Fulmer gets nod to start Cactus League opener

Fulmer gets nod to start Cactus League opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carson Fulmer gets the honor of starting the White Sox Cactus League opener Saturday afternoon against the Dodgers, with a first pitch scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT/1:05 MST at Camelback Ranch -- live on MLB.TV. Clayton Kershaw gets the call for the Dodgers.

"As a young player, you look up to people like that," said Fulmer of Kershaw. "It's great. I mean, I'm looking forward to it. Obviously it's an opportunity that I want and we'll see what happens."

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

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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Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Frazier to miss several days of camp with sore side

Third baseman started feeling tightness on Tuesday

Frazier to miss several days of camp with sore side

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier will be sidelined at least a few days with a sore left side.

Frazier felt some tightness on Tuesday, and did not participate in Wednesday's workout at White Sox Spring Training at Camelback Ranch.

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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

Geo Soto, Gio Soto share bond beyond name

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.

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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

White Sox content with group of catchers entering 2017

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.

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White Sox earn praise for reshaping club

Royals GM Moore compliments 'unbelievable job' in retooling for future

White Sox earn praise for reshaping club

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.

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Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp

No. 11 overall prospect hoping to see better results in 2017

Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp

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."

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Garcia driven to reclaim outfield spot

Garcia driven to reclaim outfield spot

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.

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Renteria expects bright future for White Sox

Skipper discusses value of hard work, Chicago's young talent

Renteria expects bright future for White Sox

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.

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Bourjos enticed to White Sox by opportunity, locale

Bourjos enticed to White Sox by opportunity, locale

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.

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Top pick Burdi White Sox closer of future?

Top pick Burdi White Sox closer of future?

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.

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White Sox slugger Abreu eyeing healthy '17

White Sox slugger Abreu eyeing healthy '17

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.

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White Sox plan for Avisail to see time in RF

White Sox plan for Avisail to see time in RF

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Avisail Garcia was not a fan of filling the designated hitter slot in 2016, so he probably will be buoyed by White Sox manager Rick Renteria's words on Sunday about Garcia moving back to right field.

"I'm looking to see if Avi can settle into right field," Renteria said. "He's another individual that we would use that DH slot in the swing role. But I hope that we can get him more playing time in right and see if he's able to go ahead and perform the way everybody hopes and he was expected to previously."

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Tilson sidelined with stress reaction in foot

Tilson sidelined with stress reaction in foot

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox outfielder Charlie Tilson sustained a stress reaction in his right foot and he will be shut down from impact activities for 10 days.

Tilson will be re-evaluated at that point. A MRI was done Saturday on Tilson's right foot, showing the stress reaction. This latest injury could be considered somewhat disappointing for Tilson, who has worked so hard to come back from a torn left hamstring sustained in his lone game with the White Sox last season.

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Moncada ignores hype, focuses on Sox roster

Moncada ignores hype, focuses on Sox roster

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Aaron Rowand had the chance to work against Yoan Moncada during his first foray as manager for the Glendale Desert Dogs as part of the 2016 Arizona Fall League.

So the opinion put forth by Rowand, the center fielder on the 2005 White Sox World Series champions and the organization's current Minor League outfielder/baserunning coordinator, should hold some weight.

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Energized Lawrie stepping in right direction

White Sox 2B ditches orthotics after injury-plagued season

Energized Lawrie stepping in right direction

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brett Lawrie was upbeat and full of life when he met the media Saturday, the day White Sox position players officially joined pitchers for Spring Training at Camelback Ranch.

That demeanor shouldn't come as a surprise from the high-energy second baseman, who hit .248 with 12 homers and 22 doubles in 94 games during his White Sox debut in 2016. That energy dissipated around July 21, when he left a game against the Tigers due to what was diagnosed as a tight left hamstring.

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Renteria establishes rapport with White Sox

Renteria establishes rapport with White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox manager Rick Renteria presented his message to the team Saturday morning at Camelback Ranch with position players reporting for the first full-squad workout.

"It was just basically trying to establish that we're going to play the game a certain way," Renteria said. "We all love baseball, and obviously, we live vicariously through our players.

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Rodon begins slower approach to spring

Rodon begins slower approach to spring

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Carlos Rodon threw for the first time at 2017 White Sox camp Friday morning, making about 30 tosses with bullpen coach Curt Hasler before the team's regular workout.

Rodon said "everything feels great," reinforcing the point that Friday's effort stands as part of the plan to ease him into a longer Spring Training brought about by the World Baseball Classic.

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White Sox players balance rebuilding idea

Frazier, Shields among veterans looking to surprise in 2017

White Sox players balance rebuilding idea

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the White Sox prepare for their first full-squad workout at Camelback Ranch, third baseman Todd Frazier chose to make a specific distinction concerning the team's direction on Friday.

"I don't really like that word, 'rebuild,'" Frazier said. "I always talk about refueling the team."

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