Here's something pretty great via Craig Calcaterra of NBC Hardball Talk: In a court case, the Minnesota Twins are designated as the arch-rivals of the White Sox.
"Fricano asserts that the Cleveland Indians are the arch rival of the Chicago White Sox. While the two teamsmaintain a healthy rivalry, this court notes that it is generally accepted, at least among informed baseball followers,that the title of arch rival belongs to the reviled Minnesota Twins, to be shared, during inter-league play, with theChicago Cubs."
That's from a 2004 court case over a brawl in the stands at U.S. Cellular Field. So, in the court of law, the Twins are the main rivals of the White Sox.
I do like the language that says the Cubs share the role of arch-rivals but only during interleague play. That's assuming some White Sox fans don't root against the Cubs during league play, which is a pretty false assumption to make.
The whole rival thing is interesting with the White Sox -- back in the late 90's and early 2000s, the main rival to the Sox was Cleveland. But with the rise of Minnesota in the last decade, the Twins vaulted the Indians in that regard.
There's no long-standing rivalry between the White Sox and another team like Dodgers-Giants, Cubs-Cardinals or Red Sox-Yankees. So the Sox cycle through rivals -- in a few years, maybe it'll be the Royals.
But yeah, right now, the White Sox and Twins are arch-rivals. You probably didn't need a court of law to tell you that, though.
Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.
Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.
Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.
Class A Winston-Salem
The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.
Class A Kannapolis
Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.
Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.
With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.
Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.
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