AL Central rumor roundup: The latest on Greinke

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AL Central rumor roundup: The latest on Greinke

With the trade deadline fast approaching, we'll have a daily digest of all the rumors swirling around the AL Central from today through July 31. Today, the Zack Greinke saga continues, while Minnesota reportedly is taking calls on Francisco Liriano.

Most reports surrounding Milwaukee's efforts to trade Zack Greinke have the White Sox involved, but they're hardly the only team in on the sweepstakes. Lance Allan of WTMJ in Milwaukee had this today about the possible suitors for Greinke on Thursday's edition of Chicago Tribune Live:

Allan thinks the Brewers will try to engage the Angels and Rangers in a bidding war for Greinke, which could price most other teams -- including the White Sox -- out of the market. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Haudricout threw around a few names that could interest the Brewers, including top youngsters Mike Olt (Rangers), Martin Perez (Rangers), Garrett Richards (Angels), Jean Segura (Angels) and Julio Teheran (Braves).

But Haudricourt -- as well as most national analysts -- noted that Kenny Williams has a history of being creative, so just because the White Sox may not have a better package of prospects to offer right now doesn't mean they're out of the race to get Greinke.

There isn't much trade chatter coming out of Detroit, but newly-acquired second baseman Omar Infante is 1-10 with a walk in three games since joining the Tigers.

After taking two of three from Detroit, the Indians don't appear willing to sell at the trade deadline -- they'll either add or stand pat.

If the Twins decide to trade Francisco Liriano, they may look to get a high-ceiling prospect that's currently in Single-A or Double-A rather than a major-league ready player. The Angels and Orioles have been linked to Liriano, according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi.

Of note, if the Angels deal for Liriano, it'd help the White Sox out on multiple fronts. First, getting Liriano out of the division would help -- even though he allowed seven runs against the Sox Monday, he's often been a tough draw for White Sox hitters -- and second, eliminating the Angels from the Greinke sweepstakes would help the Sox chances to acquire him from Milwaukee.

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

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.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 3.56 ERA) vs. Jharel Cotton (4-7, 5.40 ERA)

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How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some guys played cards. The soccer ball got kicked around in spite of the close quarters in the visiting clubhouse. There was dancing. A magic trick or two was attempted. A few players even tried to get in a nap.

White Sox players found myriad ways to keep themselves occupied during Thursday’s draining 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay -- the longest in Minnesota Twins history.

Yet despite not knowing what time the game may start, White Sox players found a way to overcome the uncertainty and stay engaged. Similar to May 26 when the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers was cancelled, the White Sox figured out how to go from zero to 60 in mere seconds. Though there’s no exact formula for success, the White Sox seem to have figured out a way to endure the elements and get out quickly. On early Thursday evening, the White Sox overcame the rain and misery to jump ahead of the Minnesota Twins en route to a 9-0 victory at Target Field.

“We keep it real loose whether,” veteran third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We have a good time. We enjoy each other’s company. Win lose or draw, tomorrow’s a new day. Today we kept working hard and we knew we had a game to play and eventually we were going to play it. We turned it on at the right moment.”

Jose Quintana saw so much of his iPad that eventually he had to turn it off out of sheer boredom. Thursday’s starting pitcher was almost able to complete two feature-length movies during the rain delay. Quintana, who excelled with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, watched ‘Fast and Furious 7’ and ‘Get Out’ on his iPad during the delay.

While he liked the action movie, Quintana wasn’t as fond of the latter, though he admits he’s not a big fan of horror movies.

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“I think it was bad because too much time in front of the iPad,” Quintana said. “It made me bored.

“I just tried to stay relaxed, focused on the game. … Tried to come back and work a little bit. It’s a little hard, but we don’t have control so stay focused on the game.”

Whereas the White Sox determined when they played last month at home -- they cancelled Game 1 of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and pushed the second game back to 8 p.m. because of rain -- this time was in the Twins’ hands. The forecast called for rain all afternoon before things cleared up around 5 p.m.

While the White Sox were in limbo as to when they would play, they had a pretty good idea that eventually they would.

“It’s miserable,” Frazier said. “You try and find some things to do, play cards, hang out with the guys. If you had a set time it would help. But we came out banging in that first inning. It’s huge.”

White Sox manager Rick Renteria is impressed with how his team has handled both long days. The White Sox also defeated the Tigers 8-2 on May 26th. While Renteria and his coaching staff spent a lot of his time preparing for their upcoming home series against the Oakland A’s, he’s pleased with how his players managed themselves through the uncertainty.  

“They’re the ones who are dealing with the chaos,” Renteria said. “They’re the ones who play the game and who have to have their minds to be ready to go out and perform. They’ve been able to respond well. It’s part of who they are, their character, and hopefully it’s something they continue to be able to do and build on.”