White Sox get active in intrasquad game

White Sox get active in intrasquad game
February 25, 2014, 4:30 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It’s not so much what took place in Tuesday’s White Sox intrasquad game rather than that it did.

There were several highlight moments in the contest as Avisail Garcia blasted a two-run home run, Paul Konerko had two singles and Chris Beck pitched a pair of scoreless innings. Jose Abreu also got a base hit in two at-bats in his first action with the White Sox.

But White Sox manager Robin Ventura is mostly interested that his team got its collective blood flowing in the nine-inning exhibition, the only intrasquad game on the schedule. The White Sox open Cactus League play on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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“You’re playing again,” Ventura said. “You get that feeling back. Being in positions, it’s good to get out there and get them moving around. Paulie looks good, got a couple hits, good first step. … It’s nice to get ‘em out there, get their competitive stuff going. Playing in a game, even though it’s simulated it’s still better than going back out for practice.”

Konerko had two singles before he eventually exited the contest. Garcia drove a pitch away from Snodgress for a two-run homer just to the right of the batter’s eye in center field.

Abreu took two strikes in his first at-bat against Beck before he hit a slow chopper to third base and didn’t draw a throw. The Cuban, who signed a franchise-record $68 million contract in October, mostly wanted to gauge how he would fare at this point against a real pitcher.

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“It’s been a while since I’ve had a live swing and so it felt really good to be out there and look at that live pitching,” Abreu said through a translator.

Though he’s expected to be a source of power in the lineup, Abreu smiled when asked about his infield single.

“As long as they come out and I help the team, I’ll take 100 of those,” Abreu said.