White Sox postponed by rain, cold weather

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White Sox postponed by rain, cold weather

CLEVELAND -- The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians have been postponed by rain and cold weather.The middle game of the three-game series was called about two hours before the first pitch. There was no immediate word on a makeup date, but Indians manager Manny Acta indicated it might be rescheduled for mid-May. With temperatures in the 30s and plummeting and more rain in the forecast, Acta said it "was not going to be baseball, it was going to be survival. It was going to be harsh out there.''Acta said Justin Masterson will start Wednesday's series finale and White Sox manager Robin Ventura said John Danks will start for Chicago.The Indians are skipping starter Jeanmar Gomez, while White Sox starter Philip Humber will miss his turn.Before the game was called, Ventura had altered his lineup a bit, inserting Beckham into the leadoff spot and giving Kosuke Fukudome a start in the outfield.

"I'm just trying to get Kosuke in there," Ventura said. "I put Gordon up at the top. For the first 20-25 games we will be cutting out a lineup. Don't read anything into it. There are no signs to it."

Beckham was excited to see his name at the top of the order, and pretended to be angry when the game was called about two hours before the scheduled first pitch. He stormed into Ventura's office and put on a show.

"If I get dropped eight spots in the lineup because of the weather, I'm going to be (mad)," he yelled, smiling toward reporters outside Ventura's office.

Beckham, who normally hits in the lower third of the order, was serious that he wanted the chance to bat first.

"I don't know if I've done it in the big leagues, but I probably have somewhere along the line," Beckham said of hitting No. 1. "It was more about giving (Alejandro) De Aza a rest and they just needed somebody to fill in. I was happy and excited to do it. Heck, I led off an inning three times in a game in Texas earlier this week, so I'm confident. Just trying to get on base and get the lineup going, that's a lot of fun."

Ventura will skip right-hander Philip Humber in the rotation and use lefty John Danks on Wednesdayweather permittingin the series finale. The forecast is foreboding: more rain and cold.

"I hated to do it because we wanted to get (Humber) going," Ventura said. "But you have to sacrifice one guy for the other four. We'll go with Danks and keep everybody else in their same slots. Humber will work out of the bullpen."
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A.J. Pierzynski retires, joins FOX as full-time analyst

A.J. Pierzynski retires, joins FOX as full-time analyst

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski officially retired from MLB on Tuesday.

Pierzynski will join FOX as a full-time analyst, according to a press release from FOX Sports.

"We love having A.J. on the FOX Sports team," Fox Sports President John Entz said. "He’s confident in his opinions and insight and he doesn’t hold back or shy away from topics he feels strongly about. Fans want an honest approach to what’s happening on the field, in the locker room and away from the game, and A.J. gives you just that, and has a lot of fun doing it."

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Pierzynski will serve as both a color commentator and studio analyst for FOX, while also making regular appearances on FS1's MLB Whiparound. Pierzynski previously worked with FOX during the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015 MLB postseasons.

"With Opening Day right around the corner, this is always a great time of year," Pierzynski said in a statement from FOX Sports. "I’m really looking forward to what should be a very exciting MLB season and to being a part of the FOX Sports team again."

Pierzynski spent 19 years in MLB with the Minnesota Twins (1998-03), San Francisco Giants (2004), White Sox (2005-12), Texas Rangers (2013), Boston Red Sox (2014), St. Louis Cardinals (2014) and Atlanta Braves (2015-16). Pierzynski won a World Series ring with the White Sox in 2005. The 40-year-old Pierzynski had a career major-league slash line of .280/.319/.420 with 188 home runs and 909 RBI.

Pierzynski joins former MLB players Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher, who both recently signed deals with FOX.

Carlos Rodon headed to the disabled list, will start throwing program

Carlos Rodon headed to the disabled list, will start throwing program

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carlos Rodon will begin a two-week throwing program after a second opinion revealed no structural damage.

The White Sox pitcher is back in camp on Tuesday morning after he traveled to Los Angeles for a follow up appointment on Monday. That visit yet again cleared Rodon of any major injury, though he has been diagnosed as having bursitis (inflammation) in his left bicep tendon. Rodon is expected to start the season on the 10-day disabled list.

"I had a good day (Monday), figured some stuff out and are going with the plan we've got now," Rodon said. "(The program is) based on how I feel, how I push it. I'll try to take it slow, and if everything feels good, I want to be back with these guys as soon as I can."

Rodon was scratched from Friday's start and has undergone a slew of tests since.

General manager Rick Hahn said last week that odds were Rodon would start the season on the disabled list. Manager Rick Renteria hinted the same on Monday when he said the White Sox would be cautious with the No. 3 overall pick of the 2014 draft even if the second opinion revealed no significant damage.

Rodon wasn't certain but thinks he may stay behind in Arizona for extended spring training. 

"It's almost like you have to re-start the process a little bit," Renteria said. "It would be foolish to try to anticipate or push him into any direction without first of all ultimately having whatever the diagnosis is or the validation or whatever it might be of the second opinion. Once we get that, we'll know hopefully tomorrow how we can ultimately proceed. I wouldn't think we’d try to ramp him up quickly."