We previewed SoxFest, which kicks off at 4:00 p.m. with the opening ceremonies on Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com this afternoon. If you're going to SoxFest, Sunday-only passes are sold out. But you can win a weekend pass by liking us on Facebook and clicking on the "Win SoxFest passes" tab on the page!
Also, we'll announce the winner of the autographed 1972 throwback Bill Melton jersey today on Chicago Tribune Live. If you haven't submitted a memory of the 2005 White Sox season to @WhiteSoxTalkCSN (which you have to follow to win), do so now!
Robin Ventura joined Chicago Tribune Live, and discussed his managerial style (sidebar video), the team's 1972 throwback uniforms, his starting rotation and A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers.
Comcast SportsNet will televise five spring training games. For the full radioTVonline stream schedule for spring training, click here.
In non-Sox news, we looked at how Prince Fielder's contract may pan out, and why the Sox should hit balls to third base a whole lot in the next few years.
Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.
Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.
Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.
Class A Winston-Salem
The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.
Class A Kannapolis
Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.
Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.
With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.
Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: