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Carroll still basking in the glow

CHICAGO – Scott Carroll was making the media rounds Monday, one day after winning his major league debut by allowing one earned run over 7 1/3 innings Sunday in a Chicago White Sox victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Despite his hard day of work, the 29-year-old right-hander said he had trouble settling down to get some sleep, but still had no complaints. He did interviews on radio, television and for a swarm of print and other media Monday, and clearly the excitement of his first big league outing had not faded.

“I’m just soaking it all in, just the riding the wave,” he said. “It was awesome just having my friends and family here. I'm just glad to get back to work today and get on a daily routine and get back to work.”

If the highlight of Sunday was his first major league victory, a close second was the celebratory evening out on the town with 30 family members and friends. Making it even better was that nobody in the group had to pay a dime.

Adam Dunn sent the Kansas City, Mo., native and his crew to Timothy O’Toole’s in the Streeterville neighborhood and picked up the entire dinner tab.

“Before I left the field I asked him, 'Do you know of a good spot you could recommend for friends and family, because there is over 30 of us?’” Carroll said. “He's like, ‘Yeah, let me make some calls.’ He said we could [go] over there to Timothy O'Toole's and he took care of the tab, and I couldn't be more grateful. That was such a cool thing to do. Here I am, a teammate of his for one day and he's already hooking it up. It just shows how good of a guy he is.”

There was no doubt the Carroll clan appreciated the gesture.

“I just thought he was reserving an area for me, but he put it on his tab and that was the coolest thing ever,” Carroll said. “To top it off, my mom and dad were just like crying. They were like, ‘This is so cool.’ It was awesome.”

Dunn said he was only doing for Carroll what somebody had done for him when he broke into the major leagues.

“The kid pitched great; I know how special to kind of remember your first time,” Dunn said. “It’s just something that was done for me. Hopefully he’ll be able to do it for somebody else. That’s one cool part of the game, where hopefully one day he’ll be in position where he able to do it.”

After a trying 99-loss season in 2013 that weighed on everybody, these White Sox are seeing feel-good stories aplenty, such as Jose Abreu's hot start, Carroll’s debut, Alexei Ramirez's resurgence and Adam Eaton's high-energy ways.

“You’re seeing guys coming up, getting a first run at the big leagues, and obviously Abreu is doing his thing, but Carroll last night, that was awesome,” Dunn said. “That’s an awesome story and you’ve got 24 guys who are really happy for him.”