Sox Drawer: An astonishing turn of events

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Sox Drawer: An astonishing turn of events

Monday, July 12, 201011:34 AM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com
What was that? Seriously. Did that really happen?

Im looking at the standings in the American League Central. My eyes see the name White Sox. My brain registers it. But I still cannot believe it.

Just over a month ago, June 8 to be exact (Hawk Harrelson Night by the way), most White Sox fans assumed that this season was finished.

Or as Hawk would say, Ovahhh.

After a 7-2 loss to the Tigers, the Sox seemingly hit rock bottom. They were 24-33, nine games out of first place.

Changes were coming. Kenny Williams even said it himself the next day. I dont know what, I dont know when, but changes need to take place, announced the Sox GM.

With the Blackhawks marching towards a Stanley Cup title, most of a distracted Chicago missed it.

But since that fateful day, the Sox havent missed a beat.

Theyre a scorching 25-5 in the last 30 games. Who saw that coming? Anyone? Anyone?

Whats more impressive? The Sox five losses have come by a combined eight runs.

Staggering.

And now theyve reached the All-Star break, in first place.

Astonishing.

Its a shock how quickly we did it, Ozzie Guillen said after the Sox latest victory, a 15-5 thumping of the Royals, in which they belted five home runs into the seats.

Im surprised they had enough fireworks left, said Royals manager Ned Yost, who joined Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella, Bobby Cox, Jim Riggleman, Mike Scioscia and John Russell on the list of major league managers who have been run over by this unstoppable White Sox victory train.

Some are worried that the Sox cant keep up the momentum after the All-Star break, that theres only so much track left.

I say, All aboard.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox slugger Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

White Sox instructor Luis Sierra to coach in 2017 World Baseball Classic

White Sox instructor Luis Sierra to coach in 2017 World Baseball Classic

Luis Sierra hopes to take another step next spring toward achieving his dream of being a major league manager when he coaches in the World Baseball Classic.

Sierra — who spent eight of 10 minor league seasons in the White Sox farm system — will return as a coach for Colombia after participating in the WBC qualifier last spring.

Colombia, which plays in Pool D in Miami along with the United States, Canada and Dominican Republic, is managed by Luis Urueta, a short-season field coordinator in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ farm system. Sierra, a pregame instructor in his second year for the White Sox, is Colombia’s first-base coach. The 29-year-old said the transition from player to coach hasn’t been too difficult.

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“It didn’t take too long and that’s what I do now and that’s my focus, just to help the guys and get better as a coach and as a person,” Sierra said. “It’s been a great experience so far. Still learning. Hopefully one day I’ll be a big league manager.”

Sierra, who was a catcher and an infielder in his professional career, hails from Barranquilla, which is also the home of White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana. The two live near each other and work out in the offseason. Quintana has expressed interest in pitching for Colombia during the 2017 WBC.

White Sox announce Chris Sale will start Sunday's finale

White Sox announce Chris Sale will start Sunday's finale

Chris Sale will establish a new career high when he takes the mound in Sunday’s regular season finale.

The White Sox ace is set to start one more time this season and in doing so will make a career-best 32nd turn. One of the top contenders for the American League Cy Young Award, Sale has already established career highs for complete games (six) and innings pitched (221 2/3). White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Sale, who pitched on Tuesday, would start against the Minnesota Twins.

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“At first you can look at it like he doesn’t necessarily have to throw,” Ventura said. “But I think he wants to throw and that’s a good sign. He’s motivated to throw and just to go do it. We’re not doing it for numbers or anything, but he wants to throw. I think that’s part of his commitment to being a teammate and all that stuff. So we’ll have a pretty good lineup out there.”

As for what to expect from Sale, Ventura said: “It won’t be four or five (innings), but it won’t be nine. Well, if he has a no-hitter, it’s a possibility. If there’s something special there and his pitch count and everything and he’s feeling good, he would go. But for the most part he’s not going to go nine.”