First impressions of the 2011 White Sox

That'll do, Gavin. That'll do.

The White Sox continued their rich Cactus League tradition of losing spring training games, dropping the first of the season to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-5.

Thanks to MLB Network's broadcast, we were able to get acquainted and reacquainted with players as they get reacquainted with live game action. Here's the box score, and here's what I saw:

The pitchers

*Gavin Floyd looked good in his two innings, working around a walk by starting a 1-6-3 double play. Nobody made great contact off his fastball, and Ozzie Guillen liked what he saw.

*Miguel Socolovich found out why hitters love Arizona. He should have had two outs and nobody on, but a rather routine grounder never touched the grass. It bounced off the first in front of home plate, and its second bounce had topspin action past Alexei Ramirez. He was shaky afterwards, giving up two more hits and three walks before Guillen pulled him with two outs in the inning.

*Jeff Gray was the only other Sox pitcher to walk a batter, the only blemish on his scoreless 1 1/3 innings. Even though Tony Pena struggled, he threw strikes.

The position players

*Adam Dunn stalled on two of the three true outcomes, striking out twice and walking once. Shame on the Dodgers for throwing a lefty at him in every at-bat (Clayton Kershaw twice, Ron Mahay once). This was supposed to be about us! Still, Dunn is feeling good about playing for a team with expectations.

"I think Adam was looking for a place that fit," says general manager Kenny Williams. "His desire was to be in a winning situation, and to be surrounded by people who like to have a little fun, too."

But only a little.

*Juan Pierre didn't help, getting thrown out at third with Dunn at the plate after Kershaw gave up a walk and a single to start. The good news: Guillen laughed it off, but also added that he didn't want to see that when the season starts. Pierre did drop down a bunt single later on.

*Ramirez ranged beautifully to his right, picking a firm chopper, planting and gunning to first for a way-too-easy out. If he wants the Gold Glove, he's going to have to learn to jump-throw on those to make it look exceedingly difficult. He also turned two on the 1-6-3 double play, and Guillen raved about his defense afterward.

*Brent Morel advanced a runner by hitting to the right side, so he's 1-for-1 in situational requests.

*Jordan Danks hit like Jordan Danks does - flyball to left, grounder to second. But he was able to loft the fly over the head of the Dodgers' left fielder for a double. Throw in a lack of strikeouts, and he can't complain.

*Josh Phegley had a rough day defensively, letting an eminently blockable pitch get through the wickets and throwing a slurve to second on a steal attempt (although it looked like he was interfered with).

*Brandon Short made a diving catch and worked a tough walk, which is an element he had started to show at the end of his 2010 season before a groin pull cut it short.

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Today's slate

*Scott Merkin provides the lineup:

White Sox Tues vs. Brewers: Milledge LF, Vizquel SS, Dunn DH, Castro c, Teahen 3b, Viciedo RF, McPherson 1b, Lillibridge 2b, De Aza CFless than a minute ago via web

 

*And the pitchers: Mark Buehrle, Phil Humber, Sergio Santos, Chris Sale, Josh Kinney, Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain.

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