Offense! The Sox jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and blasts by Alejandro De Aza and A.J. Pierzynski put away a 10-6 win over Cleveland to sweep the rain-shortened two-game series. John Danks didn't do much after being spotted with some rare run support, but it didn't matter as the lefty earned his first win of the season (further proof: pitcher records mean squat).
De Aza's home run was the second of the season for the Sox leadoff hitter, which is as many as Juan Pierre had in 2011. So, needless to say, the whole "semi-powerful leadoff hitter" thing is a nice change of pace.
Brent Morel had an odd day: 0-3, one walk, three runs scored. That puts him in the same grouping as Willie Harris, Jim Thome and Ray Durham among Sox players since 2000.
Jim has an outstanding take on Ozzie Guillen -- the best I've read from any writer offering up a Chicago-centric commentary on the former manager.
Around the division: The Indians are signing Johnny Damon, Jonathan Broxton imploded in Kansas City's loss to Oakland, Justin Verlander was dealt his first loss since midway through 2011 and, no joke, Minnesota actually won a game. Also of note: Josh Willingham has three home runs for the Twins.
Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things.
In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.
On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family.
Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather.
Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!
Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above.
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