

*Definition: When Chris Sale and Tyler Saladino combine their talents to help the Sox win.

Saladino broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run homer (click on top link below) and Sale made his first Cactus League start a strong one (click on bottom link) as the White Sox (9-7-1) downed the Dodgers, 4-2, at Camelback Ranch-Glendale for their second straight victory…Saladino also singled in a run, giving him three on the day and seven this spring. He also made a couple of nifty plays at shortstop…Jerry Sands went 2 for 3 and added an RBI single…Sale went 5.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts in his duel with Clayton Kershaw, who also gave up a pair of runs on six hits…In relief, Tyler Danish (0.2 IP), Zach Putnam (1.0), Tommy Kahnle (1.0) and Matt Lollis (1.0) threw scoreless baseball. Putnam got the win, Lollis the save.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v558568183

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/v558509083/?
affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at Mesa (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN, WLS). Jacob Turner and Carson Fulmer are scheduled to pitch for the Sox.

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Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton, who was in left field yesterday–the first time he’s played in the field this spring–commenting about his new role:

“I haven’t played right or left in a while, but we’re making our team better with Austin (Jackson) there (in CF).”

Coop on Sox Pitching Staff

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v558427283

Remembering Minnie as MLB Returns to Cuba

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/springtraining_minoso/as-mlb-heads-back-cuba-minnie-minoso-legacy-joy-lives-on

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Goodyear (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN). Scheduled to pitch for Sox are Scott Carroll, Tyler Danish, Tommy Kahnle, Lollis, Matt Purke and Dan Jennings.

Photo of the Day

From @ckamka:

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Clash of the Titans at Camelback Ranch as Sale Faces Kershaw

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN, WLS). Chris Sale is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start and will face three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw in a battle of baseball’s best. Also scheduled to pitch for the Sox are Tommy Kahnle, Zach Putnam, Matt Lollis, Tyler Danish and Matt Purke.

Yesterday’s Highlights

John Danks pitched a masterful five innings, allowing a lone hit with seven strikeouts for the win in the Sox’ 3-2 victory over the Cubs at CR-G…David Robertson, Matt Albers and Nate Jones each pitched a perfect inning with Jones closing it out in the ninth for the save…Avi Garcia singled in a run for his 12th Cactus League RBI and Austin Jackson and Tim Anderson each recorded a sac fly.

Danks’ performance and Avi’s RBI single:

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v557532383

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v557530983

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Quote of the Day

Danks on his goal in the spring and his outing vs. the Cubs:

“Like I said all along, we’re all competitive and all have pride and all want to do well. But most of us that have been around understand that there’s a bigger picture to Spring Training, and it’s a good opportunity to get out there and work on something that will help you during the summer. Of course, it feels good to go out there and have a successful outing and throw the ball where you want, and it’s just a step in the right direction.”

Abreu on Cuba

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160318&content_id=168042978&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Mesa (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN, WLS). Jacob Turner and Carson Fulmer are scheduled to pitch for the Sox.

Photo/Video of the Day

Smooth third sacker Todd Frazier starts a double play yesterday against the Cubs (click on link below):

http://m.mlb.com/cws/video/topic/8878818/v557530983

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Sox vs. Cubs: A Chicago Rivalry Played in the Desert

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March 18, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN, WLS Radio).

Anderson Shines 

No. 1 prospect Tim Anderson (pictured below) showed his batting prowess and speed in slashing a triple on Wednesday against the Brewers. He also made a dazzling play in the field from his shortstop position. Click on the links and enjoy:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=555722883

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=555620883

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Matt Davidson Making an Impression

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/confidence-coming-back-for-white-sox-matt-davidson/

A Look at Highly Touted Pitching Prospect Spencer Adams

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160317&content_id=167854414&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Sox legend Paul Konerko was in camp on Wednesday. What’s he up to? Paulie explained:

“All I do is watch hockey and chase my kids around.”

Sox Notes of Note

In case you missed it, the Sox made the following roster moves after Wednesday’s game: Optioned C Kevan Smith to Class AAA Charlotte; Optioned RHP Michael Ynoa to Class AA Birmingham; and reassigned OFs Andy Engel and Courtney Hawkins and INF Andy Parrino to minor-league camp.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, CSN, WLS). Chris Sale is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start.

Photo/Video of the Day

Members of the military work out with the Sox.

https://twitter.com/whitesox/status/710168097991229440

Hump Day Roundup: Davidson Powers Sox over Dodgers, LaRoche Steps Away and More…

Davidson

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox at Brewers at Maryvale (3:05 p.m. CT). Carlos Rodon, who gets the starting nod, is 2-0 in his first two starts with a 0.00 ERA over seven innings pitched.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Matt Davidson (pictured above) belted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Sox a 5-3 lead, then smashed his second two-run shot of the game in the ninth to give the White Sox an 8-6 walkoff victory over the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Davidson now has four homers in Cactus League play…Jose Abreu and Travis Ishikawa each collected a single and a double and Jason Coats hit his second homer in as many days. He has three this spring…Matt Albers, David Robertson and Zach Duke each pitched a scoreless inning.

Enjoy the Davidson homers:

http://www.mlb.com/r/video?content_id=555226783

LaRoche

Adam LaRoche’s Surprise Announcement

http://mlb.com/r/article?ymd=20160315&content_id=167571062&vkey=news_cws&c_id=cws

Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton on the makeup of the 2016 White Sox (via USA Today):

“I’ve never been around a more diverse group of athletes. You got a mafia guy (he was kidding, of course) in Todd Frazier. He’s got that smooth demeanor, but it can be loud and get guys going. You got a guy like Lawrie, who’s going to bring constant passion and fire to the game. You got J-Roll, who’s not rah-rah but brings that energy. And you got Avila. I call him the general because he’s calm, cool and leads by example. It’s crazy how diverse it is in here, but it works.’’

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Off Day. On Friday, White Sox vs. Cubs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m. CT, WLS Radio).

Photo of the Day

Eaton’s wife Katie was the guest analyst for yesterday’s whitesox.com telecast of Sox-Dodgers alongside play-by-play man Russ Langer.

Eaton

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