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July 17, 2010

How Gordon got his groove back

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 17, 2010 10:22 pm
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Gregor:

“I think it’s coincidence, but after I was done sitting I got a feel for my swing that I haven’t had all year,” Beckham said. “So that was what helped. It wasn’t necessarily sitting on the bench that helped. But definitely working in the cage, I got a feel with (hitting coach) Greg (Walker) and Gelly (assistant Mike Gellinger), and from them I’ve been able to repeat a swing – and a good swing.”

SoxMachine’s midseason prospect progress report

Jim @ SM:

Jose Martinez

.333/.392/.486 in 72 ABs; 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 BB, 10 K.

It feels like he’s pushing 30, but Martinez will turn only 22 later this month.  He’s been out of baseball for two full years, but the Sox aren’t shying away from testing him.  He played just 39 games at Kannapolis before his knee injury, but he’s succeeding in Winston-Salem.

That could be a factor of the apparently friendly hitting environment at BB&T Ballpark, but if Martinez can finish the year healthy and hitting like this, the Sox have a genuine outfield prospect in the fold.

Martinez’ stats @ FI.

More prospects reports at the link.

Carlos Quentin doesn’t like to use protection

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 17, 2010 8:45 pm
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Gonzales:

Manager Ozzie Guillen would like Quentin to wear protection more often as he did Saturday night when he went 0-for-4 in the 3-2 loss to the Twins. In his first at-bat, Quentin donned a left elbow pad and he sported an elastic brace on his right hand that was bruised two days earlier by a pitch.

“He just has to wear it,” Guillen said. “Over his career, even in the minors and college he got hit a lot. You can’t change that. One thing about it, I hope he gets hit on his shoulder. When he opens his (stance), his hands are right there and that’s why he’s hit a lot. That’s why you hope nothing happens.”

Kurkjian: Nationals’ source says Adam Dunn won’t be traded [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 17, 2010 6:58 pm
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Video: http://espn.go.com/blog/chicagowhite-sox/post/_/id/974/kurkjian-on-chance-of-white-sox-trade (1:23)

UPDATE: Seems the “source” spoke to MLB.com too:

A baseball source familiar with the Nationals situation doesn’t think they will trade first baseman Adam Dunn before the non-waiver trade deadline. So far, according to the source, general manager Mike Rizzo doesn’t like the offers for Dunn.

According to published reports, the Angels, White Sox and Yankees have interest in the first baseman, who is a free agent after this season.

Justin Smoak hits HR #9 [July 16] (video)

Filed under: MLB — The Wizard @ July 17, 2010 2:53 pm
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A 2-run HR in the 7th inning against Anaheim starter Jered Weaver.

Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9969533 (0:54)

The HR was hit on a 78 mph changeup, on a 1-2 count:

Chris Sale, Tyler Flowers and Brent Morel put on their acting faces [UPDATE]

SPMag:

Next week the production of the MLB Network reality series The Club will take place at Knights Stadium.  Camera crews will be in town for the Charlotte Knights home stand as they follow the career of several Knights players including 2010 first round pick pitcher Chris Sale, catcher Tyler Flowers and infielder Brent Morel.  White Sox Assistant General Manager Rick Hahn is expected to be at Knights Stadium next week as well.

Award-winning actor, Chicago native and die-hard Chicago White Sox fan Michael Clarke Duncan will provide narration for The Clubhitting coach Greg Walker.

UPDATE: Here’s the latest trailer:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=9917167&topic_id=9991168&c_id=cws (2:06)

And two older trailers:

Adam Dunn wants at least a 4 year, $60 million contract?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 17, 2010 2:11 pm
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Rogers:

Adam Dunn is looking for a deal of at least four years for $60 million after having to settle for a two-year deal with the Nationals in his first run at free agency. The Nats want to keep him, but not at that price. It’s likely he will be traded, with the Yankees, Angels and White Sox at the head of the list.

And:

Joe Crede is just about ready to go after his latest back procedure. Agent Scott Boras says there’s a chance Crede could help a team this season, but it’s more likely he will look to sign in the offseason with an eye on 2011.

UPDATE: Rosenthal:

Adam Dunn? The Nationals’ price for their first baseman is too steep, and Dunn does not want to DH.

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