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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

The White Sox dropped two of three to Houston, losing their second consecutive series while clinging to a half-game lead over Cleveland for first place in the AL Central. Your weekend arc: Gavin Floyd struggled but showed improvement in Friday's 8-3 loss, Chris Sale dominated and Adam Dunn hit a grand slam in Saturday's 10-1 win and Philip Humber's ERA rose to near 6.00 after a rough outing in an 11-9 loss Sunday.

The weekend started off on a high note, though:

Another neat moment from the weekend: Jordan Danks collected his first career hit on Friday and went 2-5 on Saturday with a stolen base. That debut has been a long time coming for Danks, who spoke about it before Saturday's game.

A few injury updates: John Danks is on track to make at least one rehab start while Brent Morel could need surgery (so good thing Robin Ventura likes Orlando Hudson at third base).

Danks' return could spark an interesting change in the starting rotation. If Humber continues to struggle to find consistency, Ventura intimated a move to the bullpen could happen:

Which would mean Jose Quintana -- the lefty has impressed Don Cooper, who delighted in to-date failed preseason predictions -- could take over in the rotation for as long as he could hold down a spot. More on that today.

Speaking of today, a one-on-one sitdown with Jake Peavy will air on Comcast SportsNet on SportsNet Central tonight. Peavy candidly spoke about his future in the interview, which Ryan McGuffey teased on Saturday.

The latest chapter in the history of White Sox-Astros didn't go as well as things did in 2006 for the White Sox -- a three-game series which I maintain was among the most fun that have taken place in the last decade.

Let's get back to Sale, though, because his dominance kinda got buried here in the midst of the malaise of Floyd and Humber. Here's what he had to say after Saturday's start:

A few farm updates: The White Sox are expected to sign sandwich-round pick Keon Barnum and David Kaplan updated the latest happenings across the Sox minor league system.

Around the division: Cleveland took two of three from St. Louis, Detroit did the same against Cincinnati, Kansas City was swept by first-place Pittsburgh and Minnesota won their series with the Cubs.

White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

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White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

The White Sox made some adjustments to their 40-man roster ahead of Monday's deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.

Rules stipulate that a player who signed when he was 18 or younger and has played five seasons of professional baseball is eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft if he is not on his team's 40-man roster. Because of that, the White Sox — like the rest of the teams in the league — made some moves Monday to protect certain players.

The White Sox announced Monday afternoon that they purchased the contracts of infielder Casey Gillaspie from Triple-A Charlotte, outfielder Eloy Jimenez from Double-A Birmingham, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and pitcher Ian Clarkin from Class-A Winston-Salem and outfielder Micker Adolfo from Class-A Kannapolis.

Simultaneously, pitchers Chris Beck and Tyler Danish were outrighted to Charlotte.

The most notable name on the list is of course Jimenez, the highly ranked outfielder acquired from the Cubs in July's trade that sent Jose Quintana to the North Side. Jimenez was a no-brainer to be protected after he slugged 19 homers and hit 22 doubles with 65 RBIs in his 89 games in the minors last season, splitting time between Birmingham and Winston-Salem in the White Sox system and Class-A Myrtle Beach in the Cubs' system. Jimenez is ranked as the White Sox No. 1 prospect by MLB.com.

Gillaspie was acquired in the trade that sent Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays. The brother of former White Sox infielder Conor Gillaspie, he hit 15 homers and 20 doubles in 125 games all at the Triple-A level. Gillaspie is ranked as the White Sox No. 11 prospect by MLB.com.

Basabe, the White Sox No. 17 prospect, was in last offseason's Chris Sale trade and hit .221 with five homers and 12 doubles at Winston-Salem. Adolfo, the White Sox No. 14 prospect, was signed as a free agent in 2013 and hit .264 with 16 homers and 28 doubles at Kannapolis. Clarkin, the White Sox No. 22 prospect, was acquired in the seven-player trade with the Yankees in July and posted a 2.60 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 86.2 innings of work at the Class-A level.

The 27-year-old Beck posted a very high 6.40 ERA in 64.2 innings out of the White Sox bullpen last season. Danish made just one appearance with the big league club last season, getting his first major league win in the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

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Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

Only three more months till the White Sox are back in action.

The South Siders announced their spring training schedule Monday, with Cactus League play commencing Feb. 23 out in Arizona.

The White Sox have the unenviable task of opening the exhibition schedule against the defending National League champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers playing hosts to the Pale Hose in Glendale. The White Sox will be the visitors, though they share the Camelback Ranch facility with the Dodgers, so they'll still be in their home ballpark. Their first official home game comes two days later, in a Feb. 25 matchup against the Cincinnati Reds.

The White Sox will face off against the Cubs in three "Cactus Crosstown" games on Feb. 27 and March 10 in Mesa and on March 16 in Glendale.

And in a cool wrap to the preseason, the White Sox will square off against their own Triple-A affiliate March 26 in Charlotte. The game against the Knights should be a fun watch considering all the future White Sox expected to make their way to the big leagues over the next couple seasons. The Knights' roster could be loaded with highly ranked prospects depending on how things shake out.

Here's the full schedule: