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Homestand offers White Sox chance to get acclimated to Chicago

Homestand offers White Sox chance to get acclimated to Chicago

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The White Sox are headed for home for more than 72 hours for the first time all season.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura hopes players take time to develop a routine at home they haven’t yet been afforded. The White Sox began the season with 13 of 16 nights on the road, including its trip to San Diego for an exhibition series. The club plays 16 of its first 26 games away from U.S. Cellular Field, including 10 of 12 so far.

“It didn’t really feel like we were home at all,” Ventura said. “Only two games and the rainout when we were there. Everybody is looking to get home and have a stretch there.

“The new guys haven’t been able to establish anything. Hopefully they wash their clothes, and put them back in a suitcase. That’s all there was time to do.”

The White Sox last homestand was a whirlwind. They arrived back from Oakland late on April 7 and headed to the park early the next day for their home opener. That didn’t leave any of the team’s seven new players much time to get accustomed to their surroundings — their homes or the ballpark where they will play 79 more regular season games. The White Sox returned home after Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, more than a week after they departed for Minneapolis.

“It’ll be good to get back home,” third baseman Todd Frazier said. “Only been there for three days. Get acclimated to Chicago a little bit more and get back going and winning another series.”

Earlier in the week, Jose Abreu said he didn’t mind that the team started on the road because it meant playing in warmer weather. The White Sox played in downright hot weather in Oakland before they faced a snow storm before their April 8 home opener. Although the forecast calls for rain from Tuesday through Thursday, temperatures are expected to be much warmer temperatures than the previous homestand, news to which Abreu offered praise hands.

Ventura just wants his charges to get a sense of normalcy after they’ve spent all but three days out of the last two months away from home.

“Hopefully it’s nice,” Ventura said. “Hopefully everyone can sleep in their bed and feel good.”

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