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During torrid streak, Jose Abreu gets good news from family in Miami

During torrid streak, Jose Abreu gets good news from family in Miami

To say Jose Abreu is on fire right now might be an understatement.

A day after hitting for the cycle, Abreu hit two more home runs in Sunday's 8-1 win against the Giants. Abreu now has 31 home runs on the season and has his batting average above .300.

"This is as consistent an approach as I've seen in anybody in the big leagues," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of Abreu. "He really, really continues to stay focused and in the zone.

"He's really enjoying his moment right now and I think the confidence he has and just the comfort level that he's showing just from being up here, I think every year you're up here you get a little bit more comfortable."

The fourth-year first baseman has decimated the Giants in the past two days. Abreu went 6-for-8 with three home runs and five extra base hits. With three RBIs in each of those games, Abreu is closing in another 100-RBI season. He has 90 and the White Sox have 20 games left on the schedule.

"I think that since the young kids started coming up, we are playing with more motivation, with joy, we are enjoying more of the game," Abreu said through a translator. "It's good when you can see these kind of results because we have been working hard everyday to get these results."

Abreu has now hit 30 or more home runs in three of his four seasons with the White Sox and is on track for a fourth straight 100-RBI year. The Cuban slugger maintained that the numbers aren't what he's going after.

"I am blessed to have the opportunity to play at this level to accomplish my dream and my mom's dream, too," Abreu said. "Whatever is going to happen at the end of the season is going to happen."

After sitting three straight games on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, Abreu said he struggled to get back in a rhythm. Whatever he wants to call it, it appears he's feeling good again.

Abreu also got some good news from his family in Miami after being concerned for their safety with Hurricane Irma ripping through Florida this weekend.

"It's all about adjustments," Abreu said. "I lost my rhythm with the days that I was off and then I regained my rhythm again and I'm hitting the ball good. I feel very great at home plate, but all of that is also because of the work that I put in day in and day out in my routine. Also, with the support of my family that they just called me a few minutes ago to let me know that they are good in Miami. That the hurricane passed through their house and they are safe. That's something that made you feel comfortable and confident on yourself. I think that's why probably the results on the field have been going that way the last few days."

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.