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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Jake Peavy was excellent in Friday's 5-2 win over Detroit, Alexei Ramirez, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko homered in Saturday's 5-1 win and the Sox showed impressive fight even in Sunday's 5-2 loss.

Taking two of three from the Tigers was a welcome departure from last year's first series against Detroit, which saw the Sox get swept at Comerica Park. And while it's still early, the results of the weekend qualify as a turnaround.

There were plenty of people who thought this series would be an opportunity for Detroit state their dominance over the Sox and AL Central, but that didn't wind up being the case. One person who's not surprised? Jim Leyland.

Game 1 of the series saw Detroit flaunt their greatest flaw -- defense. And the juxtaposition of Delmon Young's outfield adventures with Dayan Viciedo's diving catch and Alexei Ramirez's slick double play was too great to pass up.

Speaking of interesting contrasts: the home opener experiences for Paul Konerko, Robin Ventura and Nate Jones.

Friday's game also saw Miguel Cabrera file a complaint about the batter's box that led to a 10-minute delay. But if you're the vindictive type, you'll appreciate that Cabrera failed to record a hit in the three-game series.

Hector Santiago earned his third save of the season on Friday -- and while his selection to close games for the White Sox came as a surprise to those who follow the team, there wasn't anything shocking about it to the Sox brass.

Tyler Flowers started on Saturday and belted a mammoth home run, which is a good sign for someone who admitted his transition to a backup role has been difficult.

Kenny Williams generally won't answer questions about Ozzie Guillen (and why should he?), but he did this weekend when asked if he has any compassion for the former Sox skipper. The answer: he does.

Through the first six games of the season, the White Sox set a club record for strikeouts. But as Adam Dunn's strikeouts show, not every K is created equal.

Last but not least from the White Sox -- beer!

Around the division: The Indians stuck it to Kansas City this weekend in a three-game sweep -- but at Royals least outfielder Mitch Maier was able to shut down the Tribe for an inning and there were multiple bench-clearing incidents -- Adam Wilk will make his next scheduled start after suffering a left shoulder contusion on a foul ball Saturday and Justin Morneau looks like he'll play some first base this week for the Twins.

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.