Avi Working Hard, Enjoying Hot Spring

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

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

Yesterday’s Highlights

Avi Garcia homered for the second time this spring (click link below) and scored a pair of runs in the Sox’ 9-2 loss to the Cubs in Mesa. He now has 10 RBI in Cactus League play and is batting .500…Tyler Saladino doubled in a run, his fourth RBI of the spring.


More Avi


Sox Roster Gives Robin Versatility



Quote of the Day

Todd Frazier commented on the controversy over players celebrating after hitting a homer, striking out a batter, etc.:

“I love that stuff. I’m not a guy who does it a lot, but in the heat of the moment, I’ll pump my fist. I’m not trying to show anybody up or anything. I don’t think (baseball) needs to change, but if there’s a little more to (the entertainment of it), I’m all for it.”

Benetti’s Debut


Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (3:05 p.m. CT). Jacob Turner will start for the Sox.

Photo of the Day

Here’s quite a group of celebrity bartenders–all in the name of charity: That’s Frazier, Jose Quintana, Alex Avila, Adam Eaton, Courtney Hawkins, Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera.

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Snapchat Day Shenanigans, Four More Homers, the Beatles and More…

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Snapchat was Everywhere

It was Snapchat Day throughout MLB Spring Training yesterday. Adam Eaton and Avi Garcia (shown above) and many of their teammates certainly had a good time. That’s hard-working Sox social media guru Jordan Doyle below “snapchatting” Jose Abreu on his way back to the dugout.


This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa (2:05 p.m. CT, WLS Radio, WGN-TV). Erik Johnson gets the start for the Sox. Jason Benetti, who will be working with Steve Stone, makes his debut in the TV booth.

Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox (6-3-1) pounded out four more homers and Carlos Rodon pitched four scoreless innings for the win with three strikeouts in the 8-3 victory over the Padres in Peoria…Leury Garcia (solo shot, his first), Jimmy Rollins (two-run blast, his second) and Abreu (solo, his second) all teed off in a four-run third and Courtney Hawkins went deep with his first HR with nobody on in the fifth…15 different Sox have now totaled 20 homers in Cactus League play…Dioner Navarro drove in a pair with a double in a three-run fourth and the Good Guys collected 16 hits in all. Abreu led the way with three, Rollins, J.B. Shuck and Matt Davidson had two apiece.

Homers aplenty: Garcia, Rollins, Abreu and Hawkins.





Quote of the Day

Rodon, now 2-0 this spring, on the fact he gave up no walks in yesterday’s start:

“It was awesome, it was great. That’s what we’re looking for.”

Sanchez Enjoying Productive Spring


Roster Moves

The White Sox yesterday optioned right-handed pitcher Chris Beck and outfielder Daniel Fields to Class AAA Charlotte. The Sox also reassigned right-handers Colin Kelvan, Josh Wall and Peter Tago, left-handers Will Lamb and Nik Turley plus catcher Omar Narzaez to minor league camp.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

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

Photos of the Day

Q — Apart from both being White Sox, what is one thing Abreu and skipper Robin Ventura have in common?

A — They both love the Beatles.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers


New Sox TV Voice Jason Benetti Debuts Tomorrow on WGN


Friday, March 11, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Benetti Ready to Go


Snapchat Day

MLB and the Sox will be giving an unprecedented look inside Spring Training today with the debut of Snapchat Day. Make sure to add the White Sox on Snapchat (username: whitesox) to get a look inside traveling on the team bus, interactions in the dugout and more.



This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (2:10 p.m. CT). Carlos Rodon makes his second start of the spring–and second against San Diego.


Yesterday’s Games

In one split-squad game, The White Sox defeated the Rangers, 8-2, in Surprise. Avi Garcia continued his hot spring with a pair of doubles and two RBI, Jerry Sands (pictured above) hit a three-run blast and drove in four, Tyler Saladino slammed his second homer and Travis Ishikawa went 3 for 3…Jose Quintana went 4.1 innings for the win and Tyler Danish (0.2 IP), Tommy Kahnle (2.0), Nate Jones and Michael Ynoa (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of Q.

Here’s an Avi RBI double and the Sands and Saladino homers:




In the split-squad game at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, the Sox dropped a 9-2 decision to the Royals. Brett Lawrie and Matt Davidson each belted their second Cactus League homers…Carson Fulmer started for the Sox and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing a run while striking out a pair.

The Lawrie and Davidson blasts:



The Sox now have 16 homers in nine games. Saladino, Davidson and Lawrie each have two.

Quote of the Day

Fulmer on his second spring start–both coming vs. the Royals:

“The last outing, a couple of those guys barreled me up a little bit. I got hit around, but going into this game, I kept the same approach, same pitch sequences for the most part, but made better-quality pitches this outing, and I definitely had better results.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa (2:05 p.m. CT, WLS Radio, WGN-TV).

Photo/Video of the Day

In the fifth inning of the game vs. the Royals, the Sox turned this triple play. Jason Coats caught a line drive off the bat of Tony Cruz in left field. With KC runners Reymond Fuentes and Dusty Coleman off with the pitch, Coats, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and first baseman Mike Olt doubled and tripled them off second and first to complete the rare act.


Chris Sale on Sox Camp: “A Lot More Energy and Positivity. There’s Just Something”


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Sale and the Good Vibe


Quote of the Day

More Chris (via CST_soxvan):

“…You guys might not see it but there is something different about this spring, a lot more energy and positivity. There’s just something. And I think it’s showing. It’s definitely showing, we’re putting up, what 10 runs in three innings? With that you can’t help but to build confidence and momentum going forward.”

The Continuing Maturation of Carlos Rodon



“There’s a Ton to Like About (the Sox)”


This Afternoon’s Games

White Sox (split squad) vs. Royals at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CTwhitesox.com)

White Sox (split squad) vs. Rangers at Surprise (2:05 p.m. CT).

Yesterday’s Highlights

The Sox dropped a 12-3 decision to the A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale to end their four-game winning streak. Todd Frazier, now hitting .333, doubled and scored on a single by Avi Garcia, who is batting .500…Steve Lombardozzi and Rob Brantly each drove in a run.

Sox Notes of Note

Tim Anderson will be back in camp tomorrow after the birth of his daughter…Adam LaRoche still needs a few more days to heal his back…Austin Jackson could be ready to play in Cactus League games this weekend.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (2:10 p.m. CT).

Jacob May Making an Impression


Photo of the Day

Here’s Jacob with his great-uncle, Sox All-Star Carlos May.


Four Straight Wins and Two More Homers

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, whitesox.com). Jacob Turner is scheduled to start for the Sox.

Yesterday’s Highlights

 Jimmy Rollins and Avi Garcia (both pictured above) blasted two-run homers as the White Sox (4-1-1) won their fourth straight, 10-6, on 16 hits with all the runs scoring in the first three innings. Rollins and Garcia both went 3 for 4 with Rollins driving in three runs and Garcia four. Avi also was a double shy of the cycle adding a single and a triple…Adam Eaton continued his hot spring with a 3 for 4 day, Melky Cabrera pounded out a pair of singles along with an RBI and Carlos Sanchez singled, tripled and scored twice…John Danks went 3.1 IP and earned the win. Tyler Danish (0.2), Zach Duke (1.0), Matt Lollis (1.0) and Phillipe Aumont (1.0) all pitched scoreless ball.

The Sox have now slammed 12 homers in their last five games wth 12 different players going deep. Aside from Jimmy and Avi, the sluggers included Brett Lawrie, Jason Coats, Adam LaRoche, Eaton, Tyler Saladino, Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier, Dioner Navarro, Steve Lombardozzi and Matt Davidson.

The Rollins and Garcia HRs:



Quote of the Day

Avi after his big afternoon:

“We’re on our way. We have to do it right now. We have to start now and for me, it’s important to win right now. Once you start winning, you have the feeling, you can trust the other guys. We have to work and have fun. We have to be ready for the season.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (split squad) vs. Royals at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, whitesox.com)

White Sox (split squad) vs. Rangers at Surprise (2:05 p.m. CT).

Sox Notes of Note

Tim Anderson and his fiancee, Bria, have welcomed their daughter, Peyton Kensleigh into the world…Aaron Rowand will join play-by-play announcer Russ Langer on today’s whitesox.com webcast of the game vs. the A’s.

Photo of the Day

Eaton and Lawrie on their way to work.


Sox Power Play: 10 Homers By 10 Different Players=Three Wins and a Tie in the Last Four Games

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Brewers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, whitesox.com). Sox starting pitcher is John Danks.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Trailing 4-3 after six innings, the White Sox (3-1-1) took a 5-4 lead with a four-run seventh, highlighted by Steve Lombardozzi‘s two-run homer. The Sox added a run on a Lombardozzi sac fly in the eighth and Matt Davidson homered in the ninth for a 9-4 triumph on 15 hits for our third straight win…Davidson’s blast sailed over the batter’s eye in center field…Dioner Navarro belted a two-run homer in the second inning to tie the score at 2-2 (see video above), Jose Abreu went 3 for 3, including a double, and Hector Sanchez and Daniel Fields added an RBI each. Nate Jones (1.0 IP), Tommy Kahnle (1.0), Michael Ynoa (1.0), Scott Carroll (1.1), Zach Phillips (0.2) and Peter Tago (1.0) all pitched scoreless ball in relief of Erik Johnson, who pitched the first three innings. Ynoa got credit for the win.

The Lombardozzi and Davidson homers:



Sox HRs the Last Four Games

Sox vs. Indians (T 5-5): Brett Lawrie (solo), Jason Coats (solo), Adam LaRoche (solo)
Sox vs. Royals (W 7-5): Adam Eaton (solo), Tyler Saladino (one on)
Sox vs. Padres (W 8-1): Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier (solos back-to-back)
Sox vs. Angels (W 9-4): Navarro (one on), Lombardozzi (one on), Davidson (solo)


Quote of the Day

Adam Eaton shows he’s a team-first guy as Austin Jackson joins Sox:

“Still have some question marks, not sure what’s going to happen, sure camp will help play it out, but we’re happy to have him. As I mentioned on Twitter last night, I’ll do anything. It doesn’t matter where you play me, left, center or right, DH, doesn’t matter. I just want to win. It makes the team better, that’s all I care about.”

Sox Exec Matthews Headed for MLB Post


Sox Note of Note

Third baseman Mike Olt, who was designated for assignment when Jackson was signed, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Charlotte.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, whitesox.com). Jacob Turner is scheduled to start for the Sox.

Photo/Video of the Day

That didn’t take long. Jackson is already in Sox camp, speaking to reporters (click link for video) and taking some swings (video courtesy of @CST_soxvan).



Abreu, Frazier Go Back-to-Back in Sox Win; Austin Jackson Joins Outfield Mix

Abreu and Frazier

Monday, March 7, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Jackson Provides Another Talented Option

The White Sox have inked outfielder Austin Jackson (pictured below) to a one-year, $5 million contract.

“Austin provides us with another talented outfield option,” explained Sox GM Rick Hahn. “His addition to the roster provides Robin with additional flexibility from both a defensive and offensive standpoint.” Hahn added that he suspects Jackson will spend the majority of his playing time in center field.

Jackson is a career .273 hitter with 170 doubles, 47 triples, 55 home runs, 296 RBI, 522 runs scored, 106 stolen bases and a .333 on-base percentage in 860 games over six major-league seasons, primarily with the Tigers. He also played with Seattle and the Cubs.

Third baseman Mike Olt was designated for assignment.

Austin Jackson

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (2:10 p.m. CT). Erik Johnson is set to start for the Sox. Also scheduled to pitch: Nate Jones, Scott Carroll, Michael Ynoa, Peter Tago, Tommy Kahnle and Will Lamb. Former Sox lefty Hector Santiago will be on the mound for LA.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier each went 2-for-3 and hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning as the White Sox (2-1-1) went on to defeat the Padres, 8-1, at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Jacob May and Kevan Smith each doubled in a pair, Carlos Sanchez drove in another with a two-base hit and Jimmy Rollins added a first-inning sac fly…Carlos Rodon earned the victory with three scoreless innings…Matt Albers (1.0), Zach Duke (1.0), Jake Petricka (1.0), Dan Jennings (1.1) and Daniel Webb (1.0) came on in relief and pitched scoreless baseball.

Enjoy the back-to-back homers:


Abreu: A Force in Any Language



Mat Latos and the “Critter” Pitch

Get to know the Sox’ new righty (pictured above with Alex Avila).


Quote of the Day

Rodon on his Sunday outing:

“A little more relaxed. Just know what I’m doing a little more after one year of spring training. A little more comfortable, just going out there and working on stuff. Fastball, change, trying to get better on those things and bring it into the season.”

Carlos also commented on the Abreu/Frazier homers:

“I watched on TV when I was in there getting a workout in. That was awesome. It’s pretty cool. It’s fun to have that kind of power in the lineup. I would like to see that quite often.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, whitesox.com). Sox starting pitcher will be John Danks.

Photo of the Day

All-Star closer turned baseball analyst Dan Plesac, who grew up in Northwest Indiana following the Sox, interviews Chris Sale as the MLB Network crew made a stop yesterday at CR-G.


Todd Frazier: “If the Atmosphere is Like This, This is Where I Want to Play the Rest of My Life”


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

Frazier and the White Sox Seem Like a Perfect Match


This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres @Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m, WLS, whitesox.com). Carlos Rodon will make the start for the Sox. Others scheduled to pitch are Jake Petricka, Dan Jennings, Matt Albers, Zach Duke, Daniel Webb and Zach Putnam.


Yesterday’s Highlights

The White Sox (1-1-1) recorded their first Cactus League win with a 7-6 victory over the World Champion Royals in Surprise. Tyler Saladino‘s two-run homer in the sixth inning broke a 4-4 tie and the Sox added another tally in the top of the ninth on a Jason Coats double and a Travis Ishikawa RBI single…Courtney Hawkins preserved the Sox’ 6-5 lead in the eighth as he caught a fly ball in foul territory and doubled up the runner with the potential tying run at the plate…Adam Eaton, who went 3-3 with two RBI, was a triple shy of the cycle. His homer in the third inning gave he Sox a 2-1 lead…Avi Garcia singled, doubled and drove in a pair…J.B. Shuck and Matt Davidson each collected a pair of hits and scored a run…Tyler Danish got credit for the win, Matt Lollis registered the save.

The Sale-Fulmer Connection


Quote of the Day

Royals manager Ned Yost on the Sox adding Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie (via @scottmerkin):

“I wish they wouldn’t have done it. Those are high quality guys. Those are gamer guys…Those are winners that they have. It’s just going to make our job that much tougher.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Angels at Tempe (2:10 p.m. CT). Erik Johnson is set to start for the Sox. Also scheduled to pitch: Scott Carroll, Michael Ynoa, Peter Tago, Tommy Kahnle and Will Lamb. Former Sox lefty Hector Santiago will be on the mound for LA.

Photo of the Day

Quiet Assassin or Happy Warrior? Actually both.


Homer Happy


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (2:05 p.m. CT, WLS Radio). Carson Fulmer makes the start for the Sox vs. Ian Kennedy for KC.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Brett Lawrie, outfield prospect Jason Coats and Adam LaRoche all hit solo homers while catcher Hector Sanchez singled in two runs in the bottom of the ninth as the Sox came from behind to tie the Indians at 5-5. The game ended there as spring rules dictate no need for extra innings…Starter Jacob Turner pitched two scoreless innings (see story below).

The Lawrie and LaRoche homers:



Turner Off to a Good Start



Sale Update


Quote of the Day

Robin on a new and improved LaRoche and yesterday’s homer:

“He’s got a little different snap to him as far as swinging the bat. It looks a lot better. I know he’s in great shape, and the ball is coming off the bat a little better than it has, even last year. For now, it’s good to see him, especially against a lefty, get something like that.”


Question of the Day

A youngster named Sean sent the note above with a question for his favorite player and got the following response:

Hey Sean,

Thanks for being a great fan. I’m not superstitious, so my beard has nothing to do with that. It’s just something I like to have.

Adam LaRoche

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres @Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m, WLS, whitesox.com). Carlos Rodon will make the start for the Sox.

Photo of the Day

Core four.


Friday Roundup: Sox vs. Tribe, Navarro’s Pet Pig, Individual Game Tickets Go on Sale and More…


Friday, March 4, 2016

Today’s Spring Training News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT, whitesox.com). Righty Jacob Turner starts for the Sox.

Yesterday’s Highlights

In the 6-1 loss to the Dodgers in the Cactus League opener, catcher Dioner Navarro went 2-2, outfielder Jerry Sands doubled and made an outstanding catch (see video below) and Todd Frazier collected an RBI. On the pitching side, Matt Albers pitched a perfect inning while Zach Duke, Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb each threw a scoreless frame.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dioner?


Soccer Fever in Sox Camp


Quote of the Day

Alex Avila, who went 1-6 against Chris Sale while playing for the Tigers, is certainly happy to be Chris’ teammate. He explains:

“Well, he’s much easier to catch than to hit.”

Tomorrow’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (2:05 p.m. CT, WLS Radio). Carson Fulmer will start for the Sox.

Photo of the Day

Even the Sox Retro Racers were at last night’s #SoxTixTour. Individual game tickets go on sale today.



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