This'll be an AL Central-heavy roundup, since the Sox had an off day. I looked at a few of Detroit's flaws, which could come back to bite them if things go right for the White Sox.
But Detroit managed to beat Tampa Bay again, winning their three-game series with the Rays and improving to 5-1 on the season. Needless to say, they're on a roll heading into today's home opener.
Max Scherzer is sick, but he'll still make his start today (1:00 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, with coverage beginning from U.S. Cellular Field at noon). Also, Brandon Inge is set to re-join the Tigers in Chicago.
And finally on Detroit, a scary sight: Miguel Cabrera not only fielding a bunt cleanly, but making a good throw. He still should be considered a defensive liability at third until further notice, but maybe it won't be so easy to reach base by laying down a bunt toward him.
Josh Willingham belted his fourth home run of the season as part of a 20-hit outburst by Minnesota's offense in a 10-9 win over the Angels. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau also homered, which is extremely encouraging for the Twins. And former White Sox great Jeff Gray earned the win, adding unnecessary but funny fuel to the "pitcher records don't matter" fire.
That's it for a light Thursday. Stay with us today for tons of content from U.S. Cellular Field for the White Sox home opener.
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.