Konerko, Quintana, Santiago could participate in WBC

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Konerko, Quintana, Santiago could participate in WBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Paul Konerko could play for Team USA in next years World Baseball Classic while it appears Jake Peavy and Chris Sale wont.

As the WBC picks up steam -- manager Joe Torre addressed the media at the winter meetings on Monday -- potential rosters have begun to trickle out. A White Sox team source said Monday that Konerkos name was part of a first draft of the roster for Torres team.

White Sox prospect Andre Rienzos name has been included on Brazils roster while Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago could pitch for Colombia and Puerto Rico, respectively.

Asked for his thoughts on the inclusion of White Sox players in the WBC, which runs from March 2-19, general manager Rick Hahn admits its a difficult scenario from a team standpoint.

Its tough because you get conflicted, Hahn said. Youre wearing your White Sox hat and you want them under your watchful eye and wearing your industry hat and know this is a big event and has international appeal and you want to do what you can to support it. Im paid to wear a White Sox hat right now.

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

Tim Anderson's birthday present from home plate umpire was first major-league ejection

On his 24th birthday, Tim Anderson’s present from home plate umpire Jim Wolf was his first major-league ejection.

In the fifth inning of the White Sox 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, Anderson fouled off a pitch that landed in the opposing batter’s box. But A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell picked it up in what was ruled to be fair territory and threw the ball to first for the out.

Anderson pleaded his case saying the ball went foul. Wolf agreed, according to Anderson, which only further confused the White Sox shortstop.

“I told him that was BS,” Anderson said. “And he tossed me.”

Anderson said that he was surprised to be ejected so fast. So was manager Rick Renteria, who was thrown out moments after Anderson.

“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Renteria said. “The players having emotion, they are battling. I just think we need to grow a little thicker skin.”

Anderson said that he was appreciative of his manager coming to his defense.

“He kinda had a point and let me know he had my back,” Anderson said of Renteria. “Speaks a lot of him.”

A day after scoring nine runs on 18 hits, the White Sox failed to generate any offense on Friday. The team’s best chance came in the ninth inning.

But with runners at the corners and two outs, Matt Davidson put a good rip on the ball to center field, only to fly out at the warning track.

Anderson and Renteria were watching the game together in the clubhouse, and both believed the White Sox had tied the ballgame.

“We all jumped up and were excited but it kind of fell short,” Anderson said.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Exclusive interview with Mark Buehrle

On the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien goes 1-on-1 with the star of the weekend, Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle tells an absolutely amazing bachelor party story and discloses why he wore No. 56.

Take a trip down memory lane and listen to the White Sox Talk Podcast here