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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."

White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

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White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

The White Sox made some adjustments to their 40-man roster ahead of Monday's deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.

Rules stipulate that a player who signed when he was 18 or younger and has played five seasons of professional baseball is eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft if he is not on his team's 40-man roster. Because of that, the White Sox — like the rest of the teams in the league — made some moves Monday to protect certain players.

The White Sox announced Monday afternoon that they purchased the contracts of infielder Casey Gillaspie from Triple-A Charlotte, outfielder Eloy Jimenez from Double-A Birmingham, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and pitcher Ian Clarkin from Class-A Winston-Salem and outfielder Micker Adolfo from Class-A Kannapolis.

Simultaneously, pitchers Chris Beck and Tyler Danish were outrighted to Charlotte.

The most notable name on the list is of course Jimenez, the highly ranked outfielder acquired from the Cubs in July's trade that sent Jose Quintana to the North Side. Jimenez was a no-brainer to be protected after he slugged 19 homers and hit 22 doubles with 65 RBIs in his 89 games in the minors last season, splitting time between Birmingham and Winston-Salem in the White Sox system and Class-A Myrtle Beach in the Cubs' system. Jimenez is ranked as the White Sox No. 1 prospect by MLB.com.

Gillaspie was acquired in the trade that sent Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays. The brother of former White Sox infielder Conor Gillaspie, he hit 15 homers and 20 doubles in 125 games all at the Triple-A level. Gillaspie is ranked as the White Sox No. 11 prospect by MLB.com.

Basabe, the White Sox No. 17 prospect, was in last offseason's Chris Sale trade and hit .221 with five homers and 12 doubles at Winston-Salem. Adolfo, the White Sox No. 14 prospect, was signed as a free agent in 2013 and hit .264 with 16 homers and 28 doubles at Kannapolis. Clarkin, the White Sox No. 22 prospect, was acquired in the seven-player trade with the Yankees in July and posted a 2.60 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 86.2 innings of work at the Class-A level.

The 27-year-old Beck posted a very high 6.40 ERA in 64.2 innings out of the White Sox bullpen last season. Danish made just one appearance with the big league club last season, getting his first major league win in the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

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Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

Only three more months till the White Sox are back in action.

The South Siders announced their spring training schedule Monday, with Cactus League play commencing Feb. 23 out in Arizona.

The White Sox have the unenviable task of opening the exhibition schedule against the defending National League champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers playing hosts to the Pale Hose in Glendale. The White Sox will be the visitors, though they share the Camelback Ranch facility with the Dodgers, so they'll still be in their home ballpark. Their first official home game comes two days later, in a Feb. 25 matchup against the Cincinnati Reds.

The White Sox will face off against the Cubs in three "Cactus Crosstown" games on Feb. 27 and March 10 in Mesa and on March 16 in Glendale.

And in a cool wrap to the preseason, the White Sox will square off against their own Triple-A affiliate March 26 in Charlotte. The game against the Knights should be a fun watch considering all the future White Sox expected to make their way to the big leagues over the next couple seasons. The Knights' roster could be loaded with highly ranked prospects depending on how things shake out.

Here's the full schedule: