Justin Masterson shut down the White Sox while Jhan Marinez and Donnie Veal were lit up in a 12-3 loss to the Indians. Every White Sox pitcher except Leyson Septimo -- who threw just 13 of an inning -- and Jose Quintana allowed at least one run, but the news wasn't all bad: A.J. Pierzynski homered for the first time this spring.
Dayan Viciedo went 1-4 with two strikeouts, prompting the question of if he could begin 2012 in Charlotte to be asked. I don't think he will, but it's nonetheless an interesting discussion.
Jake Peavy missed a few of his NCAA Tournament picks yesterday, including losing a Sweet 16 team in Wichita State.
Speaking of the tournament, the Minnesota Twins may have had a hand in UNC-Asheville's loss to Syracuse.
This is a little late, but well worth your time: James at White Sox Observer previewed the Sox catchers, infielders and outfielders.
Around the division: Scott Baker ran into some elbow troubles, the Indians traded for a guy they traded away in the offseason, the Royals signed Alcides Escobar to long-term contract and fellow Mizzou alum Max Scherzer has a bracket that would give me a heart attack before being the greatest thing ever.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.