Sox not putting added weight on sweep of Texas

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Sox not putting added weight on sweep of Texas

Three wins. Thats whats most important to Paul Konerko and the White Sox.

It doesnt matter that those three wins came against the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers, who also happen to own a major-league high 50 wins this season.

The White Sox completed a three-game home sweep of the Rangers with a 2-1 victory Tuesday. The sweep came on the heels of a four-game series split with the New York Yankees, who have the top winning percentage in the major leagues.

I dont think you make too much of it, Konerko said of beating the Rangers. You catch teams at different times, different periods in the year. I know teams have caught us when we didnt have it going, and got us good. So I dont think we really think about who its against as much as were just happy to get the wins.

The wins against the Rangers came in three different ways: a blowout (19-2 in the opener), a comeback (5-4 in 10 innings Wednesday), and a pitcher's duel (2-1 Thursday).

Recently-acquired Kevin Youkilis had an impressive series in his White Sox debut at U.S. Cellular Field. He drove in four runs in the first game before collecting game-winning RBIs in the final two games, including a sixth-inning home run Thursday.

But like Konerko, the veteran said the midweek sweep doesnt prove anything.

You have to play to your strengths and play the game -- you cant measure, Youkilis said. Its way too early to do that stuff. Once you get to the playoffs, the best team can get knocked out in the first round. But it is always good to beat the teams that are in first place.

The White Sox improved to 45-37, moving eight games over .500 to match a season high. They hold a 2 12-game lead over Cleveland, which plays later Thursday, and are 4 12 games ahead of Detroit, the preseason favorite to win the AL Central.

They swept the Rangers for the first time since 2001, in earning their sixth sweep of the season. They also snapped the Rangers major league-leading streak of 52 consecutive series without being swept. It was the first time the Rangers had been swept by anybody since June of 2011, when the Yankees did it.

After a poor start to the season at home, Chicago is now above .500 at U.S. Cellular Field for the first time since being 2-1 on April 15. The White Sox have done that by going 15-8 over their past 23 home games.

Added all together, and it appears the White Sox should be considered a pretty good team. Just dont expect them to use words like good or great.

We can play with anybody, manager Robin Ventura said. Somebody else is going to have to describe that. We just keep playing.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Jose Quintana trade rumors and SoxFest preview

White Sox Talk Podcast: Jose Quintana trade rumors and SoxFest preview

When will a possible Jose Quintana trade go from a watch to a warning?

Chuck Garfien, Dan Hayes, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka break down the Quintana trade talks and what it will be like for him this weekend at SoxFest after months of trade rumors.

The guys also discuss what the White Sox roster might look like on Opening Day, and Hayes reveals his 2016 Hall of Fame ballot.

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Plus listen for a special White Sox Talk Podcast giveaway: two free passes to SoxFest and the chance to play bags with Garfien and Todd Frazier at SoxFest.

Check out the latest episode below:

CSN to carry expanded, live SoxFest 2017 opening night coverage

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CSN to carry expanded, live SoxFest 2017 opening night coverage

4:00 PM on CSN & CSNChicago.com -- LIVE SoxFest 2017 “Opening Ceremonies” coverage - hosted by Chuck Garfien & CSNChicago.com White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes,

featuring live interviews with numerous White Sox players, coaches, and front office execs!

5:00 PM on CSN -- Special SoxFest 2017 edition of “SportsTalk Live” - hosted by David Kaplan featuring special White Sox guests!

Complete SoxFest coverage throughout the weekend on CSNChicago.com’s ‘WhiteSoxTalk’ section via reports from Garfien, Hayes, CSN White Sox beat reporter Siera Santos, and White Sox digital reporters JJ Stankevitz & Paul Roumeliotis, which will include even more player/coaches/front office interviews, along with panel discussion highlights and much more!

Social media highlights on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to include the latest Convention news, live streaming segments, and special CSN prize giveaway details! 

Chicago, IL (January 24, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox, is ready to start up the 2017 MLB season in a big way with expanded, live Opening Night coverage from “SoxFest 2017,” which will be held downtown this weekend (January 27-29) at the Hilton Chicago.

On Friday, January 27 beginning at 4:00 PM CT on CSN & CSNChicago.com, viewers can look forward to every thrill-packed moment of “SoxFest 2017’s” Opening Ceremonies featuring introductions of White Sox players/coaches/broadcasters/front office executives, plus video montages, and much more.  CSN’s “SoxFest 2017” Opening Ceremonies coverage will be hosted by White Sox Pre/Post Game Live host Chuck Garfien and CSNChicago.com White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes, which will feature live interviews with White Sox players, coaches, and team VIP’s.

Immediately following the Opening Ceremonies coverage at 5:00 PM, CSN’s “SoxFest” coverage continues with live player/coaches/team exec interviews from the annual fan convention, along with detailed 2017 White Sox discussion, on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado (hosted by David Kaplan).

Throughout the weekend, fans can look forward to even more comprehensive SoxFest coverage on CSNChicago.com’s WhiteSoxTalk section (csnchicago.com/white-sox) featuring additional players/coaches/front office executive interviews, feature stories, fan reaction, photos, videos and much more to be provided via Garfien, Hayes, CSN White Sox beat reporter Siera Santos, CSNChicago.com White Sox digital baseball reporters JJ Stankevitz & Paul Roumeliotis, along the CSN’s team of behind-the-scenes White Sox experts. 

From a social media standpoint, fans can follow “SoxFest” updates all weekend long via Twitter from Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), Hayes (@CSNHayes), Santos (@SieraSantos), and Stankevitz-Roumeliotis/WhiteSoxTalk (@CSNWhiteSox). Twitter and Facebook followers will also be able to gain access to the latest fan convention news, live streaming, and information on special prizes to be given away at CSN’s “SoxFest” booth.

In addition, fans are urged to follow @CSNChicago on Instagram & Snapchat for enhanced, exclusive content featuring real-time sights and sounds to experience all the exciting weekend festivities.  Plus, fans can also get interactive with CSN’s “SoxFest” coverage throughout the weekend by utilizing the social media hashtag #WhiteSoxTalk.

Fans are also urged to stop by CSN’s “SoxFest” booth this weekend for autograph signings featuring scheduled appearances by CSN White Sox announcers Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, Steve Stone, and Jason Benetti, along with special, exclusive “player experiences,” where fans can meet White Sox stars for autographs, take selfies, and much more!  Fans in attendance need to follow CSN’s White Sox Twitter handle (@CSNWhiteSox) for full details about the player experience opportunities. In addition, fans can even pick up special CSN White Sox-themed giveaways throughout “SoxFest” weekend (while supplies last).