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Alternative White Sox promotional giveaways

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Alternative White Sox promotional giveaways

The White Sox unveiled their promotional giveaway schedule for the 2012 season, complete with a mix of items for adults and kids, along with ones that are actually practical. The schedule:

White Sox knit bomber hats (April 14)
Mother's Day totes (May 13)
Robin Ventura bobbleheads (May 26)
Southpaw mini plus pals (June 3)
Commemorative 2005 World Series canvases (June 9)
Kids XL 1972 replica jerseys (June 24)
Kids chest protector backpacks (Aug. 5)
White Sox camouflage hats (Aug. 11)

Those are a good start. Got any other promotional ideas for the Sox? Post 'em in the comments. I'll get started:

Alexei Ramirez replica Gold Glove award: He'll receive one, too, because Gold Glove voting is stupid and he should've won the award at least once already. He'll celebrate the day by making three spectacular plays ranging to his right and still miss that night's top 10 plays in favor of that one popup Derek Jeter caught.

Paul Konerko No. 14 crown: Fit for The King.

Dayan Viciedo toy tank: Can actually shoot laser beams, so probably not meant for kids. But that doesn't mean they can't have fun with it!

Jawin' Johnny Danks hand puppets: Sponsored by Jim at South Side Sox, of course.

Ol' Yaz bobblehead: This one was Hawk's idea.

Post your ideas in the comments or tweet them at us @WhiteSoxTalkCSN!

Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

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Dylan Cease struggles early, but finishes strong in second White Sox start

Dylan Cease picked up a win in his first start, but his second did not go as well.

Cease pitched six innings Tuesday at the Royals and gave up six runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk. He struck out seven, but took the loss in an ugly game for the White Sox.

The game got off to an ominous start with Eloy Jimenez getting injured on the first batter Cease faced. The White Sox defense didn’t help Cease much either with three errors (Cease had one of those on an errant pickoff throw).

After giving up six runs in the first four innings, Cease settled down to retire the final eight batters he faced. He finished with seven strikeouts against just one walk and threw 67 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

Cease struck out six in his first start and is the first pitcher in White Sox history to strike out six or more in each of his first two career appearances.

A deeper look at Cease’s numbers show his swing and miss stuff hasn’t quite caught on as expected so far. Cease got 13 swinging strikes in 101 pitches in his major league debut. He got 12 whiffs on 108 pitches on Tuesday. His slider did get five swinging strikes on 25 pitches against the Royals.

Fastball command remains a key part to Cease’s success. He only threw 26 out of 54 fastballs for strikes in his debut. Cease improved upon that with 31 strikes on 50 fastballs against the Royals.

Most of the Royals’ damage came against Cease’s fastball as well. Six of the Royals’ eight hits off Cease, including all three extra base hits, were off heaters. Cease also gave up four hits with two strikes.

There has been plenty of hype surrounding Cease since he joined the White Sox, but he hasn’t hit the ground running in the majors just yet. Having 13 days between the first two starts of his career due to the all-star break and the White Sox giving him some extra rest also isn’t the ideal scenario for a young pitcher.

Cease’s ERA is now at 5.73, which isn’t going to set the world on fire. Still, there have been enough positives in his first two starts to see where reasonable improvement could lead to Cease becoming the pitcher the White Sox expect him to be.

 

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Next steps for the White Sox rebuild

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Sports Talk Live Podcast: Next steps for the White Sox rebuild

David Haugh, Sam Panayotovich and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The Cubs deal World Series hero Mike Montgomery to the Royals for catcher Martin Maldonado. So what does that mean for Willson Contreras' injury? And who will get the majority of the playing time behind the plate?

10:30 - The guys look ahead to Dylan Cease's second Major League start and discuss what players should be dealt at the deadline to continue the White Sox rebuild.

16:00 - The Blackhawks deal Artem Anisimov to the Senators. Could this mean Kirby Dach can make the team on opening night?

18:30 - Robbie Gould won't be a Bear next season. Is the Bears Week 1 kicker currently on their roster?

20:00 - Did EA Sports diss Mitch Trubisky? DARN NATIONAL MEDIA!!!!

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: