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White Sox purchase Jimmy Rollins' contract, name him Opening Day starter

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White Sox purchase Jimmy Rollins' contract, name him Opening Day starter

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While his first goal was to make the team, Jimmy Rollins also had his eye trained on the starting shortstop job, too.

The veteran nailed down both on Wednesday.

The White Sox purchased the contract of the non-roster invitee and manager Robin Ventura named Rollins the Opening Day shortstop for Monday’s game at the Oakland A’s. Rollins, who signed a minor-league deal with the team in February, will earn $2 million this season after he was put on the 25-man roster.

The White Sox also optioned Scott Carroll to Triple-A Charlotte and outrighted Jacob Turner to Charlotte.

[MORE: White Sox closer to finalized 25-man roster]

“To win the job is great,” Rollins said. “That’s just the beginning. Just go out there and be productive when I get my opportunities to play and when I’m getting my days off and rest, get ready for the next day.”

Rollins hit .354/.373/.604 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 48 at-bats this spring. The plan calls for Rollins to get the bulk of playing time with Tyler Saladino as his backup. But Ventura said Rollins, 37, would get his fair share of rest. Ventura said he likes how fresh Rollins has looked with an occasional day off.

“When he’s fresh he’s got some good range,” Ventura said. “He’s been making the plays he’s had to make.

“He swung the ball well down here from both sides of the plate. But you have to be fresh to do that and that’s part of the reason of having him and Sal together.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Rollins is open to the idea. He has an idea how he will use the occasional off day to recuperate. Rollins could also use the time to work in the cage. He’s pleased with the adjustments he made at the plate earlier this spring after he felt lost.

“I had a week there where I didn’t know what was going on,” Rollins said. “But I was able to make the adjustments and just having the confidence in myself to make the adjustments, especially after going through a lot of adjustments last year, I was able to do that and hopefully I can continue that for the rest of the season.”

The team has 29 players left in big league camp.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

On this day in 2005: White Sox pitchers put the CG in Chicago

Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.

The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:

— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.

— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.

— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).

— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.

— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)

— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).

Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.