First impressions do not usually mean a heck of a lot during an intrasquad game. But here’s what I was able to glean from the White Sox’s scrimmage on Saturday.
• Both Gavin Floyd and Chris Sale pitched three innings and got their work in without incident. Sale was the sharper of the two. Outfielder Dayan Viciedo hit a grand slam (a bomb to left center) off Floyd. A.J. Pierzynski was in midseason form with a single and double, both of which were hard-hit balls. A very confident Gordon Beckham had two good at-bats, which included a sharp double.
• Manager Robin Ventura looked comfortable in his new role. His first official move was removing Paul Konerko for a pinch-runner. The White Sox new skipper made zero trips to the mound and had no arguments with the umpires.
• Adam Dunn, coming off a .159 season, was a source of curiosity for both fans and teammates. The Sox’s players are just as interested in his bat speed as the media, it seems. Here’s a snippet of one conversation heard in the White Sox’s dugout on Saturday.
Player No. 1: What did Dunner do in his second AB?
Player No. 2: He struck out!
Player 1:Yeah he kind of did in the first one. (Dunn walked after a questionable check swing call)
Player No. 2: He hit the (heck) out of the first ball he saw. (It went foul)
Player No. 3: A monster blast!
Player No. 2: Lets not go that far.
• Outfielder Alex Rios who, like Dunn, is hoping for a rebound year, told me he prefers to play right field this season. Rios was the White Sox’s primary starter in center last season.
• Jordan Danks, John’s brother, is the best defensive outfielder in camp. The 25-year-old can play all three outfield positions. Look for him to have a chance to be with the Sox before the All-Star break.