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Mitchell off to a fast start for Sox

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Mitchell off to a fast start for Sox

It's just six at-bats, but Jared Mitchell's spring is off to a fantastic start. He has three hits -- one double, one homer, one single -- but more importantly, he's looked healthy. In Monday's spring training opener, Mitchell hit a liner that caromed off the second base bag into short right field, and he legged out the play for a double.

Yes, his three outs this spring have all been strikeouts. Given that's been a problem for him in the past, those whiffs are something to note.

But really, the results aren't the most important thing for Mitchell. The ankle injury he suffered in spring training two years ago lingered through 2011, which saw him hit .222 with a .304 OBP while striking out 183 times. Perhaps more telling was that Mitchell only stole 14 of 20 bases -- this after swiping 41 bases in 53 tries between LSU and Kannapolis in 2009.

Consequently, Mitchell didn't crack Baseball America's top 10 White Sox prospects list and averaged a No. 11 ranking among four other major prospect lists. And that's in a White Sox farm system that's generally regarded as thin.

If Mitchell is healthy, maybe these six at-bats are what we can expect: Flashes of power, impressive speed and a lot of strikeouts. And some walks, too -- to Mitchell's credit, even in his struggles last year, he walked about once every 10 trips to the plate.

The White Sox don't know if he'll start 2012 at Single-A Winston-Salem or Double-A Birmingham. A handful of spring training at-bats, no matter how impressive, shouldn't be the deciding factor in the decision of the White Sox.

But if he's healthy, sending him to Double-A could be the call.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.