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White Sox Road Ahead: Can bats heat up during trip to Texas?

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White Sox Road Ahead: Can bats heat up during trip to Texas?

The White Sox head to the Dallas area this week for a three-game set with the Rangers. CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton look ahead to the South Siders' date with Texas and talk about how the team can improve in the latest Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.

The White Sox scored six runs in a 6-0 win over the Astros on Sunday afternoon in Houston, but one game doesn't change the fact that runs haven't been too easy to come by for the South Siders.

Among the 30 major league teams, only the Phillies rank lower than the White Sox in runs scored and OPS.

After a big-spending offseason, it's been a pretty disappointing showing at the dish so far in 2015.

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"This is a shock," CSN White Sox analyst Bill Melton said. "You go through spring training and you get all excited about the players they got: Melky Cabrera, you talk about (Adam) LaRoche. You say, 'Wow, they addressed the right issues. Now we've got a lot of guys who take a lot of pitches, hit home runs, better on-base percentage.' As they stand right now, they're not hitting any better than that ballclub we had last year the first 40-plus games. So it's kind of disheartening. The question is: When are they going to come out of it? We waited last year, they didn't even come out of it in September. So I hope that happens a little bit quicker this year."

The White Sox will try to do just that this week in their series against the Rangers in North Texas. Texas has won 11 of its last 14 games and has received a jolt in the form of Josh Hamilton, reacquired not long ago and reinserted into the lineup this past week. In seven games, Hamilton has two homers, two doubles, four walks and five RBIs.

It's time to see if the White Sox bats can catch some of that Texas fire. Hear more in the video above.

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.