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White Sox second-half rotation not yet set in stone

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White Sox second-half rotation not yet set in stone

It sounds as if Jeff Samardzija would pitch one game of Friday’s doubleheader but beyond that the White Sox second-half rotation is undecided.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he would wait to determine the team’s pitching order until at least Sunday. One factor in the equation is that Saturday’s starter, Chris Sale, is expected to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

The White Sox also must decide which two pitchers will start Friday against the Kansas City Royals -- Samardzija unofficially is one -- though both are likely to come from the current starting five because the team is off the following Monday, Ventura said.

“We have kind of an idea, but you wait to see how you get through this with Chris going to the All-Star Game and everything,” Ventura said. “Just be able to make it through this weekend, and we can have a better idea (Sunday) really before we start of where we are going to start.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Sale isn’t only likely to pitch in Tuesday’s exhibition, he could even get the starting nod for the American League. But that doesn’t rule him out of action for what is shaping up to be an important four-game series against the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field to start the second half.

The White Sox may also use the break to give rookie Carlos Rodon an extended break. Rodon threw six scoreless innings in Friday’s win. With July 20 off, the White Sox could give him 10 days in between starts use him against the St. Louis Cardinals at home on July 21.

But it all hinges on Sale.

“We are going to see how (Saturday) goes and where he’s at and what happens on Tuesday and then line him up where he needs to be,” Ventura said. “We could probably go with Shark leading off at some point on Friday. But we haven’t made it official yet.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list