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Adam LaRoche back in White Sox lineup after two-day absence

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Adam LaRoche back in White Sox lineup after two-day absence

BOSTON -- Adam LaRoche returned to the lineup after what he and Robin Ventura think will be a welcomed two days out of action.

LaRoche has a .212/.306/.347 slash line with nine home runs and 34 RBIs in 356 plate appearances this season. His 30-percent strikeout rate is about eight more than his career average. Not only is LaRoche up against a pitcher he has success against -- he is 3-for-5 versus Boston’s Rick Porcello -- he has been able to work without worrying about results.

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“What’s more important is the two days he had,” Ventura said. “You can sit there and work on stuff. When you have a pretty clear mind you’re not going to be in there to compete that day, you can work on stuff and tinker with things, and it’s good for him to be able to do that, and now he feels good to go back out there.”

LaRoche said Tuesday he wants to contribute to an offense firing on all cylinders. He also admits his struggles have been more mental than anything, though he has tinkered a little the last two days. Ventura likes what he saw from LaRoche before Wednesday’s game.

“He looked good today early getting out here and swinging the bat,” Ventura said. “You make adjustments. You get a couple of days just working out. He looks good today, so you look forward to seeing him.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.