First up, a hearty thanks to all who participated in Monday's White Sox Postgame Live interactive chat. We're looking forward to your questions for the next interactive show we do!
Alejandro De Aza belted a homer to lead off Monday's game and A.J. Pierzynski added a two-run shot in the first to provide Chris Sale with all the run support he needed in a 4-2 win over Cleveland. Sale was fantastic, allowing one run in 6 23 innings, and his outing offered up a few clues as to how the lefty will fare as a starter.
Dayan Viciedo doubled and walked as part of a 2-3 day at the plate, and the greatest hitter in White Sox history is expecting big things out of the 23-year-old Cuban.
Indians blogger Lewie Pollis broke down what to expect from the Tribe in this week's series and the 2012 season in general. If you're looking for an Indians blog to read, Wahoo's on First comes highly recommended.
David Kaplan previewed this week in White Sox baseball for the BMO-Harris Look Ahead:
Also looking ahead, only standing room tickets are left for the White Sox home opener this Friday against Detroit.
And speaking of Detroit, the Tigers jumped to No. 1 for me and stayed in the top spot in Tony Andracki's in Cubs and White Sox Talk's weekly power rankings.
Around the division: The Indians are expected to announce a contract extension with Carlos Santana today (that's bad news for the Sox), Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas got the day off and the Royals lost 1-0 to Oakland (causation?), Minnesota's offense remained punchless in a 5-1 loss to Los Angeles, and Austin Jackson's new plate approach could pay dividends for the Detroit leadoff hitter.