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Spring recap: White Sox 2, Indians 2

Updated: April 16, 2014 6:16AM



Homers or nothing

All the White Sox could muster against the Tribe was back-to-back home runs by Conor Gillaspie and Josh Phegley in the fifth inning. Phegley also doubled. Starter Dylan Axelrod (1.13 ERA) was better with three scoreless innings than Erik Johnson was in a game against Texas Rangers minor leaguers. Johnson gave up five runs, with two homers, over 4 1/3 innings.

He’s battling

Phegley, trying to prove he is worthy of sticking as a major league catcher, is 5-for-18 (.278) with three doubles and a homer this spring. He wasn’t in the original lineup until manager Robin Ventura realized Tyler Flowers (6-for-22, .273) was getting more than his fair share of at-bats. Phegley might be competing with Adrian Nieto for the No. 2 job. “We have more time to really watch it and see it but Phegs today was better than he has been,’’ Ventura said.

Not as advertised

Jose Abreu doubled and struck out for only the third time this spring. He is 8-for-28 (.286), no surprise there, but his defense at first base might be better than expected. Abreu made two decent plays going to his right and flipping to the pitcher covering. “He’s come along way,’’ Ventura said. “People put a label on it that probably shouldn’t be there in the first place. I don’t try and judge by what somebody else says. He’s got plenty of range and footwork and glovework to be a first baseman.’’

Tough day for Dunn

The White Sox DH was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

They’re tough to beat

The Indians, who went 17-2 against the Sox last season, are 12-2-2 this spring. The Sox have an oddball mark of 5-7-3.

On deck

White Sox vs. Dodgers, 9:05 p.m., CSN, 670-AM, Chris Sale vs. Clayton Kershaw.



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