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Erik Johnson encouraged by effort in White Sox victory

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Erik Johnson encouraged by effort in White Sox victory

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Erik Johnson didn’t pay attention to his line score but rather the way the ball left his hand on Monday.

The White Sox pitcher said he likes the direction he’s headed with only an adjustment needed here or there. Johnson allowed four earned runs, three hits and walked two in three innings in a 9-4 White Sox win over the Los Angeles Angels. Dioner Navarro had one of three home runs hit by the White Sox, who finished with 15 hits.

“I felt great,” Johnson said. “The ball is definitely exploding out of my hand. You could tell just by all the terrible contact, a lot of weak foul balls. For me, the two balls they hit really hard were just fastballs up over the plate. I’m still getting synched up, still really dialing in and I knew today I wanted to throw a lot of fastballs and that’s exactly what I did.”

Jose Abreu already appears to be dialed in. He went 3-for-3 with a double. Navarro also doubled in three trips. Matt Davidson homered as did Steve Lombardozzi. The White Sox have 10 homers hit by 10 different players this spring.

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Johnson allowed a two-run homer to Mike Trout in his final inning. But he feels as if he’s on pace to be ready for the season.

“I feel good,” Johnson said. “I feel like I can go back out there. As far as where I’m at, I’ve just got to start syncing up. First time against another team, I feel good about it.”

Nate Jones struck out one in a scoreless inning in his spring debut.

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.