White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

RIP, Moose Skowron. If you haven't read Chuck's outstanding profile of one best men to ever put on a White Sox uniform, do so. It's well worth your time. Chris Kamka also looked at how Moose always hit when it mattered the most.

John Danks was frustrated. Really frustrated.

While Danks turned in a rough outing Friday, both Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd were excellent in their starts on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Sox lost Saturday's game 1-0, as they couldn't touch Boston starter Jon Lester, while Floyd flirted with a no-hitter Sunday and was buoyed by a first-inning homer off the bat of Adam Dunn in a 4-1 win.

The Sox hadn't been in a save situation since Wednesday, when Hector Santiago served up three runs to the A's in the 14th. So when Matt Thornton remained in Sunday's game to nail down the save, it certainly raised questions as to who Robin Ventura's choice is for the ninth.

One person it won't be is Addison Reed, at least until Jesse Crain comes off the disabled list. While Reed -- and Nate Jones -- will see increased roles with Crain's left oblique landing him on the shelf, the Sox won't be able to turn to Reed in the ninth until they can get Crain back to his usual setup role.

Last thing of note: Jim Thome is paying a lot of money for a house in Burr Ridge, and it looks like he's keeping his permanent home here in the Chicagoland area.

Around the division: Shin-Soo Choo could miss some time against the Sox this week, Detroit finally released Brandon Inge and saw him sign with Oakland, Doug Fister's on the mend and that's really good news for the scuffling Tigers, Delmon Young was placed on the restricted list, and this happened:
It's worth repeating that Bruce Chen threw over to first base TEN TIMES w Denard Span on and Jamey Carroll up in the 1st inning. TEN. Phil Mackey (@PMac21) April 29, 2012

Preview: Quintana takes the hill as White Sox face Twins on CSN

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Preview: Quintana takes the hill as White Sox face Twins on CSN

The White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Thursday’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana vs. Ervin Santana

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White Sox Top Prospects: Alex Call thriving at the plate

White Sox Top Prospects: Alex Call thriving at the plate

Alex Call is picking up right where he left off from college.

The White Sox 2016 third round pick has continued to swing the bat extremely well in the first couple months of his professional career.

In three seasons at Ball State, Call had 19 homers and 119 RBI, while batting .351/.425./.530. 

In two levels with the White Sox, Call is hitting .315/.407/.452 with six homers and 31 RBI.

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The 21-year-old played 27 games with Rookie Affiliate Great Falls before getting promoted to Class-A Kannapolis.

In 41 games with Kannapolis, Call's .319 batting average ranks second on the team and his .460 slugging percentage leads the Intimidators.

Alex Avila gets best of former teammate Justin Verlander, homers in White Sox loss

Alex Avila gets best of former teammate Justin Verlander, homers in White Sox loss

DETROIT -- Things might be a little awkward between Alex Avila and Justin Verlander.

The two former teammates faced off on Wednesday afternoon for only the second time ever and Avila didn’t treat the Tigers’ ace too kindly.

Avila, who caught Verlander for six seasons, ripped a 435-foot solo homer to dead center in the fourth inning, but the White Sox still lost to the Detroit Tigers 3-2.

Avila is now 2-for-5 with a walk in two games against Verlander. They also faced each other on June 5.

“I know I’m going to be hearing about it,” Verlander told Detroit reporters. “I think I’m going to ask him back for one of the watches I’ve gifted him. It’s only fair, I think.”

Avila and Verlander have shared a ton of memories over the years.

Avila was Verlander’s primary catcher from 2010-2015. He caught him 116 times, including in 33 of 34 starts when Verlander won his only Cy Young Award and was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. Verlander had a 3.10 ERA with Avila behind the plate, including a 2.35 in 2011.

Avila hit against Verlander three times on Wednesday, striking out twice. He thought his old teammate looked extremely sharp as Verlander held the White Sox to two runs and three hits in seven innings. Verlander struck out nine.

“He has pitched great all year, really exposing hitters’ weaknesses with that mid-90s fastball, staying at the top of the zone with that,” Avila said. “His slider-cutter worked well for him. He’s pitching great. It’s tough to get runs off him.”

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Avila was excited to not only face Verlander, but also to catch Chris Sale. He said White Sox manager Robin Ventura told him he’d catch Wednesday’s game a few days earlier and he anticipated the game.

Verlander said he thinks the catcher has the advantage in these types of meetings.

“Alex having caught me a lot, cheated a little bit to that first pitch heater in, and that’s fine,” Verlander said. “A lot of guys do that and I just need to execute it a little better.

“It’s like he’s faced 1,000 times, so you can’t get upset because it’s an ex-teammate.”

Avila said it “felt great” to homer off Verlander, but he hadn’t yet talked to him or texted.

“I’m sure we’ll talk about it at some point,” Avila said.

Verlander figures this won’t be the only time the two square off. If Avila wants to keep hitting homers, he might think about leaving personal items at home.

“I think I’ve gave him two or three (watches),” Verlander said. “I’ll start with the least expensive one and work my way up because we face each other a lot.”