White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Jerry Reinsdorf will be profiled on Inside Look, which will debut on Comcast SportsNet on March 14. The Bulls and White Sox Chairman had some great stuff to say, so be sure to tune in or set your DVRs.

Adam Dunn smacked his first home run of the spring, a three-run shot off Texas' Neftali Feliz in the first inning of Thursday's 6-3 White Sox win.

Left-handed power is tough to find -- only twice in White Sox history has a lefty hit 30 home runs with 100 RBIs. Good stuff from Chris Kamka here.

The early returns on Jared Mitchell have been great, but the more important thing is that he looks healthy.

Jim has some thoughts on Robin Ventura's ad-fueled persona, James wonders what makes a player a good handler of the bat and Fornelli offers up some thoughts on Thursday's spring training game.

Around the division: Josh Tomlin was bombed in three innings against the Angels, Yuniesky Betancourt had two hits to improve his spring OPS to .583, Francisco Liriano struck out five with no walks in three innings and both Miguel Cabrera and Ramon Santiago had three hits to pace Detroit.

White Sox instructor Luis Sierra to coach in 2017 World Baseball Classic

White Sox instructor Luis Sierra to coach in 2017 World Baseball Classic

Luis Sierra hopes to take another step next spring toward achieving his dream of being a major league manager when he coaches in the World Baseball Classic.

Sierra — who spent eight of 10 minor league seasons in the White Sox farm system — will return as a coach for Colombia after participating in the WBC qualifier last spring.

Colombia, which plays in Pool D in Miami along with the United States, Canada and Dominican Republic, is managed by Luis Urueta, a short-season field coordinator in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system. Sierra, a pregame instructor in his second year for the White Sox, is Colombia’s first-base coach. The 29-year-old said the transition from player to coach hasn’t been too difficult.

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“It didn’t take too long and that’s what I do now and that’s my focus, just to help the guys and get better as a coach and as a person,” Sierra said. “It’s been a great experience so far. Still learning. Hopefully one day I’ll be a big league manager.”

Sierra, who was a catcher and an infielder in his professional career, hails from Barranquilla, which is also the home of White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. The two live near each other and work out in the offseason. Quintana has expressed interest in pitching for Colombia during the 2017 WBC.

White Sox announce Chris Sale will start Sunday's finale

White Sox announce Chris Sale will start Sunday's finale

Chris Sale will establish a new career high when he takes the mound in Sunday’s regular season finale.

The White Sox ace is set to start one more time this season and in doing so will make a career-best 32nd turn. One of the top contenders for the American League Cy Young Award, Sale has already established career highs for complete games (six) and innings pitched (221 2/3). White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Sale, who pitched on Tuesday, would start against the Minnesota Twins.

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“At first you can look at it like he doesn’t necessarily have to throw,” Ventura said. “But I think he wants to throw and that’s a good sign. He’s motivated to throw and just to go do it. We’re not doing it for numbers or anything, but he wants to throw. I think that’s part of his commitment to being a teammate and all that stuff. So we’ll have a pretty good lineup out there.”

As for what to expect from Sale, Ventura said: “It won’t be four or five (innings), but it won’t be nine. Well, if he has a no-hitter, it’s a possibility. If there’s something special there and his pitch count and everything and he’s feeling good, he would go. But for the most part he’s not going to go nine.”