White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

John Danks was named the team's Opening Day starter, an honor that's been expected to be bestowed on the lefty for a few months now. He'll continue an interesting trend since 2000 -- only one right-hander since the turn of the millennium has started Opening Day, with that being Jose Contreras in 2007.

Before he was named as the team's Opening Day starter, Danks threw seven strong innings against the Dodgers, striking out four with no walks.

Kenny Williams, speaking with CSN's Pat Boyle, says he's encouraged by the progress of Alex Rios and Adam Dunn this spring. Rios hasn't put up good stats, but that's not of concern to Williams. Dunn, however, has looked great in the Cactus League.

Great stuff here from Chris Kamka: A look back at Donruss Rated Rookies of 1984-1990 from both Chicago teams. Robin Ventura, Jack McDowell, Daryl Boston and Joel Skinner were the White Sox representatives.

Around the division: Cleveland held a private workout with Vladimir Guerrero in the Dominican Republic, Magglio Ordonez is nearing retirement, Scott Baker was lit up in his first start in over two weeks and Rob Neyer isn't a fan of the Royals' decision to demote Johnny Giovatella.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.  Tim Raines finally gets the call from the Hall along with Jeff Bagwell and Pudge Rodriguez.  So when will Bonds and Clemens get in?  Why are Sammy Sosa’s vote totals dropping? The guys debate from former Cub David DeJesus joins the panel to talk Hall of Fame and the 2017 Cubs.

The Bulls lose to a bad Mavericks team. When will GarPax blow it up and start over?

Plus the guys discuss whether or not Antonio Brown will distract the Steelers and if the Falcons defense is the x-factor in the NFC title game.

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

Jerry Reinsdorf, Frank Thomas congratulate Tim Raines on Baseball Hall of Fame election

Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.

“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”

[SHOP: Gear up, White Sox fans!]

Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.

“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”

Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.

Ozzie Guillen congratulated Raines as well, saying that it was well-deserved.