Spring-training recap: White Sox 16, Royals 4
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org March 22, 2012 8:46PM
Updated: April 24, 2012 8:22AM
For the record
Behind two home runs by Adam Dunn and one by A.J. Pierzynski, the Sox (7-11) won for the fourth time in five games. Paul Konerko extended his hitting streak to eight games, and Alex Rios drove in two runs with a pair of hits.
Raising the bar
Eduardo Escobar is making it tough on everybody else who is vying for the 25th spot on the roster. The switch-hitting shortstop raised his batting average to .480 with two hits, including a bunt single. He also flashed very good speed. He reached third on a three-base error in the outfield, and he forced pitcher Bruce Chen to rush and commit a throwing error on the bunt. The competition: Corner infielder Dallas McPherson is batting .357, and first baseman Dan Johnson has two homers.
The chosen 12
Zach Stewart, a good bet to make the 12-man pitching staff because of his versatility as a reliever and spot starter, started against the Royals. He threw five serviceable innings and gave up two runs, lowering his ERA to 4.50. He had one strikeout.
Split-squad games: Sox vs. Dodgers (9-6) in Tucson, 3:05 p.m. Dylan Axelrod gets the start in a charity game. Diamondbacks (8-11) at Sox, 9:05 p.m., CSN. Gavin Floyd gets the start.
Daryl Van Schouwen