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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Detroit is reportedly looking at a pair of players to counter Victor Martinez's season-ending ACL injury: Johnny Damon and Juan Pierre. Not Prince Fielder. Damon makes sense, Pierre really doesn't, although given the reaction I got on twitter after passing along the Pierre rumor quite a few Sox fans would be okay with Detroit bringing in Pierre.

Ozzie Guillen promised vengeance, one riddled-with-misspellings-tweet at a time.

Kenny Williams' son, Kyle, was unfortunately the goat in San Francisco's loss to New York in the NFC Championship. I feel awful for Kyle -- I hardly blame his decision to try to make a play on that last punt return with the 49ers' offense looking stagnant. A Giants player made a good play to strip the ball. Stuff like that happens in football.

For Williams' post-game comments, head over to CSN Bay Area.

SoxFest week is upon us. Here's the schedule of events -- I'm looking forward to the seminar with Rick Hahn, Buddy Bell and Doug Laumann the most.

Jake Peavy's 1-0 shutout of Cleveland from last May ranked as the best pitcher's duel of the 2011 season involving the White Sox.

Kevin Slowey will return to the AL Central after kinda-sorta leaving it, as Cleveland acquired him from Colorado with the status of Fausto CarmonaRoberto Hernandez up in the air.

Ever wondered what Jermaine Dye looks like in cookie form? Thanks to the wonders of the internet and former A'sCardinals pitcher Mark Mulder, we now know.

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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