Could Sox face Darvish in MLB debut?

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Could Sox face Darvish in MLB debut?

Yu Darvish is officially a member of the Texas Rangers. The White Sox play the Rangers in a three-game series in Arlington to open the season April 6-8.

Could Darvish's much-anticipated debut come against the White Sox?

Obviously, the Rangers aren't close to setting up their rotation. But with Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Neftali Feliz currently standing as the teams Nos. 1-3 starters, someone would have to be bumped off the opening series in favor of Darvish for him to face the White Sox.

This is just an educated guess, but I figure Lewis and Holland will get starts in the first series of the year. So it'll come down to whether the Sox will face Darvish, who will be making his MLB debut, or Feliz, who will be making his first career start in the majors.

If Lewis and Holland start the first two games, that could set up Darvish to start the series finale -- which just happens to be a nationally-televised Sunday night game. If that happens, maybe we won't be inundated with images of Nolan Ryan beating in Robin Ventura's head because everyone will be preoccupied with Darvish's debut.

White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez felt good in bullpen session

White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez felt good in bullpen session

If all continues to go well, Miguel Gonzalez could pitch in a rehab start as soon as Friday.

On the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, the White Sox starter said he felt good during a second bullpen session on Wednesday.

Gonzalez, who is 2-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 games (18 starts), threw 30 pitches. He previously threw a bullpen session on Friday and felt some discomfort the following day. But Gonzalez said he has made progress since he received treatment on Saturday.

“A lot better,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t feel anything while I was throwing my bullpen, which is great. I’m happy with the results today and come back tomorrow and we’ll see.”

Gonzalez left an Aug. 11 start at Kansas City in the bottom of the second inning. Though he wasn’t yet sure if he’d head out on a rehab assignment, Gonzalez said he was on the third day of a five-day schedule in which he was supposed to start. But it’s also possible the White Sox could have Gonzalez first throw a simulated game.

“We're going to have him go back out there again and do a little bit more, that looks more like starting in a game where he's going to throw for a little while, sit down, get back up,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Simulate some innings and hopefully after he does that a couple time he can go out for a rehab assignment.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Guaranteed Rate Field: 'I think it's still Comiskey'

White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Guaranteed Rate Field: 'I think it's still Comiskey'

After 13 years as U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox will call their home Guaranteed Rate Field until 2030 beginning Nov. 1.

The team announced Wednesday that they signed a 13-year deal with Guaranteed Rate to own the White Sox stadium name.

With the different names (and nicknames) the White Sox have had their stadium be called, manager Robin Ventura said he still calls it the place he's known it to be for 93 years.

"I think it's still Comiskey. U.S. Cellular I've gotten used to, but I make a slip every once in a while and call it Comiskey," Ventura said. "The new one I dont know. We'll come up with something."

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For years, U.S. Cellular Field was often referred to as "The Cell." Officials said they will leave a possible nickname for the new ballpark up to the fans so it can be "organic."

See what else Ventura had to say in the video above.

U.S. Cellular Field to become Guaranteed Rate Field after 2016 season

U.S. Cellular Field to become Guaranteed Rate Field after 2016 season

Guarantee you’ve heard about the impending name change for the White Sox’ ballpark.

The White Sox on Wednesday announced a new naming rights deal for the ballpark at 35th and Shields, which starting Nov. 1 will be called Guaranteed Rate Field through at least 2029.

Financial terms of the deal with the Chicago-based retail mortgage lender weren’t disclosed. But the opportunity was good enough for the White Sox to make concessions on their deal with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority and end a 20-year partnership with U.S. Cellular Field before it had expired. The park has been named U.S. Cellular Field since the club and the regional phone carrier, which no longer services Chicago, reached a 20-year, $68-million accord in 2003.

Noting that revenue beyond expenses goes directly to the roster, White Sox senior vice president of sales and marketing Brooks Boyer was “thrilled” with a 13-year deal that includes a team option for 2030.

“This is a nice step today toward continuing to fulfill the vision of putting the best possible club out on the field that can be out there for our fans,” Boyer said.

While U.S. Cellular has kept its headquarters in Chicago, Boyer said the company hasn’t done local business since 2013. The White Sox hoped to find a business with local roots and “put out some feelers,” Boyer said.

Boyer said one of his first calls was placed to Guaranteed Rate and it immediately felt like a good fit.

“It moved relatively quickly and it moved quietly, which was appreciated, and there were multiple companies that were interested in securing these naming rights,” Boyer said. “The nice part is we didn’t have to cast a long net.”

The name change garnered a lot of attention on social media.

One question prominently asked by fans is what the park’s nickname might be.

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Many have shortened U.S. Cellular Field to The Cell over the years.

Manager Robin Ventura said he occasionally still calls it Comiskey Park, the park’s original name from 1991-2002. Boyer and Guaranteed Rate CEO Victor Ciardelli said they’d let fans determine the park’s nickname “organically.”

Ventura is hopeful the deal can benefit the team’s 25-man roster.

“That’s the idea,” Ventura said. “You see stadiums do that a lot. I don’t remember who was the first one to do it. But with that stuff, you’re looking to use it and use it effectively and use it to improve.”

The IFSA, which owns and operates the park, approved the name change at its board meeting on Wednesday afternoon. IFSA chairman Manny Sanchez said the deal could generate up to $6.4 million of revenue for the facility.