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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Alexei Ramirez (2-3, 2 RBIs) and Dayan Viciedo (3-4, RBI) continued their hot hitting to balance out the Sox going 3-13 with runners in scoring position, helping the offense support a four-person relief effort after Jose Quintana was ejected to lead the Sox past Tampa Bay 4-3.

On Quintana's ejection: Hawk Harrelson was pretty upset, as well he should be.

Where does that rant rank on your all-time list of Hawk diatribes? Let us know here and re-live a few others. And Chicago Tribune Live discussed the rant and the quality of umpiring in baseball:

Quintana deserved a better fate than to be ejected in the fourth inning of what may be his last start with the White Sox for a little while. But at the least, he's got the job done every time he's taken the ball in a White Sox uniform.

Robin Ventura earned his first ejection as a manager on Wednesday after the Quintana fiasco. Before the game, he joined the Dan Patrick Show to discuss the first-place Sox, among other topics:

A few other videos: Dale Sveum was complimentary of the White Sox, Gordon Beckham wrapped up the Rays series and Chicago Tribune Live discussed the Sox hot streak.

Around the division: The Sox extended their lead in the AL Central to 1 12 games as Kansas City beat Cleveland 6-3, Doug Fister headed back to the disabled list before Detroit lost against to Boston and Francisco Liriano threw six shutout innings with nine strikeouts and two walks to lead Minnesota to a sweep of Oakland.

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

Of all the White Sox players this season, the spotlight has shined brightest on Luis Robert, but he says that’s not the reason for his recent five-game slump. In fact, Robert doesn’t even see himself as a new face of the franchise, despite all the hype surrounding his MLB debut and hot start to the season.

“I honestly don’t feel that way,” Robert said via team interpreter Billy Russo. “I just think that I’m the new guy.”

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It’s clear the pressure didn’t affect Robert earlier in the year as he notched at least one hit in his first six games, and racked up 14 hits through 10 games. As the impressive performances at the plate mounted, so did the buzz around the young centerfielder. But Robert insists he doesn’t think about it, even though he’s slashing a lowly .158/.200/.211 over his last five games, and out of the lineup for the first time in his career on Monday.

“I know everyone’s trying to talk about me, about my option for Rookie of the Year and that kind of stuff,” Robert said via Russo. “But for me I just feel like another guy for this team. I don’t feel that pressure, that attention. I know that it’s there, but I don’t think about that.”

So is this mini-slump due to an adjustment in the way pitchers are approaching Robert at the plate? Again, Robert says no.

“Pitchers have been attacking me the same way since the season started. I didn’t have good results the last few days, but I just have to keep working. There’s nothing different that they have done against me. It’s just a matter of results.”

Robert has shown a remarkable ability to adjust to a pitcher’s approach mid-game. Now it’s time to see how he adjusts to a little major league adversity.


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White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

At least one sign points to the St. Louis Cardinals returning to play soon enough to play the White Sox this weekend.

The White Sox announced on Monday that the start time of their Saturday game against the Cardinals had been pushed back from a day game to a night game.

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While that isn’t extraordinarily newsworthy on it’s own, it does indicate that MLB still intends for the Cardinals to travel to Chicago to play the White Sox. St. Louis hasn’t played since July 29, since nine players and seven staff tested positive for COVID-19, according to CBS Sports.

While things can certainly change quickly, if everything remains the same the Cardinals will make up two games against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 13. The White Sox were previously scheduled to play the Cardinals that day, so they will now have an off day on Aug. 13 and will begin their series against St. Louis on Aug. 14.

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