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Gavin Floyd: 'I can win 20'

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Gavin Floyd: 'I can win 20'

GLENDALE, Ariz -- After winning 17 games in his first season with the White Sox in 2008, many felt it was just the beginning for Gavin Floyd. If his career was an arrow, it was pointing straight up towards the sky.

But in the last three seasons, the 29-year-old right-hander, who has the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in the game, has statistically been reduced to a .500 pitcher going 11-11, 10-13, and 12-13.

Spring is a time for optimism. The past is the past. What you control is today. Ask Floyd about tomorrow and the season that awaits, and youll hear a man looking for big things.

I believe that I can win 20 ballgames, Floyd said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet.

Saying it is one thing. Doing it is another. Can he?

He definitely has the stuff to win 20, said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. But its also a matter of scoring runs. You might be pitching your ass off on those days, but if on that given day we dont score or have trouble catching the ball, wins are very difficult to get.

Cooper continued, Is he capable? Does he have the stuff? Yes.

Until recently, Floyd would never have said on-the-record that he believes he can win 20 games. He was much more shy and reserved when speaking with the media.

Call this the new Gavin Floyd, whos now a seasoned veteran entering his fifth year with the White Sox, who hold a team option on his contract for 2013. He knows his potential and his ability to fool hitters. It might not show it on the back of his baseball card, but he says hes still the pitcher he was in 2008...and then some.

I think Ive become even a better pitcher even though I had better statistics in certain areas," Floyd said. "I feel like Ive matured and Ive got more experience under my belt. I feel like Ive grown a lot.

Gavin thinks 20 wins is possible. How about just matching his career-high of 17?

I definitely feel like I can do that every year, he said.

Floyd has a cell phone. He has a computer and the internet. He heard all about the trade rumors this off-season that had him being dealt to the likes of the Red Sox and Blue Jays. Hes heard them before, but this winter he felt it might actually happen.

I guess it was more realistic this off-season than others because the last couple years, my name had been brought up a couple of times, but this off-season, I think it was more often, Floyd said. I did pay attention to it a lot because you try to anticipate where your family is going to go, where youre going to go because thats very important to me. A couple of times it really became real. I was trying to think about what city I was going to go to or what team. Im still with the White Sox. I never got the phone call.

Now in Glendale for Day 5 of spring training, Floyd is firmly implanted in the White Sox starting rotation. However, hes aware that his 9.5 million team option for next season might be pretty tempting for contending teams if things dont go the White Sox way this summer.

Im here today. Im trying to live for today and whatever happens tomorrow, happens tomorrow, Floyd said. Im here with the White Sox. Thats what Im anticipating.

The same with 20 wins. Will he get there? We'll have to wait and see.

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning left minor league start with 'moderate' elbow strain

Dane Dunning has been nothing but consistent since joining the White Sox organization in the Adam Eaton trade before the 2017 season.

He has performed well at three different levels in the minor leagues and has stayed healthy. That second part is currently in question after he left a start for Double-A Birmingham on Saturday with elbow soreness.

Dunning left in the fourth inning in what was developing into one of his worst starts of the season. He had four strikeouts, but also walked four and gave up two runs (one earned). The four walks matched a season high.

Here is how things went down on his final pitch:

It's too early for a full diagnosis, but Dunning is expected to have an MRI in the next few days. White Sox manager Rick Renteria talked about Dunning's injury before Sunday's game against the Athletics.

"I think everybody considered it a very moderate strain," Renteria said. "Nobody is at this point too concerned. They still have to re-evaluate more. We won’t know more until they get further evaluation and at that point everybody will know where he’s at. Right now he still has to be re-evaluated."

Dunning, 23, began the season at Single-A Winston-Salem where he posted a 2.59 ERA in four starts with 31 strikeouts against three walks in 24 1/3 innings. The Florida product then was promoted to Birmingham where he has a 2.76 ERA. In 11 starts with the Barons, Dunning has 69 strikeouts and 23 walks in 62 innings.

Dunning is one of the top pitching prospects in the White Sox farm system along with Michael Kopech and Alec Hansen.

Chris Kuc contributed to this report.

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson turned 24 on Saturday and celebrated the occasion with a bang.

Anderson smashed a three-run home run in the first inning against the A's. It was actually his first swing on his birthday. Anderson took the first two pitches before launching the 1-1 pitch over the right field fence.

That home run, Anderson's 13th of the year, gave the White Sox a 5-0 lead. Things took an ugly turn later in the game with Oakland winning 7-6. Dylan Covey left in the fifth with a hip injury, which manager Rick Renteria said will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

Anderson finished 2-for-4 on his birthday. He later added a single, a stolen base and a run in the sixth inning.

Anderon's power surge this year has him on pace to blow past his 17 homers from a year ago. He is four shy of last year's total and has done so in just under half as many plate appearances.