Sox blast Indians to complete sweep

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Sox blast Indians to complete sweep

By Paul LaTour
CSNChicago.com contributor

The weather on the South Side finally caught up to the red-hot Paul Konerko and the White Sox offense.

With a record-setting temperature in the mid-90s, the Sox pounded out 15 hits and wrapped up a three-game sweep of Cleveland with a 12-6 victory Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Konerko hit his 400th home run in a White Sox uniform while extending his hitting streak to 13 games. He finished with two hits and four RBIs to raise his American League-leading batting average to .399.

Alexei Ramirez and Orlando Hudson each had two RBIs, while Gordon Beckham added four hits for Chicago, which won its fifth straight game to pull to within 12 game of the AL Central-leading Indians.

The White Sox have scored nine runs or more in four consecutive games, their longest streak since June 27-30, 1938, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Gavin Floyd (4-5) won for the first time in three starts, but didnt look good doing it. He gave up five runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings. He had four strikeouts, but hit three batters.

He was better than Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez, however. The Sox put the first four batters on base against Jimenez, who was chased in the fifth inning.

Alejandro De Aza was hit by Jimenezs second pitch, Gordon Beckham singled and Adam Dunn drew a walk to load the bases. De Aza scored when Paul Konerko followed with a blooper into right field that turned into a fielders choice after Dunn was thrown out at second.

Alex Rios then ripped a single to score Beckham. After Dayan Viciedo lined out to right, Alexei Ramirez poked a run-scoring single to give the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Floyd gave that lead back in the second on a three-run home run to Johnny Damon. Floyd allowed a single to Casey Kotchman and a double to Shelley Duncan ahead of Damons first home run of the season.

The Sox regained the lead in the third on an two-out single by Ramirez to score Rios, who had walked and stolen second.

But Floyd gave that back right away, too. Michael Brantley drove in Juan Diaz, who opened the fourth with his first major-league hit, a single to right.

That set the stage for more Konerko heroics in the bottom of the inning. Konerko drove a 2-2 pitch into the left-center bleachers for his 11th home run of the season and 408th of his career. The rally started with a two-out single by Beckham and walk to Dunn.

Jimenez (5-4) was chased after allowing a lead-off single to Viciedo. He gave up seven runs on seven hits with four walks, one hit batter and three strikeouts.

The Sox added three more in the fifth on a two-run triple by Orlando Hudson, followed by another triple from De Aza, who was thrown out at home trying to score when the throw got away at third.

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

Yoan Moncada working to learn White Sox culture

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yoan Moncada is still trying to familiarize himself with the White Sox but his new club probably don’t feel all that unfamiliar.

At the very least, the rookie second baseman has a strong support group in his first week of spring training. Whether is a seat next to Jose Abreu in the clubhouse, chats with Jose Quintana on the field, or the comfort provided with a manager who speaks the same language, the White Sox clearly want their prized prospect to adapt to his new team. Already in town for the past few days, Moncada participated in the club’s first full-squad workout on Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

“I’m just trying to get to know the culture here, the guys, the staff, the players, how they like to work,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “And so far I’ve been good. Also, the change of the city and state, especially in spring training, I’m getting to know that a little bit better right now.”

Moncada’s comfort is only likely to grow now that Abreu is also in town. The veteran first baseman reported to camp around noon on Saturday (his flight was delayed by weather) and took his physical. Abreu and Moncada played together in 2012 for Cienfuegos and they spent much of the weekend at SoxFest together having fun. Abreu has spoke glowingly about Moncada, who came over from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, and is interested in helping him get comfortable at the big league level. Moncada, who debuted last season, likes having Abreu around.

“That’s a good advantage for me,” Moncada said. “I know him. He knows me. We played together in Cuba. We haven’t yet had the opportunity to practice together. Today was our first day and he wasn’t here, but that’s something that is going to be very good for me.”

So too is the addition of manager Rick Renteria, who is bilingual and addressed his clubhouse in both languages on Saturday. While he’s only getting to know his new teammates and coaches, Moncada is comfortable with the knowledge he can clearly communicate with the man in charge. All those elements should pave the way for Moncada to maximize his development in camp rather than worry about things off the field.

“He’s an excellent manager,” Moncada said. “He can speak both languages, especially Spanish for me, I can communicate with him. That’s a huge advantage for me and I like that. I think that we are going to have a very good season and we are just waiting for the season to start.”