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White Sox Adam Eaton: 'I respect the hell out of that team'

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White Sox Adam Eaton: 'I respect the hell out of that team'

Adam Eaton took the high road following Thursday night's Royals-White Sox melee, which started when he and Kansas City's Yordano Ventura engaged in a shouting match following a groundout back to the pitcher.

Eaton, who said he was taken aback by Ventura's "two-step" and not-safe-for-work choice of words, said everything happened in the heat of the moment and it didn't diminish the respect he has for the defending American League champions.

"I respect the hell out of that team, I really do," Eaton said. "I think they play the game the right way.

"... What happened, two competitive teams scratching for the same goal. Sometimes it gets the best of you. Ventura is a heck of a competitor. I respect the heck out of him and everyone behind him. I’m a competitor as well. Sometimes boys will be boys and I think that was a situation where we had some excitement."

[MORE: Five ejected in White Sox, Royals brawl in seventh inning]

Like the rest of his teammates who spoke with the media postgame -- Jeff Samardzija, who was ejected along with Chris Sale, was not one of them -- Eaton was diplomatic in his answers regarding the brawl. Kansas City went on to win the game, 3-2, in the 13th inning and the Royals have now won all four meetings with the White Sox this year.

On their way to a 12-4 start, the Royals have had beef with the Angels, Athletics and White Sox. Benches cleared in Anaheim when Ventura stared down reigning AL MVP Mike Trout, and Ventura was ejected after hitting Oakland's Brett Lawrie last week (which sparked a legitimate beanball war and plenty of bad blood there). Six batters were hit in the Royals' three-game series with the White Sox to open the season as well, though manager Robin Ventura said there wasn't any carry-over from that series into Thursday night.

"They are a young group of guys who go about their business in an exciting and aggressive way," Eaton said. "And that’s why we have the utmost respect for them. They’ve earned everything they’ve gotten and now they want to keep it. You don’t expect anything less."

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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