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Todd Frazier: 'Everybody is taking accountability'

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Todd Frazier: 'Everybody is taking accountability'

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox feel as if they’ve put in the right type of work so far and now they’re eager to show it.

Monday’s intrasquad marked the first opportunity for the White Sox to see how much progress they have made. Todd Frazier, whose squad lost 5-4 to Team Abreu, believes the White Sox are on the right track for success. Frazier singled in two at-bats and left with his team in the lead. Team Abreu won on a walkoff three-run homer by outfielder Daniel Fields in the bottom of the fifth inning.

“I love the tone,” Frazier said. “Everybody has a role, everybody is taking accountability for themselves and it starts right now from Day 1. With the intrasquads we’ve got today — you can see it, it’s focus. It’s focus time. The ability to understand it’s not offseason anymore. It’s time to go. I see that a lot with these guys.”

Monday was the first time the White Sox have competed in seven days together. They square off in another intrasquad game on Tuesday and begin their exhibition season on Thursday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Brett Lawrie said its how — not how hard — the White Sox have worked that has him encouraged. The second baseman went 1-for-2 with a sac fly and an RBI in the loss for Team Frazier.

“It’s all about the quality,” Lawrie said. “If we go out there, and we just do the quantity, quantity, quantity, we’re not getting any work in. We’re just picking the ball, putting it down, picking it up, putting it down. We’re not getting ourselves into a good position. But you give me 10 groundballs, and I’m going to do all of those 10 at the top of the game, with good form, and I’m not going to be tired at the end of it. I’m going to get more out of that than doing 50 groundballs and being so tired at the end with bad form. So it’s definitely about the quality over the quantity and refining that.”

Carson Fulmer struck out two in two innings pitched for Team Frazier. He allowed a run and four hits, including an RBI double to Jose Abreu, who finished 1-for-2. Tyler Danish allowed an unearned run and a hit in two innings for Team Abreu. Daniel Webb struck out two in a scoreless inning pitched, too.

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White Sox manager Robin Ventura also is pleased with the commitment his team has shown in its first full week together. The White Sox hope this is a strong foundation from which to build as they look for the first winning season since 2012.

“It’s been great,” Ventura said. “You look around at the infielders and outfielders, we’re seeing guys who’ve played a while and have a little history of doing the right things and playing the game the right way. A lot of it, even going into practice is very much the same thing. It’s been impressive.”

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez lead Charlotte Knights on NBC Sports Chicago

Tonight, White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte (44-52) will go head-to-head with the Pawtucket Red Sox (45-49) on NBC Sports Chicago at 6 p.m.

Top pitching prospect Michael Kopech (2-5, 4.88 ERA) faces William Cuevas (5-3, 3.21 ERA) at BB&T Ballpark. The flame-throwing Kopech is coming off an 11-strikeout performance in his last start when he completed six innings of work and allowed only four hits and one earned run.

Kopech has been inconsistent for the Knights this season, but leads the International League with a whopping 122 strikeouts. He had a forgettable month of June, when he went 1-4 with a 5.46 ERA, but he looks to be getting on the right track recently.

Charlotte’s batting lineup is highlighted by White Sox No. 1 prospect Eloy Jimenez, who has performed well since his promotion from Double-A Birmingham in mid-June. The powerful hitter has a .283/.348/.483 slash line with three home runs in 60 at-bats with the Knights.

Reliever Ian Hamilton (2.71 ERA), who is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the No. 18 White Sox prospect, has served as the team’s closer since his June promotion to Triple-A. The 23-year-old has converted four of five save opportunities with Charlotte, making him a player to monitor during tonight’s game. He has 10 strikeouts with only two walks in 9 2/3 innings.