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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Philip Humber gave up three runs in five innings as the White Sox and Astros played to a 5-5 draw to finish off the 2012 preseason. Today's an off day, and then tomorrow is Opening Day. Tomorrow is Opening Day. That bears repeating.

The rankings of the AL Central in the power poll Tony Andracki and I put together: No. 5 Detroit, No. 16 Cleveland, No. 17 White Sox, No. 22 Kansas City, No. 24 Minnesota. Tony had Detroit at No. 1, with Cleveland No. 19, the Sox at No. 20, Kansas City at No. 22 and Minnesota at No. 24.

I previewed the White Sox starting rotation, which is being underrated by a lot of people coming into the season. Then again, if Jake Peavy gets hurt, things could unravel pretty quickly.

Speaking of the rotation, Chris Sale's Florida Gulf Coast coach explained why he thinks big things are coming for his former pitcher.

Lastly from us, Tony and I rolled out our final All-Chicago baseball team, with this one being our preseason roster for 2012. I think we're going to regret not putting Adam Dunn in the starting lineup, but that can be rectified at the midseason mark.

Larry previewed the high and low Sox minor league affiliates, Jim has a spot-on analysis of Brent Morel in the No. 2 spot and James previews the AL Central.

Around the division: Ken Rosenthal has a moving, powerful piece on Jason Marquis' daughter, Cleveland finalized a 16.5 million extension with Asdrubal Cabrera, Detroit opens against Boston today, Royals Review looks at Lorenzo Cain and my first reaction to "Indians send Ryan Spilborghs to Triple-A, release Felix Pie" was "wait, the Indians have Ryan Spilborghs and Felix Pie?" and then my second reaction was "well, I guess not anymore."

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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.