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Betting on the quiet competence of Omar Narvaez

One of the most puzzling decisions the White Sox made going into the 2016 season, a season fully meant to be one resulting in at least a Wild Card chase, was replacing Tyler Flowers and Geovany Soto’s perfectly serviceable seasons at catcher with a platoon of Dioner Navarro and Alex Avila. The company line about […]

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The year without youth

Tim Anderson forced his way to the majors ahead of any reasonable schedule, and was always going to struggle to find a foothold with his aggressive approach. He’s still highly entertaining, but the much-anticipated rookie struggles have come for him, and he’s been under a .600 OPS since July 1. Hopefully he’s been very entertaining, […]

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South Side Morning 5: A day off to heal grievous facial wounds

1. Todd Frazier looks like someone punched him in the face, right below his bottom lip. Considering the possibilities that were shuffled through after he superhero leaped into the stands in Arlington and stuck a face first landing on a hard plastic seat, before sprinting off the field with his glove cupping his face (to […]

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BP South Side Morning 5: Living like a cat

1. A funny thing happened among some of the principal actors in the White Sox’ stirring five-run comeback Monday night, which featured five-straight Sox hitters reaching base with two outs in the seventh: Todd Frazier and Jimmy Rollins are having good offensive months now. Rollins, who has been focused on–including here–as an undeserving occupier of the […]

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A possible sweep and lots of roster news – Lineups & Preview 4/24

For the White Sox, things are the best they have been in a long time. They’re 12-6, the clubhouse is humming and happy, despite unprecedented levels of Spring tumult, and they are one game away from sweeping a Rangers team that still has World Series potential, and is still tied for first place in the […]

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Avila expects to go to disabled list after suffering hamstring injury

Alex Avila left Saturday’s game after the sixth inning with tightness in his right hamstring, and it looks like his ailment will prompt a roster move. Manager Robin Ventura said Avila wasn’t moving well after the game and would need to be re-evaluated, but the man himself was less optimistic about the injury he said […]