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Abreu is En Fuego…and it’s Sox vs. Cubs II in Mesa 

Friday, March 27, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Cubs at Mesa (3:05 p.m., CT, WGN) in the second and final meeting this spring between the two Windy City clubs. Probable Starters: RHP Jeff Samardzija  for the Sox and RHP Jason Hammel for the North Siders.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Jose Abreu went 3-3, raising his Cactus League batting average to a blistering .488…Adam LaRoche (double), Alexei RamirezJ.B. Shuck, Gordon Beckham (double) and minor-leaguer Christian Marrero each drove in a run in the Sox’ 9-6 loss to the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Zach Putnam, Jairo Asencio and Erik Surkamp each pitched a scoreless inning.

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Words of Wisdom From the Front Office 

Earlier this week a group of Sox bloggers spoke with GM Rick Hahn and Assistant GM Buddy Bell. Here’s a sampling of what was discussed.

Hahn (pictured above), speaking about the importance of building the farm system:

“It absolutely was a priority for all of us. The end-all, be-all is winning in Chicago, and really the farm system plays into that two-fold. One, is providing impact talent that can help us win in Chicago, or two, providing us with viable trade assets to go get the pieces we need in Chicago. While I agree that we’re in a healthier spot than we’ve been in in a while, from a farm system standpoint, I do think for years it was serving that second purpose fairly well, as we were able to augment the big league club. But in an effort to try to create something around here that’s sustainable, not a situation where we just jump up once and contend and knock out an 88 to 90-win season and fall back down, but instead, put ourselves in position to contend annually. Getting the farm system to hit on all cylinders so that we were providing guys for Chicago was a priority.”

Bell, talking about the organization’s philosophy of challenging players:

“I think the benefit is that you’re able to see what kind of adjustments you have to make, ultimately.  I see low A and high A as not a tremendously big jump, I think in Courtney’s (Hawkins) case, in his first year he did a good job in Kannapolis and then went up to Winston-Salem for the playoffs and did well. I thought he needed to make some adjustments and he had to understand the adjustments and he had to be humbled a bit. He certainly was even though he put up some pretty good numbers from a strikeout standpoint. I think he suffered there a little bit.  I think probably from my experience as a player, I wanted to be pushed, I wanted to understand what I needed to do—it’s hard at times, this game is an awful hard game to play. Within reason, I think our philosophy is to push guys and I think we’ve been successful for the most part. Guys are ultimately going to determine if they are going to make it in the big leagues and a jump from low A to high A is not that big of deal in my mind. A jump—just to get away from that question for a bit—I think the jump from Charlotte to the big leagues is the biggest jump and I don’t think it ever used to be, I’m not sure what the deal is but the game the way it’s played in Triple A is not even close to how it’s played in the big leagues. The speed of the game in the big leagues has gotten so quick to how it’s played in triple-A. I think the jump from single-A ball to triple-A is not as great as it used to be, I think it is all kind of relative. But to answer your question—our philosophy is to push the guys a little bit, to be a little more aggressive than maybe (other organizations).”

Remember Me? 

Abreu Among Elite Sluggers

http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/114700296/2015s-home-run-crown-contenders-jose-bautista-giancarlo-stanton?partnerId=ed-9041872-658620023

Tweet of the Day: Quite a Comparison

@BerniePleskoff: Heard it from scout today: #WhiteSox Carlos Rodon reminds him of  “young Steve Carlton.”  Not too shabby. I love what I’ve seen of Rodon.

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More Rodon

Carlos Rodon‘s 19 strikeouts are tied with the Mariners’ Taijuan Walker and the A’s Drew Pomeranz for the Cactus League lead.

The LaRoche/Thome Connection

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/115004674/adam-laroche-happy-to-have-jim-thome-as-mentor-with-white-sox

Quotes of the Day

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. A’s at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana for the Sox, LHP Scott Kazmir for Oakland.

Photo of the Day

Straight A’s: Avi and Alexei.

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In Sox Camp “Q” Stands for Outstanding

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Padres at Peoria (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Starters: LHP Jose

Quintana for the Sox, RHP Tyson Ross for San Diego. Other Sox scheduled to pitch: RHP David Robertson, RHP Frankie Montas, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Quintana will be looking to continue his outstanding performance this spring. He’s 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA.

Yesterday’s Highlights

J.B. Shuck (pictured below) singled, doubled, drove in a run and stole his fourth base of the spring. He is now hitting .394…Alexei Ramirez, also batting .394, added a single and double with an RBI and Courtney Hawkins, following up his two homers on Saturday, doubled and drove in a run in his only at bat in the Sox’ loss to the Brewers at Maryvale.

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A New Avi

http://chicago.suntimes.com/sports/7/71/461225/white-sox-outfielder-avisail-garcia-best-lay-bad-pitches

March Madness White Sox Style

On Saturday, Sox hurlers and North Carolina State products Carlos Rodon and Erik Surkamp were celebrating their alma mater’s impressive win over No. 1 seed Villanova in the East Regional to advance to the Sweet 16. And former Fighting Irish standout Jeff Samardzija was doing likewise after Notre Dame’s triumph over Butler in the Midwest Regional. Now it’s Conor Gillaspie‘s turn to gloat as his Wichita State Shockers upended No. 2 seed and intrastate rival Kansas yesterday to advance to the round of 16 in the Midwest. N.C. State squares off with Louisville on Friday in Syracuse while Jeff’s Irish will play Conor’s Shockers on Thursday in Cleveland.

Also in a very good mood is White Sox social media whiz Colleen Maxwell, whose Michigan State Spartans surprised No. 2 Virginia in the East. Sparty goes up against Oklahoma Friday in Syracuse.

Quotes of the Day

Alexei on hitting in the sixth hole:

“That’s part of the job that I’m doing right now. I’ve found my spot in the lineup. It’s a great responsibility and I can find men on base. I have to bring them home.”

And on this year’s Sox:

“We are like a family right now. We make jokes. We laugh. I think that it’s a good team we have here. I think that the front office found the pieces.”

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rockies at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT, CSN). Probable Sox Starter: LHP John Danks. Others scheduled are RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Matt Albers, LHP Onelki Garcia.

Photo of the Day

World Champion White Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand (on the far right) brought his Little League team to Glendale to see how it’s done on the major-league level. That’s Aaron’s son wearing his Dad’s No. 33.

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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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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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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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It’s Rodon on the Bump vs. Rangers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: LHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Logan Kensing.

Rodon (pictured above) makes his second Cactus League start. In his first outing, vs. the Padres on March 6, he went two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out four.

Watch the game by clicking on this link:  http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/8878818/v40434483

Yesterday’s Highlights

A day after his ninth-inning solo homer tied the game with the Diamondbacks, Micah Johnson went 4-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in the White Sox’ 6-2 win over the Royals in Surprise where the Sox pounded out 15 hits…Jose Abreu went 2-3 with a run batted in and run scored and Andy Wilkins, Alexei Ramirez, J.B. Shuck and Gordon Beckham each added an RBI…Zach Phillips (1.1 IP), Raul Fernandez (1.1), Scott Carroll (2.2) and Erik Surkamp (1.1) pitched scoreless ball in relief of highly touted prospect Tyler Danish, who gave up a pair of runs in 2.1 innings of work and got credit for the win…The White Sox are now 3-3-1 this spring.

Tune in Tonight

Sox starters Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija will be featured in an exclusive interview tonight in the latest edition of Inside Look, presented by Cadillac, at 9:00 p.m, CT on Comcast SportsNet.

And don’t forget, it’s the White Sox turn on the MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” tonight, airing at 6:00 p.m., CT.

Abreu Adjusts to Fame

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/112081866/white-sox-slugger-jose-abreu-comfortable-on-field-not-yet-with-fame?tcid=tw_share

Robertson on Robertson

The new Sox closer (pictured below) on his first spring appearance.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-white-sox-david-robertson-20150309-story.html

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Trayce Thompson 

The young outfielder hopes to be the next in his family to shine at the highest level in sports. By the way, Trayce‘s brother Klay, in Phoenix with his Golden State Warriors, was in Surprise yesterday watching his bro on the baseball diamond.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/111919176/white-sox-prospect-trayce-thompson-honing-focus

Tyler Flowers: Pitch Framer

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/tyler-flowers-adds-his-value-pitch-framing-studies

Danks Builds Arm Strength

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/112089776/white-sox-left-hander-john-danks-uses-sim-game-to-build-arm-strength#

Hitting Coach Steverson on White Sox Hitters

Todd Steverson, shown here with veteran 1B/DH Adam LaRoche, discusses the Sox offense in the story below.

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/111933180/white-sox-hitters-starting-to-get-

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Sox Notes of Note

Outfielder Michael Taylor, 29, announced his retirement yesterday. Taylor played in 11 games with the Sox in 2014 after being acquired from the A’s…Outfielder Engel Beltre will replace Taylor in major-league camp. Beltre signed with the Sox as a free agent in January after spending last year in the Rangers organization.

Quote of the Day

Robin on Emilio Bonifacio (via Colleen Kane at the Trib):

“(He has) energy, and he’s a smart player. You see him doing the small things–getting guys over, running the bases. He does a lot of things well. Having that kind of versatility, there’s not many people who can do that.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Rangers at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Frankie Montas.

White Sox (Split Squad) vs. Giants at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (6:05 p.m., CT). Probable Sox starter: RHP Hector Noesi.

The start time of the second game was originally 2:05 p.m. CT, but was changed to accomodate MLB, which is working with HBO to film a special that day during Cactus League games. The production will be dedicated to the fight against cancer and will include a charitable component and awareness campaign.

Photo of the Day

Micah is certainly enjoying the spring in Glendale.

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“Adam Eaton Will Forever Be a Hero in His Eyes”

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Today’s News

An E-mail From a Sox Fan Titled “Biggest Little Sox Fan!”

Good morning,

I am a Chicago native that was born and raised a die-hard White Sox fan, but I now live in the Phoenix, AZ area. I have a 4 year old son, Colton (pictured above) who is also a huge Sox fan. We had the opportunity to attend opening day at Camelback Ranch on March 4th. My son started noticing the ballparks getting ready for spring training a few weeks ago and has been asking non-stop when baseball is starting. He is such a HUGE Sox fan, he even has a White Sox bedroom. That being said, I can’t say enough about how amazing your players are when it comes to interacting with your fans.

We arrived at the stadium 90 minutes early so we had time to grab some hot dogs and get to our seats in time for autographs. My son received autographs from Penny, Eaton, Ramirez and more. This made him so happy, he was even telling me that he’s lucky. And then his day got even better. In the middle of the 4th inning Adam Eaton was on his way off the field. While passing by he tossed a handful of bubble gum to the fans. He then stopped in front of my son and handed him the bat he used to play the game, saying it was for the little fan. At the moment my son was sort of stunned and speechless, but once Adam walked away and he realized what had happened he was so excited. All he’s talked about for the past 2 days is his White Sox bat. I had to explain to him why he can’t take it to school and I’m pretty sure he would sleep with it if I let him. I don’t know if this is something that happens often during games, but it meant more to my son than words could ever explain. Adam Eaton will forever be a hero in his eyes.

He loves baseball so much and being able to interact with players really made a lasting impression on him. We make 2-3 trips to Chicago during the summer and going to game day with his Grandpa is always the highlight of the trip. He was sad to leave after the spring training game and was already asking when we can go to the park with the shower (fan shower in the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field). He is truly your biggest little fan.

I’ve attached a picture of my son with his new, most prized possession at opening day. Please pass along our immense gratitude to Adam Eaton if at all possible. We will be attending several more games during spring training (I would take the whole month of March off if I could) and look forward to cheering on the White Sox.

                                                                                                           Jaclyn Katsolis

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: RHP Tyler Danish, LHP Erik Surkamp, RHP Scott Carroll, LHP Joe Savery, RHP Arcenio Leon, RHP Raul Fernandez, LHP Zach Phillips, RHP Nolan Sanburn.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Micah Johnson (pictured below) came to the rescue with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the White Sox came back to tie the Diamondbacks at 3-3 in a game called after nine at Camelback Ranch-Glendale…Shortstop Juan Diaz also smashed a solo homer and outfielder Trayce Thompson drove in a run on a sac fly…In his Cactus League debut, David Robertson gave up a hit and struck out a batter in a scoreless third…Matt Albers and Jairo Asencio pitched a perfect six and seventh, respectively, and Maikel Cleto struck out the side in the ninth.

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White Sox Featured on MLB Network

The White Sox will be front and center on the “30 Clubs in 30 Days” series tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m., CT.

Sox Notes of Note

Jesse Crain (pictured below) is getting closer to pitching in a game. He threw 30 pitches during live batting practice yesterday and will be out there again tomorrow or Thursday…John Danks will pitch a simulated game today and Hector Noesi is scheduled to pitch in a “B” game tomorrow…The Sox are putting a high priority on baserunning and basestealing this spring. Click on the link: http://chicago.suntimes.com/baseball/7/71/426857/white-sox-embracing-better-baserunning-stealing-bags

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Quote of the Day

Former Sox MVP Dick Allen on the passing of Minnie Minoso and the adulation Minnie is getting from his hometown fans.

“Goes to show all the baseball world of the true sincere loyalty of Chicago Sports Fans. The White Sox did retire his number 9…Well Deserved…a real player and even better human being…he had a love of baseball, The White Sox and a spirit of love for all human life. He loved Chicago almost as much as I do for what the city has done for me. Rest in Baseball Peace Minnie. Shame on the writers for not giving him his due in the The Hall. Nevertheless, he’s in mine. My friend Minnie Minoso.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Rangers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m.). Probable pitching order: LHP Carlos Rodon, RHP Javy Guerra, LHP Dan Jennings, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Jake Petricka, RHP Daniel Webb, RHP Logan Kensing.

Photo of the Day

Spring Training fun.

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Sox Bats Batter A’s

Monday, March 9, 2015

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Today’s News

This Afternoon’s Game

White Sox vs. Diamondbacks at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: LHP Jose Quintana, RHP Brad Penny, LHP Zach Duke, LHP Onelki Garcia, RHP Matt Albers, RHP Zach Putnam, LHP Zach Phillips, RHP Maikel Cleto.

Sox Starting Lineup: Emilio Bonifacio CF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Melky Cabrera LF, Adam LaRoche 1B, Avi Garcia RF, Conor Gillaspie 3B, Gordon Beckham DH, Tyler Flowers C, Carlos Sanchez 2B.

Yesterday’s Highlights

George Kottaras socked a solo homer (see link below), Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton both doubled in a pair of runs and Carlos Sanchez singled in two tallies in the White Sox’ 10-4 victory over the A’s…Courtney Hawkins, Rob Brantly and Tyler Saladino each added an RBI single, with the latter two going 2-3, and Trayce Thompson went 2-2 with a pair of singles. The Sox, who scored six runs in the fourth inning, had 12 hits in all…Jeff Samardzija made his first start in a Sox uniform (see video below) and got credit for the win. He pitched two scoreless, hitless innings before giving up two runs in his third and final frame…Jake Petricka, Javy Guerra and Dan Jennings each pitched a scoreless inning.

http://atmlb.com/1F0ZBCs

Samardzija Not Feeling the Pressure

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-jeff-samardzija-not-feeling-pressure

Robin: Shark’s a Competitor

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-white-sox-jeff-samardzija-20150308-story.html

Nate Jones Update

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/nate-jones-sticking-white-sox-recovery-plan

Quote of the Day

Avi Garcia (via @scottmerkin):

“The season is starting now. Not in April. You got to do everything right now. The season starts now.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at Surprise (3:05 p.m., CT). Probable pitching order: RHP Tyler Danish, LHP Erik Surkamp, RHP Scott Carroll, LHP Joe Savery, RHP Arcenio Leon, RHP Raul Fernandez, LHP Zach Phillips.

Photo of the Day

The subject, no doubt, is hitting as coach Todd Steverson, Adam LaRoche and Micah Johnson (left to right in foreground) share info around the cage.

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