The White Sox began their spring training slate with a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch, with five of those six Los Angeles runs being charged to Nestor Molina. On the bright side, the Sox played fantastic defense and Addison Reed clowned Matt Kemp with a pair of sliders. Check out my thoughts here or peruse the box score andor AP recap.
Jim at South Side Sox noticed Alex Rios opened his stance a bit in Monday's game, which fits with the right fielder's comments earlier this spring.
The White Sox haven't hit a leadoff home run since Oct. 2, 2009, the longest current drought in the majors. Perhaps that'll change this year with Alejandro De Aza beginning games.
Around the division: Bruce Chen allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in 1 23 innings against Texas, Justin Masterson was tagged by Cincinnati for six runs in 1 13 innings, Justin Verlander made his 2012 debut with two scoreless frames and Joe Mauer went 2-3 while Justin Morneau didn't reach base in both his trips to the plate.