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White Sox: Jose Abreu continues to slug while bat catches up

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White Sox: Jose Abreu continues to slug while bat catches up

DETROIT — The on-base machine struck again on Sunday afternoon as his bat continues to get warmer.

Courtesy of a sixth-inning triple, Jose Abreu picked up the 80th extra-base hit of his career, giving him the most through the first 156 games of his career since Evan Longoria had 87 in 2008-09. Abreu’s triple, his third extra-bagger in two games, drove in the White Sox only run in a 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

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The breakout comes on the heels of a 1-for-9 stretch in which Abreu struck out four times, including once with the tying runs on to end Wednesday’s loss. Following Saturday’s game when he doubled and hit a grand slam, Abreu said he hadn’t felt good at the plate.

“In the previous couple of games, I didn’t feel like myself at home plate,” Abreu said through an interpreter. “I’ve been working on it and thank God today was a good day for us, for me. I think the first three at-bats were the key for me because we are in a big situations and I can feel like I used to at home plate.”

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Though his average and on-base percentage haven’t been at the levels he produced in 2014 so far, Abreu’s slugging percentage has maintained the lofty levels.

Through 43 at-bats this season, Abreu’s slugging percentage is once again at .581, the same number he finished 2014 with when he led the American League.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Guest appearance Hall of Famer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Guest appearance Hall of Famer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson

Ford Frick winner and Hall of Famer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson joins Chuck Garfien on the podcast.

(3:15) - People that have congratulated Hawk on his induction, including some people you would never guess

(12:24) - Origin of some of your favorite "Hawk-isms"

(15:29) - Great story about the late great Harry Carey

(18:46) - His life growing up in Savannah, Georgia

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox trade with the Red Sox?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox trade with the Red Sox?

The crew wraps up the final day of the Winter Meetings for the White Sox.

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien, Vinnie Duber and Ryan McGuffey talk about a rumored deal between the White Sox and the Red Sox (2:41) that would move some pieces around.

Rick Hahn speaks for the final time in San Diego and the guys react to his comments.

Later, they debate why fans are disappointed with the White Sox and the outcome for the team at the end of the Winter Meetings.

Listen to the episode here or in the embedded player below.

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