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Jeff Samardzija on brawl: 'Nobody wants to act that way'


Jeff Samardzija on brawl: 'Nobody wants to act that way'

Things happen in the heat of the moment but Jeff Samardzija said Friday he wouldn’t mind a do over on a few events Thursday.

The White Sox pitcher — who has been at the center of tension between his team and the Kansas City Royals since he hit Lorenzo Cain on Opening Day — could twice be seen charging into a mass of bodies during Thursday’s brawl that resulted in five ejections, including his own. Samardzija seemed to be interested in engaging Cain and instead took down Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele, who appeared to try and keep the two apart. On Friday, Samardzija talked about unfortunate incidents happening when emotions and passion are involved.

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“Nobody wants to act that way,” Samardzija said. “In a way it’s embarrassing, and you want to come back and show [that] you want to be known for what you do on the field and the way you play the game. Obviously look back on it and you're not happy about it, you’re not proud about it. But I wear my emotions on my sleeve and I care for my teammates and I want to win every game.”

Royals players have expressed their distaste for Samardzija. From Cain saying “I’m not a big fan,” to others citing Samardzija “chirping” from the bench after Christian Colon lined into a double play in the sixth inning, Kansas City doesn’t appear too fond of the right-hander.

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As for ramifications from the brawl, Samardzija said he’s not focused on whether or not he could be punished for his actions during the brawl. But it’s hard to imagine that he’d escape without some sort of suspension. There’s also no telling if Chris Sale could receive a suspension after he made his way to the Royals clubhouse in the eighth inning.

“We need to pitch every game we can,” Samardzija said. “That’s the consequences you deal with. Like I said, we need to act a little more mature and understand that things happen within games and we need to control ourselves better and we’ll go about it that way and we’ll learn from it, like we said. But we understand as two starters on this team that we’re very important to this team and we need to play and you definitely can’t do your team any help when you’re watching from afar.”

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

White Sox prospect Luis Robert on fire fresh off promotion to Triple-A

Luis Robert has been promoted twice in 2019, but nothing has slowed down his red-hot season.

The 21-year-old Cuban has only played in five games for Triple-A Charlotte, but has skipped past the adjustment period and has been productive in all five.

After collecting two hits, a walk and two stolen bases on Monday, Robert is hitting .429/.500/.810 for the Knights. He has reached base at least twice in every game with Charlotte.

Robert has shown some versatility in his game as well. He hit four extra base hits in his first three games, including two home runs in his first game for Charlotte. In the last two he has added three stolen bases. One of the stolen bases on Monday didn’t require a slide.

With Eloy Jimenez coming into his own for the White Sox and Dylan Cease one start into his major league career, Luis Robert is the clear gem of the White Sox system currently. The outfielder is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Charlotte’s BB&T Ballpark is known as a hitters’ park and Triple-A plays with the same baseballs that have been under fire lately for being juiced for hitters in the majors. It makes sense that Robert would put up big numbers, but it’s still an impressive start that has White Sox fans antsy for his call-up.

It’s just five games and the White Sox haven’t been in any rush with their top prospects, but Robert is showing that he isn’t that far away from being ready for MLB pitching.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Reed: 'It's good to be someplace where you feel wanted'


White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Reed: 'It's good to be someplace where you feel wanted'

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey speak with new White Sox slugger A.J. Reed.

Could he be the left power DH the White Sox have been searching for? (1:20)

Reed talks about why he feels relieved and reborn getting this opportunity with the White Sox (8:05), what's prevented him from being the major league player he wants to be (9:15), why the Astros gave up on him (14:00) and more.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:


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