White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

RIP, Moose Skowron. If you haven't read Chuck's outstanding profile of one best men to ever put on a White Sox uniform, do so. It's well worth your time. Chris Kamka also looked at how Moose always hit when it mattered the most.

John Danks was frustrated. Really frustrated.

While Danks turned in a rough outing Friday, both Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd were excellent in their starts on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Sox lost Saturday's game 1-0, as they couldn't touch Boston starter Jon Lester, while Floyd flirted with a no-hitter Sunday and was buoyed by a first-inning homer off the bat of Adam Dunn in a 4-1 win.

The Sox hadn't been in a save situation since Wednesday, when Hector Santiago served up three runs to the A's in the 14th. So when Matt Thornton remained in Sunday's game to nail down the save, it certainly raised questions as to who Robin Ventura's choice is for the ninth.

One person it won't be is Addison Reed, at least until Jesse Crain comes off the disabled list. While Reed -- and Nate Jones -- will see increased roles with Crain's left oblique landing him on the shelf, the Sox won't be able to turn to Reed in the ninth until they can get Crain back to his usual setup role.

Last thing of note: Jim Thome is paying a lot of money for a house in Burr Ridge, and it looks like he's keeping his permanent home here in the Chicagoland area.

Around the division: Shin-Soo Choo could miss some time against the Sox this week, Detroit finally released Brandon Inge and saw him sign with Oakland, Doug Fister's on the mend and that's really good news for the scuffling Tigers, Delmon Young was placed on the restricted list, and this happened:
It's worth repeating that Bruce Chen threw over to first base TEN TIMES w Denard Span on and Jamey Carroll up in the 1st inning. TEN. Phil Mackey (@PMac21) April 29, 2012

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.”