White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Oh, the great names. Aaron Miles. Ross Gload. Kenny Lofton. Josh Paul. Robert Machado. Matt Karchner. And a whole lot of other players who appeared for both the Cubs and White Sox since interleague play began in 1997. Kosuke Fukudome will join that list as soon as he plays in a game for the White Sox.

Three White Sox players with less than five years of service time in the majors cannot be sent to the minors without passing through waivers. But Alejandro De Aza, Brent Lillibridge and Philip Humber all have a good chance to stick with the White Sox in 2012, so losing them via waivers if they struggle isn't a pressing concern.

The Cubs haven't agreed to anything with Jorge Soler, as was reported earlier in the week, and the White Sox reportedly remain interested in the 19-year-old Cuban defector.

U-God at South Side Sox argues why the Cubs playing at U.S. Cellular Field would be a good thing, while Jim runs down some thoughts on Fukudome. Meanwhile, James isn't a fan of Fukudome's defense.

Brandon Warne at Fangraphs asks who baseball's most underrated starter is, and while he began the process with Minnesota's Scott Baker, he concludes that Miami's Anibal Sanchez wins that crown.

Also on the subject of Minnesota, Nick Nelson of Nick's Twins Blog has been running a fantastic series this week looking at some Twins things to watch for. So far, he's looked at Glen Perkins' slider, Danny Valencia's defense and Carl Pavano's strikeouts.

And one more Twins link: Seth Stohs interviewed Terry Doyle on his podcast. There's a little bit in there about the White Sox, with Doyle saying he was itching to get to another system and jumped up screaming when he found out the Twins took him in December's Rule 5 Draft.

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.”