Who would you want back from the '05 Sox?

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Who would you want back from the '05 Sox?

Only two players from the 2005 White Sox remain on the team's roster heading into spring training: A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko.

CSN's Chuck Garfien asked the pair of champions who they would like to have back from that 2005 team. Of course, both would probably be okay with Mark Buehrle, and their responses weren't meant to slight anybody. But both responses serve as interesting.

Konerko told Garfien he would go with Juan Uribe as someone who would be good for the team and be fun to hang around again.

"He'd probably be both, but I got to have him around at all times if I could," Konerko said. "He's just a great teammate and a fun guy to have around.

"When you ask players questions like that, we never think about how he'd help the team. We only think of guys you want on the team and hang around with. Jon Garland would be up there."

Garfien then jokingly asked Konerko about Carl Everett, to which the first baseman responded:

"Carl would be the guy as far as helping the team because Carl was a great help to that team. He was a mean guy out there. I think his attitude kind of caught on with everybody else, so he might be a guy you bring back. We became a better team when he came on as far as our killer instinct. When Carl was between the lines he was a mean individual, which was good."

As for Pierzynski, he went a different direction.

"Everyone expects me to say Rowand just because we are still very good friends," Pierzynski said. "I think I'd probably go with someone who had a career year like a Neal Cotts or Cliff Politte just because what they did for that one year when they were so good for that one whole year and then the post-season. It's cool to see how guys can have that one year where everything comes together and it works out and it leads to something special in the end."

Personally, in terms of players I enjoyed watching, Uribe and Everett would be right up there. Uribe's cannon arm was great, as were his palms whenever he really connected with a pitch. And Everett was just a bad dude on the field -- the two home runs he hit against Kyle Lohse on April 18, 2005, stand out in my mind.

So who would you like to have back? Let us know in the comments and vote in the poll. We're excluding Buehrle, because realistically, no other player would have a shot in a poll against him. So think of it as "player other than Buehrle" poll.

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

Preview: Jose Quintana, White Sox look to win sixth straight game on CSN

The White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals on Monday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

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Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier, Miguel Gonzalez propel White Sox past Rays

Todd Frazier reached the 40-home run plateau on Wednesday night and now his eyes are trained on 100 RBIs.

Frazier’s seventh-inning solo home run not only extended his hitting streak to 12 games, it provided the game’s only offense in a 1-0 White Sox victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of 12,976 at U.S. Cellular Field. Frazier became only the seventh player in franchise history to hit 40 homers in a season with his 394-foot drive off Rays pitcher Eddie Gamboa. The blast offered Miguel Gonzalez and David Robertson just enough support as they combined on a three-hit shutout. Robertson recorded his 37th save in 44 tries.

“It’s a big deal any time a guy rounds off that number,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s always a big deal for you. He’s been wanting to get there for a while. I don’t know if you guys know, but he’s been talking about it for a while. I know I’ve heard it a lot. He’s been aiming for that. He wants to get 40 and 100 and especially if it counts like it did tonight and gets a guy a win.”

Frazier entered the game hitting .305/.374/.568 with six homers and 14 RBIs in September, easily his best month of the season. His homer came on a cold, windy night in which offense was at a premium.

The game was delayed for 21 minutes by rain, which continued through the first inning. The rains came again in the bottom of the third inning and delayed the contest for another 76 minutes.

Tampa’s third pitcher of the night, Gamboa’s 76-mph knuckleball caught too much of the plate and Frazier planted it about eight rows beyond the left-field bullpen with two outs in the seventh.

“Not many people have hit 40 home runs in a year so it’s a good feat to have,” Frazier said.

“It’s a great feat to have. I had a bunch of people text me ‘It’s coming. Today is the day.’ It wasn’t that much pressure. It was just a matter of knowing that it’s there and I’m glad to get it over with and now it’s on to another goal of mine.”

Frazier has never driven in 100 runs in a season. His 98 RBIs this season are nine more than his previous career high of 89 that he set in 2015.

Gonzalez hadn’t pitched into the ninth inning since he threw a four-hit shutout on Sept. 3, 2014. To get there he had to stay loose and sharp throughout the second delay of the night. Gonzalez threw twice during the delay, a total of 25 pitches in the indoor cage, and stretched to stay loose.

But being his final start, Gonzalez wanted to take advantage of the opportunity. He returned after the delay and was remarkable. He had stretches where he retired eight in a row in the middle and nine straight into the ninth before he yielded a one-out single to Logan Forsythe.

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He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out five. Gonzalez threw strikes on 71 of 102 pitches.

Robertson took over and needed only one pitch to record the save as Kevin Kiermaier grounded into a game-ending double play.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been out there for the ninth inning,” Gonzalez said. “It took me two years to get there, but they were swinging early. I made some good pitches early on. Got some quick outs, that’s what you got me to the ninth inning.

“Staying loose was really the most important thing for it.

“I was mentally prepared. Obviously you can’t get away with it. It was my last start. I was going out no matter what and didn’t give in and the results were there.”