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Versatile Sanchez claims utility role on bench


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Following Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Royals at Camelback Ranch, White Sox manager Robin Ventura announced Angel Sanchez as the team's utility infielder to start the 2013 season.

It was assumed that Sanchez, a 29-year-old Rule 5 selection from the Angels, stood as the frontrunner with his ability to play shortstop as well as second and third. And Sanchez feels he fits in nicely.

"I like the chemistry, how everybody treats everybody," Sanchez said. "I'm really excited to be here. Everybody treats me good.

"It's been a challenge for me to prove to them what I really can do. It's been fun to be here and I'm doing my very best."

Sanchez has played 184 Major League games, including 110 for the Astros in 2011. So, the 29-year-old understands the big league experience. He plays a very aggressive shortstop defensively, which could lead to a few mistakes, but the White Sox have liked what they've witnessed.

"Angel is going out about his business the right way," said White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing, who works with the infielders. "He's done his work. He's prepared for every situation when that situation arises."

"I'm comfortable at every position, second, short and third base," Sanchez said. "That's why you get your work in during Spring Training. You do all the stuff to get better during practice."

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.

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