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White Sox Road Ahead: How can they turn it around?

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White Sox Road Ahead: How can they turn it around?

The White Sox haven't been off to a good start this season, sitting in last place in the AL Central heading into this week's series with the Houston Astros. CSN's Kip Lewis and Dan Hayes talk about whether or not the South Siders can turn things around in the White Sox Road Ahead, sponsored by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Honda Dealers.

It hasn't been a good season so far for the White Sox, who for the second time in the past two and a half weeks have a date with the Astros, who own the best record in the American League.

While the South Siders send quality pitchers to the hill to take on the Astros, the key could be the White Sox bats finally coming to life.

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"The effort is definitely there, but results are not," Hayes said. "Obviously this is a White Sox team that has struggled because of that. You're looking at a group that in more than half of its games has scored three runs or fewer.

"It's not like we're looking at one guy, we're looking at five or six guys who are producing below league average, below their track records. There's some belief within that front office, within that coaching staff that this team still has time to turn it around. They're going to need to do it quickly, though."

Hear more in the video above.

Michael Saunders joins Triple-A Charlotte: A potential addition to White Sox banged-up outfield?

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Michael Saunders joins Triple-A Charlotte: A potential addition to White Sox banged-up outfield?

The White Sox could use some help in the outfield.

Did a reinforcement just join Triple-A Charlotte?

Former Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders signed with the White Sox organization Monday, joining up with Charlotte.

Saunders, 31, has parts of nine major league seasons under his belt. Last year, he split time with the Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, posting a .202/.256/.344 slash line with six homers and 21 RBIs in 73 games.

The year prior he made his as-of-yet only All-Star appearance, slashing .253/.338/.478 with 24 homers in 140 games with the Jays.

The White Sox currently have both Opening Day corner outfielders on the shelf. Avisail Garcia has been on the disabled list for almost a month with a hamstring strain, and the team announced over the weekend that Garcia's injury is bad enough that it will likely keep him out until late June. Nicky Delmonico suffered a broken bone in his hand during the recently completed series with the Texas Rangers and will miss four to six weeks.

The White Sox have been giving playing time to Adam Engel, Leury Garcia, Daniel Palka and Trayce Thompson. But Engel and Thompson are both batting under .200, while Palka has an on-base percentage under .300.

So perhaps, with his major league experience, Saunders might make an appearance on the South Side sometime this summer.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Zack Collins hits a pair of homers

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Daily White Sox prospects update: Zack Collins hits a pair of homers

Here's your daily update on what the White Sox highly touted prospects are doing in the minor leagues.

Double-A Birmingham

Zack Collins hit two home runs as part of a three-hit day. He drove in two runs, scored two runs and walked once in a 10-4 loss. Collins now has seven homers on the campaign with an ungodly .421 on-base percentage. He's batting .326 over his last 25 games. Eloy Jimenez had two hits and a walk, and Jordan Guerrero gave up four runs and walked five in four innings.

Class A Winston-Salem

The Dash lost both games of a doubleheader, 10-5 and 7-0. Luis Alexander Basabe, Alex Call and Gavin Sheets each picked up two hits on the day.

Triple-A Charlotte

Charlie Tilson had a hit and scored a run in a 2-1 loss.

Class A Kannapolis

Luis Gonzalez had a hit in a 2-1 win.