White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

Jake Peavy threw five shutout innings and then spoke about how his future could lead him to the bullpen. It'd be an interesting move, especially given how he threw in his only relief appearance of his career last June.

While Peavy righted his spring ship, John Danks wasn't able to turn in his first successful Cactus League start, although he doesn't seem too concerned about it. You shouldn't be, either.

Great stuff from Chris Kamka here: The White Sox had a chance to sign Jackie Robinson five years before he broke the color barrier with the Dodgers. The biggest reason why they didn't? Communism.

The Sox beat the Cubs on Sunday. After the game, Robin Ventura put to rest any speculation that Dayan Viciedo may start 2012 in Triple-A by saying the 23-year-old will be the White Sox starting left fielder on Opening Day.

Dylan Axelrod and Zach Stewart are neck-and-neck in their battle for a bullpen spot, while Hector Santiago and Brian Bruney seem to have the inside track on the other two openings. Who else is involved the battle, and how are they doing?

Gavin Floyd spoke to Chuck Garfien, which led to a discussion of what his expectations going forward may be. Be warned, my loose comparison was Javier Vazquez -- although that isn't meant in a negative way.

Paul Konerko's coming for you, Mike Piazza. And Carlos Quentin is hurt again.

Saturday was St. Patrick's Day, so here's a list of the best pitchers in baseball history to have their name begin with "Mc" -- and surprisingly, Jack McDowell isn't in the top 10.

Around the division: Scary news for Kansas City as Joakim Soria has a sore elbow, Francisco Liriano threw five no-hit innings (brings back bad memories), Jacob Turner is progressing well and Chris Perez is nearing a return.

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.