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  1. Adam Dunn’s homer ties a major league record

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn going deep

    On MLB’s fourth Opening Day this year, Adam Dunn tied an Opening Day record with his eighth career Opening Day homer Friday against the Rangers. Because it’s still Opening Day somewhere. Dunn’s blast off Colby Lewis tied him with Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. for the most Opening Day homers. Dunn’s actually gone deep…

  2. Ian Kinsler didn’t show any disappointment on Opening Day

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    This morning we heard that Ian Kinsler was disappointed that he couldn’t get a deal worked out with the Rangers before the season started.  If he’s disappointed, however, it didn’t carry over to his game: Kinsler had a leadoff double, scored on a Josh Hamilton sac fly and later hit a solo homer, leading the…

  3. So, exactly how did Alexei Ramirez tick off Robin Ventura?

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

    Alexei Ramirez

    All spring long the White Sox were auditioning No. 2 hitters. First we heard that it was going to be slow-footed A.J. Pierzynski. However, that no longer worked out because manager Robin Ventura decided he wanted to bat Adam Dunn third, meaning he needed a right-handed hitter batting second to separate a pair of lefties.…

  4. Robin Ventura still hasn’t named the White Sox’s closer

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    Now that the Royals have officially picked Jonathan Broxton as Joakim Soria‘s replacement nearly every team has named their closer, but one holdout is the guy with the least managing experience in the bunch (which is to say no managing experience). Robin Ventura played coy with the media yesterday, refusing to disclose his closer while…

  5. Adam Dunn will hit third in the White Sox’s lineup following disastrous season

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Dunn waits for his pitch during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Adam Dunn was as bad as a previously excellent hitter could possibly be last season, batting .159 while moving down the lineup and then eventually to the bench, but new White Sox manager Robin Ventura is wiping the slate clean. Not only is Ventura committed to playing Dunn every day, he’ll begin the season batting…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Have Toronto Blue Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista?

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

    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 2012 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Have the Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista? Several times this…

  7. Springtime Storylines: How will year one of the Cubs’ rebuilding plan fly in The Friendly Confines?

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

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    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 2012 season. Up next: 103 years and counting. The Big Question: How will the first year of the Cubs’ rebuild go over on Chicago’s…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending?

    Mar 28, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    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 2012 season. Up next: Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Are the Chicago White Sox rebuilding or contending? After eight tumultuous but mostly successful…

  9. Matt Thornton favored over Jesse Crain and Addison Reed as White Sox’s closer

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura has avoided naming a closer or even giving strong hints about which way he’s leaning among Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, and Addison Reed, but Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports that “the smart money” is on Thornton getting the job. Thornton struggled with some save chances early…

  10. Adam Dunn homers twice, knocks in six against Royals

    Mar 22, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Adam Dunn takes a swing during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Adam Dunn never homered off a left-handed pitcher last year. Today, he hit two in three at-bats off Royals southpaw Bruce Chen. Dunn delivered a two-run homer in the first and a grand slam in the fifth inning, giving him four homers in 24 at-bats this spring. He’s struck out just once and walked nine…

  11. Jesse Crain unsure when he’ll return from oblique injury

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Jesse Crain has been sidelined for more than a week with a strained right oblique muscle and said yesterday that there’s no timetable yet for his return. Crain was able to play catch Monday, but told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that “we haven’t even talked about” when he’ll see game action again and…

  12. Jake Peavy goes five hitless in third Cactus League start

    Mar 18, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

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    White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy was shelled for three earned runs on four hits in his two-inning Cactus League debut March 7 against the Brewers. Peavy then allowed six earned runs on eights hits to the A’s in his second Cactus League start — an outing that lasted just 2 1/3 innings. But he got…

  13. Carlos Quentin to get knee surgery Monday, out 4-6 weeks

    Mar 17, 2012, 7:26 PM EDT

    carlos quentin getty

    From Dan Hayes of the North County Times comes word that Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. Quentin has been experiencing knee discomfort since the beginning of spring training, and San Diego manager Bud Black told Hayes on Saturday that team…

  14. Albert Pujols hits first two homers in Angels uniform

    Mar 14, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Already off to a 6-for-14 start this spring, Albert Pujols made some more noise Wednesday, homering in both of his official at-bats against the White Sox. Pujols delivered a three-run homer off Chris Sale in the first. He was then plunked by Sale next time up, though there was nothing deliberate about it. In the…

  15. Gavin Floyd on trade rumors: “It’s a good thing in a way … teams want you”

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Trade rumors swirled around Gavin Floyd all offseason as the White Sox shed various veterans in rebuilding mode and have picked up again with a report that the Blue Jays are interested in the 29-year-old right-hander. Floyd tossed four innings of one-run ball yesterday and then responded to questions from Mark Gonzales of the Chicago…

  16. Blue Jays interested in White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Over the weekend there was speculation about the Blue Jays pursuing Joe Blanton and apparently their search for a starting pitcher goes beyond the Phillies right-hander. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays are also interested in Gavin Floyd of the White Sox and the two sides “have had dialogue about Floyd since…

  17. Kevin Mulvey is back with the Mets on a minor league contract

    Mar 10, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Kevin Mulvey’s career has officially come full circle, as the Mets announced this morning that he has returned to the club on a minor league deal. Mulvey, who turns 27 in May, was a second-round pick of the Mets back in 2006 and was later dealt to the Twins along with Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber…

  18. Adam Dunn homers, doubles to lead White Sox

    Mar 8, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Dunn waits for his pitch during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Let’s not read too much into it just yet, but Adam Dunn is giving some strong early indications that he’s ready to shake off his historically awful 2011 season. On Thursday, the big first baseman hit a three-run homer off Neftali Feliz in his first at-bat and collected an RBI double off left-hander Michael Kirkman…

  19. Former top prospect Dennis Tankersley attempts comeback with Padres

    Mar 7, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

    Dennis Tankersley - 2002 Donruss

    Four years after his last minor league appearance and eight years since he last saw the majors, right-hander Dennis Tankersley is attempting a comeback. He signed a minor league deal with the Padres, his former team. Tankersley was just a 38th-round pick of the Red Sox in 1998, but given his early success, it appalled…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: It finally feels like baseball

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Angels Equipment Bag

    Maybe you don’t have to be at a ballpark on a 75 degree day in March in order for it to feel like baseball season, but it sure does help.  Because I gotta tell ya, I’m feeling baseball today. My last actual working duty of the day happened a few minutes ago. I interviewed Torii…

  21. Robin Ventura wants A.J. Pierzynski batting second? Seriously?

    Mar 4, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Prepare for the White Sox offense to be a mess again. New manager Robin Ventura said Saturday that he wants A.J. Pierzynski hitting second after Alejandro De Aza this season. “He handles the bat great,” Ventura said. “He’s always a tough out. Not that he steals a lot of bases, but he handles the bat…

  22. Paul Konerko was in the stands for the Robin Ventura-Nolan Ryan beatdown

    Mar 2, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Ventura

    I never get tired of thinking about the Nolan Ryan-Robin Ventura fight. And now that Ventura is managing the White Sox, people are finding occasion to talk about it all again. Over at CSNChicago.com, Chuck Garfien has a new angle on it. Seems that one of Ventura’s players — Paul Konerko — was at the…

  23. Jake Peavy’s shoulder as good as its ever going to be

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    19 months after an experimental surgery, Jake Peavy is feeling good, but he’s still not completely sure about the health of his shoulder. “I just don’t know. I just don’t know what to tell you,” Peavy told CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien. “I can tell you that I’m 19 months out of major surgery that nobody…

  24. Chris Sale wants to throw 200 innings this season

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Chris Sale logged 71 innings out of the White Sox bullpen in 2011 and hasn’t started a game since May of 2010 at Florida Gulf Coast University, but that hasn’t stopped him from setting the bar pretty high for his first season in the starting rotation. According to Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com, Sale said yesterday…

  25. Ozzie Guillen knew Adam Dunn was doomed during spring training last year

    Feb 11, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Adam Dunn is coming off one of the worst seasons anyone could possibly have, but former White Sox manager and new Marlins’ skipper Ozzie Guillen claims that he knew the high-priced slugger was doomed from the start. During an appearance yesterday on the “Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Guillen said that…

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