White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Chuck Garfien interviewed Don Cooper for Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, with the White Sox pitching coach touching on a number of topics, including 2012's closer. For right now, Cooper doesn't have a favorite in mind, noting that it's too early for him to name a frontrunner. He also touched on the starting rotation, specifically Mark Buehrle, John Danks and Jake Peavy. Check the video to the right and Chuck's story for all of Cooper's comments.

On a lighter pitching staff note, we ran down a list of possible backup ceremonial first pitch-catchers, with Chris Sale the early favorite.

Scott Boras wants to get Edwin Jackson a five-year, 80 million deal -- which isn't outlandishly overpriced, but given the market and the general perception of Jackson around baseball (inconsistency) it's hard to see him getting anything close to that.

And in other odd contract news, the Padres may consider approaching Carlos Quentin about a contract extension before he plays a game with the team.

Jim at South Side Sox has a nice post on Carlos Quentin, comparing his situation going into the 2008 season to that of Alejandro De Aza going into the 2012 season. Jim also brought up the May 25, 2008 game that saw Quentin hit a pair of homers off John Lackey, the last of which was a walk-off shot. I was at that Sunday night game, and it was awesome to see everyone in the park realize "hey, we got a great player here" with two swings of the bat.

James at White Sox Observer notes that the Sox will have some payroll flexibility relatively soon, as in 2014.

Around the division:

MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger writes the Twins probably won't go after Edwin Jackson given his high price tag.

The Indians signed former Royals righty Robinson Tejeda to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training. With all due respect, here's hoping he doesn't make Cleveland's roster -- White Sox hitters have a .582 OPS against the guy in 149 plate appearances over 36 23 innings.

Alan Trammell should be a Hall of Famer. SI's Mel Antonen looks as the cases for and against the former Tiger shortstop's candidacy, with the case for his induction being much more persuasive.

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