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March 27, 2011

Jake Peavy finishes side sesion

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 27, 2011 1:33 pm


March 26, 2011

Baseball Musings’ AL Central preview

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2011 10:30 pm
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… Here’s how I see the odds of the five teams winning the division:

  1. Minnesota Twins 31%
  2. Chicago White Sox 30%
  3. Detroit Tigers 29%
  4. Cleveland Indians 6%
  5. Kansas City Royals 4%

11 pitchers on the White Sox roster?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2011 7:41 pm
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Maybe the Sox want both Lastings Milledge, and Brent Lillibridge to make the team.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

But comments from Guillen following Marquez’s four-inning Saturday start, during which he allowed three runs on six hits, just might indicate both Lillibridge and Milledge will be leaving Arizona with the White Sox.

“He pitched well. He pitched good. He did everything we asked him to do, and that’s the best Spring Training he’s had, put it that way, since we’ve had him,” said Guillen of Marquez, who came over from the Yankees as part of the November 2008 Nick Swisher trade.

“In the meanwhile, you have to make moves sometimes,” Guillen said. “The last move always hurts.”

White Sox vs. Angels at 3:05 pm CT; televised on CSN

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 26, 2011 1:11 pm

Game at 3:05 CT. Right-hander Jeff Marquez takes the hill for the White Sox against the Angels today. First pitch is at 3:05 p.m. CT.

March 25, 2011

Ozzie Guillen breaks down Adam Dunn’s game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2011 11:52 pm
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Ballantini @ CSN:

“He reminds me a little bit of Jim Thome,” Guillen said. “This guy strikes out 100-plus, walks 100-plus, that’s 250 times up without putting the ball in play, and still puts up a lot of numbers. How they do it, I don’t know.” … “I don’t expect anything different from Adam,” Guillen said. “You get on base, you’re going to give the team a chance to win. That’s why I’m putting him at the top [of the order], to give him more at bats and get him on base.”

Are you worried about your Spring Training numbers Adam?

“If I stressed out about it, I’d have been out of this game years ago,” Dunn said. “The beginning of the season is always tough—well, I say always, I’m going to try this year to change that, gol-ly—I’m not going to set myself up and say I’m going to start slow, but [whispers] ‘good chance.’” … “It’s not so much the homers; getting on base is No. 1 with me,” Dunn says.” If I can keep [my on-base average] .380-plus, that’s my No. 1 goal of the year. [Getting on base is] going to equal runs. If I get on 40% of the time, we’re going to score some runs.”

Want the breakdown on the battles for the last two roster spots?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2011 11:30 pm
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Brent Ballantini has it. On Lastings Milledge:

And he’s a Kenny guy, right?

Well, Williams traded for Lillibridge just a few years ago, too. But do the White Sox see greater upside from Milledge—perhaps even to the extent where he could be a long-term possibility on the team if/when Juan Pierre or Carlos Quentin leave? Absolutely. Milledge has flashed five tools in the desert this spring.

Smells Like Mascot: The Cone

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2011 9:19 pm

Carl’s latest:


White Sox vs. D-backs on 9:05 pm CT; free webcast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 25, 2011 8:15 pm

Game at 9:05 CT. Watch a free exclusive webcast as the White Sox host the D-backs at Camelback Ranch tonight at 9:05 CT. Gavin Floyd gets the start. Watch Gameday

March 24, 2011

Jeff Marquez got a brand new cutter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 24, 2011 11:47 pm

Merkin @ CWS:

Now, with a new cutter at his disposal, Marquez feels as good as he has since coming to the White Sox. In a spot start on Monday in Peoria, Ariz., Marquez worked four innings. He’ll get another chance to start Saturday at Camelback Ranch.

“I’m going out there and pitching well,” Marquez said. “I’m doing what I can do on my end and trying to make it a tougher decision for them.”

A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton, and Chris Sale, are ‘all in’ [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 24, 2011 11:30 pm
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http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=13260195&topic_id=16598450&c_id=cws (0:30)

UPDATE: Here’s the ‘Behind the scenes’ video (1:42).

Will Carroll on Jake Peavy’s tendinitis

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 24, 2011 7:15 pm


Jake Peavy, White Sox (rotator cuff tendinitis, 4/15)

Peavy had made such a solid recovery from his lat reattachment that it seemed he was going to make the Opening Day roster, if not the Opening Day start. Peavy had no setbacks and showed no loss of velocity or … well, any issues. But here at the tail end of camp, Peavy’s come up with rotator cuff tendinitis, something that’s not uncommon, especially given that Peavy hadn’t pitched for a while. The question is whether this is simply getting back into pitching and having a common issue along the way, or whether this is related in some way to the surgery. No one seems to think this is from a change in mechanics for Peavy, who looks the same to me and to several scouts who have seen him this spring. Reports are that the tendinitis is “concerning, but not serious.” The Sox will likely have Peavy on a course of anti-inflammatories as they ease his work back. Even if this stays as minor as it appears, a DL stint is likely as it would both save a roster spot and allow Peavy to make a rehab start in the minor leagues. Watch to see when Peavy gets back on a mound for more of an indication as to when he’ll be back in the Sox rotation.

UPDATE: Here’s a nice article on Peavy’s injury by Amy Nelson.

Brent Morel gets 3B

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 24, 2011 6:30 pm

Merkin @ CWS:

What was assumed to be official White Sox news became just that prior to Thursday’s game against the Cubs, when manager Ozzie Guillen announced rookie Brent Morel as the team’s starting third baseman.

Mark Teahen will fill the super-sub role, playing third base, first base and the outfield.

“Teahen will be here just for his offense,” Guillen said. “Moving around to different positions, it’s hard for everyone. We don’t expect him to be a Gold Glove. We expect him to do the best he can. There’s no doubt if this kid [Morel] makes the ballclub, he has to play every day.”

Guillen plans to protect Morel against tough right-handed pitchers, but won’t use Teahen only against those high-end hurlers.

Derrick Rose is too big, too strong, too fast, and just too good (video)

Filed under: Uncategorized — The Wizard @ March 24, 2011 1:45 pm
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Video (0:35) (from CSN). BTW, Stacy is a riot.

White Sox @ Cubs on 4:05 pm CT; televised on ESPN2

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 24, 2011 1:30 pm

Game at 3:05 CT. The White Sox visit HoHoKam Park today at 4:05 p.m. CT to take on the Cubs. Right-hander Phil Humber gets the start against the crosstown rivals.

March 23, 2011

White Sox 2011 Attendance Watch

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 23, 2011 11:15 pm

Simmons @ BoB:

In year 9 of US Cellular Field, the White Sox look to rebound after 2 years of declines at the box office. The White Sox raised their season and individual prices minimally this season, but still can’t sellout the way other large market teams do. The White Sox maxed out at 90% capacity after their World Series win in 2005. The team is helped this year by the MLB schedulers this year with light schedule during the cold weather months of April and May. I forsee the White Sox increasing ticket sales this year thanks to a more competitive team in September and the Dodgers for interleague.

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