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J.O. Time

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TUCSON, Ariz. – As of Friday morning, outfielder Jerry Owens was in the starting lineup for this afternoon’s game with Arizona.

Game 2 and other news

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TUCSON, Ariz. – It was only three innings of work, but projected No. 4 starter Jose Contreras continued to show that his dismal 10-17 record (5.57 ERA) from last season is behind him. The right-hander held Colorado to one unearned run on just one hit, while picking up a strikeout in the 12-3 Sox win.

Game 1 and other news

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TUCSON, Ariz. – John Danks was all giddy about making the start on Wednesday, because the wind at Tucson Electric Park was blowing in.

Top 10 ...

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Call it the aftermath of the Academy Awards or simply long, boring days in camp, but an esteemed group of movie goers made up of myself, White Sox director of media relations/media consigliere Bob Beghtol, first baseman Paul Konerko and assistant GM Rick Hahn have put together a list of the Top 10 Most Underrated Movie Villains of All-Time.

Think you have better, send ‘em.

Buehrle's back

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Mark Buehrle threw his scheduled side day on Tuesday, and said he showed no ill-effects from the sore shoulder that forced him to be scratched from Monday’s intrasquad game.

Off and running

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TUCSON, Ariz. – How much is at stake for the White Sox this season?

The King: ‘I dropped the ball’

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TUCSON, Ariz. – In a spring training camp with very little news thus far, Paul Konerko finally provided some.

Sitting one out

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Mark Buehrle will be skipped from his scheduled start in Monday’s intrasquad game, but no one is very concerned. Buehrle is experiencing some soreness in his left throwing shoulder – a usual spring ritual for the southpaw.

Richar MIA Day 3 and other camp tidbits

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Is there a way to defect from the Dominican Republic?

Back In Action

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Joe Crede was back in action on Saturday morning, taking batting practice with his teammates, as well as facing live pitching.

Starting rotation set

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Manager Ozzie Guillen unofficially made it official on Friday that Mark Buehrle would indeed start his sixth Opening Day in the last seven years.

Crede Update

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Joe Crede did try taking batting practice on Friday, but the White Sox third baseman had to shut it down early with his injured left hand bothering him.

Meeting Time

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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had his annual full-squad spring meeting on Thursday morning, closing the doors of the clubhouse and making sure children weren’t anywhere in earshot of what was said.
“I cursed maybe 1,000 times, but that's your guys' [Americans'] fault,’’ Guillen joked. “That's the English I know and I learned it from you guys. I never went to school here.’’

Crede Hurt

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Coming into this spring, all the concern with Joe Crede centered on the third baseman’s surgically-repaired back.
Now it’s his left hand.

Uribe checks in

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Any concerns Ozzie Guillen may have had with the attitude of shortstop Juan Uribe this spring, were quickly put to rest on Thursday morning.

Cowley’s Top 5 …

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Top 5 observations to come out of the early days of spring training.

Not happening?

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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen confirmed Wednesday morning that the report from indicating the club had reached an agreement on pitcher Bartolo Colon is in fact false.

Colon to the Sox?

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TUCSON, Ariz. - According to, the White Sox have reportedly reached an agreement with pitcher Bartolo Colon on a one-year deal pending the right-hander passing a physical.

Swisher time

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Nick Swisher is yet to step one foot into U.S. Cellular Field wearing a White Sox jersey, but is already growing to Aaron Rowand cult status.

Thome checks in

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The biggest knock manager Ozzie Guillen had on his clubhouse this offseason was there were too many nice guys, too many guys willing to lead by example, rather than by voice.
While Jim Thome isn’t the type of guy to start getting in his the faces of teammates after 17 major-league seasons, he did agree with his skipper, as well as point out on Monday that he might be “Mr. Nice Guy’’ off the field, but on the field, it’s a different story.

Where the deer and antelope play

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Sure, it looked and sounded like a scene from “Deliverance’’ on Sunday morning, as Mark Buehrle, Joe Crede and Scott Linebrink exchanged twangs and hunting stories in a huddle by their lockers.
But after the final photos of gunned-down Bambis were shown on the I-Phone, Buehrle took some time to discuss the departure of good friend Jon Garland.
Like only he can.

He said, he said

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TUCSON, Ariz. – It didn’t take long for the camp’s first controversy to show itself.
General manager Ken Williams stated on several occasions late last year and over the winter that the White Sox had reached out to Joe Crede and his agent Scott Boras about signing a contract extension to stay on the South Side.


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TUCSON, Ariz. - I don’t want to say my Friday morning flight into Tucson was a rocky one, but I sat next a chubby passenger named Hugo Reyes. He told me he liked to be called “Hurly.’’ So be it.
It might be awhile before I fly Oceanic Airlines again.

Where's Bud?

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Now I know that “misremembered’’ is an actual word.

Sox announcement

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The White Sox announced on Wednesday that Dario Lodigiani, a well-known former major-league player, coach and long-time scout for the organization, passed away Sunday night at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California at age 91.

So it begins

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Forget Sparta.


Thome and Hawk

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As he promised during the season, Jim Thome and his father, Chuck, are scheduled to deliver his historic 500th home run baseball to the Hall of Fame on Thursday.
The two won’t be alone, either, as Will Stewart, the fan that caught the ball, will also be joining them.

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