Hayes hits slam in 9th for Sox sixth homer

Hayes hits slam in 9th for Sox sixth homer

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Danny Hayes' ninth-inning grand slam capped a six-homer day for the White Sox in a 10-7 Cactus League victory over the Indians on Saturday at Goodyear Ballpark. Four of Chicago's shots came off Tribe righty Josh Tomlin, who was still able to work into the seventh in his continued march toward the regular season.

Jacob May -- ranked 26th among the White Sox top 30 prospects by MLBPipeline.com -- opened the game with a home run off Tomlin to set the tone. Before the right-hander exited, Cody Asche, Jose Abreu and Everth Cabrera had also taken Tomlin deep. Hayes' game-deciding shot came off righty Joseph Colon, who is competing for a spot in the Indians' bullpen.

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Rodon to see doctor Monday for 2nd opinion

Rodon to see doctor Monday for 2nd opinion

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Carlos Rodon is scheduled to visit Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday in Los Angeles for a second opinion on what he described as tightness in the biceps tendon area of his left shoulder.

Rodon seemed upbeat Saturday morning after Friday's MRI revealed no structure damage in relation to the issue causing him to miss a scheduled Cactus League start Friday in Mesa.

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Covey asserts himself into roster talk

Covey asserts himself into roster talk

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Be aggressive.

That mantra was carried by Dylan Covey into his outing against the American League champion Indians on Saturday, marking his third Cactus League start. Covey, who is a Rule 5 selection from Oakland needing to make the big league roster, had been pitching passively recently in his opinion.

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White Sox starters hit four doubles in loss to A's

White Sox starters hit four doubles in loss to A's

MESA, Ariz. -- The hot-hitting A's busted out for five runs in the first inning en route to an 8-2 victory over the White Sox at Hohokam Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Trevor Plouffe, Mark Canha and Chris Parmelee notched RBI hits in the opening frame, and Ryon Healy connected for a two-run homer in the second for his fifth of the spring, as Oakland pounded a White Sox bullpen that was saddled with pitching duties in place of injured starter Carlos Rodon, who was scratched from the start.

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Quintana to make first Opening Day start

All-Star lefty set to begin sixth year with club

Quintana to make first Opening Day start

MESA, Ariz. -- Left-hander Jose Quintana said he was surprised to get the news that he will start Opening Day for the White Sox on April 3 against the Tigers, but based on his performance with the club and on baseball's biggest stages over the last year, few others were surprised at the selection.

"Q will be our Opening Day starter," manager Rick Renteria said before Friday's game with the A's. "Good for him. He's very happy about it. He has obviously earned it."

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Robertson, Jones return as Classic winners

Relievers share their WBC '17 memories; Jones displays gold medal

Robertson, Jones return as Classic winners

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The crowd in the back corner of the White Sox clubhouse was gathered around a shimmering bit of bling the likes of which had never been seen in a Team USA player's hands before. It was Nate Jones' World Baseball Classic gold medal, and though he was happy to show it to his White Sox teammates, he wasn't letting go of it anytime soon.

"I don't want to stow it away or put it in a safe box just yet," Jones said. "It's a pretty exciting thing. I want to keep it on me and keep it safe."

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Prospect Moncada eats up to 85 Twinkies a week

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Prospect Moncada eats up to 85 Twinkies a week

Yoan Moncada came to the U.S. from Cuba when he was just 19, and that's when he discovered Twinkies. You may remember them as being the fun snack that you were allowed to eat every now and then, but Moncada knows them as a major food group.

According to a profile in ESPN the Magazine, he eats quite a lot of them. 

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Quintana flashes perfection; Delmonico homers

Quintana flashes perfection; Delmonico homers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana appears to be regular-season ready.

With 17 scouts in attendance, the White Sox ace and prime trade candidate as part of the team's rebuilding, pitched 5 2/3 perfect innings during a 4-2 victory over the Reds on Thursday at Camelback Ranch.

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Hahn won't budge on asking price for Quintana

Hahn won't budge on asking price for Quintana

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Trying to decipher potential Jose Quintana trade destinations from this week's latest batch of rumors really isn't that difficult, even with Quintana throwing 5 2/3 perfect innings against the Reds on Thursday in front of 17 scouts during a 4-2 White Sox victory at Camelback Ranch.

In fact, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn summed up the matter in a conversation with MLB.com, although he wasn't speaking directly about Quintana, who allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings Thursday.

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Moncada, Giolito, Lopez reflect on Sox camp

Top prospects reassigned to Minors, discuss feelings upon departure

Moncada, Giolito, Lopez reflect on Sox camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez held court before the White Sox 4-2 victory over the Reds at Camelback Ranch after the team's top prospects per MLBPipeline.com were returned from big league Spring Training to Minor League camp Tuesday. Here's a look at some of their comments.

Moncada

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Katz, Goldberg relish Classic experience

Katz, Goldberg relish Classic experience

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Prior to taking part in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, White Sox Minor Leaguer Alex Katz was pitching on the back fields of Camelback Ranch.

"There were five, 10 people watching," Katz said. "Then a couple of weeks later I'm throwing in front of 50,000 fans. I think I was more nervous throwing on the back field in front of five or 10 people than the 50,000, which is crazy. It was unbelievable."

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White Sox youthful core building bonds

White Sox youthful core building bonds

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A White Sox scout made an interesting observation after the team moved their top five prospects per MLBPipeline.com to the Minor Leagues Tuesday afternoon.

"Charlotte better at least win the first half of their season," he said with a laugh.

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Engel, Kahnle among four sent down

Smith rolling with the punches this spring

Engel, Kahnle among four sent down

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox made four roster moves prior to Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the A's at Camelback Ranch.

Outfielder Adam Engel and right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. Left-handed pitcher Jace Fry and catcher Roberto Pena were reassigned to Minor League camp.

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Melky, Sanchez highlight offense vs. A's

Melky, Sanchez highlight offense vs. A's

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Andrew Triggs is fighting for a spot in the Oakland rotation and he enhanced those chances by allowing two runs over five innings during a 5-3 victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.

Triggs allowed three hits in five-plus innings, striking out four. The first run scored by the White Sox came via a fifth-inning home run from Yolmer Sanchez, who figures to earn one of the team's bench spots, as well as compete for more regular playing time at second base. He added a ninth-inning triple.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Quintana credits Fallon for help with English

Quintana credits Fallon for help with English

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana made a promise at the end of the 2013 season.

This promise wasn't to become an American League Cy Young Award candidate or an All-Star or a pitcher who threw 200 innings per season. No guarantees of those types were needed with the talent and work ethic possessed by the southpaw. It seemingly came naturally.

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White Sox, Anderson finalize 6-year deal

White Sox, Anderson finalize 6-year deal

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It didn't take long for White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson to start hearing it from teammates after his six-year, $25 million deal with the White Sox was announced Tuesday.

"You better hit 30 home runs now," said third baseman Todd Frazier as he walked across the Camelback Ranch clubhouse, drawing a laugh from Anderson and other players sitting.

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Shields has best outing of spring vs. Rangers

Shields has best outing of spring vs. Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Veteran pitchers Cole Hamels and James Shields put on a good show at Surprise Stadium Tuesday night, though neither was around when Michael De Leon singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 4-3 Rangers victory over the White Sox.

The Rangers scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning when White Sox pitcher Jace Fry uncorked a wild pitch with a runner on third base. De Leon then knocked in the game-winner.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989 and for MLB.com since 2006. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams invigorated by Sox showing in camp

Williams invigorated by Sox showing in camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Excited and invigorated.

Those two words perfectly summed up White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams' feelings concerning the current state of the White Sox, who are in the early stage of their rebuild.

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Scott Merkin is the White Sox beat reporter for MLB.com. He has been covering baseball in Chicago since 2000.

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Hahn a proponent of cost certainty, added control

Hahn a proponent of cost certainty, added control

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A correlation can be drawn between the six-year, $25 million deal between shortstop Tim Anderson and the White Sox on Tuesday and the advanced, albeit early, state of the team's current rebuild.

This contract was preceded by similar deals involving Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and outfielder Adam Eaton, shrewd moves from general manager Rick Hahn to help set up the White Sox for contention.

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Moncada, Giolito among Sox camp cuts

Moncada, Giolito among Sox camp cuts

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox moved their top five prospects, according to MLBPipeline.com, to Minor League camp prior to Tuesday night's game with the Rangers. None of the moves came as much of a surprise.

Infielder Yoan Moncada (the organization's top prospect) and pitchers Lucas Giolito (No. 2), Reynaldo Lopez (No. 4) and Carson Fulmer (No. 5) were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. Another pitcher, Michael Kopech (No. 3), was reassigned to Minor League camp.

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White Sox mourn loss of Chicago legend Krause

White Sox mourn loss of Chicago legend Krause

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jerry Krause, who died Tuesday at the age of 77, played a major role in six NBA titles won by the Chicago Bulls during the historic Michael Jordan/Scottie Pippen era.

But according to White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams, who knew Krause from the time Williams was a 17-year-old player, the one-time Bulls general manager should have another championship credited to his resume.

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Lopez goes 6 scoreless, Bourjos chips in at plate

Lopez goes 6 scoreless, Bourjos chips in at plate

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Reynaldo Lopez matched Johnny Cueto pitch for pitch during the Giants' 3-2 victory over the White Sox on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.

Lopez stands as Chicago's No. 4 prospect and the No. 46 prospect in all of baseball, per MLBPipeline.com, with 11 games and 44 innings pitched at the Major League level. Cueto stands as one of the true aces in Major League Baseball. So it was a pretty good day for the White Sox rebuild, even in the scope of Cactus League competition.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Bo knows how to talk to ACE alums

Jackson, Baines act as 'father figures,' guide Minor Leaguers

Bo knows how to talk to ACE alums

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The first words Bo Jackson said to Corey Ray, Darius Day and Blake Hickman during a weekend dinner including Harold Baines were of the harsher variety.

"I threatened them," said Jackson with a wry smile. "They called me Bo. I said, 'If you are younger than my kids, you have to call me Mr.'"

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Adjustments work perfectly in Lopez's best start

Prospect's improved cutter, move to middle of rubber lead to six scoreless innings vs. Giants

Adjustments work perfectly in Lopez's best start

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A few Spring Training changes made by White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez were on display during his six scoreless innings in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Giants at Camelback Ranch.

Chicago's No. 4 prospect and the No. 46 overall in baseball per MLBPipeline.com featured a cutter to lefties he's been working on with pitching coach Don Cooper. He also made a movement on the pitching rubber that paid dividends.

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Moncada, Cabrera back Rodon's 1-hit outing

Moncada, Cabrera back Rodon's 1-hit outing

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Carlos Rodon pitched four scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut and Yoan Moncada drove in four runs to help the White Sox roll to an 11-2 win over the Angels on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Chicago erupted for five runs in the fifth, capped by Moncada's two-run home run off Angels reliever Kirby Yates. The 21-year-old prospect also added a two-run double in the ninth. Matt Davidson homered, while Melky Cabrera notched a pair of RBI singles and Cody Asche contributed an RBI double in the third.

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Asche's bat pressuring Sox to keep him around

Asche's bat pressuring Sox to keep him around

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cody Asche has made life difficult for the White Sox… but in a good way.

Asche, a 26-year-old, non-roster invite who was designated for assignment by the Phillies in December, stands in the midst of a strong Spring Training battle for one of the last position player spots on the active roster. The left-handed hitter played left field Saturday for the White Sox and doubled to lead off the fifth. He served as designated hitter Sunday in an 11-2 victory over the Angels and doubled home a run in the third.

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Slimmed-down Garcia's focus on consistency

Slimmed-down Garcia's focus on consistency

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For Avisail Garcia to become a consistent Major League hitter, he might want to take his recent approach with runners in scoring position and carry it out for a full season.

Garcia hit .245 in 2016 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs. But with runners in scoring position, Garcia hit .355 with 41 RBIs. He also hit .415 with two outs and runners in scoring position.

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