White Sox postponed by rain, cold weather

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White Sox postponed by rain, cold weather

CLEVELAND -- The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians have been postponed by rain and cold weather.The middle game of the three-game series was called about two hours before the first pitch. There was no immediate word on a makeup date, but Indians manager Manny Acta indicated it might be rescheduled for mid-May. With temperatures in the 30s and plummeting and more rain in the forecast, Acta said it "was not going to be baseball, it was going to be survival. It was going to be harsh out there.''Acta said Justin Masterson will start Wednesday's series finale and White Sox manager Robin Ventura said John Danks will start for Chicago.The Indians are skipping starter Jeanmar Gomez, while White Sox starter Philip Humber will miss his turn.Before the game was called, Ventura had altered his lineup a bit, inserting Beckham into the leadoff spot and giving Kosuke Fukudome a start in the outfield.

"I'm just trying to get Kosuke in there," Ventura said. "I put Gordon up at the top. For the first 20-25 games we will be cutting out a lineup. Don't read anything into it. There are no signs to it."

Beckham was excited to see his name at the top of the order, and pretended to be angry when the game was called about two hours before the scheduled first pitch. He stormed into Ventura's office and put on a show.

"If I get dropped eight spots in the lineup because of the weather, I'm going to be (mad)," he yelled, smiling toward reporters outside Ventura's office.

Beckham, who normally hits in the lower third of the order, was serious that he wanted the chance to bat first.

"I don't know if I've done it in the big leagues, but I probably have somewhere along the line," Beckham said of hitting No. 1. "It was more about giving (Alejandro) De Aza a rest and they just needed somebody to fill in. I was happy and excited to do it. Heck, I led off an inning three times in a game in Texas earlier this week, so I'm confident. Just trying to get on base and get the lineup going, that's a lot of fun."

Ventura will skip right-hander Philip Humber in the rotation and use lefty John Danks on Wednesdayweather permittingin the series finale. The forecast is foreboding: more rain and cold.

"I hated to do it because we wanted to get (Humber) going," Ventura said. "But you have to sacrifice one guy for the other four. We'll go with Danks and keep everybody else in their same slots. Humber will work out of the bullpen."
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White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to MLBTraderumors.com and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at ChicagoBusiness.com.