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White Sox: Heads up play slowed down Junior Guerra's debut

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White Sox: Heads up play slowed down Junior Guerra's debut

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Junior Guerra’s defense helped speed things up for the 30-year-old rookie on Friday night. The White Sox pitcher took it upon himself to slow it back down.

After he took the mound in his major league debut, Guerra quickly gave up three straight hits and a run. But before the game got away from him, Guerra turned an unofficial double play en route to completing two innings. He allowed a run, four hits and had an intentional walk and two strikeouts.

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“It was a great experience,” Guerra said through an interpreter. “At this level, all is faster. I feel good. I thought I did good. It was my first time, and I think the next time will be better.”

An unofficial error by White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who dropped Steven Souza Jr.’s pop up after he and Carlos Sanchez nearly collided, didn’t exactly welcome Guerra to the majors. Jake Elmore singled on the next pitch and Guerra allowed a run when Nick Franklin singled.

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But Guerra made a nice play to snag a comebacker by David DeJesus and he threw behind Elmore at third, to cut him down. Franklin tried to advance to third on the play and was thrown out. Guerra struck out Rene Rivera to end the inning.

“That play helped me a lot,” Guerra said. “I felt like the game was faster, and I couldn’t control it. And that play helped me to control the game, control the situation. I feel it calmed me.”

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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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.