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April 6: A great day for White Sox baseball

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April 6: A great day for White Sox baseball

It's a good thing the Sox are starting the season on April 6:

- They are 14-6 on this date in Franchise history
- They have won five straight April 6 games
- They haven't lost on April 6 since 2001
- They have won 13 of their last 14 on today's date
- This will be their fourth April 6 opener (they're 2-1 so far)

There have been a lot of exciting moments along the way. Here's the complete list of April 6 contests, which date back to 1974:

2011: Sox rally for four with two outs in the 9 off Joakim Soria to take a 7-6 lead, but Thornton blows the save. Sox score three in the 12th for the 10-7 win at Kauffman Stadium.
2008: Sox light up Justin Verlander for nine runs (four earned) and nine hits. Buehrle gets the decision in 13-2 blowout at Comerica Park.
2005: Sox erase 3-0 deficit in ninth inning off Indians' closer Bob Wickman when Paul Konerko (with a runner on) and Jermaine Dye go back-to-back; Juan Uribe knocks in the winning run on a sac fly.
2003: 9-run eighth inning (eight unearned) and go on to win 10-2 at home vs Tigers.
2002: 14-0 win at Kauffman Stadium.
2001: 10-9 10-inning loss vs Tigers.
2000: 6-2 win at Texas

1999: 11-3 win in Seattle -- Sox crush Jamie Moyer (6 IP, 11 H, 8 ER)
1998: 5-4 win vs Rangers
1997: 5-3 win vs Tigers -- Jaime Navarro pitches seven scoreless with 11 K
1996: 8-4 win at Angels -- Alex Fernandez pitches eight innings and strikes out 10 Halos.
1994: 9-2 win at the Skydome -- Robin Ventura and Darrin Jackson each hit two home runs.
1993: 10-5 Opening Day win at the Metrodome.

1989: 3-2 win in California -- Bert Blyleven gets the no decision for the Halos.
1988: 4-2 loss vs Angels in 10 innings.
1987: 5-4 Opening Day win in Kansas City.
1984: 3-2 loss vs Tigers -- Jack Morris no-hits them the next day.
1983: 4-1 loss in Texas -- Sox start season 0-3, but finish 99-63.

1979: Jim Palmer hands Sox 5-3 Opening Day loss in Baltimore.
1974: White Sox lose 3-2 vs Angels -- Bill Melton hit a homer.

Total: 14-6 (13-1 in last 14)

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: