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White Sox prospect Reynaldo Lopez pitches six scoreless innings in loss to Giants

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White Sox prospect Reynaldo Lopez pitches six scoreless innings in loss to Giants

GLENDALE, Ariz. — You might say that Reynaldo Lopez has responded well to his first dose of adversity with the White Sox.

The pitching prospect delivered his best outing of what has been a very productive spring with six scoreless innings at Camelback Ranch on Monday afternoon. Lopez struck out four and only allowed two hits, though the San Francisco Giants rallied to defeat the White Sox 3-2. The performance lowered Lopez's spring ERA to 3.72.

"The (starts) before were good, but this one was the best because I was able to execute all of the work that I've been putting in during my preparation," Lopez said through an interpreter. "All of the things I've been working on with (pitching coach Don Cooper), trying to move more to the middle of the (rubber), trying to locate my pitches in the right spot — all of those things I was able to execute today, and today was by far my best one."

Acquired along with Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning in the Adam Eaton deal, Lopez had a rough start his first time out for the White Sox on Feb. 28, allowing five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings at the Cincinnati Reds. 

Cooper has since moved Lopez — who despite pitching 44 innings last season for the Washington Nationals had never been to big league camp — over to the middle of the rubber from his former position in the far right corner.

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The adjustment has afforded Lopez better command and improved results. Lopez has a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings over his last four starts, striking out 14 batters and walking just four. Though he'd like to make the team, Lopez said he'd have no trouble accepting an assignment to the minors given the promise he's seen in his performance.

"That wouldn't be a disappointment because I've been taking advantage of this opportunity," Lopez said. "This is my first spring training with a big league team, and I've been trying to do my best and learn from all of the guys and the coaches too. If I'm not with the team, I will be working hard in the minors because I know I can make it to the majors."

Peter Bourjos tripled and scored a run in the loss. Adam Engel and Nick Delmonico had the only other hits for the White Sox.

Corey Luebke pitched a scoreless inning for the White Sox to lower his ERA to 1.04. Michael Ynoa pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the loss.

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.