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Consistent De Aza paces White Sox at the top

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Consistent De Aza paces White Sox at the top

DETROIT -- Alejandro De Aza said he has focused on the minute aspects of preparation to keep himself prepared for the long summer.
The White Sox center fielder has played in all but two of the teams first 94 games and jokes that he has been feeling old.
De Aza enters Sunday with a .280 batting average and a .346 on-base percentage. He leads the team with 61 runs scored and has stabilized the teams outfield with solid play in center.
I just try to do the little things in the weight room and try to stretch a lot because its going to be a long season and its hot right now, De Aza said. I just try to keep it up.
One area of De Azas game that has impressed White Sox manager Robin Ventura is consistency. Ventura thinks De Aza has done a good job of avoiding prolonged slumps. Even when De Aza struggles, he manages to stick with his approach and see pitches. Through Saturday, De Aza is 33 rd in the majors with a 4.04 average pitches seen per plate appearance.
Hes done a good job for us, Ventura said. For leading off and being able to take pitches and doing all the things hes been doing playing center field and for this being the first year he has done it, its a tough spot. But I like what hes done for us. Its his job to see pitches and let guys get a gauge of what a guy has got that day. Hes been able to do that. Hes not afraid to get deep into a count and take some pitches.

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.

Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.

Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.

Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.

Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.