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Alexei Ramirez shakes off Geovany Soto in pitching debut

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Alexei Ramirez shakes off Geovany Soto in pitching debut

Geovany Soto wanted Alexei Ramirez to throw a pitch inside Tuesday night to Josh Phegley but the White Sox shortstop had other ideas.

Even though it was the first pitching appearance of his career, Ramirez knows about Phegley’s pull power and wanted no part of the plan. Ramirez instead shook off Soto, stayed away and ultimately got Phegley to fly out to end a 12-pitch at-bat that provided a much-needed light moment for the White Sox in a 17-6 loss to the Oakland A’s at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Along with Leury Garcia, Ramirez was one of two position players who pitched for the White Sox in a game for only the second time in franchise history, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The previous instance occurred Sept. 28, 1902 when Frank Isbell and Sam Mertes performed the feat.

“I wanted to pitch him outside,” Ramirez said through an interpreter. “It was a very good at-bat for (Phegley). It was a very good fight for me. I pitched him very well. I tried to throw some offspeed pitches and get him off-balance. He fought and at the end, I got the result. But it was good. It was very fun at-bat and I enjoyed it. I tried to do my best in that at-bat.”

Ramirez threw everything to try and get his former teammate Phegley out in the ninth inning.

In a span of 12 pitches, Ramirez threw a slider, fastball, changeup, curveball, knuckleball and cut-fastball to Phegley, according to MLB.com. He shook off Soto on a 3-2 pitch, one of five straight fouled off by Phegley, before he got the fly ball.

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Ramirez would have preferred not to be on the poor end of a blowout but volunteered to pitch if the White Sox needed it. They did as the bullpen was short-handed after Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija made short starts in two of the previous three games with a 14-inning contest sandwiched in between.

Garcia, who also pitched in 2014, pitched a scoreless eighth.

“It wasn’t the ideal situation for the team,” Ramirez said. “But because of the score and the situation, I just talked with Robin (Ventura) and said, ‘Hey, if you need someone to pitch, I can do it.’ Yeah, I enjoyed it. It was very special. I have to thank him for the opportunity. It was something that I always liked to do and I could do it today. I enjoyed it.”

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.