The White Sox are welcoming back two more fan favorites.
They added to their growing list of team ambassadors Friday, announcing that Jose Contreras and Tim Raines will be joining A.J. Pierzynski — who made his own announcement Monday at the Winter Meetings — in returning to the organization.
Like Pierzynski, Contreras was a member of the beloved 2005 world championship squad. He teamed with Mark Buehrle, Freddy Garcia, Jon Garland and Orlando Hernandez to form a formidable rotation that season. Contreras posted a 3.61 ERA during the 2005 regular season but was even better in the postseason, turning in a 3.09 ERA in four starts. He pitched into the eighth inning in each of those starts, including a complete-game effort in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, which the White Sox won to clinch the pennant.
All in all, Contreras spent six seasons with the White Sox from 2004 to 2009.
Raines, meanwhile, is a newly enshrined Hall of Famer, inducted earlier this year in honor of his 23-year major league career. He spent five of those seasons on the South Side and holds the franchise record in stolen-base percentage. He swiped 143 bags during his White Sox tenure.
Raines hit 98 doubles, 28 triples and 50 homers in a White Sox uniform.
The addition of this latest trio of ambassadors adds to an already impressive group of former White Sox in that role: Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk, Mike Huff, Bo Jackson, Ron Kittle, Carlos May, Bill Melton, Donn Pall, Dan Pasqua and Mike Squires.
Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.
Class A Winston-Salem
Blake Rutherford banged out three doubles in Winston-Salem's 14-4 win, another offensive outburst for the mashin' Dash. Micker Adolfo also had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Gavin Sheets had a hit, Alex Call had two hits and two RBIs, and Joel Booker had a double. Dylan Cease pitched, allowing four runs in his five innings, but he also struck out seven batters. He's got a 3.45 ERA in three starts.
Charlie Tilson had two hits, a double, an RBI and a run scored in a 9-2 win. Daniel Palka had a hit and a walk. Thyago Vieira gave up another run in his one inning of work, with his ERA at 11.37 in 6.1 innings.
In the final game before the arrival of Eloy Jimenez, Seby Zavala had two hits, a double and a walk in an 8-1 loss. Zack Collins was 0-for-4 and is hitting just .071 on the season.
Class A Kannapolis
Luis Gonzalez had two hits, including a double, in a 5-1 loss.
Wednesday's White Sox-A's game lasted five hours and 48 minutes.
It went 14 innings and the White Sox lost by a 12-11 final score in Oakland.
A lot happened, and some of what happened seems like forever ago.
Remember how Carson Fulmer started the game? Or that Yoan Moncada hit a grand slam in the second inning? How about when the White Sox had an early five-run lead?
Like we said, a lot happened.
The South Siders didn't come out on top, but there were some wild stats our NBC Sports Chicago stats guru Chris Kamka compiled.
The good news? The White Sox have a day off on Thursday.