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Jose Abreu's son makes first visit to United States

Jose Abreu's son makes first visit to United States

His hands, selection and ability to hit his pitch have recently helped Jose Abreu flourish after the longest drought of his career.

Abreu homered for the third time in four games on Sunday afternoon as the White Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 at U.S. Cellular Field. Prior to Thursday, Abreu, who now has 14 round-trippers, hadn’t homered in 32 games.

But those quick hands and the ability to lay off bad pitches and select the good ones may not be the only factors driving the White Sox slugger. According to Comcast SportsNet’s Siera Santos, Abreu is headed home when the White Sox are off Monday to see his son Dariel, who is visiting from Cuba for a month, a source close to the first baseman said.

Abreu, who left Cuba nearly three years ago and was forced to leave his 6-year-old son behind, is expected to join the team on Tuesday in Kansas City when it begins a 10-day, nine-game road trip. The team travels from Kansas City to Miami after Thursday night’s series finale and opens a three-game series at the Marlins on Friday with a day off before they head to Cleveland.

Abreu went 3-for-4 in the team’s loss on Sunday, falling a triple shy of the cycle.

“It's always his hands working, but it's going to also be pitch selection and his aggressiveness,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He just looks better. The way his bat's coming through the zone, it's a little quicker. Even though guys are going to continue to pitch him inside just like everybody else, he's able to get to get to it, he's able to still be on time, balance-wise, to be able to hit the outside pitch, too.”

Abreu traveled to Cuba last December as part of a Major League Baseball tour. During the trip, Abreu had the chance to see his son for the first time since he left for the United States.

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?

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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.