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: White Sox host Rays in series opener tonight on CSN+

Preview: White Sox host Rays in series opener tonight on CSN+

 

The White Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN+. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup: James Shields (3-11, 7.11 ERA) vs. Drew Smyly (7-11, 4.86 ERA)

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White Sox grieve Jose Fernandez's death along with rest of MLB

White Sox grieve Jose Fernandez's death along with rest of MLB

CLEVELAND -- Whether they knew him or not, the overwhelming sentiment throughout the White Sox clubhouse on Sunday is that baseball was robbed of one of its most likeable players when Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was tragically killed in a boating accident.

Known for his vivid celebrations on the field and his wide, endless smile, Fernandez made a strong impression, whether with his skillset or infinite love of the game. White Sox players had their eyes fixed on several televisions littered throughout the visiting clubhouse at Progressive Field on Sunday during a morning press conference confirming the death of Fernandez, 24, and two others.

White Sox reliever Dan Jennings played with Fernandez for two seasons. Though he enjoyed a 3-0 White Sox win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday, Jennings said his happiness was muted as he mulled the death of Fernandez, who was killed when the boat he was on slammed into a jetty in Miami Beach, Fla.

“He seemed invincible is what it was,” Jennings said. “A lot of guys know what I mean when I say he was invincible on the mound. There were days he was unstoppable, and that’s how you viewed him is invincible. It’s too hard to really put into words what he meant to the game and what he meant to Miami.”

“I just hope to love the game as much as he does some day. It’s tough to do, but he did. He had fun, and he loved the game more than anything.”

Todd Frazier remembers how approachable he found Fernandez in their limited interactions. The two met in the outfield one day after they faced each other for the first time and joked around.

“I was like, ‘Dog, you don’t throw me any fastballs,’ ” Frazier said. “He was like, “Why would I throw you fastballs?’ And we just started laughing.

“That’s the kind of guy he was. You could come up and talk to him. He had an infectious smile and just had a love for the game that I hope every ballplayer could have. It’s a terrible, terrible day.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Fernandez’s death reminded him of the March 22, 1993 accident that took the lives of Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews. Only pitcher Bob Ojeda survived that crash and Ventura remembers the shockwaves it sent through clubhouses throughout baseball.

“I can still remember … just how sad that was,” Ventura said. “You don’t have to know them personally. But they’re within their group, and it breaks everybody up. It really does.”

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon didn’t have a chance to meet Fernandez, a pitcher he admired for his competitive style and bulldog mentality. But another reason Rodon looked up to Fernandez is for the way he seemed to play the game with such joy. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said during a press conference Sunday that Fernandez enjoyed the game like a Little Leaguer does.

Rodon recently spoke about rediscovering his own joy of baseball. Naturally, Rodon’s thoughts drifted toward Fernandez when he took the mound on Sunday.

“You could tell,” Rodon said. “We had a beautiful day to come out and play and sad to say that one person is never going to get to play again. He’ll be very missed. You can’t take these days for granted. Just hope you guys go home today and tell the people you love, you love them. Losing a person like that is hard.”