Quintana powers through, locks down A's after first

Alexei chips in two-run single; White Sox bullpen can't contain Oakland

Quintana powers through, locks down A's after first

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Billy Burns' four hits topped a 15-hit attack in a 10-4 Oakland victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Saturday's start against the A's for Jose Quintana looked much like some of his Major League-high 39 no-decisions since 2012, as the left-hander pitched brilliantly over six innings against Scott Kazmir, only to leave trailing by two runs.

But the White Sox rallied for three in the sixth before Quintana was officially removed, scoring two on Alexei Ramirez's single and then taking the lead on Geovany Soto's two-out double. Quintana fanned five over six innings without issuing a walk. Only one of his two runs allowed were earned.

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Williams remains optimistic for White Sox season

Executive vice president wants Rodon to get as much development as possible

Williams remains optimistic for White Sox season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ken Williams has put forth the following statement concerning the 2015 White Sox somewhere around 10 times since SoxFest: He's about as excited to see this present group play together as any other team with which he's been involved.

Make that 11 times, as the White Sox executive vice president reiterated that point during a sitdown with MLB.com Saturday. As far as the 2015 White Sox and their relation to the postseason are concerned, Williams didn't want to go into the guarantee side of things on March 28, aside from pointing out "we've got as good of a chance as anybody."

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Viola III trying to break into Majors as knuckleballer

With help from former Twins, experienced pitchers, 30-year-old looks for second chance

Viola III trying to break into Majors as knuckleballer

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- This is a story about Frank Viola. No, not the Frank Viola who currently serves as the Las Vegas 51s pitching coach, who won the 1988 American League Cy Young Award and who pitched in the World Series run for the '87 Twins.

We are talking about Frank Viola III, the 29th-round selection of the White Sox in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, who looked as if he had left baseball behind following the '10 season spent with the Independent League St. Paul team. But the 30-year-old is back in Chicago's camp, albeit on the Minor League side, relying on a new friend known as the knuckleball to get him to the Majors in the second go-around.

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White Sox option Webb, reassign Phillips

White Sox option Webb, reassign Phillips

The White Sox made their latest round of cuts Saturday, optioning right-hander Daniel Webb to Triple-A Charlotte and reassigning left-hander Zach Phillips to Minor League camp.

With the moves, the White Sox are down to 39 players in camp, including 23 pitchers, three catchers, eight infielders and five outfielders.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former team, four homers don't faze Samardzija

Former team, four homers don't faze Samardzija

MESA, Ariz. -- Friday's contest against the Cubs was going to have a different feel for Jeff Samardzija, simply because it was played at Sloan Park as part of the Cactus League schedule.

But what was looked at as just another preparatory day by the White Sox Opening Day starter did have a slightly different feel for the 30-year-old who spent parts of seven seasons on the North Side.

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'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game

White Sox ace mixes in pitches, shows off glove with quick-reaction play

'Athletic' Sale makes progress during simulated game

MESA, Ariz. -- The highlight of Chris Sale's five-inning, 75-pitch simulated game Friday at Camelback Ranch came near the end of the session.

Carlos Sanchez ripped a liner back to the mound, and Sale caught the shot backhanded before firing the ball to a vacant first base as if to double off the runner. Sale quickly asked, or more so pleaded, with the group of assembled media that the play was caught in picture or on video, but there was nothing.

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White Sox want Rodon to be 'complete product' in debut

Talented lefty likely to earn roster spot only when he's ready to stay for good

White Sox want Rodon to be 'complete product' in debut

MESA, Ariz. -- The prevailing school of thought concerning Carlos Rodon and breaking camp with the White Sox is that once he arrives in the Major Leagues, he's there to stay.

Comments from manager Robin Ventura on Friday concerning the talented 22-year-old southpaw did nothing to change that point of view.

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Two blasts not enough to support Shark vs. Cubs

Flowers, Melky go deep; Samardzija K's nine, allows four homers

Two blasts not enough to support Shark vs. Cubs

MESA, Ariz. -- Jeff Samardzija got a rude welcome by his former teammates on Friday.

Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan each belted two-run homers, and Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro added solo shots to power the Cubs to a 6-3 victory over the White Sox and their former teammate at Sloan Park. Samardzija, who struck out nine, was the Cubs' Opening Day starter last year, and he will begin this season for the White Sox.

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White Sox make waiver claim on righty Drabek

Jones placed on 60-day DL, scheduled to throw bullpen session Wednesday

White Sox make waiver claim on righty Drabek

MESA, Ariz. -- The White Sox claimed right-handed pitcher Kyle Drabek off waivers from the Blue Jays on Friday and placed right-hander Nate Jones on the 60-day disabled list. The Jones move opened up a spot for Drabek, with the 40-man roster sitting once again at 40.

Drabek, 27, spent most of the 2014 season with Triple-A Buffalo in the Toronto organization, going 7-7 with a 4.18 ERA and 68 strikeouts over 32 appearances (13 starts). He also made two appearances with Toronto after being recalled on Aug. 16, working three scoreless innings.

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Penny misses mark in latest audition

Right-hander allows six runs over four innings

Penny misses mark in latest audition

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brad Penny's push for a White Sox roster spot, either as a spot-starter for Chris Sale or a long reliever, took a bit of a hit on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in the Dodgers' 9-6 victory.

The Los Angeles offense was led by Yasiel Puig's fifth home run, a two-run shot, of the spring and four RBIs from Jimmy Rollins, who also hit a two-run homer. Penny allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings, while Clayton Kershaw struck out eight in six innings.

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Phil Rogers

Rodon could be game-changer for White Sox

Rodon could be game-changer for White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ah, so this is why the White Sox have been so mysterious through the years.

A few times every spring, they have their starters work in a Minor League game on a back field rather than allowing them to face an American League Central opponent. But on Wednesday night, they allowed 22-year-old lefty Carlos Rodon to pitch against the Royals.

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Samardzija eager to get season started on right foot

Becomes just second pitcher to be Opening Day starter on both sides of Chicago

Samardzija eager to get season started on right foot

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For the third straight season, Jeff Samardzija has been tabbed an Opening Day starter. Only in 2015, following two stints with the Cubs in Pittsburgh on Day 1, Samardzija will be representing the White Sox in Kansas City on April 6.

That poorly kept secret was made official by manager Robin Ventura on Wednesday evening. Samardzija addressed this latest honor on Thursday morning in the White Sox clubhouse.

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Robertson managing soreness in right forearm

Closer intent on being ready for regular season

Robertson managing soreness in right forearm

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- David Robertson was surprised to see the media gathered around his locker following Thursday morning's workout at Camelback Ranch. But when the word "soreness" is attached to a team's closer, albeit a non-worrisome attachment, it certainly draws some interest.

Robertson mentioned that he has a little soreness in his forearm, but he threw a 25-pitch bullpen before the White Sox contest against the Dodgers and reported no issues.

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Gillaspie confident plantar fasciitis is under control

Ventura cautious with hype surrounding Rodon

Gillaspie confident plantar fasciitis is under control

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Conor Gillaspie would have been in some trouble if the plantar fasciitis bothering him in both feet during the winter still felt that bad during Cactus League action. But Gillaspie, who started at third base Thursday against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch, pretty much gave the all-clear sign for now as far as that particular malady is concerned.

"It's fine," Gillaspie said. "First thing [in the morning] and last thing at night, it's kind of sore, but as far as affecting me playing, it doesn't. It did a little bit when I first got here, but it has gone away. Credit to [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] for working hard with me every day on that."

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LaRoche happy to have Thome as mentor

Slugger's presence with organization helped sway free agent's decision

LaRoche happy to have Thome as mentor

GLEANDALE, Ariz. -- There were numerous reasons why Adam LaRoche picked the White Sox via the free-agent process.

Being part of an up-and-coming team with a chance to succeed in 2015. A familiarity with the organization, including manager Robin Ventura, and pleasant memories from his dad, Dave, serving as the White Sox bullpen coach from 1989-91 when he was a kid. And a two-year, $25 million contract certainly didn't hurt the cause.

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Samardzija named White Sox Opening Day starter

Two previous assignments came with Cubs

Samardzija named White Sox Opening Day starter

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Samardzija has already proven himself to the city of Chicago as a very capable Opening Day starter. This time around, he'll get to do so for the club from the South Side.

Samardzija will be on the hill opposite Yordano Ventura when the White Sox open their season in Kansas City on April 6, manager Robin Ventura announced Wednesday. The club had initially tabbed Chris Sale, but those plans were nullified when Sale sustained an avulsion fracture of his right foot early in camp.

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Jonathan Mayo

MLB Pipeline checks in from White Sox camp

Outfielder Hawkins impresses at plate; righty Adams discusses first Spring Training

MLB Pipeline checks in from White Sox camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camp, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com will be visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today, we check in on the Chicago White Sox.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox, for a time, had a reputation of taking toolsy yet risky high school athletes in the Draft. While the jury is still out on some of those selections, it certainly hasn't been foolproof. But thanks to some high-end pitching taken in the 2014 Draft and some work on the international front, the system appears to be moving in a better direction.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rodon showcases nasty stuff, strikes out 9 Royals

Allows four hits over four; Avi, Barnum homer

Rodon showcases nasty stuff, strikes out 9 Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon gave the Kansas City Royals an early glimpse of his talents on Wednesday night. His division rivals to-be can't have liked what they saw.

Rodon, Chicago's top prospect and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, allowed just four singles and struck out nine Royals over four innings, as the White Sox knocked off their American League Central foes, 6-0, at Surprise Stadium.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sale targeting April 12 for first start of season

Ace throws 30 pitches in bullpen session

Sale targeting April 12 for first start of season

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox ace Chris Sale threw about 30 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday afternoon, and he came away feeling no pain in his injured right foot.

Sale, who sustained an avulsion fracture in the foot in late February, tentatively set April 12 as a target date for his return -- the first time the White Sox would need to use a fifth starter.

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Rodon, Austin don't miss a beat in reunion

College roommates find comfort zone vs. Royals

Rodon, Austin don't miss a beat in reunion

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Carlos Rodon and Brett Austin have shared quite a few big moments on the diamond -- most notably a trip to the 2013 College World Series with North Carolina State.

On Wednesday, the former college roommates got their first chance to work together professionally, and clearly they haven't missed a beat.

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Jirscheles enjoy seeing each other from across the diamond

Royals third-base coach, White Sox Minor Leaguer look on from opposing dugouts

Jirscheles enjoy seeing each other from across the diamond

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike and Justin Jirschele have undoubtedly spent plenty of time together on the baseball diamond. On Wednesday night, they got to do so from opposing dugouts.

Before the White Sox 6-0 victory over Kansas City, Mike, the Royals' third-base coach, exchanged lineup cards with his son, an infielder in the White Sox system.

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White Sox trim roster to 41 players

Brantly, Hawkins and Diaz sent to Minors

White Sox trim roster to 41 players

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox trimmed their Major League roster to 41 players Wednesday, as they optioned catcher Rob Brantly to Triple-A Charlotte and reassigned shortstop Juan Diaz and outfielder Courtney Hawkins to Minor League camp.

Hawkins, ranked No. 9 on the White Sox top prospects list, stood out this spring, hitting .412 with four homers and an .853 slugging percentage. But with the season fast approaching, the South Siders will likely shift to giving their regulars a bigger workload, leaving fewer at-bats for Hawkins.

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If plan falls short in '15, White Sox won't panic

Flexibility key to long-term, sustained success

If plan falls short in '15, White Sox won't panic

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cloudy days don't really exist under the perpetual Arizona sunshine, so it's easy to see why the White Sox outlook toward the 2015 season remains so bright.

That positive feeling also could have something to do with the eight impact moves made by general manager Rick Hahn this past offseason to put the team into playoff contention, at least on paper. But here's a thought the White Sox don't want to entertain: What if this next level of reshaping doesn't work in '15? What if the club's high-water mark becomes just a handful of wins better than the 2014 total of 73, and the team is 10 or 11 games out of first place in late June or July?

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Abreu goes deep for first time in loss to Rockies

Flowers hits two-run homer; Danks works 4 2/3

Abreu goes deep for first time in loss to Rockies

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In a battle of big innings, the Rockies won out with a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.

Colorado scored six runs in the fifth off of John Danks and Matt Albers, with three of those runs being earned, to counter Chicago, which scored five unearned runs in the fourth off of Jordan Lyles.

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Sale's throwing schedule laid out by Cooper

Lefty to throw bullpen session on Wednesday

Sale's throwing schedule laid out by Cooper

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chris Sale fell victim to a common malady experienced by many players during Spring Training. The days of the week ran together for him in Arizona.

So when Sale talked Monday about throwing a bullpen "tomorrow," he actually thought tomorrow was Wednesday, when he actually will be throwing. As White Sox television play-by-play announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson would say, "Right size, wrong shape."

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Day at camp an emotional experience for White Sox fan

Unable to speak after being diagnosed with ALS, Von Schaumburg meets players, throws first pitch

Day at camp an emotional experience for White Sox fan

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Eric Von Schaumburg has lost the ability to speak during his battle with ALS, which began two years ago when he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and given 2-5 years to live.

Words weren't necessary for the 31-year-old to express his joy Tuesday when he spent the day with the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Von Schaumburg communicates through typing words on a computer screen and is aided by his devoted fiancée, Lindsay Rudhman. The diehard White Sox fan had the chance to meet some of his favorite players, as well as manager Robin Ventura and executive vice president Ken Williams.

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Flowers making strides at plate despite spring struggles

Improved White Sox lineup expected to take offensive pressure off catcher

Flowers making strides at plate despite spring struggles

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- During a recent Cactus League game at Maryvale Baseball Park, Tyler Flowers was greeted by a fan in the stands who didn't think much of the catcher's ability.

Flowers smiled and gave the disapproving fan the thumbs-up sign.

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L. Garcia, Montas among seven sent to Minors

Crain still not throwing; Danks eyes 200 innings

L. Garcia, Montas among seven sent to Minors

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox made seven roster moves prior to Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Rockies at Camelback Ranch.

Infielder Leury Garcia, left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia and infielder Andy Wilkins were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. Right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas was optioned to Double-A Birmingham and right-handed pitchers Logan Kensing and Nolan Sanburn and left-handed pitcher Joe Savery were reassigned to Minor League camp.

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