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White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

The White Sox wound up dropping Saturday and Sunday's games to the Yankees, leading to a series split in New York and a 4-3 road trip. After clobbering Yankees pitching on Friday -- things got so out of hand for New York that Dewayne Wise pitched -- the Sox offense mustered two runs in 18 innings over the final two games of the series.

As of right now, three players will head to Kansas City to represent the White Sox in the All-Star Game later this month: Chris Sale, Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn. Jake Peavy is up for the final vote, but A.J. Pierzynski was pretty well snubbed. And AL manager Ron Washington pretty much knows that:

Although Pierzynski isn't buying it:

Jesse Crain threw on Sunday and felt better as he deals with a sore shoulder, although a trip to the disabled list hasn't been ruled out. And while John Danks left New York to undergo further testing on his left shoulder, he's expected to continue his rehabtraining program Tuesday in Chicago.

Here's something great: Peavy raised 24,100 for pancreatic cancer research on Saturday. CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes explains.

Chuck Garfien penned an outstanding, poignant piece on Pierzynski's relationship with the late Kevin Hickey that's definitely worth a read -- and be sure to keep an eye out for Inside Look: A.J. Pierzynski on Comcast SportsNet this month.

In his first season in the majors, Nate Jones has a 2.95 ERA while averaging just over a strikeout per inning. The rookie says he "never could've imagined" the role and level of success he's had so far in 2012.

Around the division: Both Cleveland and Detroit took two of three from AL East squads, as the Indians won their series in Baltimore and the Tigers took out the reeling Rays at Tropicana Field. As things stand, the Sox are 1 12 games ahead of Cleveland and 3 ahead of Detroit. Kansas City dropped three of four against the Twins, missing a chance to hold their ground in the division. They're now six games back.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.