It’s Rodon on the Bump vs. Rangers
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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
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
Robertson on Robertson
The new Sox closer (pictured below) on his first spring appearance.
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.
Tyler Flowers: Pitch Framer
Danks Builds 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.
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.”
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.