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Robin Ventura happy with White Sox spring

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Robin Ventura happy with White Sox spring

SAN DIEGO -- The White Sox have accomplished a lot of good this spring and Robin Ventura doesn’t wish to pick it apart.

Prior to Saturday’s exhibition against the San Diego Padres, the White Sox manager said he’s pleased with all aspects of his club’s spring performance. A 5-3 winner on Friday night, the White Sox are 16-13-1 headed into Saturday’s spring finale. The team is set to hold a workout at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday morning before it opens the season Monday at 9:05 p.m. CST.

“I’m happy with them,” Ventura said. “I’m happy with where they’re at and they’re ready to go.”

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Ventura has reason to be pleased, particularly from an execution standpoint. At least so far the White Sox have looked sharp on plays that have dogged them in the past. In Friday’s victory, J.B. Shuck perfectly executed a suicide squeeze for an insurance run and Jose Abreu got the team out of a potential rally with a nice cutoff and throw.

Those two plays come on the heels of a pickoff play/rundown that resulted in an out on Wednesday, something that had given the club a little trouble earlier in camp.

“You’re always happy when you see execution,” Ventura said. “That’s part of playing baseball is that those guys can execute. They’ve been doing it all spring long, that’s the biggest thing. They’ve been working on it. You have to put it in play every once in a while and last night was an indication of that.”

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You also have to give Adam Eaton time to rest when he dives around the way he does.

The White Sox center fielder made it clear he’s Opening Day ready on Friday as he unleashed a nice throw from right field, dove into second base on a stolen base attempt and made a diving grab in the outfield.

Eaton has shown no signs of being hampered by his October shoulder surgery. But Ventura is using him as the team’s designated hitter on Saturday to give his outfielder a chance to rest before Monday’s opener.

“He’s where he needs to be and let’s keep him on ice for another day or two,” Ventura said.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

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.

Triple-A Charlotte

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.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

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.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: