Frazier being cautious with oblique injury

White Sox third baseman has no timetable for return

Frazier being cautious with oblique injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Todd Frazier is still working his way back from a strained left oblique and he told MLB.com on Wednesday morning that there's no timetable yet for his Cactus League debut.

"I don't know, I don't know, there's no real timetable right now," Frazier said in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch, hours before the White Sox played the D-backs here. "If it was during the season I'm sure there would be a timetable. I'm sure it's one of those things where you can get back going quicker. But we have a whole other month so we have plenty of time."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

White Sox power arms in good hands with Cooper

White Sox power arms in good hands with Cooper

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Don Cooper is in his 16th season as the White Sox pitching coach, and he's never seen as many power arms as the Sox have in camp. Few, if any, pitching coaches have seen a wave like Michael Kopech, Zack Burdi and the rest of the power pitchers currently in the organization.

Including Major Leaguers Carlos Rodon, Nate Jones, Tommy Kahnle and Michael Ynoa, the White Sox have at least a dozen pitchers who can throw more than 100 mph. If half of them click as either starters or late-inning relievers, the rebuilding process the White Sox began by trading their most dominant starter could lead to a sustained run of success on the South Side.

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Garcia raps four hits for rallying White Sox

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Taking their cue from the weather, which turned from a morning marked by torrential downpours into a sunny Cactus League afternoon, the White Sox turned the tables on the Reds, overcoming a four-run deficit to mount a lead and ride it to a 10-9 victory, giving them three straight games without a loss.

The Reds opened the first frame swinging, showing the offensive thump it would take to turn the tide on their winless start in the Cactus League -- an 0-5 record that is their worst start ever in Arizona and their worst since an 0-5 start in the Grapefruit League with replacement players playing in 1995. Their four-run first was fueled by a two-run double from left fielder Adam Duvall and a two-run homer onto the right-center concourse by designated hitter Ryan Raburn.

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Process outweighs results for Kopech, Lopez

Process outweighs results for Kopech, Lopez

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The first starts for highly touted prospects Michael Kopech and Reynaldo Lopez during split-squad action against the Mariners and Reds, respectively, on Tuesday didn't go exactly as planned.

Kopech, the No. 16 prospect overall per MLBPipeline.com, allowed four runs on three hits in one inning while striking out two in an 8-1 loss to Seattle in Glendale. Lopez, the No. 46 prospect, yielded five runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings, throwing 22 of his 37 pitches for strikes in Goodyear in Chicago's 10-9 come-from-behind win.

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Danish finds silver lining in knee injury

Danish finds silver lining in knee injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When right-hander Tyler Danish returns to the Major Leagues, he'll need to give Jake Peter an assist for spurring this comeback.

Danish and Peter were teammates at Triple-A Charlotte last season, when Peter delivered a walk-off single to upend Columbus and end the Knights' 10-game losing streak. Danish hurt his left knee in the celebration, an injury that led to season-ending surgery, a surgery that changed his career path in numerous ways.

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Kopech fans 2, hits 100 mph against Seattle

Kopech fans 2, hits 100 mph against Seattle

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Although Mariners veteran Felix Hernandez and White Sox prospect Michael Kopech drew much of the attention in Tuesday's Cactus League game at Camelback Ranch, it was rookie outfielder Mitch Haniger and Seattle's offense that did the damage in an 8-1 victory.

Haniger's three-run homer in the first off the hard-throwing Kopech highlighted a 14-hit day for the Mariners, who improved to 3-1 this spring. Haniger went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

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Buehrle's former teammates thrilled about honor

Buehrle's former teammates thrilled about honor

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A number of current and former White Sox made their way to Topgolf on Monday night in support of the Swing Into Spring fundraiser, hosted by Jesse Crain and the Crain Family Foundation.

As one-time reliever Matt Thornton joked, a pretty good team could be assembled from the players on hand. But a number of those former players also took the time to praise Mark Buehrle and the White Sox decision to retire Buehrle's No. 56 on June 24 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Giolito: 'A lot to work on' after White Sox debut

Young righty pitches 2 innings in 4-4 tie with Cubs

Giolito: 'A lot to work on' after White Sox debut

MESA, Ariz. -- Prior to Monday's 4-4 tie between the White Sox and Cubs, White Sox manager Rick Renteria mentioned how Lucas Giolito was coming off an exceptional bullpen session.

Giolito then threw two innings, allowing an Addison Russell solo home run, while striking out two. He didn't really feel as if he translated the work done in his bullpens.

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Moncada flashes defense in first spring start

'He's a pretty special kid,' McEwing says of No. 2 prospect in MLB

Moncada flashes defense in first spring start

MESA, Ariz. -- The comparisons between Seattle's Robinson Cano and the White Sox Yoan Moncada seem easy to make.

They have similar physical builds, high levels of athleticism and both are power-packed second basemen. Cano even had indirect influence on the name of Moncada's young son and bat-flip specialist, Robinson.

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Abreu slugs first Sox homer; Giolito debuts

Windy City matchup ends in 4-4 tie

Abreu slugs first Sox homer; Giolito debuts

MESA, Ariz. -- Addison Russell and Willson Contreras each hit solo homers and Chesny Young added a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh for the Cubs, who battled the White Sox to a 4-4 tie on Monday at Sloan Park.

Young was at the plate with two outs in the ninth and a runner on third, but Omar Minaya struck him out for the final out.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Facing Cubs, Renteria 'really happy' with Sox

Facing Cubs, Renteria 'really happy' with Sox

MESA, Ariz. -- Rick Renteria didn't make much of his return to face the Cubs as White Sox manager when asked about the topic prior to Monday's Cactus League contest at Sloan Park.

It was Renteria's first appearance as manager against the North Side team that dismissed him after his one season at the helm in 2014. He was replaced by Joe Madden, who guided the Cubs to a World Series title in '16. The easygoing Renteria talked with Maddon at the Cactus League media day last Tuesday.

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Hahn talks Quintana, deals that fell through

White Sox GM says 'no economic pressure' to move lefty

Hahn talks Quintana, deals that fell through

MESA, Ariz. -- Rick Hahn has pulled off some impressive trades during his tenure as White Sox general manager, of both the contending and rebuilding variety.

The most recent examples include acquiring infielder Yoan Moncada, pitchers Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, and outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe for Chris Sale; and adding right-handers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning from Washington for Adam Eaton. Giolito started Monday against the Cubs, while Lopez is scheduled to take the mound Tuesday.

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Asche gets White Sox started in Quintana's debut

Asche gets White Sox started in Quintana's debut

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.

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Family support helps Gonzalez tune for Classic

Quintana, Robertson, Jones also pitch in preparation for international stage

Family support helps Gonzalez tune for Classic

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Miguel Gonzalez pitched in front of 12 family members during his scoreless two innings in a 7-3 White Sox victory over the Rockies on Sunday at Camelback Ranch.

But when Gonzalez takes the mound for Mexico as part of the upcoming World Baseball Classic pool play in Jalisco, Mexico, Sunday's total of 12 will seem small when talking about his support system.

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White Sox motivated to emulate Cubs' success

White Sox motivated to emulate Cubs' success

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox want to be where the Cubs currently reside.

No, not Mesa, the locale of Monday afternoon's Cactus League contest between Chicago's two baseball teams. Nor do they want to move Guaranteed Rate Field over to 1060 W. Addison.

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Rodon 'all good' as he eases into spring action

Lawrie working out 'end little kinks' before playing

Rodon 'all good' as he eases into spring action

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.

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Fulmer's strong start highlights Cactus opener

Fulmer's strong start highlights Cactus opener

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.

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Collins, Moncada make Sox debuts in Cactus opener

Collins, Moncada make Sox debuts in Cactus opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zack Collins and Yoan Moncada have played at Camelback Ranch before, as recently as this past November during the Arizona Fall League season.

But Saturday's appearance in the White Sox Cactus League opener, a 5-3 loss to the Dodgers, held a special meaning for this pair of top prospects.

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White Sox trio nursing injuries as spring play begins

Tilson, Frazier, Lawrie sidelined for Cactus opener

White Sox trio nursing injuries as spring play begins

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.

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Fulmer looks to keep learning throughout spring

Fulmer looks to keep learning throughout spring

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox starter Carson Fulmer didn't mind the two-out walk issued to Justin Turner, followed by Yasmani Grandal's single in the first inning of Los Angeles' 5-3 victory Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

It was a Cactus League-opening challenge adeptly handled by Fulmer, the club's No. 5 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com.

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Buehrle 'blown away' by having number retired

Buehrle 'blown away' by having number retired

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.

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Frazier rewarded for design work on Glove Day

Frazier rewarded for design work on Glove Day

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Todd Frazier has two All-Star Game appearances, a Home Run Derby title and 40 home runs in a season to highlight his impressive Major League Baseball resume.

The phrase "glove designer" can be added to that list as well.

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Quintana eager to face USA, teammates in Classic

Quintana eager to face USA, teammates in Classic

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.

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White Sox to retire Buehrle's uniform No. 56

Southpaw, who won 161 games for team, will be honored June 24

White Sox to retire Buehrle's uniform No. 56

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.

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Phil Rogers

Improving Anderson a key piece to Sox rebuild

Shortstop showed defensive prowess as a rookie

Improving Anderson a key piece to Sox rebuild

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.

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White Sox Tilson hopes to return next week

Outfielder has been out with stress reaction in foot

White Sox Tilson hopes to return next week

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.

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Harris continues following Jackie's path

Former White Sox shares hometown, selfless spirit with Hall of Famer

Harris continues following Jackie's path

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.

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Holy Holland! Pitcher brings fun to White Sox clubhouse

Newly signed starter wears Batman suit at camp Wednesday

Holy Holland! Pitcher brings fun to White Sox clubhouse

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Long after the White Sox completed their morning workout on Wednesday, pitcher Derek Holland made his way around the team's training complex in a Batman suit.

"I have two," he told second baseman Brett Lawrie in the hallway outside the clubhouse.

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