First lineup includes Adam Eaton, Jose Abreu, Matt Davidson
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter February 27, 2014 9:26PM
Updated: April 1, 2014 10:26AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Manager Robin Ventura posted his lineup early Thursday morning for the White Sox’ Cactus League opener Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.
Here’s how the Sox will line up against left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu: Adam Eaton CF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Avisail Garcia RF, Jose Abreu 1B, Dayan Viciedo LF, Paul Konerko DH, Matt Davidson 3B, Gordon Beckham 2B, Tyler Flowers C.
It has the look of a potential Opening Day lineup against a lefty, but it’s early.
“You run it out there and see what it is,’’ Ventura said. “It’ll change just with putting different guys in there and giving every guy an opportunity at different spots just to see what they can do. That’s just the first one.’’
Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza will work in the morning but have the game off.
Sale’s learning experience
Opening Day starter Chris Sale takes the ball first Friday.
“I’m ready to get this thing rolling and especially with this new group of guys,’’ he said.
Sale said it was tough to see some of his friends leave via offseason trades, but he’s onboard with the new direction the team is going. Last season was something he doesn’t want to endure again, even though he had his second straight All-Star season.
Chalk it up as a learning experience.
“I definitely learned how to compete,’’ he said. “I always competed when I pitched, from when I started to now, but I learned to grind last year. You’re talking about always pitching in close ballgames, having to deal with a little adversity, but at the same time, I feel like I was becoming a better teammate because of that. Because, for me, if I went out there and got beat up for six or seven runs, I didn’t have to come in here and apologize to those guys because they knew I was going out there and doing everything I could.’’
Paulino on right track
So far, so good for right-hander Felipe Paulino, who will pitch in a game Sunday for the first time since 2012, when his season in Kansas City was cut short by elbow problems. Paulino had Tommy John surgery and also had a cyst removed last fall from his right shoulder. The Sox signed him during the offseason with a starting role in mind.
“I’m tying to do the best I can to show everybody I’m back,’’ Paulino said. “No restrictions at all. My arm is responding well. Hopefully everything is OK.’’
This and that
Infielder Jake Elmore was traded to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.
◆ John Danks is scheduled to start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians, weather permitting. After nothing but spectacular weather each day in camp, there’s a 100 percent chance of rain.
◆ Also scheduled to pitch Friday: Jake Petricka, Matt Lindstrom, Mitchell Boggs, Daniel Webb and Donnie Veal.
◆ Individual game tickets for Sox games at U.S. Cellular Field go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m. on whitesox.com and by phone at (866) SOX-GAME.