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David Robertson rebounds from rough week with sharp performance vs. Tigers

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David Robertson rebounds from rough week with sharp performance vs. Tigers

DETROIT -- David Robertson did a mock fist pump as he passed reporters in the clubhouse hall after Monday night’s contest.

The White Sox closer bounced back from his roughest week of the season with a strong effort in his team’s 3-2 victory in Game 2 of a split doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. Robertson struck out two, including Victor Martinez with the tying run aboard, to convert his 31st save. He credited his best performance in eight days to work in the bullpen done earlier in the day with coach Bobby Thigpen.

“I’ve been working on a few things,” Robertson said. “Not anything in particular. My arm slot has been getting really high. Today in the ‘pen, me and Bobby were talking about it when I was warming up. I found a comfort zone a little lower than normal. You guys probably don’t notice the difference, but in my head I notice it.”

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While the variance in arm slot wasn’t as easy to detect, the difference in Robertson’s stuff was more noticeable as he got strikes on five of seven curveballs, including three swings and misses.

Robertson gave up a broken-bat single with one out but struck out James McCann and Martinez to close out his first clean save since Sept. 6. In the previous week, Robertson blew one save as well as a four-run lead in another game and allowed a two-run homer before converting an opportunity on Saturday night -- a game he ended with a pickoff of Abraham Almonte.

He struck out Martinez on a 3-2 curveball.

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“I had to make a good pitch,” Robertson said. “I couldn’t throw one that was up high enough that he could hit. I had to throw one that looked like a strike that wasn’t a strike and get him to swing. I got lucky he didn’t take it.

"It’s definitely nice to go out there and not give up three or four runs like I’ve been doing. I’m very happy about that.”

Robertson has now converted 31 of 38 save tries (81.5 percent) this season.

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.