White Sox interested in seeing if hype translates to success

Competitions play out, new faces mesh during Cactus League

White Sox interested in seeing if hype translates to success

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Wednesday's Cactus League opener against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch (airing live at 2:05 p.m. CT on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio) marks the very first step for White Sox general manager Rick Hahn in learning if his many offseason victories on paper translate to victories on the field.

None of these wins/losses or statistics will ever see the back of a baseball card: The 2005 White Sox won 110 games overall, never spent a day out of first place on their way to the World Series title and departed Arizona with a 14-18 record. Nonetheless, the moves made by Hahn still leave plenty of interesting battles and scenarios to play out over the next month in Arizona.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Visitation, services for Minoso announced

Friday's public viewing and Saturday's funeral to be held at Chicago's Holy Family Church

Visitation, services for Minoso announced

Funeral services for White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, who died on Sunday, will be held in Chicago this weekend.

The family has announced that a public visitation will be held on Friday, with a memorial service Saturday.

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Samardzija finds comfort in intrasquad outing

Right-hander works two innings against teammates

Samardzija finds comfort in intrasquad outing

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was business as usual for right-hander Jeff Samardzija in Tuesday's intrasquad game at Camelback Ranch, his first game action in a White Sox uniform.

The veteran walked off the mound after the 33-pitch outing feeling good about his fastball.

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Undaunted by injuries, Ynoa continues to pursue dream

White Sox may uncover hidden gem in reliever

Undaunted by injuries, Ynoa continues to pursue dream

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The buzz around Camelback Ranch on Tuesday centered around Jeff Samardzija's first game action with the White Sox, but Michael Ynoa's debut during the same intrasquad game did not go unnoticed.

Ynoa, 23, who was acquired from Oakland with Samardzija in the deal that sent infielder Marcus Semien, catcher Josh Phegley, infielder Rangel Ravelo and right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt to the A's, could be the central figure when the trade is finally judged years from now.

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Abreu mourns loss of friend, mentor in Minoso

Abreu mourns loss of friend, mentor in Minoso

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- First baseman Jose Abreu is still mourning the loss of White Sox legend Minnie Minoso, and on Tuesday, the slugger opened up about the man he considered his mentor and good friend.

Minoso passed away on Sunday. Funeral services will be held this weekend in Chicago.

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White Sox agree to terms with 24

All members of 40-man roster under contract

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox agreed to terms on contracts with 24 players for the 2015 season on Tuesday.

The club agreed to terms with pitchers Maikel Cleto, Raul Fernandez, Onelki Garcia, Dan Jennings, Erik Johnson, Francelis Montas, Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam, Eric Surkamp, Daniel Webb and Michael Ynoa along with catchers Rob Brantly, Adrian Nieto and Kevan Smith.

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Coleman helping White Sox craft new identity

Coleman helping White Sox craft new identity

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The hallway between the White Sox clubhouse and the players' dining room is lined with large photos from their recent past, with an emphasis on the 2005 World Series team. One of those captures Scott Podsednik with the swing of a lifetime.

Podsednik is seen hitting the 12th-inning homer that won Game 2, a homer that, oddly enough, was only the second home run he hit that season. It would have been far more fitting had Podsednik been pictured sliding into second with a stolen base or sprinting around third to score from first on a double.

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Rodon prefers to let his game do the talking

Club's top prospect an avid outdoorsman, understated in his approach at White Sox camp

Rodon prefers to let his game do the talking

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It hasn't taken long for left-hander Carlos Rodon to grasp the Chicago bragging-rights battle between the Cubs and White Sox. That point was made evident during a sit-down interview with MLB.com on Monday, when Rodon spoke about a trip to Chicago he made while pitching for Team USA in 2013.

"Unfortunately, we went to Wrigley," said the understated Rodon with a smile.

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White Sox legend Minoso passes away

Club's first black ballplayer was 9-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glover

White Sox legend Minoso passes away

Native Cubans could move to the big leagues without dealing much in politics, secrecy and defection six decades ago. Cuban baseball talent was highly regarded and increasingly desirable. Not coincidentally, Minnie Minoso was at the forefront of the international game then. His baseball skills caught the eye. His distinctive name caught the ear. And his warm and engaging personality made him an uncommonly popular figure anywhere he played -- no, anywhere he went -- and helped forge a legacy that, to this day, prompts baseball folks to smile.

Minoso died Sunday at age 90 -- 34 years after his final at-bat in the big leagues, the one that made him the second player in Major League history to appear in games in five decades. Had Bill Veeck, baseball's ultimate showman, lived into the summer of 1990, Minoso probably would have played in six, and perhaps ended his 14-year slump at three at-bats.

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Outfield prospect Hawkins not rushing his progress

White Sox top Draft pick in 2012 letting his development take its course

Outfield prospect Hawkins not rushing his progress

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Courtney Hawkins isn't worried about the Major Leagues.

Sure, it's the ultimate goal for the No. 5 White Sox prospect, and he wants to arrive as quickly as his abundance of talent will allow. But unlike his first year or so with the organization, the confident 21-year-old won't put any extra pressure on the acceleration of his development.

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White Sox players remember Minoso

Nieto, Samardzija, others recall man full of positive energy, feedback

White Sox players remember Minoso

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Minnie Minoso was a great guy, a man full of positive energy and feedback and an individual truly loved the White Sox.

Those reactions were just a few presented by White Sox players after Minoso's passing Sunday.

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Depth gives White Sox options in Sale's absence

Depth gives White Sox options in Sale's absence

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If the White Sox don't have staff ace Chris Sale by Opening Day on April 6 in Kansas City, they should have the American League Cy Young candidate during the season's first month as he works back from a fracture in his right foot.

The White Sox approached this season certainly knowing they would need contributions from more than the 12 pitchers they break camp with. So if the White Sox don't have Sale at the season's outset, they are comfortable with the possible fill-in options -- in the present and in the not-too-distant future.

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Camp notes: Arizona rain washes out intrasquad game

Camp notes: Arizona rain washes out intrasquad game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There will be no makeup scheduled for Monday's rained-out White Sox intrasquad contest because, well, Cactus League action begins Wednesday at Camelback Ranch against the Dodgers. The White Sox hope to get in Tuesday's intrasquad game, covering seven innings, with the local forecast calling for 65 degrees and sunshine.

Jeff Samardzija, Zach Duke and Chris Beck are all set to throw Tuesday.

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No one meant more to White Sox than Minoso

Chicago's front office reflects on legend's immense impact

No one meant more to White Sox than Minoso

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nobody is immortal.

It's a concept White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and pretty much everyone else fully understands. But when it came to Minnie Minoso, known as the Cuban Comet and, more appropriately, Mr. White Sox, Reinsdorf thought he might have met the one exception.

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Baseball mourns the loss of Mr. White Sox

President Obama one of many to pay tribute to trailblazer Minoso

Baseball mourns the loss of Mr. White Sox

The loss was felt around the baseball world on Sunday, when news emerged that White Sox legend Minnie Minoso had died Sunday in Chicago.

Minoso was a beloved figure throughout the game, but especially in Chicago, where he spent 12 of his 17 seasons playing for the White Sox, getting his No. 9 retired by the club in 1983 and earning a sculpture at U.S. Cellular Field in 2004. The first black player in White Sox history, Minoso was nicknamed "The Cuban Comet" but also "Mr. White Sox." He not only finished his career among the top 10 in franchise history in several statistical categories, but also spent many more years as the team's community relations ambassador.

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Beloved Minnie was a Chicago treasure

Mr. White Sox was a great player on the field and a great man off of it

Beloved Minnie was a Chicago treasure

Minnie Minoso is gone, and it is silly to say he'll be missed. That's a huge understatement.

His death on Sunday leaves holes everywhere. No one alive knew better what it was like for Latin-American players to come to the Major Leagues, Cuban players, in particular. But that's just the very tip of a legacy that includes tremendous love of family, love of the American way and a devotion to the White Sox organization that Jerry Reinsdorf lovingly returned, in keeping an eye out for him all these years.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB says goodbye to Minoso

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MLB says goodbye to Minoso

Minnie Minoso spent 17 years in MLB, 12 of which were with his beloved White Sox. Early Sunday morning, the seven-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover passed away at the age of 92.

Born in Cuba, he was, in the words of Orlando Cepeda, "to Latin ballplayers what Jackie Robinson is to black ballplayers." He began his American baseball career in the Negro Leagues, where he played, fittingly, with the New York Cubans from 1946 to 1948.

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Rodon will take Sale's spot in Cactus rotation

Pitching coach Cooper says top prospect should start vs. Padres

Rodon will take Sale's spot in Cactus rotation

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper paused for a moment when asked about the Cactus League rotation replacement for Chris Sale beginning this Friday against the Padres in Peoria. He originally listed the starter as to be determined, but then quickly changed his mind.

"I'll tell you what," Cooper said. "Expect to see Carlos Rodon in that spot."

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Beckham getting work around infield

Beckham getting work around infield

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Gordon Beckham can play second base. That point was more than capably proven during parts of five seasons that Beckham handled the position for the White Sox.

While Beckham remains firmly in competition for the starting nod at second in 2015, he will see plenty of time around the infield during Cactus League play behind the super-utility role designed for the 28-year-old in his return to Chicago.

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Pioneer Minoso has passion for life, baseball

Seven-time All-Star, first black Latino player in MLB, will attend Civil Rights Game

Pioneer Minoso has passion for life, baseball

This story was first published on Aug. 22, 2013. Minnie Minoso passed away on March 1, 2015.

CHICAGO -- The door leading to the White Sox executive offices at U.S. Cellular Field pushed open and Minnie Minoso strolled through.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. Associate reporter Manny Randhawa contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale fractures right foot in accident at home

Left-hander to be sidelined for three weeks before resuming activities

Sale fractures right foot in accident at home

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chris Sale sustained an avulsion fracture on the lateral side of his right foot as the result of an accident at his Arizona home Friday. The left-hander is expected to be sidelined three weeks before resuming baseball activities.

Sale, 25, underwent X-rays this morning at Banner Estrella Hospital in Glendale. He will undergo further tests once the swelling in his foot has subsided. At that point, his status for Opening Day will be better determined.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Athletic Mitchell striving for consistent results

White Sox prospect slowed by injuries, unpredictable performance

Athletic Mitchell striving for consistent results

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jared Mitchell was disappointed when he didn't get called up from Triple-A Charlotte last September. The 26-year-old outfielder had that same level of disappointment when outrighted off the White Sox 40-man-roster to Charlotte in late November.

But in the highly competitive world of professional sports, if played right, disappointment often becomes motivation. That idea represents Mitchell's thinking as the team's top pick from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft goes through Spring Training as a non-roster invite.

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Michigan grad Putnam excited by new football coach

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Michigan grad Putnam excited by new football coach

Zach Putnam lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., during the offseason, so the White Sox reliever caught a first-hand view of the excitement surrounding favorite son Jim Harbaugh's return to take over the Wolverines football program.

"Just the excitement surrounding that was incredible," Putnam said. "I haven't seen a buzz like that in town in a long time."

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White Sox remain positive after Sale's injury

Early off-days give ace time to heal, club to plan

White Sox remain positive after Sale's injury

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The avulsion fracture sustained by White Sox ace Chris Sale in his right foot as the result of an accident at his Arizona home didn't seem to dull the southpaw's acerbic wit.

After general manager Rick Hahn explained that the injury happened when Sale landed awkwardly getting off the back of his truck and Sale talked about the same "freak incident," he was pushed again in regard to the cause. Sale came up with another explanation.

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Webb overcame grief during rookie season

Reliever reflects on mother's passing last spring

Webb overcame grief during rookie season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bad days exist for relievers such as Daniel Webb. It's an inherent part of the job when making 57 appearances in a season as the 25-year-old right-hander did during his 2014 rookie campaign.

But walking a couple of hitters in an inning or allowing an occasional inherited runner to score isn't in the same ballpark as the pain Webb felt one year ago on Feb. 27, when his mother, Sandra, passed away suddenly at the age of 54. Webb was notified in Glendale as he was competing for a spot on the White Sox roster.

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McEwing proud to be considered manager material

White Sox third-base coach among top candidates

McEwing proud to be considered manager material

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Joe McEwing didn't go looking for new baseball jobs during this past offseason, but other Major League teams certainly came calling.

In fact, the White Sox third-base coach interviewed for three managerial openings in the same week a little more than one week after the 2014 season came to a close. McEwing wasn't hired by the D-backs, Rangers or Twins, but the upbeat McEwing wasn't disappointed in the jobs going to Chip Hale, Jeff Banister and Paul Molitor, respectively.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

Outfielder, who played for six teams, is not ready to coach

Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

JUPITER, Fla. -- Juan Pierre, the catalyst of the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team and one of the most prolific base-stealers of his generation, has announced his retirement. The 37-year-old speedster is walking away from the game after an impressive 14-year career.

Pierre, who lives in south Florida, is now a self-proclaimed "stay-at-home dad." He also isn't ready to accept a coaching position at this point.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duke adds arm angle to deceive hitters

Duke adds arm angle to deceive hitters

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Zach Duke wants to clear up a misconception concerning the changes he made in throwing the baseball.

"I didn't adjust my arm angle. I added a second one," said Duke after Friday's workouts at Camelback Ranch. "So, I throw from multiple angles. That's really what it is. I still throw from my normal angle. I just added a second one."

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