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Tice on OL: Lets not get carried away just yet


Tice on OL: Lets not get carried away just yet

Mike Tice may be the first-year, first-time offensive coordinator. But he spent much of Tuesdays minicamp session hands-on with the offensive line, most of whose members he coached directly last year.

And while he is a firm believer in his charges, he is feathering the brakes before any runaway feel-good starts.

To be quite frank with you, youre not going to tell anything about your offensive line until they put pads on, Tice said. To sit there and say, Oh, yeah, this guy, hes going to be the answer to the problems, that would be silly. So we just want to make sure that theyre assignment-sound, technique-sound, working their hands.

One of the areas that we wanted to improve across the board was our hands, using our hands better, keeping the players away from us. We know we have guys that can run, so thats going to help our running game. Thats really all we can look at right now.

Among the things that are being looked at right now:

Gabe Carimi is back in full at right tackle, showing few if any effects from the knee injury that ended his rookie season just short of six quarters.

First-round draft choice thats a very good football player back in the mix, said coach Lovie Smith. Weve been very pleased with what hes done, getting back in, getting back out there, hasnt had any trouble with the knee and it gives us a little more confidence when you see him out there.

JMarcus Webb and Chris Williams are taking nearly equal reps at left tackle. This will be the No. 1 position battle in training camp, between the former who failed to secure the job last season and the latter who lost the job in 2010 and is in a contract year.

Lance Louis is the No. 1 right guard, his position going into last season, and Chris Spencer remains shifted to left guard after emerging as the starter after early season injuries.

Edwin Williams, who started the last seven games in 2011 at left guard after Williams went on IR with a wrist injury, is working almost exclusively as the No. 2 center behind Roberto Garza. Chilo Rachal, a former starter with San Francisco, is the No. 3 guard at this point.

Rules prohibit offensive and defensive linemen from working live against each other, meaning there are no pass-protection drills to gauge how Webb or Williams handles the likes of Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije or even rookie Shea McClellin.

And a team that will commit to running the ball isnt doing anything of consequence in that entire area other than focus on assignments.

To try to come and work in on your inside run game right now is silly, Tice said. All youre going to do is end up breaking some rule and getting into trouble. So weve stayed away from the run game.

Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL


Daily White Sox prospects update: Eloy Jimenez homers, Seby Zavala goes to the DL

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

Double-A Birmingham

Eloy Jimenez hit his eighth home run of the season in a 7-3 loss. Zack Collins and Matt Rose each had a hit, a walk and a run scored. Ian Clarkin gave up five runs and walked five in his five innings. Seby Zavala, who leads the Southern League with 10 homers, went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

Triple-A Charlotte

Jordan Stephens had a good second outing at the Triple-A level, allowing just one earned run in his 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out four batters. In his two starts with Charlotte, he's got a 2.19 ERA with three earned runs allowed in 12.1 innings. Charlie Tilson doubled in the 12-6 win. Thyago Vieira gave up two runs in his lone inning of work, and his ERA stands at 5.85 on the season.

Class A Winston-Salem

The bats seem to have gone a tad cold for the Dash, who suffered a 4-1 loss. The top five hitters in the lineup — Joel Booker, Alex Call, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo and Gavin Sheets — combined to go 2-for-18.

Class A Kannapolis

Lincoln Henzman gave up four earned runs in five innings, allowing a pair of home runs. Luis Gonzalez and Evan Skoug each had a hit in a 5-3 loss.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania


White Sox Talk Podcast: Manny Machado Mania

Manny Machado to the White Sox?? It's been the dream for many White Sox fans for months.

With Machado in town to the play the White Sox, Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the White Sox chances of signing the soon-to-be-free agent.

Garfien also talks with Nicky Delmonico who played with Machado and fellow free agent to be Bryce Harper on the U.S.A. 18-under national team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: