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Consistent De Aza paces White Sox at the top

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Consistent De Aza paces White Sox at the top

DETROIT -- Alejandro De Aza said he has focused on the minute aspects of preparation to keep himself prepared for the long summer.
The White Sox center fielder has played in all but two of the teams first 94 games and jokes that he has been feeling old.
De Aza enters Sunday with a .280 batting average and a .346 on-base percentage. He leads the team with 61 runs scored and has stabilized the teams outfield with solid play in center.
I just try to do the little things in the weight room and try to stretch a lot because its going to be a long season and its hot right now, De Aza said. I just try to keep it up.
One area of De Azas game that has impressed White Sox manager Robin Ventura is consistency. Ventura thinks De Aza has done a good job of avoiding prolonged slumps. Even when De Aza struggles, he manages to stick with his approach and see pitches. Through Saturday, De Aza is 33 rd in the majors with a 4.04 average pitches seen per plate appearance.
Hes done a good job for us, Ventura said. For leading off and being able to take pitches and doing all the things hes been doing playing center field and for this being the first year he has done it, its a tough spot. But I like what hes done for us. Its his job to see pitches and let guys get a gauge of what a guy has got that day. Hes been able to do that. Hes not afraid to get deep into a count and take some pitches.

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.