GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox claimed a 7-3 victory over the Rockies on Sunday at Camelback Ranch in a game featuring key moments from players competing for roster spots on their respective teams.
German Marquez started for the Rockies and pitched two scoreless innings while allowing two hits. The No. 73 prospect in MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 is competing for a spot in Colorado's rotation. Pat Valaika, fighting for a utility spot, homered off White Sox starter Jose Quintana in the second.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carlos Rodon has yet to throw off the mound during Spring Training. He has been engaging in long toss, but doesn't throw the ball to first base during pitchers' fielding practice.
The left-hander understands those who think the above scenario stands as a red flag indicating a potential early injury or soreness. But with a wry smile, Rodon reassured everyone this slow start is all part of the plan to gradually work him into Spring Training.
PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw looked like himself in the Dodgers' 5-3 win over the White Sox in the Cactus League opener on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.
Kershaw tossed a 12-pitch, 1-2-3 inning, with a strikeout. He then left the game and threw an additional 17 pitches, continuing to show no ill effects from the herniated disk that sidelined him for more than two months last season.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson looked to have the edge to start for the White Sox in center field as Spring Training began. Todd Frazier stood as the incumbent at third base, and Brett Lawrie certainly was in the mix at second.
That has slightly changed due to injuries, although none of them are considered to be serious.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mark Buehrle took part in an almost eight-minute conference call Friday morning to discuss the White Sox honoring the left-hander with his No. 56 jersey being retired on June 24 prior to a home game with Oakland.
When apprised of the length of Friday's call, Buehrle laughed and added it's about 7 minutes, 30 seconds longer than his speech will be in June.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Colombia's starting pitcher against Team USA on March 10 during Miami's first-round pool play of the 2017 World Baseball Classic will look very familiar to White Sox fans.
"Yeah, it's really exciting. I'm happy to be part of this tournament the first time for Colombia," said White Sox ace Jose Quintana, who will get the call for Colombia, as he should on April 3 at home against the Tigers for the White Sox Opening Day. "That's an honor to have the first game.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In all the years White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams has known Mark Buehrle, Williams can remember just one time when he had to ask the All-Star southpaw in a rather stern manner what he was thinking.
"For some reason, water and tarps and rain delays brought the little kid out of him," said Williams with a laugh as he spoke about one of the best pitchers in franchise history.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Anderson has vivid memories of the tryouts he went through for teams four springs ago, flying to St. Louis and Dallas-Fort Worth after the East Valley Community College Warriors had finished their season.
His eyes were wide as he left Decatur, Miss., and arrived at Busch Stadium and Globe Life Park.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson and Todd Frazier stand as the White Sox main injury concerns as Saturday's Cactus League opener approaches.
Tilson, who has been rehabbing following surgery to repair a torn left hamstring suffered last August in Detroit, has been sidelined during Spring Training by a stress reaction in his right foot. The left-handed-hitting center fielder is on Day 5 of what he believes will be a 10-day to two-week absence.
CHICAGO -- Willie Harris was a high school student in Cairo, Ga., when he was assigned a paper about someone of historical significance. Cheryl Simmons, Harris' English teacher, recommended that Harris write about Jackie Robinson.
Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Geo Soto, Gio Soto share bond beyond name
By Fabian Ardaya
Special to MLB.com |
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- What's in a name?
Sometimes confusion for Chicago White Sox reliever Giovanni Soto and catcher Geovany Soto. But the teammates have more in common than their nearly identical names, and a friendship has blossomed between the new batterymates.
Fabian Ardaya is a senior majoring in journalism at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
White Sox content with group of catchers entering 2017
Prospect Collins still a year or two away from Majors
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox catcher of the future draws a great deal of attention in the present.
But with Zack Collins, the team's top pick in the 2016 Draft, still a year or two away from being behind the plate for Chicago, the team seems satisfied with the current catching combination in place at this point for '17.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox general manager Rick Hahn caught a few members of the press off guard Tuesday with comments made during the annual gathering of managers and general managers for Cactus League media day.
Hahn's words centered on trade talks involving Jose Quintana and the World Series champion Cubs, a question that was asked when Hahn was seen speaking with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer before their 4 p.m. session began at their respective tables.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Lucas Giolito likes the way the ball is coming out of his hand, a noticeable difference even through just one week of Spring Training pitching with the White Sox.
"Much better than last year," said Giolito, MLB's No. 11 overall prospect, per MLBPipeline.com. "I made a lot of positive changes in the offseason trying to simplify things -- get back to basics, let the ball kind of come out of my hand instead of forcing it. And it's feeling very good."
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There was very little offseason for Avisail Garcia after a disappointing 2016 campaign came to a close.
The White Sox right fielder worked hard at his craft, picking up 113 at-bats while playing for Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League. He also got into better shape, dropping from 268 pounds to 258 at the start of Spring Training, and has a goal weight of 248 by the time the team breaks camp.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Presidents Day comes this year only a few days after White Sox position players reported to Camelback Ranch for their first full squad workout of Spring Training. And it's Rick Renteria, the man in charge of the White Sox day-to-day activities, who is providing this short state of the team to coincide with this holiday.
Renteria managed the Cubs in 2014, where he presided over their ongoing rebuild, and he now takes over on the South Side in the early stages of the same sort of rebuild. The White Sox don't have a president among their front office hierarchy, so it's Renteria's task to put forth three main messages via MLB.com concerning the White Sox going into the 2017 season. Here is what Renteria had to say.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Peter Bourjos liked the opportunity and the Spring Training geography presented by the White Sox in agreeing to a Minor League deal and non-roster invite with the team.
"It seemed like a good opportunity to make the team and hopefully get an opportunity to play a little bit where I just wouldn't be going in and hoping for 200 at-bats," Bourjos said. "Hopefully I can get as many at-bats as I did last year.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With a fastball reaching 100 mph and slightly beyond, a pretty good slider and a feel for the changeup, there are some who believe Zack Burdi and his three pitches eventually could become a starter for the White Sox.
Burdi is willing to do whatever is asked of him. But the right-hander truly seems born to be a closer.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As soon as the 2016 season came to a close, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu sat down with his family and had a conversation about what had just transpired for him over the past year.
"I wanted to explain to them how the season was because they know about baseball," Abreu said through interpreter Billy Russo. "But sometimes they can't register how the process is in a season as long as the Major League season is.