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White Sox will play three exhibition games, whether Cubs are opponent TBA

White Sox will play three exhibition games, whether Cubs are opponent TBA

There will be some games before the games start counting at the end of the month.

It's no Cactus League, but White Sox general manager Rick Hahn did say Friday, the first day of the team's MLB-branded "Summer Camp" at Guaranteed Rate Field, that the South Siders will play three exhibition games before the regular season begins.

Logically, the Cubs make a ton of sense as the opponent for those games, as both squads can minimize travel — one of Major League Baseball's goals while playing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — by playing their Crosstown rivals.

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Hahn said that the White Sox exhibition schedule won't be announced until after the league announces the regular-season schedule, which could come next week.

"We're going to wind up playing three exhibition games before the start of the season, as I believe most clubs are going to," Hahn said. "At this point, we're not prepared to announce the specifics of those plans. Those are going to come out after the regular-season schedule is finalized and announced.

"So hopefully in the next week or so, we'll be able to announce our exhibition-game plan, at least the specifics of it. But at this time, we're planning on three."

The White Sox and Cubs will square off six times during the regular season, with the Crosstown rivalry accounting for 10 percent of each team's schedule. Games that typically provide citywide fun and a chance for fans to earn bragging rights this time could weigh heavily on both teams' chances at reaching the postseason at the end of the abbreviated regular-season schedule.

But if six games and 10 percent of the schedule still isn't enough Crosstown action for you, you might get even more when the teams announce those exhibition games.


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Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen isn’t done ragging on Nick Swisher. Guillen took another shot at the former White Sox outfielder while telling a story on White Sox Postgame Live Tuesday night.

When giving an example of why he loves Juan Uribe so much, Guillen decided to tell a story of an interaction between Swisher and Uribe on “Nick Swisher bobblehead night” at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“(Swisher) comes to Uribe and says, ‘Hey Juan, look at what I got!’” Guillen said while pretending to hold a bobblehead. “And Juan said, ‘Ya, you seen outside? I’ve got a statue. I’ve got it hitting, catching the ball when we won the World Series. You don’t.’ How about that one?”

Uribe was critical in the White Sox World Series championship, including recording the final two outs of Game 4. One of those outs-- his grab made while falling into the stands-- is the catch that has been enshrined outside Guaranteed Rate Field.

Nick Swisher only played one season in Chicago, and slashed .219/.332/.410 with a -1.4 dWAR.

Apparently that one season made quite the impression on Guillen, as he declared last week, “I hate Nick Swisher with my heart.”


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Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Day after Keuchel calls out team, White Sox offense erupts in win over Tigers

Whatever Dallas Keuchel said after Monday night’s uninspiring loss to the Tigers really worked. Or maybe the return of Tim Anderson and Edwin Encarnacion to the lineup gave the Sox the spark they needed? Or maybe it was a little bit of both?

Whatever the reason, the White Sox offense finally broke out of its collective slump in Tuesday’s 8-4 win against Detroit.

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Leading the charge was Eloy Jiménez, who busted out of a slump of his own by going 2-4 with a homer and four RBI. He had previously been 1-23 dating back to Aug. 5, and used a simple approach to break through.

“I was in a slump, and I feel like I was seeing the ball good, but I wasn’t hitting it to the right spot,” Jiménez said through interpreter Billy Russo. “(I was) swinging at some balls a little bit out of the zone. Now I’m just trying to see the ball and hit it where there’s no people.”

That’s always a good idea.

But when asked for his thoughts on Jiménez’s day, Rick Renteria provided a bit more of a nuanced assessment.

“Consistency, there’s no secret to it,” Renteria said. “Solid approaches working both lefties and righties… faced some righties today and was able to stay in on them. The two-strike ball down the right field line to tack on another run, I mean he had some really good at-bats today.”

Zooming back out, this is the type of offensive output the White Sox envisioned when they built this team last winter. Tim Anderson setting the table, Jiménez and Encarnacion hitting bombs, and Abreu and Moncada driving in more runs with timely hitting.

“The entire lineup looked great,” said starter Gio Gonzalez. “Everyone looked aggressive going out there. Plays were being made around the horn, guys were doing their job hitting the ball, moving runners over. It just looked like a White Sox win today.”

“Today we felt really good,” Jiménez said. “We took care of business and you see what happened.”

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