White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

The White Sox dropped two of three to Houston, losing their second consecutive series while clinging to a half-game lead over Cleveland for first place in the AL Central. Your weekend arc: Gavin Floyd struggled but showed improvement in Friday's 8-3 loss, Chris Sale dominated and Adam Dunn hit a grand slam in Saturday's 10-1 win and Philip Humber's ERA rose to near 6.00 after a rough outing in an 11-9 loss Sunday.

The weekend started off on a high note, though:

Another neat moment from the weekend: Jordan Danks collected his first career hit on Friday and went 2-5 on Saturday with a stolen base. That debut has been a long time coming for Danks, who spoke about it before Saturday's game.

A few injury updates: John Danks is on track to make at least one rehab start while Brent Morel could need surgery (so good thing Robin Ventura likes Orlando Hudson at third base).

Danks' return could spark an interesting change in the starting rotation. If Humber continues to struggle to find consistency, Ventura intimated a move to the bullpen could happen:

Which would mean Jose Quintana -- the lefty has impressed Don Cooper, who delighted in to-date failed preseason predictions -- could take over in the rotation for as long as he could hold down a spot. More on that today.

Speaking of today, a one-on-one sitdown with Jake Peavy will air on Comcast SportsNet on SportsNet Central tonight. Peavy candidly spoke about his future in the interview, which Ryan McGuffey teased on Saturday.

The latest chapter in the history of White Sox-Astros didn't go as well as things did in 2006 for the White Sox -- a three-game series which I maintain was among the most fun that have taken place in the last decade.

Let's get back to Sale, though, because his dominance kinda got buried here in the midst of the malaise of Floyd and Humber. Here's what he had to say after Saturday's start:

A few farm updates: The White Sox are expected to sign sandwich-round pick Keon Barnum and David Kaplan updated the latest happenings across the Sox minor league system.

Around the division: Cleveland took two of three from St. Louis, Detroit did the same against Cincinnati, Kansas City was swept by first-place Pittsburgh and Minnesota won their series with the Cubs.

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

Preview: White Sox kick off 10-game homestand vs. A's tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins at 7 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 3.56 ERA) vs. Jharel Cotton (4-7, 5.40 ERA)

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How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some guys played cards. The soccer ball got kicked around in spite of the close quarters in the visiting clubhouse. There was dancing. A magic trick or two was attempted. A few players even tried to get in a nap.

White Sox players found myriad ways to keep themselves occupied during Thursday’s draining 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay -- the longest in Minnesota Twins history.

Yet despite not knowing what time the game may start, White Sox players found a way to overcome the uncertainty and stay engaged. Similar to May 26 when the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers was cancelled, the White Sox figured out how to go from zero to 60 in mere seconds. Though there’s no exact formula for success, the White Sox seem to have figured out a way to endure the elements and get out quickly. On early Thursday evening, the White Sox overcame the rain and misery to jump ahead of the Minnesota Twins en route to a 9-0 victory at Target Field.

“We keep it real loose whether,” veteran third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We have a good time. We enjoy each other’s company. Win lose or draw, tomorrow’s a new day. Today we kept working hard and we knew we had a game to play and eventually we were going to play it. We turned it on at the right moment.”

Jose Quintana saw so much of his iPad that eventually he had to turn it off out of sheer boredom. Thursday’s starting pitcher was almost able to complete two feature-length movies during the rain delay. Quintana, who excelled with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, watched ‘Fast and Furious 7’ and ‘Get Out’ on his iPad during the delay.

While he liked the action movie, Quintana wasn’t as fond of the latter, though he admits he’s not a big fan of horror movies.

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“I think it was bad because too much time in front of the iPad,” Quintana said. “It made me bored.

“I just tried to stay relaxed, focused on the game. … Tried to come back and work a little bit. It’s a little hard, but we don’t have control so stay focused on the game.”

Whereas the White Sox determined when they played last month at home -- they cancelled Game 1 of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and pushed the second game back to 8 p.m. because of rain -- this time was in the Twins’ hands. The forecast called for rain all afternoon before things cleared up around 5 p.m.

While the White Sox were in limbo as to when they would play, they had a pretty good idea that eventually they would.

“It’s miserable,” Frazier said. “You try and find some things to do, play cards, hang out with the guys. If you had a set time it would help. But we came out banging in that first inning. It’s huge.”

White Sox manager Rick Renteria is impressed with how his team has handled both long days. The White Sox also defeated the Tigers 8-2 on May 26th. While Renteria and his coaching staff spent a lot of his time preparing for their upcoming home series against the Oakland A’s, he’s pleased with how his players managed themselves through the uncertainty.  

“They’re the ones who are dealing with the chaos,” Renteria said. “They’re the ones who play the game and who have to have their minds to be ready to go out and perform. They’ve been able to respond well. It’s part of who they are, their character, and hopefully it’s something they continue to be able to do and build on.”