Frank Thomas isn't buying any of Ryan Braun's excuses for his positive test for a banned substance. Chuck Garfien has a writeup on Thomas' comments, making mention of Thomas losing the 2000 AL MVP race to noted steroid user Jason Giambi. Check out all of what the Big Hurt had to say on today's edition of Chicago Baseball Hot Stove at 5 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.
We looked at birthday home runs, specifically Andruw Jones' walk-off blast against Seattle on April 23, 2010.
James at White Sox Observer paid homage to Dayan Viciedo's rocket arm, while Jim examined Matt Thornton's use of a changeupcutter third pitch.
Around the division:
Ball Star (of the Kansas City Star) has a great statistical look back at the Zack Greinke trade. The benefits of it haven't really reached the Royals yet, although there are some intriguing prospects that should begin to get a shot in Kansas City sooner rather than later.
The Royals also reportedly were interested in acquiring Mat Latos and still could make a play for Gio Gonzalez.
And finally, the Twins bid farewell to Jason Kubel, ending his reign of terror over the White Sox.
The White Sox announced on Friday they have claimed outfielder Rymer Liriano off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Liriano, a former Top 50 prospect by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, missed the entire 2016 season after suffering multiple facial fractures when he was hit in the face by a pitch during a spring a spring training game on March 20.
The 25-year-old Liriano had a brief stint in the majors with the San Diego Padres in 2014 in which he had a .220/.289/.266 slash line with one homer, six RBI and four stolen bases in 38 games.
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Liriano has a career minor-league slash line of .277/.350/.435 with 68 home runs, 378 RBI and 190 stolen bases in seven seasons. Liriano was named the Midwest League Most Valuable Player in 2011 and earned midseason All-Star honors in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
With the move, the White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 40.
White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton is one of three finalists for a Rawlings Gold Glove.
Eaton, Boston’s Mookie Betts and Houston’s George Springer were named as the American League right field candidates on Thursday.
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A 2014 finalist in center field, Eaton finished second behind Betts in Defensive Runs Saved with 22, according to fangraphs.com. Eaton also finished with an Ultimate Zone Rating of 23.1 and led all outfielders with 18 assists.
Eaton batted .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs, 59 RBIs and 91 runs scored. He also stole 14 bases and was worth 6.0 Wins Above Replacement.