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White Sox Adam Eaton: 'I respect the hell out of that team'

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White Sox Adam Eaton: 'I respect the hell out of that team'

Adam Eaton took the high road following Thursday night's Royals-White Sox melee, which started when he and Kansas City's Yordano Ventura engaged in a shouting match following a groundout back to the pitcher.

Eaton, who said he was taken aback by Ventura's "two-step" and not-safe-for-work choice of words, said everything happened in the heat of the moment and it didn't diminish the respect he has for the defending American League champions.

"I respect the hell out of that team, I really do," Eaton said. "I think they play the game the right way.

"... What happened, two competitive teams scratching for the same goal. Sometimes it gets the best of you. Ventura is a heck of a competitor. I respect the heck out of him and everyone behind him. I’m a competitor as well. Sometimes boys will be boys and I think that was a situation where we had some excitement."

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Like the rest of his teammates who spoke with the media postgame -- Jeff Samardzija, who was ejected along with Chris Sale, was not one of them -- Eaton was diplomatic in his answers regarding the brawl. Kansas City went on to win the game, 3-2, in the 13th inning and the Royals have now won all four meetings with the White Sox this year.

On their way to a 12-4 start, the Royals have had beef with the Angels, Athletics and White Sox. Benches cleared in Anaheim when Ventura stared down reigning AL MVP Mike Trout, and Ventura was ejected after hitting Oakland's Brett Lawrie last week (which sparked a legitimate beanball war and plenty of bad blood there). Six batters were hit in the Royals' three-game series with the White Sox to open the season as well, though manager Robin Ventura said there wasn't any carry-over from that series into Thursday night.

"They are a young group of guys who go about their business in an exciting and aggressive way," Eaton said. "And that’s why we have the utmost respect for them. They’ve earned everything they’ve gotten and now they want to keep it. You don’t expect anything less."

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.