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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Robin Ventura's first Opening Day lineup is as follows: De Aza CF, Morel 3B, Dunn DH, Konerko 1B, Pierzynski C, Rios CF, Ramirez SS, Viciedo LF, Beckham 2B, Danks SP.

Chuck Garfien's down in Texas for Opening Day, and he spoke with Paul Konerko on Thursday about what the Sox will do in 2012. As Konerko sees it, they'll do everything "the right way."

Hector Santiago? Matt Thornton? Addison Reed? Whoever winds up closing games for the Sox actually isn't a big deal, since the relief corps is deep and should succeed regardless of who's taking the ball in the ninth.

David Kaplan previewed White Sox opening week in the first installment of the BMO-Harris Bank Look Ahead:

A.J. Pierzynski, Gordon Beckham, Brent Lillibridge and Kenny Williams are Southside in this great Nike ad spot.

Williams was pretty awesome in that Nike commercial, but his comments about disgraced defensive coordinator Gregg Williams -- whose bounty targets included Williams' son, Kyle -- were perfect given his position and the ugliness of this whole situation: "Personally, suspension or not, it's probably best I'm never in a room with Gregg Williams and wonder if such an order crosses the line of the aggressive, competitive spirit we all know and love about the sport and leans closer to a criminal act and therefore litigious matter."

Around the division: Jose Valverde proved why wins are a worthless stat in Detroit's 3-2 win over Boston, Cleveland lost the longest season-opening game on record and was involved in another beanball war, Jonathan Broxton was named Kansas City's closer, and Minnesota got some bad news as Scott Baker was pulled from a minor league rehab start.

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.