Chris Sale struck out six with no walks and two hits allowed in six innings of work in a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati on Monday. It was easily his best outing of the spring, and he and A.J. Pierzynski broke down the start while Pierzynski and Brent Morel offered up a few thoughts on Robin Ventura.
The White Sox made 14 cuts, including Ozzie Martinez, Jared Mitchell, Trayce Thompson and Nestor Molina. That narrows the battle for the final bench spot to Dan Johnson and Eduardo Escobar, while Mitchell and Thompson left good impressions on those who watched them. James has some good thoughts on the moves.
Jim Margalus' White Sox Outsider 2012 is now on sale, and as someone who's purchased the 2009, 2010 and 2011 editions of the book, it's a consistently informative, well-thought-out and often witty read. And if you're not familiar with Jim's analysis, he posted an interesting look at Alex Rios' ability to use the opposite field at South Side Sox.
Around the division: Joakim Soria may need Tommy John surgery, Miguel Cabrera cut his face up pretty badly, the Indians traded for a guy with the last name of Stoneburner and the Twins optioned Tsuyoshi Nishioka, the team's starting second baseman on Opening Day last year, to Triple-A.
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.
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.