White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Robin Ventura set his first lineup, complete with A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios batting in the second and third spots in the order, respectively. There's a good chance the lineup the Sox trot out against the Dodgers today is the one they'll go with against Texas on Opening Day -- which Hardball Talk's Matthew Pouliot sees as a disaster. White Sox Observer's James Fegan also looked at a few roster and lineup prognostications.

Chuck Garfien spoke to Brent Lillibridge, who thinks the Sox have a good chance to get off to a fast start. Hopefully he's right, since it seems like the Sox haven't had a really good start to a season in years.

Moe Berg might be the most awesome player in White Sox history. Via Chris Kamka's fantastic writeup: "He was a voracious reader of newspapers; upwards of ten a day. He considered each newspaper 'live' until he read it. If anyone touched his newspapers before they were read, they were pronounced 'dead' and he would have to buy it again."

The Sox had an intrasquad game Saturday and Dayan Viciedo hit a grand slam off Gavin Floyd, moving the team's spring record to .500. Oh, and Chris Sale looked good, and Brent Morel's feeling good.

A little clerical item: The Sox agreed to contracts with 24 players, meaning the team's payroll will be 102.5 million this season. And here are photos of some of those players.

Gavin Floyd trade rumors: Will. Not. Die. In similarly frustratingdisappointing news, Alexei Ramirez wants his gold medal from the 2004 Summer Olympics back.

If MLB's new playoff system was in place dating back to 1995, which teams would've benefited the most? Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. But the White Sox would've made the postseason in 2006 and would've been part of a hilarious play-in-game mess in 1996.

Around the division: Recaps, box scores and notes from Sunday's spring training games played by Detroit, Minnesota, Kansas City and Cleveland -- and Joel Zumaya's going to have Tommy John surgery after all.

Preview: Charlotte Knights battle Buffalo Bisons Saturday on CSN+

Preview: Charlotte Knights battle Buffalo Bisons Saturday on CSN+

CSN's coverage of the Charlotte Knights continues on Saturday night as the Knights will host the Buffalo Bisons at 6 p.m. on CSN+.

Reynaldo Lopez, MLB's No. 45 overall prospect, makes his 10th start of the season for the Knights. The 23-year-old Lopez has a 5-1 record with a 2.94 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 49 innings in 2017.

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White Sox No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada, who landed on the 7-day DL on May 18, is eligible to make his return to the Knights lineup this weekend.

It's the fourth of eight games that CSN will televise over the next two months to give fans an opportunity to watch the future of the White Sox.

Check out the rest of the television schedule here.

White Sox trade veteran utilityman Ryan Raburn to Nationals 

White Sox trade veteran utilityman Ryan Raburn to Nationals 

Before the White Sox postponed Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader, the organization traded veteran utilityman Ryan Raburn to the Washington Nationals.

Raburn. 36, signed with the White Sox as a free agent in the second week of April. 

The White Sox will receive either cash or a player to be named.

Raburn has not played in the majors this season, appearing in 27 games with Triple-A Charlotte and hitting .277 with a .419 on-base percentage and .853 OPS.

He's an 11-year MLB veteran with 91 career homers and a .753 OPS throughout stops such as the Detroit Tigers (2004-12), Cleveland Indians (2013-15) and Colorado Rockies (2016).

The right-handed hitting Raburn has been a platoon player for much of his career, compiling an .827 OPS against left-handed pitching compared to a .685 OPS against righties.

Raburn has appeared in at least 19 games at seven different positions on the field (first base, second base, third base, all three outfield spots and DH) and has even pitched twice.