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Source: Rick Renteria would fit well as White Sox bench coach

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Source: Rick Renteria would fit well as White Sox bench coach

Rick Renteria is reportedly set to meet again with the White Sox this week about their vacated bench coach position. One industry source thinks hiring Renteria would be a wise move.

Renteria, who managed the Cubs in 2014, previously served as the bench coach of the San Diego Padres from 2011-13. The White Sox have been searching for a new bench coach for manager Robin Ventura’s staff since Mark Parent was dismissed two days before the end of the 2015 season.

“He will never step on Ventura’s toes and will make him better and the players also,” the scout said.

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Renteria, 53, is highly experienced, one of the top requirements general manager Rick Hahn has sought in a new coach. He also is bilingual, which Hahn said he wouldn’t mind given the team has a number of Spanish-speaking players.

Several young Cubs players flourishedunder Renteria, including infielder Starlin Castro.

Renteria received a strong endorsement from ex-Padres manager Bud Black in November 2013. Black said Renteria knew how to work with players while also maintaining a role as an authority figure.

“He’s got a very perceptive eye for players and a very good perspective,” Black said. “If something is not going how Ricky expects it, they’ll know where he stands.”

Black also praised Renteria because he “didn’t have any future agenda.”

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A Score 670 report on Monday suggested Renteria is set for a second meeting with the White Sox this week.

MLB.com previously reported the White Sox have also spoken with ex-Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta and former Royals player Raul Ibanez about the position.

The White Sox also wanted to speak to Sandy Alomar for the opening, but he declined to be interviewed, a baseball source said. 

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.