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White Sox hope to take pressure off struggling Tim Anderson

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White Sox hope to take pressure off struggling Tim Anderson

KANSAS CITY -- Tim Anderson nearly had the game-winning hit on Wednesday night and turned in a nice pair of defensive plays. But the White Sox rookie also struck out five times and has struggled early in August.

With that in mind, manager Robin Ventura dropped Anderson from the leadoff spot to seventh in the White Sox order on Thursday. Ventura hopes it helps alleviate some of the pressure Anderson perhaps has felt to perform. Anderson has produced a .434 OPS in seven games in August.

“He’s a young kid, against the lefty he has a pretty good chance,” Ventura said. “But you want to also get him down there where he doesn’t have to feel like a leadoff hitter all the time. “That’s probably getting to him a little being up there wanting to make things happen. He had a good at bat last night, it wasn’t hit hard but it gets the job done.”

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The White Sox have said all along they like how Anderson handles himself in tough spots. Outfielder J.B. Shuck said Anderson’s attitude never changed when he experienced his toughest month as a pro in April at Triple-A Charlotte. Even though Anderson struck out five times in seven at-bats on Wednesday, Ventura thinks he has the ability to shake it off.

“ It is a tough night and he could have come out feeling good, he fisted one over first base,” Ventura said. “But mentally he’s a tough kid that’s going to be able to handle it.”

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.