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Robin Ventura: Adam Eaton 'understands' what he needs to do

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Robin Ventura: Adam Eaton 'understands' what he needs to do

DETROIT -- Just as he suggested earlier, Robin Ventura felt Adam Eaton received his message and didn’t need a day off Thursday.

The White Sox manager considered Wednesday’s issue, when Eaton stopped twice after believing his line drive had been caught, moot. Ventura believes the leadoff man knew he made a mistake and didn’t need a game to think about the poor play, one that hasn’t previously been an issue.

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“We said enough then,” Ventura said. “He understands where I stand on it. And we are going to go play today.”

Eaton quickly admitted to his mistake after a 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. His effort and energy are key reasons the White Sox want him in the lineup. Given the team’s offensive struggles, Ventura would have found it hard to sit Eaton, who entered the opener of a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers with a .288/.374/.413 slash line in 91 June plate appearances.

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“You run everything out hard,” Ventura said. “Don’t take anything for granted. And he understands that.

“You have that talk. He’s been playing great. I think even before when there might be a mental lapse where he’s throwing the ball, he’s been doing great. It’s a moment that happens but for us we have to be able to get past that and you play everything out.”

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.