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Thomas: PED users' numbers are 'fake'

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Frank Thomas' numbers warrant a first-ballot Hall of Fame induction. Everybody knows it, including Thomas.

"The-12 year-run I had was incredible, very historical,'' Thomas said after a fan seminar session at SoxFest on Saturday. "I think I've done enough to be a first ballot.''

That said, such an honor would be humbling.

"Get to the Hall of Fame, you only dream of that,'' said Thomas, who will be eligible a year from now. "I would be speechless.''

Thomas had a lot to say about baseball's performance enhancing drug issue that prevented Barry Bonds and others s from receiving enough votes to make the Hall.

"I wouldn't say I feel bad for them,'' Thomas said. "I respected them on the field but they chose this. They made their own decisions on the field and they have to live with it.

"These guys put up some incredible numbers but they're fake. You look at the PED situation and [cyclist] Lance Armstrong and it's serious out there. I'm thankful I did it the right way and had a good family base that made me outwork everybody else because that's the only way I made it to the big leagues.''

A career .301 hitter, Thomas hit 521 home runs and had 1,704 RBI in his career. The greatest hitter in Sox history, he was the AL MVP in 1993 and '94 and was second to Jason Giambi in 2000 in the MVP voting, which he called "losing an MVP to a guy who admitted using PEDs.''

"Watching all the nonsense unfold and not really knowing what was going on it makes me feel much more proud of my career,'' Thomas said. "I competed in that era and played at a high level. There were a lot of great players and as it unfolds and a lot of it was not the real deal. I know 100 percent of mine was the real deal.''

Nuggets from the Hahn-Ventura seminar with Steve Stone

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General manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura answered questions from fans on Day 2 of SoxFest.

A few highlights:

Hahn: "We have enough money to win. We won World Series in 2005 with $75 million payroll," adding that he will "absolutely" be equipped to add to the ($107-110 million payroll) if the team is in contention.

* Hahn alluded to rumors that he was interested in left fielder Jason Kubel to beef up the Sox shortage of left-handed hitting, suggesting it doesn't make sense to take at-bats from still blossoming Dayan Viciedo.

*Ventura wants to place some emphasis on situational hitting in spring training.
"We struck out too much last year," Ventura said.

*Ventura cited 1) pitching, 2) defense and 3) "playing well together" as the team's strengths.

*Hahn: "We feel 1 thru 12 our pitching staff is as good as anybody's in the league right now."

*Fans were turned away and lined up outside the ballroom for the 2005 World Series Memories seminar with Paul Konerko, Jermaine Dye, Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand and Hawk Harrelson.

White Sox announce terms of Lindstrom deal

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The White Sox announced terms of their deal with right-hander Matt Lindstrom, who gets a one-year, $2.8-million contract including a club option for 2014. Lindstrom will receive $2.3 million in 2013, while the Sox hold a $4-millon option for 2014, which has a $500,000 buyout.

Lindstrom, 32, went 1-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 40 strikeouts over 46 combined games with Baltimore and Arizona last season. 

"Matt's addition helps solidify our bullpen with a power arm and a veteran presence," general manager Rick Hahn said.  "He has excelled in many different bullpen roles during his career, and we are excited to add him to our strong group of relievers."

 


SoxFest 2013 seminar, autograph, photo schedule

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SoxFest at Palmer House Hilton


SATURDAY

10:00-10:45 a.m. Your 2013 White Sox
Steve Stone with Rick Hahn & Robin Ventura
Red Lacquer - Level 4

11:00-11:45 a.m. World Series Memories
Hawk Harrelson with Joe Crede, Jermaine Dye,
Paul Konerko & Aaron Rowand

12:00-12:45 p.m. Record Setters
Ed Farmer with Harold Baines, Greg Luzinski,
Bill Melton, Tom Paciorek & Frank Thomas

1:00-1:45 p.m. Stars and (Pin)Stripes
Richard Roeper with Gordon Beckham,
John Danks, Jack McDowell & Jake Peavy

2:00-2:45 p.m. 'Pen Pals
Steve Stone with Nate Jones, Addison Reed,
Matt Thornton & Bobby Thigpen

3:00-3:45 p.m. Winning Ugly - '83 Style
Rich King with Roland Hemond, Ron Kittle,
Greg Luzinski & Tom Paciorek

Honore Ballroom 3:30-4:15 p.m. PRIVATE SEMINAR PREMIUM UPGRADE
White Sox Family
Hawk Harrelson with Jerry Reinsdorf,
Harold Baines, Tony LaRussa & Robin Ventura

Sunday

Seminar Room 10:00-10:45 a.m. Winning Ugly - '83 Memories
Gene Honda with Harold Baines, Tony LaRussa, Ron Kittle, Greg Luzinski & Tom Paciorek

Red Lacquer - Level 4
11:00-11:45 a.m. View From The Dugout
Darrin Jackson with Buddy Bell, Daryl Boston,
Bobby Thigpen & Robin Ventura

12:00-12:45 p.m. What's Your Favorite...
Laurence Holmes with John Danks,
Tyler Flowers, Nate Jones & Hector Santiago

1:00-1:45 p.m. Baseball Through the Decades
Mike Huff with Jack McDowell, Bill Melton,
Tom Paciorek & Pete Ward

2:00-2:45 p.m. From the Draft to the Big Leagues
Laurence Holmes with Buddy Bell,
Nick Capra & Doug Laumann

FRIDAY

AUTOGRAPHS
Stage A 5:00 p.m. Tony LaRussa, Roland Hemond
Salons - Level 3 6:30 p.m. Dayan Viciedo, Daryl Boston
8 p.m. Alexei Ramirez
Stage B 5:00 p.m. Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand
Salons - Level 3 6:30 p.m. Nate Jones, Addison Reed
8:00 p.m. John Danks, Gavin Floyd
Stage C 5:30 p.m. Paul Konerko
Aquafina 7:00 p.m. Jermaine Dye
State Room - Level 4 8:30 p.m. PRIVATE AUTOGRAPH SESSION PREMIUM UPGRADE
Jake Peavy, Jack McDowell
Stage D 6:30 p.m. Chris Sale, Tyler Flowers
Adams Room - Level 6

PHOTOS
Photo Stage 5:30 p.m. Matt Thornton
6:30 p.m. Jake Peavy
Empire Room 7:30 p.m. Greg Luzinski
8:30 p.m. Tyler Flowers

SATURDAY

AUTOGRAPHS
Stage A 9:00 a.m. Bobby Thigpen
10:30 a.m. Dayan Viciedo
Level 3 noon Gavin Floyd
1:30 p.m. Hector Santiago
3:00 p.m. John Danks, Steve Stone
Stage B 9:00 a.m. Matt Thornton
10:30 a.m. Alexei Ramirez
Salons - Level 3 12:00 p.m. Jermaine Dye
1:30 p.m. Robin Ventura
3:00 p.m. Jack McDowell

Stage C 9:00 a.m. Ron Kittle, Greg Luzinski, Tom Paciorek
State Room - Level 4 11:00 a.m. Tyler Flowers, Nate Jones
1:00 p.m. Joe Crede, Aaron Rowand
3:00 p.m. Ed Farmer, Darrin Jackson
Stage D 9:00 a.m. Paul Konerko
First 350 Autographs
Adams Room - Level 6 1:00 p.m. Chris Sale
Stage E 9:00 a.m. Jake Peavy
11:00 a.m. Addison Reed
Monroe Room - Level 6 1:00 p.m. Frank Thomas


PHOTOS

Photo Stage sponsored by 10:00 a.m. Harold Baines
11:00 a.m. Chris Sale
12:00 p.m. John Danks
1:00 p.m. Paul Konerko
2:00 p.m. Gavin Floyd
3:00 p.m. Aaron Rowand

SUNDAY

AUTOGRAPHS
Stage 9:00 a.m. Hector Santiago
10:30 a.m. John Danks
Salons - Level 3 12:00 p.m. Daryl Boston, Bobby Thigpen
1:30 p.m. Ron Kittle, Greg Luzinski
Stage B 9:00 a.m. Nate Jones
10:30 a.m. Tyler Flowers
Salons - Level 3 12:00 p.m Gavin Floyd
1:30 p.m. Joe Crede
Stage C 9:00 a.m. Robin Ventura
Aquafina 11:00 a.m. Tony LaRussa
State Room - Level 4 Harold Baines
1:00 p.m. Aaron Rowand
Stage D 9:00 a.m. Chris Sale
11:00 a.m. Gordon Beckham
Adams Room - Level 6 1:00 p.m. Addison Reed
Stage E 9:00 a.m. Alexei Ramirez
11:00 a.m. Jack McDowell
Monroe Room - Level 6 1:00 p.m. Dayan Viciedo

PHOTOS
Photo Stage 10:00 a.m. Addison Reed
11:00 a.m. Frank Thomas
Empire Room noon Alexei Ramirez
1:00 p.m. PRIVATE PHOTO SESSION PREMIUM UPGRADE
Tony LaRussa
Gordon Beckham

White Sox to wear 1983 throwback uniforms

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From left: Racing Pudge, White Sox right-hander Addison Reed, coach Harold Baines, Racing Harold and Racing Kitty.

On the 30th anniversary of the White Sox "winning ugly" 1983 season in which they won the American League Western Division title, the Sox will wear throwback uniforms from that year for Sunday home games.

The uniforms feature the iconic red, navy blue and primary white pullover jersey with the block "S-O-X" across the chest and the tri-color cap.

Also during Sunday home games, the retro races will return during the seventh innings. Racing Harold (Baines), Racing Pudge (Carlton Fisk) and Racing Kitty (Ron Kittle), come on down.

In 2012, the Sox wore throwback 1972 uniforms featuring red pinstripes, caps, socks and shoes.

White Sox bullpen can be 'best in baseball,' Thigpen says

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First-year bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen's expectations for White Sox relief pitchers are high.

"How good can the group be? Best in baseball, I think,'' Thigpen said Thursday after making phone calls to fans the day individual game tickets went on sale.

Thigpen, who set a major-league record in 1990 when he saved 57 games for the Sox, takes over for Juan Nieves, who left to become the Red Sox pitching coach. He is familiar with young pitchers such as Addison Reed, Nate Jones and Hector Santiago having coached in the Sox minor-league system.

"Now that they're here, they got to make the adjustments to stay here,'' Thigpen said. "And that's what they'll be looking at this year, to add to what they did last year, along with their stuff, maybe change a few things in order to. Everyone has scouting reports and now they've seen them for a full year and now they have an idea of what they got. Now it's up to them to make an adjustment to give them a different look and keep improving and have another good year."

Reed, who, despite dealing with a virus, took time to help Thigpen, first base coach Daryl Boston, second baseman Gordon Beckham and Bill Melton sell tickets, set a Sox rookie record with 29 saves.

"Forty or 45 saves,'' Reed said. "That's my goal this year. I mean, last year it was making the team. I still feel like I have to fight for that closer's spot. By no means do I think I have that position on lock. I'll try to get that spot out of spring training and after that just try to get as many saves as possible.''

Having veterans such as Jesse Crain and Matt Lindstrom - whose signing is expected to be announced about the time SoxFest activities begin at the Palmer House on Friday -- and left-handers Matt Thornton and Donnie Veal gives the pen a nice mix of youth and experience. And depth, Thigpen said.

"We've got a couple older guys that I think helped them a lot last year, Having Matt and Jesse there,'' Thigpen said. "We're going to look for them to give them that role and then hopefully I can do my part and help the young guys come along like they should.''

White Sox' Beckham has handle on pressure

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Life is good these days if you're Gordon Beckham. The 26-year-old White Sox second baseman received a "yes" when he popped the question to his sweetheart a few weeks ago, and a short time later was awarded a sweetheart $2.925 million one-year contract.

White Sox fans, management and Beckham all expect more than the .234 average and .296 on-base percentage he produced last season, although his 16 homers, 60 RBI and excellent defense were nothing to complain about. Problem was, the first-round draft pick set the bar with a .270 average, .347 on-base percentage, 14 homers and 63 RBI his rookie season in 2009 that still stands as his best year.

With top infield prospect Carlos Sanchez playing to good reviews in the Arizona Fall League and in the Sox system, Beckham knows his personal bar should be raised in 2014.

"The way I ended the season kind of turning the corner, I'm not really worried about it,'' Beckham said Thursday after to talking on U.S. Cellular Field office phones to prospective Sox ticket buyers. "I think people assume 'you need to really do what you're capable of doing' or it might be the end of the road, but I know what I'm capable of doing and I feel strong about how I finished the year last year. I have a lot of things going for me, I have a great support staff and support from coaches and the organization so I'm not worried a bit.''

Beckham knows leaving worry to someone else relieves his stress and pressure and gives him the best chance of playing his best. The Sox September fade was a case in point.

"We all pressed a little bit at the end,'' he said. "You could see that. It wasn't a lack of drive, it was too much try. So that was kind of the issue there. We definitely want to do better than that this year. It wasn't for a lack of effort, it was too much effort, and I know this pretty well -- when you try too hard the production goes down. It's just something we have to learn from. If we get in that position this year, I bet we won't do it.''

Beckham had 345 plate appearances in the ninth spot in the batting order and 213 batting second, where he batted .258 with a .303 on-base percentage.

"I would rather hit second than down in the order but it's obviously their call,'' he said. "I like being a big part of the team and in the second spot you're placing the table for the guys who are supposed to do all the damage. I like that kind of pressure, that's kind of nice.''

He'll look a new kind of pressure in the eye when he walks down the aisle in November to marry Brittany Fletcher, whose father is former Sox infielder Scott Fletcher.

"I'm very happy,'' Beckham said.

Stewart returns to White Sox

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Right-hander Zach Stewart, whom the White Sox traded along with Brent Lillibridge for Kevin Youkilis last June, was claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stewart, 26,was 1-4 with an 8.58 ERA in 20 games last season between the Sox and Boston.

In 11 starts for AAA Pawtucket in 2012, Stewart was 3-5 with a 3.94 ERA. The Red Sox traded him to the Pirates on Nov. 28 for pitcher Kyle Kaminska. The Pirates then designated him for assignment on January 17.

The Sox 40-man roster stands at 39 and is expected to reach 40 with the announcement of free right-hander Matt Lindstrom's signing.

White Sox spring training broadcast schedule

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White Sox spring training schedule including broadcast info

TV in bold

Saturday, February 23 LA Dodgers Glendale WSCR 2:05 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 LA DODGERS GLENDALE WSCR# whitesox.com 2:05 p.m.
Monday, February 25 San Francisco Scottsdale 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26 Texas Surprise 2:05 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27 TEXAS GLENDALE whitesox.com 2:05 p.m.
Thursday, February 28 Milwaukee Maryvale 2:05 p.m.
Friday, March 1 Cleveland Goodyear 2:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 CINCINNATI GLENDALE WSCR# whitesox.com 2:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 San Diego Peoria 2:05 p.m.
Monday, March 4 SAN FRANCISCO GLENDALE whitesox.com 2:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 TEAM USA GLENDALE whitesox.com 2:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 OFF DAY
Thursday, March 7 Cubs Mesa WSCR# 2:05 p.m.
Friday, March 8 SAN DIEGO GLENDALE whitesox.com 2:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 Arizona Salt River Fields 2:10 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 CINCINNATI (ss) GLENDALE WSCR# whitesox.com 3:05 p.m.
Seattle (ss) Peoria 3:05 p.m.
Monday, March 11 COLORADO GLENDALE whitesox.com 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12 OFF DAY
Wednesday, March 13 CLEVELAND GLENDALE whitesox.com 3:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 14 LA Angels Tempe 3:05 p.m.
Friday, March 15 CUBS GLENDALE WGN WSCR 2:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 OAKLAND GLENDALE WSCR whitesox.com 3:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 Kansas City Surprise 3:05 p.m.
Monday, March 18 OFF DAY
Tuesday, March 19 Cincinnati Goodyear 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20 ARIZONA GLENDALE whitesox.com 3:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 MILWAUKEE GLENDALE whitesox.com 3:05 p.m.
Friday, March 22 Oakland Phoenix CSN 9:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 LA Dodgers Glendale CSN WSCR 9:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 KANSAS CITY GLENDALE CSN WSCR 3:05 p.m.
Monday, March 25 LA ANGELS GLENDALE whitesox.com 3:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26 Texas Surprise CSN 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 CLEVELAND GLENDALE CSN 2:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 OFF DAY
Friday, March 29 Milwaukee Miller Park 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 Milwaukee Miller Park 1:05 p.m.

White Sox 2013 ticket information

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White Sox press release with ticket info

White Sox Media Relations

Individual-game tickets to 2013 White Sox home games at U.S. Cellular Field go on sale to the general public Thursday, January 24, at 10 a.m. online at whitesox.com/Tickets, by phone at (866) SOX-GAME and at Ticketmaster locations throughout Chicagoland.

Beginning Saturday, January 26, tickets will be available for purchase at the U.S. Cellular Field Ticket Office. The ticket office will not be open on the opening day of online sales, but is open seven days a week starting Saturday,January 26. The ticket office hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A highlight of 2013 White Sox tickets is the new pricing - centered on affordable seating options - that will be available to fans for individual games in both the lower and upper levels. Seats in the Lower Corners will be available for $20 per game, while seats in the Upper Corners will be available for $7 all season long (excluding Opening Day and the Cubs games on May 27-28). Cost of parking also has been reduced to $20, with the exception of Family Sundays, when it is just $10.

The new "Family Sundays" promotion covers all 13 Sunday home games and features seats in Bleacher, Outfield Reserved, Lower Corner and Premium Upper Box sections for $15, Upper Box and Upper Reserved Seats for $10, and Upper Corner tickets will be priced at only $5. Ticket prices are for fans of all ages.

The entire 2013 White Sox schedule, including the promotional schedule, can be found at whitesox.com. Fans also can connect with the White Sox through the teams Facebook page and Twitter (@whitesox), which have all the latest news and ticket information.

Ventura considering Rios to bat third

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With fewer left-handed hitters in his lineup, White Sox manager Robin Ventura might have to spread them around by dropping Adam Dunn from the No. 3 spot to fifth or fourth and moving Alex Rios to third.

Ventura, in town for SoxFest this weekend, talked to reporters during a visit with his wife to Gilda's Club Chicago, a support community for cancer patients.

"When we start our first game, [Dunn] might be [third], but again we're kicking it around,'' Ventura said. "Maybe Rios starts there. With us not having a lot of left-handed hitters right there, you might have to separate him and De Aza a little bit more than you would normally."

Barring the acquisition of a left-handed hitter, leadoff man Alejandro De Aza and Dunn could be the only lefties in the lineup. Switch-hitting backup catcher Hector Gimenez and fourth outfielder Dewayne Wise, on days when left fielder Dayan Viciedo and catcher Tyler Flowers are rested, give Ventura some flexibility but not a lot.

That's not ideal, especially on days when tough right-handers like the Tigers' Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer are pitching. That said, pitchers in that realm are no treat for lefty swingers, either.

"You'd like to have another left-handed hitter,'' Ventura said. "In defense of that, I told [general manager] Rick [Hahn], 'I don't want a left-handed hitter just to get a left-handed hitter.' Our right-handed hitters hit lefties pretty good. So looking at somebody, if our right-handed hitter hits right-handed pitchers better than the lefty, I don't want a lefty just because he's a lefty.' Again, in going after somebody and spending money, I don't want the lefty just because he's left-handed. He's got to be the right fit and mean something."

Outfielder Jason Kubel is out there and seemingly available in a trade, but the Sox would have to move Rios or Viciedo to make room. Rios was probably the team's most valuable player in 2012 and the Sox value Viciedo's potential as a middle-of-the-order run producer for years to come.

Dunn, who won't attend SoxFest this weekend because his wife is expecting the birth of their third child, isn't a prototype third hitter, anyway, not with a combined .184 batting average over his two seasons with the Sox. His acceptable on-base percentage (.333 in 2012 -- the second-lowest of his career) and ability to draw walks made it work, though, for the most part.

Rios has 1,815 career plate appearances batting third, more than twice as many as anywhere else, with a career .280 average, .335 on-base percentage and .434 slugging percentage. Having his speed higher in the order won't hurt the Sox, either. Rios batted fifth most of last season, behind Paul Konerko.

Dunn's numbers last season were comparable. He batted only .204 but his 105 walks lifted his on-base percentage. He slugged .468. His plan this season is to swing more earlier in counts to avoid two-strike counts. That would cut down on his walks and strikeouts (222 last season).

White Sox' Williams sleeping better but misses old job

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Ken Williams looked rested and relaxed, and why shouldn't he? It's been three months since he moved upstairs from the high-stress general manager's chair and into the executive vice president's seat, and a few weeks since he got engaged over the holidays to CNN morning anchor Zoraida Sambolin.

Not that he doesn't miss his old job.

"I sleep a lot better,'' Williams said Tuesday. "Honestly, I have more of a life, but I do miss being in the mix to a greater degree and I'll have to find some balance that way to make sure I don't drive myself crazy.''

Williams spent time Tuesday alongside Bulls GM Gar Forman at Hyde Park High School, talking to 12 male students to support the Bulls and White Sox's partnership with Youth Guidance's B.A.M. (Becoming A Man) program.

"I've felt such a lull because it has been the offseason and I'm used to having conversations with all the other general managers and in some cases owners and all of the various people that make up or compose your organization,'' he said. "I'm there for [new GM] Rick [Hahn] and he reaches out often but that's just a small part of the day. So, I've got to fill some other time some kind of way.''

Besides re-signing Jake Peavy, Hahn hasn't made a big splash aside from adding free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger to play third base and middle reliever Matt Lindstrom. While Sox fans have concerns about the everyday lineup, Williams seems to have few with a pitching staff that looks solid.

"If you got pitching, you have a chance,'' he said. "That's still going to be the determining factor in baseball. What we need to do is expect some of the same performances from some of our guys last year and some growth in some other guys. And I think we'll be in the mix.

"Because you have pitching, it automatically puts you in the mix.''

Williams said the Sox will miss catcher A.J. Pierzynski but he is high on Tyler Flowers, whom he traded for, as an everyday replacement.

"Listen, AJ has got a lot of big hits for us over the years,'' he said. "We are going to miss his left-handed presence in our lineup and his fight. He fouled off a lot of balls before sometimes he got into that hitter's count. I think those kind of things are infectious and we'll miss a little bit of that.

"We have Adam Dunn, we have Konerko, we've got Viciedo that can hit the ball a long way but none of them can hit the ball as far as Tyler Flowers. It will be interesting to see what he can do over the course of a season.

"He actually was in a really good spot when he was in AA when we made the trade for him, then lost his way for about a year and a half trying some different things. When he is on you'll see a right-center approach where he drives the ball to right center field, and it took him a while to get back to that. He has power to all fields but he also has the ability to have a good solid at-bat.

"In a short spurt when A.J. went down last year you saw him get a little more consistent with the bat and have those better at-bats. He's going to continue to improve offensively to where he could be something special and defensively all you have to do is talk to our pitchers for five minutes and they'll tell you how enjoyable it is for them to throw to him and the job he does behind home plate.''

That Flowers is a good catcher to throw to has been a recurring pitch from Hahn and Sox pitchers.

"He gives a good comfortable target on both sides of the plate,'' Williams said. "The center of his body where he'll move left, move right. He'll move back. He'll give a target where it's known where he wants it. Down or up. And he studies. His pregame preparation is about as good as it gets, so the pitchers know he's invested in them and their success.''

SoxFest is this weekend at the Palmer House, where fans will undoubtedly express some levels of displeasure over Pierzynski not being re-signed. Williams won't miss having to answer such questions.

"Fans can expect not to see me on the stage, that's what they can expect,'' he said. "That's somebody else's job right now. Good luck.''

White Sox add power arm Lindstrom to bullpen

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Free agent right-hander Matt Lindstrom agreed to terms with the White Sox on a one-year contract with a club option for a second year.

Lindstrom pitched a combined 47 innings in relief for the Diamondbacks and Orioles last season, posting a 2.68 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 14 walks. After opening the season with 13 scoreless appearances, he missed six weeks with a strained middle finger on his pitching hand.

The 6-3, 220-pound Lindstrom, who turns 33 next month, touched 102 mph in a game while pitching for the Marlins at Pittsburgh's PNC Park in 2007 but is now a mid-90s fastball pitcher. He had 23 saves for the Astros in 2010 and 15 for the Marlins in 2009. Lindstrom owns a career 3.64 ERA, with a 2.85 mark over the last two seasons (101 innings).

Lindstrom, who earned $3.6 million in 2012, fills a void left by the departure of Brett Myers. The Sox bullpen appears to be fairly set with right-handers Jesse Crain, Nate Jones and Lindstrom and lefties Matt Thornton and Donnie Veal getting the ball to closer Addison Reed.

The Sox have not announced the deal, which is pending a physical.

White Sox avoid arbitration with Beckham, De Aza

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The White Sox agreed to one-year contracts with second baseman Gordon Beckham and center fielder and leadoff man Alejandro De Aza on Friday, avoiding salary arbitration by paying Beckham $2.925 million and De Aza $2.075 million for the 2013 season.
Beckham projected to make a fraction more and De Aza a little less based on service time and production. Beckham, 26, batted .234 with 60 RBI and set career highs with 16 home runs, 62 runs, 151 game played and 123 hits. His .9899 fielding percentage was second-best in club history behind Nellie Fox's .9901 in 1962.
Playing his first full season with the Sox, the 28-year-old De Aza batted .281 with 29 doubles, nine homers , 50 RBI, 81 runs and 26 stolen bases in 131 games.
Beckham's salary in 2012 was $520,000. De Aza's was $495,000.

White Sox individual game tickets on sale Jan. 24

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White Sox individual-game tickets for home games go on sale to the general public on Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased on whitesox.com, by phone at (866) SOX-GAME and at Ticketmaster locations throughout Chicagoland.

Tickets can be purchased at U.S. Cellular beginning Jan. 26.

Prior to the general on-sale date, season ticket holders (81, 27 and 14 and 7-game plans) will be first to have access to individual-game tickets through an online pre-sale Monday.

The online Sox Pride Club will have a special online pre-sale on Tuesday. Members of the Black List, the free and official whitesox.com fan headquarters, will have access to an online presale on Wednesday. Specific details on all individual-game ticket pre-sales can be found at whitesox.com/presale.

Rios, Crain, Santiago named to WBC rosters

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White Sox Alex Rios, Jesse Crain and Hector Santiago were named to provisional rosters for the World Baseball Classic on Thursday. Rios and Santiago were named to team Puerto Rico -- although Santiago has not decided whether he will participate and said Thursday he is leaning toward not participating -- and Crain will play for Canada. There are no Sox on the Team USA roster.

Prospects Andre Rienzo and Andy Gonzalez will play for Brazil and Puerto Rico, respectively. Rienzo is considered a top prospect in the Sox system.

Rios played in 2006 and '09. This will be Crain's third time as well.

All 16 teams have until Feb. 20 to file formal rosters. Team USA has to make one addition to its 15-man pitching staff. The team will be managed by Joe Torre.

Important dates: First round March 2-6 in Japan, March 2-5 in Taiwan, March 7-10 in Puerto Rico and March 7-10 in Phoenix. Second round March 8-12 in Japan and March 12-16 in Miami. The semifinals and finals are March 17-19 in San Francisco.

Team USA World Baseball Classic roster announced

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Here is the Team USA provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic announced Thursday. There are no White Sox on the roster. Sox pitcher Jesse Crain was named to the Canadian team, outfielder Alex Rios and pitcher Hector Santiago will play for Puerto Rico and Sox pitching prospects Andre Rienzo and Andy Gonzalez will play for Brazil and Puerto Rico, respectively.

Team USA:

Jeremy Affeldt - San Francisco Giants - LHP

J.P. Arencibia - Toronto Blue Jays - C

Heath Bell - Arizona Diamondbacks - RHP

Willie Bloomquist - Arizona Diamondbacks - UTL

Mitchell Boggs - St. Louis Cardinals - RHP

Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers - OF

Steve Cishek - Miami Marlins - RHP

Tim Collins - Kansas City Royals - LHP

R.A. Dickey - Toronto Blue Jays - RHP

Luke Gregerson - San Diego Padres - RHP

Derek Holland - Texas Rangers - LHP

Adam Jones - Baltimore Orioles - OF

Craig Kimbrel - Atlanta Braves - RHP

Jonathan Lucroy - Milwaukee Brewers - C

Joe Mauer - Minnesota Twins - C

Kris Medlen - Atlanta Braves - RHP

Chris Perez - Cleveland Indians - RHP

Glen Perkins - Minnesota Twins - LHP

Vinnie Pestano - Cleveland Indians - RHP

Brandon Phillips - Cincinnati Reds - IF

Jimmy Rollins - Philadelphia Phillies - IF

Giancarlo Stanton - Miami Marlins - OF

Mark Teixeira - New York Yankees - IF

Shane Victorino - Boston Red Sox - OF

Ryan Vogelsong - San Francisco Giants - RHP

David Wright - New York Mets - IF

Ben Zobrist - Tampa Bay Rays - UTL


All 16 teams have until Feb. 20 to file formal rosters. Team USA has to make one addition to its 15-man pitching staff. The team will be managed by Joe Torre.

Important dates: The first round is March 2-6 in Japan, March 2-5 in Taiwan, March 7-10 in Puerto Rico and March 7-10 in Phoenix. The second round is March 8-12 in Japan and March 12-16 in Miami. The semifinals and finals are March 17-19 in San Francisco.

Beckham, De Aza file for arbitration

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Second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza filed for arbitration on Tuesday.

The White Sox and both players will submit salary figures by the end of the week. In all likelihood, deals will be worked out for each before the hearings to be scheduled in the first three weeks of February.

Beckham made $520,000 last season and could make $3 million in 2012 according to projections based on performance and service time. De Aza ($495,000 in 2012) could triple his salary.

White Sox invite 20 to spring training

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The White Sox announced that they agreed to terms on minor-league contracts with right-handers Jeff Gray and Ramon Troncoso, left-hander David Purcey, catcher Bryan Anderson, infielders Josh Bell and Steve Tolleson and outfielder Stefan Gartrell.

The seven will receive non-roster invitations to spring training, along with 13 players from within the organization: right-handers Erik Johnson and Jacob Petricka, left-handers Daniel Moskos and Scott Snodgress, catchers Michael Blanke and Kevan Smith, infielders Seth Loman, Tyler Saladino, Carlos Sanchez, Marcus Semien and Andy Wilkins and outfielders Trayce Thompson and Keenyn Walker.

Gray (Twins), Anderson (Cardinals), Bell (Diamondbacks) and Tolleson (Orioles) played in the majors last season. Gray pitched for the Sox in 2011, posting a 2.70 ERA over six relief appearances, and for the Cubs in 2010.

Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 12. Position players report Feb. 17, the day of the first full-squad workout.

White Sox top prospects

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Here is how Fangraphs ranks the White Sox' top prospects, as compiled by Marc Hulet:

1. Courtney Hawkins, OF
2. Carlos Sanchez, IF
3. Erik Johnson, RHP
4. Trayce Thompson, CF
5. Keenyn Walker, OF
6. Scott Snodgress, LHP
7. Andre Rienzo, RHP
8. Chris Beck, RHP
9. Keon Barnum, 1B
10. Joey DeMichele, 2B
11. Jared Mitchell, OF
12. Jake Petricka, RHP
13. Sammy Ayala, C
14. Andy Wilkins, 1B
15. Brandon Brennan, RHP

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