White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Kosuke Fukudome became the first free agent the White Sox signed to a major-league deal this offseason, agreeing to a one-year, 1 million deal with a 3.5 million team option for 2013.

Four years ago, the White Sox pursued Fukudome, only to see him sign with the Cubs. Patrick Mooney looked back at the Sox pursuit and Fukudome's career with the Cubs, who dealt Fukudome to Cleveland before the trade deadline last July. Len Kasper also provided some quick analysis of what Fukudome will bring from the North Side to South Side after his brief stopover in Cleveland.

In Cleveland, though, Fukudome struggled at the plate. Why was that the case?

The move to add Fukudome cements Jordan Danks' position as someone the White Sox don't appear to be seriously considering for a spot on the 25-man, let alone 40-man, roster.

But perhaps if Alex Rios hadn't had such a trying 2011, the Sox would've been in a position to let Danks compete for a roster spot. Instead, Fukudome will likely spell Rios and Dayan Viciedo as the Sox looked for something more than a defensive replacementpinch-runner in their fourth outfielder.

Road Ahead: Can the White Sox turn things around?

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Road Ahead: Can the White Sox turn things around?

CSN's Chuck Garfien and Bill Melton talk about what's next for the White Sox, presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Honda dealers.

The White Sox are struggling lately as the team has lost six consecutive games and 14 of their last 18.

It doesn't get much easier for the South Siders as they stay on the road to face the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers this week.

After once leading the American League Central and looking like a complete team, the bullpen is struggling and the team is in a freefall.

Can the team fix things to stay in the division race?

Find out what Garfien and Melton had to say in the video above.

 

Quintana takes the hill as White Sox face the Mets on CSN

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Quintana takes the hill as White Sox face the Mets on CSN

The White Sox take on the New York Mets on Monday, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 11:30 a.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Monday’s starting pitching matchup: Jose Quintana vs. Matt Harvey

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White Sox outfielder Austin Jackson sidelined with turf toe

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White Sox outfielder Austin Jackson sidelined with turf toe

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Austin Jackson exited Sunday’s game after battling turf toe on his left foot, according to a club official.

When he’ll return to the White Sox lineup isn’t yet certain. The injury comes at a time when Jackson is red hot at the plate and continuing to make big plays in the outfield.

Jackson, who finished 1-for-3 Sunday with a sac fly and two RBIs, has produced a .464/.500/.607 slash line in his last eight games.

The center fielder has been so good at the plate that White Sox manager Robin Ventura has batted him in the second spot in the lineup two days in a row. With Melky Cabrera needed for the middle of the lineup, Jackson has been Ventura’s best option. He entered Sunday with a team-high .697 OPS hitting second.

“I like Melky there, too,” Ventura said. “But (Jackson’s) at-bats have been better. Walking, fouling pitches off, getting on, he’s looked good up there.”

Jackson also turned in a sterling defensive play in the first inning as he made an over-the-shoulder catch to rob Kendrys Morales of extra bases. Jackson then fired a perfect strike to Tyler Saladino, whose relay to first doubled off Eric Hosmer.

Outfielder Adam Eaton has credited much of Jackson’s communication and defensive skills to his own improvement in right field.