White Sox Come From Behind to Tie A’s

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Phoenix…the game ended after nine innings.

White Sox    2  3  0

A’s               2  9  2

Plays of the Day

The Sox tied the score at 2-2 with a run in the eighth inning. 2B Micah Johnson (see Photo of the Day) singled, moved to second on a balk, went to third on a groundout and scored on an error…RHP Erik Johnson made the start and went 4.0 IP, allowing just one run and four hits while striking out five…RHP Daniel Webb, making his first Cactus League appearance after being away from camp due to a death in the famiily, pitched a scoreless inning as did RHP Jake Petricka and RHP Cody Winiarski.

Jose OK

LHP Jose Quintana, who left in the first inning of yesterday’s game after being hit by a comebacker to the mound, is feeling better and expects to make his next start on Thursday.

Instant Replay

The Sox will have instant replay available during nine Cactus League games this spring–the first scheduled for tomorrow against the Brewers in Maryvale. Other dates are March 14 vs. the Indians, March 15 vs. the Dodgers, March 18 vs. the A’s,  March 19 vs. Angels, March 22 vs. the Giants, March 23 at the Rockies in Scottsdale, March 26 vs. the Reds and March 27 vs. the Cubs. Starting this season, managers can challenge as many as two calls in the first six innings. After the sixth inning, umpires will determine which plays should be reviewed.

Shooty

I met Shooty Babitt today. It’s not every day you meet Shooty Babitt.

I’m guessing that for anyone who grew up playing APBA or Stratomatic, there are certain guys you’ll never forget, sometimes for the peculiarities of their particular cards in a given year. Babitt, now an A’s broadcaster, played for Oakland in 1981.

Shooty (pictured below, top) was one for me. Lerrin LaGrow in 1977 (below, bottom) was another. 

The crazy things that stick with you.

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Quote of the Day

From Paul Sullivan’s piece on Jose Abreu in today’s Trib:

Abreu has blended in well in the Sox clubhouse, where fellow Cuban defectors Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez have helped ease the transition to the major league lifestyle.

“Their help and support has been incredible, and I’m very thankful to them for that,” Abreu said. “And (Adam) Dunn and Konerko as well. They all make me feel comfortable … talking to me and making me feel part of it.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Brewers at Maryvale (3:05 p.m., CT). Sox pitching schedule: LHP Chris Sale, LHP David Purcey, LHP Eric Surkamp, RHP Maikel Cleto, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Nestor Molina, RHP Frank De Los Santos. Milwaukee starter: Yovani Gallardo.

Photo of the Day

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Sanchez, Ramirez, Jordan Danks and De Aza Boost Offense

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale… 

Diamondbacks     6   10   1

White Sox            4   11   0

Plays of the Day

2B Carlos Sanchez (now batting .545 with four RBI and two stolen bases over six games), SS Alexei Ramirez and OF Jordan Danks each collected a pair of hits and drove in a run today with OF Alejandro De Aza adding an RBI with a singleRamirez and OF Avi Garcia each tripled…3B Conor Gillaspie was impressive in the field–one great diving play to his left, one to his right. One of them saved RHP Mitchell Boggs‘ perfect sixth…RHP Jose Quintana left the game after two batters. He was hit on the leg by a comebacker, has a left-shin contusion and is day-to-day…RHP Andre Rienzo relieved Quintana and in 3.0 IP gave up a run, a couple of hits and an impressive five strikeouts…RHP Nate Jones made his first appearance of the spring and pitched a scoreless fourth…with a perfect seventh today, LHP Donnie Veal has made four straight scoreless appearances (4.0 IP)…RHP Frank De Los Santos pitched an unblemished eighth.

Sox Notes of Note

Reliever Ronald Belsario, whose arrival to spring training was delayed because of visa issues, is now in camp. Belisaro, a RHP, spent four seasons with the Dodgers and was signed as a free agent during the offseason. Pitching coach Don Cooper said it is obvious that he has been throwing in Venezuela and will throw a bullpen on Monday and maybe pitch in a game by Wednesday or Thursday…RHP Matt Lindstrom has been shut down for a couple of days as a precaution due to continuing oblique problems…RHP Daniel Webb, who was absent from camp for a few days for family reasons, threw a sideline session yesterday. He is expected to make his Cactus League (CL) debut tomorrow against the A’s…RHP Zach Putnam has thrown three scoreless innings in his three CL appearances…1B/DH Adam Dunn is hitting .500 (4-8) with a pair of RBI in his last three spring games…The Sox and Indians are set to play a “B” game on Tuesday in Goodyear. RHP Chris Beck, LHP Scott Snodgress and RHP Omar Poveda are the Sox’s scheduled pitchers.

Baseball Writer Jon Heyman: The Chairman and the Skipper are a Perfect Match

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24471809/ventura-a-perfect-fit-for-white-sox-no-matter-how-long-his-contract-is

Quote of the Day

Sox Director of Player Development Nick Capra on last year’s No. 2 draft pick, 19-year-old righthanded pitcher Tyler Danish (compliments of CSN’s Dan Hayes):

“For being that young, he’s got a lot of poise. He has a plan when he takes the mound, he executes his plan pretty well. For a young kid that locates his pitches as well as he does, it’s impressive.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Phoenix (3:05 p.m., CT). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson for the Sox, RHP Dan Straily for Oakland. 

Photo of the Day

Happy 72nd Birthday to the great Dick Allen, the 1972 American League MVP.

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The “Two Adams” Star in Sox Victory over Reds

Friday, March 7, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Goodyear…

White Sox   4  9  2

Reds           3  7  1

The Sox are now 3-4-1 in Cactus League play

Plays of the Day

OF Adam Eaton, with a double, walk, HBP, two runs scored and a stolen base today against the Reds, is 6 for 10 with three walks this spring and reached base six straight times over the last two days…DH Adam Dunn had two run-scoring singles…2B Gordon Beckham and 1B Alex Liddi each singled and drove in a run…LHP Eric Surkamp pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts and LHP David Purcey, RHP Maikel Cleto, making his Sox debut, RHP Zach Putnam and RHP Nestor Molina each pitched a scoreless inning. Purcey got credit for the win, Molina the save.

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Sox Notes of Note

3B Conor Gillaspie has a four-game hitting streak (.400, 4-10)…2B Micah Johnson is hitting .500 (4-8) with three runs scored in five games…1B/DH Paul Konerko has gone 4-10 in his first four games…INF Carlos Sanchez is batting .500 (4-8) with three RBI and two stolen bases over five games…1B Andy Wilkins has gone 3-6 (.500) with a homer, three RBI and four runs scored over his first six spring games.

Slow Walker

As I ambled down the hallway today before the game (I have been accused of ambling), someone closed quickly and passed me in my left. 

I glanced up.

“I don’t catch up to many people walking,” laughed Britt Burns. “So either I’m moving fast or you’re …”

“Ambling.”

Quote of the Day

@CST_soxvan: Rookie Micah Johnson’s description of Jose Abreu’s first-pitch, opposite-field homer vs Brad Penny Thursday: “Loud. Very loud.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks’ split squad at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Brandon McCarthy for Arizona.

Photo of the Day

Eaton is on fire.

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Split-Squad Thursday

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Today’s News

The Games

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

White Sox    4  10  1

Mariners      7  10  1

At Surprise…

White Sox    6  16  0

Royals         6  15  1

Plays of the Day

Vs. Mariners:  OF Adam Eaton went 3-3 with a stolen base, SS-2B Carlos Sanchez 2-4 with two RBI and a stolen base and LHP John Danks gave up one hit, a pair of walks and struck out two in three scoreless innings of work.

Vs. Royals: With the Sox down 6-4 heading into the top of the ninth, OF Jordan Danks led off the inning with a homer. 2B Micah Johnson singled for the third time, stole second and advanced to third on an error. He scored on a groundout to tie the score at 6-6…1B Jose Abreu (pictured below) smashed his first homer of the spring, a two-run shot, with OF Avi Garcia aboard…Garcia went 2-3 with a double and an RBI, SS Alexei Ramirez was 3-3, OF Alejandro De Aza 2-2 with a double and DH Jeff Keppinger 2-4 with an RBI.

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Sox Notes of Note

RHP Nate Jones, who has been dealing with a strained glute, is scheduled to pitch on Saturday vs. the Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…if you look close enough at the photo below you can spot Paulie taking practice swings in the bullpen while the Sox battled the Mariners. And this was after he played in the game, delivering a single in three at-bats.

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Quote of the Day

Former major-league pitcher Brian Bannister, son of ex-White Sox lefty Floyd Bannister, on “Mr. Nice Guy” Jim Thome, who is currently working in the Sox front office:

“Thome is my favorite. He’d hit a bomb off you and then tell you after the game it was a “tough pitch” #gentlegiant

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Reds’ split squad at Goodyear (2:05 p.m., CT). 

Photo of the Day

Now this is something we can look forward to:

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It’s No. 38 for the Sox Captain

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Today’s News

The Game

At Camelback Ranch-Glendale…

White Sox    0  5  0

Padres         8 11 0

Plays of the Day

It was just one of those days for the Sox and LHP Chris Sale, but on a positive note 1B Paul Konerko, DH Adam Dunn, 3B Conor Gillaspie, SS Marcus Semien and C Josh Phegley all collected base hits. On the pitching side, RHP Dylan Axelrod pitched three scoreless innings and RHP Nestor Molina blanked the Padres with 1.1 innings of work.

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Special Visitor

Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon was in Sox camp today. Here’s the Super Bowl-winning QB with bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen (center) and pitching coach Don Cooper.

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Robin today on 670 The Score

http://cbsloc.al/1f7EMo3

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to today’s game vs. San Diego, the Sox made the following seven roster moves: Reassigned RHP Chris Bassitt, RHP Parker Frazier, INF Mike McDade, RHP Brian Omogrosso, OF Denis Phipps, LHP Mauricio Robles and C Kevan Smith to minor-league camp.mWith the moves, the White Sox have 55 players remaining in major-league camp: 27 pitchers, five catchers, 14 infielders and nine outfielders…the Sox are featured on the MLB Network’s 30 Clubs in 30 Days tonight (approximately 7:00 p.m., CT). Here’s Robin in the photo below getting interviewed by Dan Plesac.

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Quote of the Day

Chris Sale, via @scottmerkin, whitesox.com

“This is a sports city. You are talking about the Bulls in the ’90s, the Blackhawks now. Holy cow. The history with the Bears …with the history of the White Sox in ’05, it would be nice to almost do our city a service and do it justice and bring another championship back with baseball.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Split Squad: White Sox vs. Mariners at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., CT). Starters: LHP John Danks for the Sox, RHP Scott Baker for Seattle…White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (2:05 p.m., CT). Starters: RHP Chris Beck for the Sox, TBA for the Royals.

Photos of the Day

Here’s Paulie’s birthday cake, compliments of Gordon Beckham.

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Gillaspie and Liddi Homer, Abreu Collects First Spring Hit

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

At Goodyear…the Sox staged a comeback for the third straight game, but fell just short this time as the Tribe scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Sox          4   7  0

Indians    5   9  0

Plays of the Day

3B Conor Gillaspie and SS Alex Liddi hit solo homers in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, to tie the score at 4-4…1B Jose Abreu doubled and drove in a pair runs as he collected his first Cactus League hit…2B Gordon Beckham singled and doubled…in his spring debut, RHP Erik Johnson gave up a run and one hit in three innings of work.

Rave Reviews for Sox Brass

http://es.pn/MLCDY5

Sox Note of Note

Robin Ventura will be on @670TheScore tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. CT. 

Quote of the Day

Adam Dunn, when asked if anybody recognized him or wanted to meet him at the Academy Awards:

“No, absolutely not. That’s a different level of coolness. That’s a level of coolness I hadn’t seen before.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Padres at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., CT). Starters: Chris Sale for the Sox, Andrew Cashner for San Diego.

Did You Know…

…that 20 years ago today Michael Jordan made his White Sox debut in spring training?

Photo of the Day

Dunn was greeted by this upon his return from the Oscars.

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White Sox Make it Two in a Row with Another Comeback Victory

Monday, March 3, 2014
Today’s News
 
White Sox Mourn Loss of David Reinsdorf
 
The following statement was released today by the White Sox and Bulls:

“The Reinsdorf family has suffered a terrible loss today with the untimely passing of son David Reinsdorf, age 51. Jerry, Martyl and the entire Reinsdorf family appreciate the sympathetic thoughts and prayers from all of their friends and acquaintances, however, the family members do request privacy and your understanding at this time as they deal with this very personal loss.”

There was also a moment of silence before today’s game at Camelback Ranch-Glendale preceded by the following PA announcement:

“Please join the White Sox in honoring David Reinsdorf, son of Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, with a moment of silence. David passed away unexpectedly this morning, and the White Sox organization mourns the loss of a member of our family. Thank you.”

It’s sad around here because of how much people care about Jerry and his family,” Robin said after today’s game. “A tough day for us.”

The Game

The White Sox got off to a quick start this afternoon as 1B Andy Wilkins blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Sox a 3-0 advantage. We fell behind 5-3, but went ahead 7-5 with a four-run sixth inning and held on to the lead. That’s back-to-back 9-7 comeback wins for the Sox, who defeated the Rangers yesterday by the same score.

Sox        9   12  0  
Royals   7   12  1
Plays of the Day
 
Wilkins hit the first-inning homer and also singled and scored in the four-run sixth…OF Jordan Danks singled and doubled and drove in a run during the sixth inning rally and C Hector Gimenez doubled in a pair in that frame to make it 7-5…in the seventh, DH Conor Gillaspie extended the lead to 9-5 with a bases-loaded double…DH Paul Konerko had a pair of singles…RHP Chris Bassitt got the win and RHP Cody Winiarski earned the save.
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Sox Notes of Note
 
2B Gordon Beckham was scratched from today’s lineup with general soreness, but told the media he could play if it were a regular season game…Adam Dunn undoubtedly enjoyed his Oscar experience as Dallas Buyers Club took home multiple Oscars–Best Actor (Matthew McConaughey), Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto), Best Makeup and Hairstyling.
 
Quote of the Day
 
@adamdunn_44: Great night for the DBC boys!  Nice work…
 
Tomorrow’s Schedule
 
White Sox vs. Indians at Goodyear (2:05 p.m., CT). Starters: RHP Erik Johnson for the Sox, RHP Zach McAllister for the Tribe.
Photos of the Day
 
Here’s The Big Hurt in Cooperstown, compliments of @chuckgarfien. Frank takes a look at the plaques of some of his fellow Hall of Famers, finds his “new home”–the future location of his own HOF plaque–and gets acquainted with Babe Ruth’s bat.
 
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Big Ninth Inning Rally Gives Sox First Spring Win

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Today’s News

The Game

Down 4-1 through five innings and 6-4 heading into the ninth, the White Sox rallied for five runs to earn their first Cactus League victory.

Sox           9  13  1

Rangers    7  13  0

Plays of the Day

Second baseman Carlos Sanchez (pictured below) singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to give the White Sox a 7-6 lead…outfielder Jared Mitchell drove in two more in the ninth with a bases loaded single to make it 9-6…setting it up for Sanchez and Mitchell, catcher Adrian Nieto–who was selected in the Rule 5 draft–singled in a pair with two down to tie the score at 6-6…First baseman Andy Wilkins walked twice in the ninth and scored a run…catcher Tyler Flowers smashed a two-run homer in the sixth inning…outfielder Trayce Thompson singled and drove in a run…Mike McDade stepped in at DH and singled twice with an RBI…LHP David Purcey (1.1 innings), RHP Deunte Heath (1.0), LHP Scott Snodgress (1.0), RHP Zach Putnam (1.0) and RHP Brian Omogrosso (1.0) pitched scoreless ball in relief of RHP Felipe Paulino. Omogrosso got the win and LHP Evan Crawford recorded the save.

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Adam Meets Prince

Adam Eaton chopped a ball down the first base line in the second inning today only to meet an immovable force, Prince Fielder.

Drawing a collective chuckle from the crowd, Fielder had scooped up the ball and came down the line toward Eaton.

As Eaton approached Fielder, both players smiled and Fielder tagged/hugged Eaton for the third out of the inning.

Sometimes, when big meets small …

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Oscar Night

Adam Dunn goes Hollywood.  

http://m.mlb.com/news/2014/03/01/68526452/

http://bit.ly/MGslZ7

Sox Notes of Note

Paul Konerko was scratched from today’s lineup as a precaution after feeling sick yesterday. He was replaced by McDade…Nate Jones, recovering from a glute strain, threw live batting practice this morning–two sets of 15 pitches–and is getting close to pitching in a game…Matt Lindstrom, dealing with a tender left oblique, had no problem throwing Sunday. He will throw a long-toss session tomorrow for a third consecutive day and a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Quote of the Day

Jones on how he he’s feeling after his BP session this morning: “I felt really good about the second set out there. I’m ready to rock and roll…”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., CT). Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, RHP Jeremy Guthrie for K.C.

Photo of the Day

Tyler went deep today against the Rangers.

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Sox Rained Out, Rangers Up Next

Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Today’s News

Rainout

The Sox-Indians game at Camelback Ranch-Glendale was rained out today. John Danks, the scheduled starter for the Sox, still got his work in. He threw three innings and 45 pitches in the cage.

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

The White Sox have agreed to terms on 2014 contracts with the following 24 players:

Pitchers (12) – Maikel Cleto, Frank De Los Santos, Erik Johnson, Nate Jones, Charlie Leesman, Nestor Molina, Jake Petricka, Jose Quintana, Andre Rienzo, Eric Surkamp, Donnie Veal and Daniel Webb

Catchers (2) – Adrian Nieto and Josh Phegley

Infielders (5) – Matt Davidson, Leury Garcia, Conor Gillaspie, Carlos Sanchez and Marcus Semien

Outfielders (5) – Jordan Danks, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson

With the signings, all members of the White Sox 40-man roster are under contract for the 2014 season.

Good Guys

Third base coach Joe McEwing, Jordan Danks and Semien stayed late after yesterday’s game to join three Dodgers players in hosting an on-field clinic for 50 kids from the Glendale Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Phoenix.

Danks pretended to pitch home runs to kids while they practiced circling the bases in their own, unique home-run trot, in one of the funniest “stations.” McEwing practiced high and low fives with the kids, who rounded the bases with big smiles on their faces and to whoops from the other kids in attendance. Other stations featured hitting, throwing and fielding.

And everyone had time afterward for autographs on Sox jerseys and LA Dodgers caps.

Stay Tuned

The newly acquired right-hander Cleto, who was claimed off waivers from the Royals on Wednesday, faced hitters in a “simulated” inning this morning, giving Sox coaches a change to see him up close for the first time.

“Heavy, heavy ball,” said one.

Cleto, who frequently can top 100 mph with his pitches and has been recorded as high as 102 mph, has struggled with control over the years. If Don Cooper and the coaching staff can help him find the strike zone, we may have something.

Quote of the Day

Coop on Cleto: ”He’s a good arm in our system and we’ll see what we can do with him.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Surprise (2:05p.m., CT). Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, A. Garcia, RF, Abreu 1B, Viciedo LF, Konerko DH, Gillaspie 3B, Ramirez SS, Flowers C, Beckham 2B, Paulino RHP.

Sox Notes of Note

Webb has left camp due to a death in the family and will be away for an undetermined amount of time…bullpen mate Matt Lindstrom has a very mild left oblique strain. He didn’t pitch in yesterday’s spring opener as a precaution and said today his concern is “probably zero”…Phegley most likely won’t play Sunday due to a bout of the flu…According to Robin, Jeff Keppinger’s shoulder is slowly getting better.

Photo of the Day

Here’s Eaton leading off yesterday’s Cactus League opener with a single.

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White Sox Host Tribe Tomorrow

Friday, February 28, 2014

Today’s News

Sox Cactus League Opener

Dodgers  5   6   0

Sox         0   5   0

Cover Boy

This is the 12th time in 16 seasons that Paul Konerko has been included on the media guide cover.

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Meet the New Sox Hitting Guru

http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-79467562/

Our Condolences

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Baltimore Orioles and the family of O’s PR director Monica Barlow, who passed away today at 36 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Play(s) of the Day

Matt Davidson doubled while Adam Eaton, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers and Jordan Danks each got a base knock…on the pitching side, LHP Chris Sale (2.2 innings), RHP Parker Frazier (0.1), LHP Donnie Veal (1.0), RHP Mitchell Boggs (1.0) and LHP Charlie Leesman combined for six shutout innings.

Quote of the Day

White Sox radio broadcaster Darrin Jackson got his first view of new first baseman Jose Abreu during batting practice prior to today’s game.

“Oh, my God,” DJ said as Abreu hit a ball more than halfway up the batter’s eye on one of the back fields.  “And he didn’t really even hit that one.”

Yep.

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Indians at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m. CT). Scheduled Sox pitchers are John Danks, Chris Beck, Scott Downs and others.

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