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  1. 2013 Preview: Chicago White Sox

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Will the White Sox again exceed low expectations? Last year at this time the…

  2. Quote of the Day: Undermining The Basis of the WBC Edition

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Semifinals - Puerto Rico v Japan

    My thing on the World Baseball Classic is not that it isn’t fun and cool. It is! Having gone to a couple of games and having talked to people involved with it, there’s no denying that it’s fun. Especially this time of year when all of the other baseball being played consists of meaningless exhibitions.…

  3. Puerto Rico ousts two-time champ Japan from the World Baseball Classic, heads to Championship Game

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Semifinals - Puerto Rico v Japan

    There will be a new World Baseball Classic champ this year, as Puerto Rico eliminated Japan last night, winning 3-1 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Alex Rios led the charge, singling in a run in the first inning and hitting a two-run homer in the seventh. Puerto Rico starter Mario Santiago shut down the…

  4. White Sox tab Chris Sale as Opening Day starter

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Via ESPN’s Bruce Levine, as the title suggests: Robin Ventura names Chris Sale opening day starter. Jake Peavy was the other candidate for the honor, but wholeheartedly endorsed sale. Peavy said, “Chris is the best pitcher on the team. Your best guy goes opening day.” Sale, who turns 24 years old in two weeks, finished the…

  5. John Danks might begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT

    John Danks AP

    White Sox left-hander John Danks was limited to just three starts last season due to a shoulder injury which required surgery. While he’s healthy now, he could get a late start on the 2013 season. Danks has been shaky over his first three Cactus League outings, posting an 11.74 ERA and 4/3 K/BB ratio over…

  6. Puerto Rico boots the U.S. out of the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Nelson Figueroa

    Puerto Rico starter Nelson Figueroa was in top form in an elimination game tonight against the United States. The well-traveled right-hander tossed six shut-out innings, holding the opposition to four base runners on two hits, one walk, and one error. He was staked to an early 1-0 lead when Mike Aviles hit a two-out RBI…

  7. Jesse Crain still not ready for game action due to hip injury

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Crain_Jesse

    Jesse Crain hasn’t pitched since February 25 and had to bail on Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic because of a hip injury, but the White Sox setup man expects to be ready for Opening Day. Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports that Crain threw a bullpen session Wednesday, but then decided against pitching in…

  8. R.A. Dickey back on the mound for Team USA vs. the Dominican Republic

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Dickey Arencibia Getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Thursday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Dominican Republic at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Jose Reyes, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Miguel Tejada, 3B…

  9. Puerto Rico rallies in eighth to eliminate Italy from WBC

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Giancarlo Alvarado pitches against Italy in the 1st inning of a 2013 World Baseball Classic game at Marlins Stadium in Miami

    Puerto Rico scored three times in the bottom of the eighth to beat Italy 4-3 and keep its World Baseball Classic hopes alive on Wednesday night. Italy was eliminated after losing its second straight game. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo put Italy on the board in the fifth, delivering a bases-loaded double that plated three…

  10. Giancarlo Stanton back in USA’s lineup vs. Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    team usa getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Tuesday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Puerto Rico at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM PUERTO RICO 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Irving Falu, 2B…

  11. Dominican Republic defeats Puerto Rico, wins Pool C

    Mar 10, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico

    The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 4-2, earning first place in Pool C and the right to play Pool D winner Italy in the second round. They staked starter Wandy Rodriguez to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after stringing together three consecutive one-out singles, the RBI provided by Edwin Encarnacion. Puerto Rico took…

  12. Puerto Rico defeats Venezuela, clinches second round berth

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Puerto Rico v Venezuela

    In World Baseball Classic Pool C action, Puerto Rico emerged victorious over Venezuela 6-3. Starters Carlos Zambrano for Venezuela and Nelson Figueroa for Puerto Rico matched, each allowing two runs in their respective 3.2 and 4-inning outings. Venezuela got on the board first, scoring two in the bottom of the third inning. With one out,…

  13. Puerto Rico blanks Spain 3-0

    Mar 8, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Spain v Puerto Rico

    A three-spot in the bottom of the first was all Puerto Rico needed to defeat Spain in a battle of Pool C contestants in the World Baseball Classic. Carlos Beltran doubled to score Angel Pagan, Mike Aviles hit a sacrifice fly to score Alex Rios, and Carlos Rivera walked with the bases loaded to plate…

  14. Dominican Republic routs Venezuela 9-3 in WBC

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI and Hanley Ramirez added a long homer as the Dominican Republic torched Venezuela 9-3 in the start of Pool C play. The Dominican team jumped out to a 3-0 lead off Anibal Sanchez in the bottom of the first, only to see the game halted…

  15. Chris Sale agrees to $32.5 million contract with White Sox

    Mar 7, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Chris Sale and the White Sox have agreed to a $32.5 million contract, the team announced. Sale was already signed for $600,000 this season, but the deal will rip that up and give him a new $850,000 salary. And then he’ll get $3.5 million in 2014, $6 million in 2015, $9.15 million in 2016, and…

  16. Team USA considering Ike Davis to replace Mark Teixeira

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

    ike davis getty

    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin spoke with “an official familiar with the process” on Tuesday night about how Team USA is planning to replace first baseman Mark Teixeira for the 2013 WBC. One option, the official confessed, is the Mets’ Ike Davis, an Arizona native. Though that same official noted that “a lot of names…

  17. White Sox have discussed extension with Chris Sale

    Mar 5, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    chris sale getty

    CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes has the story: White Sox pitcher Chris Sale confirmed Tuesday his representatives have had discussions with the club about a contract extension. “We’ve been kind of back and forth but nothing too crazy right now,” Sale told reporters on Tuesday. The 23-year-old lefty isn’t eligible for arbitration until next winter, so it’s…

  18. Team USA, White Sox play to 4-4 tie in WBC warmup

    Mar 5, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Team USA rallied late Tuesday to salvage a 4-4 tie in its exhibition game with the White Sox in Arizona. Derek Holland started and allowed one run in three innings for Team USA. The White Sox added one run in the fourth off Luke Gregerson and two in the fifth off Tim Collins before the…

  19. Dominican Republic crushes Phillies 15-2 in exhibition

    Mar 5, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    The Phillies meant to give the Dominican Republic a proper tuneup on Tuesday, going so far as to start likely ace Cole Hamels. This one was quickly a rout, though, as the Dominican club collected a whopping 28 hits and steamrolled the Phillies 15-2. Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano and Hanley Ramirez all homered for the…

  20. John Danks pleased with first outing since shoulder surgery

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

    John Danks AP

    John Danks returned to game action this afternoon for the first time since he required season-ending shoulder surgery last August. After limiting the Giants to one run — a solo homer by Joaquin Arias — over two innings, the 27-year-old southpaw expressed relief to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com. “This is the first hurdle,” Danks said.…

  21. Hip injury knocks Jesse Crain out of WBC

    Mar 4, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Crain_Jesse

    Canada won’t have Jesse Crain for the World Baseball Classic, as the White Sox reliever has removed himself from the tournament with a strained adductor muscle. In layman’s terms that’s a hip injury, whereas an oblique injury sidelined Crain for a while last season. Crain is in the final season of a three-year, $13 million…

  22. Cuba wins opener over Brazil 5-2

    Mar 3, 2013, 2:04 AM EDT

    BASEBALL-WORLD-CUB-BRA

    Feisty Brazil was able to hang in another game, holding Cuba scoreless until the top of the fifth, only to eventually succumb 5-2 and fall to 0-2 in Pool A play in the World Baseball Classic. Cuba got 4 2/3 scoreless innings from ace Ismael Jimenez to win its opener. Designated hitter Frederich Cepeda went…

  23. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  24. Blue Jays claim Lars Anderson off waivers from White Sox

    Feb 25, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Lars Anderson

    Lars Anderson is now with his fourth organization in the past six months, as the Blue Jays claimed the former top prospect off waivers from the White Sox. Previously he was traded from the Red Sox to the Indians in July, got sent to the Diamondbacks in the three-team Shin-Soo Choo/Trevor Bauer deal, and then…

  25. Adam Dunn is in a new Matthew McConaughey movie

    Feb 20, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Photo Day

    Matthew McConaughey has a new movie coming out this summer called “Dallas Buyer’s Club” that, according to IMDB, tells “the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.” McConaughey dropped 50 pounds for the movie, which…

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