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White Sox: Carson Fulmer to start Monday's intrasquad game

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White Sox: Carson Fulmer to start Monday's intrasquad game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While he could end up a reliever in the long run, Carson Fulmer officially begins his career as a starting pitcher.

The 2015 White Sox first-rounder received a pair of starting assignments for the upcoming week. He is set to start in Monday’s intrasquad game opposite prospect Tyler Danish.

Fulmer is also on the schedule to face the Kansas City Royals on Saturday in the team’s third Cactus League game.

John Danks is listed as the starter for Thursday’s exhibition opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jacob Turner is set to pitch on Friday against the Cleveland Indians.

“I’ve always wanted to be a starter,” Fulmer said. “I relieved early on in college, became a starter later, and now I’m having an opportunity to start here. It’s a good opportunity. I’ll get to face some good talent, obviously, and I’m just looking forward to the experience.”

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The No. 8 overall pick in last June’s draft, Fulmer made nine starts last season, including eight at Single-A Winston-Salem. He finished the season with a 1.96 ERA in 23 innings, striking out 26. Some wonder whether or not Fulmer can stick as a starting pitcher. Others, including fellow Vanderbilt pitcher David Price, believe that Fulmer could be a major league reliever right now.

Fulmer is likely to start the season in Double-A Birmingham’s rotation. He looks forward to the week ahead.

“It will be great,” Fulmer said. “It’s a new opportunity to go out there and just pitch. I’m definitely looking forward to it, and I’ll see what happens.

“I really don’t know what to expect (Saturday). I have to keep the game simple and go out there and try to give us the best chance to win.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.