White Sox morning roundup

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White Sox morning roundup

From the weekend:

The White Sox Opening Day roster is set, with Eduardo Escobar, Nate Jones and Zach Stewart winning the three spots up for grabs on the team. Jones was the most surprising selection; the 26-year-old hasn't pitched an inning above Double-A in his career. But he has more upside than his competition (Brian Bruney, Eric Stults), and as the last man out of the bullpen, there's not much harm in bringing him to Texas.

Conor Jackson was signed to a minor-league deal and will provide organizational depth in the outfield as well at first and third base. The former Arizona top prospect was cut from Rangers camp, paving his way to the White Sox.

Your game recaps: The Sox mustered just two hits in a loss to Kansas City on Friday, John Danks had a successful outing in his final spring tuneup Saturday and Dayan Viciedo hit his first home run of the spring in a 13-run outburst Sunday.

Adam Dunn's final Cactus League line: .255.415.569, 14 walks, 10 strikeouts, 5 home runs. And that's a pretty good reason for optimism.

Speaking of optimism, Kenny Williams is brimming with it. The White Sox GM also took batting practice.

The Sox probably can't afford to lose one of their five starters to stay in contention. That makes the health of Jake Peavy one of the most important storylines in 2012, if it wasn't already.

Ever wondered what Wilson Betemit and Jim Thome have in common when it comes to home runs? Chris Kamka has the answer and more in his 10 "useless but interesting" spring training facts.

The Sox won't face Yu Darvish in this week's opening series against Texas. In other news: OPENING WEEK IS THIS WEEK.

Around the division: Ubaldo Jimenez did this.

Judge for yourself. The video doesn't really tell us much, although I find it hard to believe Jimenez won't be suspended for what appeared to be a pretty intentional beanball (although he says otherwise).

In non-brouhaha news, Drew Smyly won Detroit's fifth starter gig, Kansas City hasn't named Joakim Soria's ninth-inning replacement and Minnesota looks to have a pretty deep bench.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Searching for the truth about Luis Robert with Keith Law and Jesse Sanchez

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Searching for the truth about Luis Robert with Keith Law and Jesse Sanchez

With the White Sox expected to sign highly coveted Cuban prospect Luis Robert, there are many questions left unanswered about him: how good or great can he be? How do we even pronounce his last name? There have been various opinions to both.

In the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey interview ESPN senior baseball writer Keith Law and MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez whose reporting on Robert have unveiled two different projections about the 19-year-old outfielder.

A high ranking scouting director told Sanchez that Robert "is the best player on the planet." Scouts who have spoken to Law question Robert's hitting and Law passionately defends his sources on the podcast. 

Later, Chuck and Ryan answer questions from Facebook Live about what prospects Sox fans are most excited to see play in a Sox uniform.

Listen to the latest White Sox Talk Podcast right here:

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

Fast Break Morning Update: White Sox, Cubs both drop series openers

Here are some of Monday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Preview: Cubs look to bounce back vs. Giants tonight on CSN

White Sox fall to Diamondbacks in series opener

Cubs can't complete another miracle comeback against Giants bullpen

Should Blackhawks' next assistant coach be Joel Quenneville's choice?

How Bears are using veteran videos to school rookies on NFL way

Luis Robert the latest high-end acquisition for White Sox

For Joe Maddon, Cubs winning World Series came down to Giant comeback in SF and avoiding Johnny Cueto in elimination game

Carlos Rodon 'getting closer' but still without time frame for return

Have the Cubs found their new leadoff hitter in Ben Zobrist?

MMQB's Peter King's thoughts on Trubisky, Howard, White and the Bears offense