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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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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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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.

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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

[tweet https://twitter.com/whitesox/status/574692967841034244]

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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Off to a Great Start

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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Today’s News

Cactus League Opener

Dodgers    4 10 0

Sox            6  9  0

Plays of the Day

Alexei Ramirez doubled, singled, stole a base and had three RBI, Avi Garcia doubled twice, walked, scored a run and drove in another, Adam LaRoche doubled in a pair of runs, Jose Abreu singled twice with a run scored and Adam Eaton also singled twice and scored. Starter Jose Quintana pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts for the win and new Sox outfielder J.B. Shuck made a spectacular catch (see video above).

Eaton, Gillaspie, 22 Others Sign One-Year Deals

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/adam-eaton-tops-list-24-white-sox-players-sign-one-year-deals

Our Minnie

A moving tribute to Minnie Minoso from Congressman Steve Cohen of Tennessee.

Congressman Cohen Pays Tribute to the Life of MLB Legend Minnie Minoso

A Conversation With Mr. White Sox.

A Conversation With Baseball Legend Minnie Minoso

South Side Sox on Minnie.

http://www.southsidesox.com/2015/3/3/8139583/a-v-room-minnie-mi

CSNChicago will carry live coverage of the Minnie Minoso Memorial Service on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT.

Sox in the Community

Sox pitchers Jake Petricka (pictured below) and Erik Surkamp read to Villa de Paz Elementary students yesterday as part of the Read Across America initiative.

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Jared Mitchell Thinking Positive

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dg6qj?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

Soto Too? Yes, Soto Too

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-geovany-soto-catchers-spt-0303-20150302-story.html

Quote of the Day

GM Rick Hahn:

“Our goal is not to jump up and contend for one year and then the next couple scrambling to put us back in position and jump up again. Our goal is to contend on an annual basis. Part of that is the introduction and development of young talent on an annual basis.”

Tomorrow’s Schedule

Dodgers vs. White Sox at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., CT). LHP John Danks for the Sox vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw. Other Sox pitchers scheduled are: Javy Guerra, Petricka, Daniel Webb, Dan Jennings, Zach Phillips, Raul Fernandez and Joe Savery.

Photo of the Day

Many faces of the Shark.

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Sox vs. Dodgers in Tomorrow’s Cactus League Opener

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

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Today’s News

Shirts vs. Skins

Yesterday’s intrasquad game was rained out, but it was a go today as the Sox Shirts and Sox Skins faced each other a day before Cactus League play begins. Highlights of the day: Micah Johnson went 3-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored, Conor Gillaspie connected for two triples, Tim Anderson went 2-3 with two RBI and Trayce Thompson homered.

Jeff Samardzija was on the mound for today’s intrasquad contest and he’s feeling good.

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/23048/samardzija-says-hes-ahead-of-schedule

Tomorrow’s Opener

Sox vs. Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale (2:05 p.m., CT).

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Cabrera LF, Abreu 1B, LaRoche DH, A. Garcia RF, Ramirez SS, Beckham 3B, Flowers C, Sanchez 2B, Quintana P.

Scheduled to follow Quintana on the mound are: Brad PennyNolan SanburnTyler DanishErik SurkampZach PutnamLogan Kensing and Arcenio Leon.

Up Close & Personal with Carlos Rodon

Scott Merkin of whitesox.com talks with the Sox’ rookie (pictured below).

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110942450/carlos-rodon-lets-his-game-do-the-talking-at-white-sox-camp

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The New John Danks

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-john-danks-has-confidence-changes-his-delivery

“Yoga” Johnson

Micah Johnson used Yoga to help his development this past offseason.

http://www.sportsmanias.com/tweets/article/54f4da37c2e8d6e933000043

Who knows if Adam LaRoche‘s son Drake will be the third generation LaRoche to reach the big leagues, following in the footsteps of his grandad Dave, a 14-year major-league pitcher, dad Adam and uncle Andy, who is also in Sox camp this spring. But if Drake does reach the bigs, he very well may look back at this conversation with Jim Thome at Sox camp as being one of the reasons why he made it.

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Taking a Look at Prospect Courtney Hawkins

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dg7kJ?utm_campaign=tsipad&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=teamstream

The Wonder of Minnie Minoso

Yet another wonderful tribute to Mr. White Sox.

http://sportsworld.nbcsports.com/remembering-minnie-minoso/

Jose Abreu on Minnie

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-mourning-jose-abreu-happy-return-field

Minoso Visitation and Memorial Service Announced

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/111030446/visitation-memorial-services-announced-for-minnie-minoso?partnerId=as_cws_20150303_41456146&adbid=572877594661502978&adbpl=tw&adbpr=53197137

Quote of the Day

Robin on Micah Johnson:

“When you see him on the field, you’re drawn to him. He makes a lot of stuff happen.”

Photo of the Day

Getting ready for his closeup: Abreu prepares for an MLB Network photo shoot that will also include some of baseball’s biggest stars.

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Rainy Day in Glendale and More Minnie

Monday, March 2, 2015

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Today’s News

Game Called

Rain nixed today’s scheduled intrasquad game and limited the Sox to batting cage and bullpen work. Weather permitting, another Sox vs. Sox game is on tap tomorrow.

Here is some of today’s activity. That’s Jose Abreu above and Jake Petricka, Alexei Ramirez and Avi Garcia below.

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Wednesday’s Opener

Jose Quintana is set for the start in the Sox’ first Cactus League game on Wednesday vs. the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Scheduled to follow him on the mound are: Brad Penny, Nolan Sanburn, Tyler Danish, Erik Surkamp, Zach Putnam, Logan Kensing and Arcenio Leon.

Rodon Gets Friday Start

LHP Carlos Rodon, the Sox’ No. 1 draft pick in 2014, is expected to start Friday against the San Diego Padres at Peoria. He replaces the injured Chris Sale.

While Rodon is on the fast track, according to Carlos there’s another pitching stud from last year’s draft that’s thriving in the Sox system–Spencer Adams, the 44th pick overall. Enjoy the following story on Adams, who is pictured below.

http://www.sportsmanias.com/tweets/article/54f1fdb9f7ed2f062a000000

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The LaRoches: Like Father, Like Son

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-adam-laroche-white-sox-spring-spt-0301-20150228-story.html

Sox Note of Note

The White Sox have promoted Jeremy Haber to assistant general manager. Haber is involved with roster management, contract negotiations and player acquisitions.

All About Minnie

Ron Kittle on Mr. White Sox:

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/clip/11189506/ron-kittle-reflects-on-the-life-of-minnie-minoso

A fascinating look at Minoso’s Hall of Fame candidacy and valid reasons why he never got enough support.

http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2015-03-01/minnie-minoso-dead-dies-hall-of-fame-obituary-white-sox-indians-election?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Something special from the archives:

https://archive.org/details/MinnieMinoso1969InterviewByJoeWright

Quote of the Day

Baseball great and fellow Cuban Tony Oliva upon Minnie’s passing:

“I don’t know if he was better than me, but in my book, when they talk about the best Cuban ballplayers, I always say Minoso. I know I’ve got all the batting championships and all that stuff, but he did all that stuff, too. He didn’t win the batting championships, but if you look at his records and his numbers, you know he was a great ballplayer.”

Photo of the Day

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This Could Be the Start of Something Big

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Today’s News

The Gang’s All Here

Today was the first official day of full-squad workouts as all White Sox position players joined pitchers and catchers at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. A sight for sore eyes: live batting practice–Sox hitters vs. Sox pitchers.

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Sale and Samardzija: Friendly Competitors

A bond is building between these two All-Star pitchers, who are on the same side for the first time.

http://www.csnchicago.com/white-sox/white-sox-chris-sale-and-jeff-samardzijas-special-relationship

The Vince Coleman Factor

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/white-sox/post/_/id/22925/coleman-has-sox-itching-to-step-on-gas

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Welcome Emilio!

The versatile Emilio Bonifacio (pictured above) is expected to add a great deal of flexibility to the White Sox this season. Click on the link below to hear his thoughts about playing for the Sox. And he sure looks happy to be on the South Side (via CST_soxvan).

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Pitching Schedule

Where the Sox pitchers will be during the next few days:

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More Promo Dates for the 2005 Celebration

http://m.whitesox.mlb.com/news/article/110268560/white-sox-announce-2015-promotional-dates-to-celebrate-2005-world-series

Quotes of the Day

Here’s what the Chicago media is tweeting from the first day of full-squad workouts. If you don’t follow these reporters, it would definitely be worth your while to do so.

@ESPNChiSox: Bonifacio was asked if he likes Jose Abreu and all his production: “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” #quoteofthespring

@scottmerkin: From @Micah_Johnson3: “You have to be confident but not arrogant. If you become arrogant, that’s when you lose your edge to work hard.”

@scottmerkin: Micah on Vince Coleman: “He’s already made some adjustments on my running game. I’m open ears to him.”

@ChiTribKane: White Sox 2B Micah Johnson is fluent in Spanish, has been studying it since elementary school. Surely helps with clubhouse communication.

@ESPNChiSox: Eaton said working with Vince Coleman is intense. Wanted to get out there immediately vs. a pitcher to try some base-stealing advice.

@ChuckGarfien: Adam Eaton on Adam LaRoche: “I’ve heard great things. He’s got a great beard. I think we’ll have a good set of beards this season.”

@CST_soxvan: Adam Eaton has Konerko card on locker, talks about leadership void. ‘Nobody can replace Paul’  

@ChuckGarfien: Gillaspie bulked up, quit chewing tobacco and wants to make sure he’s still got his strength at the end of the season.

Photo of the Day

ESPN is at CR-G today. Here is the network’s Jay Crawford (left) with Jose Abreu.

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Abreu on Abreu

Monday, February 23, 2015 blog post

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Today’s News

First Take

Entering his second big-league season after an historic rookie year, Jose Abreu met with the media today for the first time this spring. Here are some of the highlights via an interpreter:

* “I cannot say that I will put up the same numbers or better. I just can say that I will try to do the best of me every day and help the team win games. If the numbers are the same as last year, it’s good for me. But my main focus right now is to try to be the best player possible and help the team.” 

* “My goal every day is to try to be better in the position and try to be closer to the perfection. I know perfection is not possible, but I always work for that, to be as close to perfection as could be.”

* “I learned how to handle the long season that is the major league season. I’m working on it right now. I’m trying to be in the best shape possible for the season, but not just for the beginning, for the whole season long…I came (here) more fresh. I know that I have to save my bullets or save my energy for the long season and not just throw it out in the first weeks.”

Jose also expressed how happy he is to have Adam LaRoche as a teammate, having heard he is an outstanding player and good person.

Around the Horn

Watch and listen to Adam Eaton, John Danks, Chris SaleDavid Robertson and Don Cooper on high expectations, new faces in camp and top prospect Carlos Rodon.

http://m.mlb.com/video/v38366383/white-sox-hold-high-expectations-going-into-2015

http://m.mlb.com/video/v38166383/sale-on-new-white-sox-teammates-goals-for-15-season

http://m.mlb.com/video/v38163783/robertson-discusses-his-role-on-the-2015-white-sox

White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper

Legendary

John Legend and the rapper Common, a native South Sider, both have spent time at U.S. Cellular Field. Last night they were awarded an Oscar for the song “Glory” from the movie Selma. Congratulations!

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Sox Note of Note

Because of the club’s bench flexibility, Robin has indicated that it’s possible that the Sox will start the season with eight relievers.

Quote of the Day

Food for thought from Jeff Samardzija:

“Listen, I can get (hitters) out without even throwing a pitch.”

Photo of the Day

Fan-friendly Sox.

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