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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

The Cubs ripped five home runs in a 12-3 pasting of the White Sox, the ninth time in the Sox last 13 games they've been defeated. Zach Stewart allowed six of the runs in 5 23 innings, but his start was much more about giving Chris Sale and Jake Peavy extra rest than anything else.

John Danks revealed he has a Grade 1 tear in his subscapularis, an injury which will not require surgery, only rest for it to heal. He seemed relieved to not need surgery, but understandably was still frustrated that his return to the Sox rotation hit another delay. There's no timetable for his return at this point, as he explained:

Before the game, Courtney Hawkins was formally introduced to Chicago, signing his contract and taking batting practice with the team before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch to Sale. He's placed high expectations on himself and aims to only focus on baseball from here on out.

Also throwing out a first pitch Monday: Scottie Pippen, who's one of, if not the, first person to throw out a first pitch this year and be taller than Sale on the receiving end.

Kenny Williams is liking the White Sox chances, noting that their recent inability to distance themselves from Cleveland and Detroit is a problem, but not the worst problem possible because it means they're in first.

To anyone clamoring for Dayan Viciedo to be moved back to third base: It's not happening.

The White Sox fell to Nos. 11 and 12 in our MLB power rankings, with the Yankees vaulting into the No. 1 spot for the first time this season. The Cubs, for the record, are dead last.

More videos: Zach Stewart discusses his start, Robin Ventura speaks after the game, Frank Thomas compares Sale to Randy Johnson, Sale discusses what he's learned from Jake Peavy, Chicago Tribune Live looks at potential trades the Sox could make, Courtney Hawkins gets introduced, CTL wonders what the Sox should do with Jose Quintana and Brooks Boyer talks about the possibility of the Cubs and Sox only meeting three times a year.

Around the division: Cleveland held off Cincinnati in a downright pitcher's duel and Kansas City was sent rocketing back to earth with a seven-run loss to Houston. Detroit didn't play but moved to 2 12 games back of the White Sox by standing pat. The Tigers open a three-game series with St. Louis at Comerica Park tonight.

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

Michael Kopech electric in start vs. Pawtucket

The Charlotte Knights took on the Pawtucket Red Sox on Thursday night in a high-profile minor league game due to White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech being on the mound. 

Kopech, the 22-yearold old flame throwing right-hander, has been collecting impressive strikeout totals but has struggled with his control. He had issued 15 walks over his last five starts, and prior to Thursday's game his ERA was 4.48. But Kopech shined in all facets against Pawtucket.

In six innings of work, Kopech allowed one earned run on seven hits, and had nine strikeouts. But the most important part of his game was that fact that he only issued one walk in the start.

Prior to Thursday's game, Kopech had 122 strikeouts and 57 walks over 88.1 innings pitched. If he continues to cut down his walks he will become a very efficient pitcher in the future. 

But the performance is important in the context of the White Sox losing season, as a lack of control is perhaps the last thing holding Kopech back from being able to make his major league debut.

 

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.