10710 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85037. Opened: 2009. Capacity: 13,500. Tickets: $9-$39 Schedule
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2014 record: 73-89 (4th, AL Central)
Manager: Robin Ventura (4th year). Key newcomers: LF Melky Cabrera (free agent, Blue Jays), RHP Jeff Samardzija (trade, Athletics), RHP David Robertson (free agent, Yankees), LHP Zach Duke (free agent, Brewers), 1B/DH Adam LaRoche (free agent, Nationals), UT Emilio Bonifacio (free agent, Braves), 2B Gordon Beckham (free agent, Angels), LHP Dan Jennings (trade, Marlins). Key losses: 1B/DH Paul Konerko (retirement), IF Marcus Semien (trade, Athletics), RHP Andre Rienzo (trade, Marlins) Roster
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3 things to watch: Who plays second base?
The White Sox loaded spent heavily on pitching in the off-season and also added proven hitters to the lineup with the signings of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche, but second base remains an open question. Carlos Sanchez hit .250/.269/.300 in 104 plate appearances in 2014, and he'll be in the mix along with speedy minor-league prospect Micah Johnson, who stole 84 bases in the low minors in 2013 and advanced as far as Triple-A Charlotte last year, where he hit .275 in 302 plate apperances. Veterans Gordon Beckham and Emilio Bonifcatio are fallback candidates. Chicago brought Beckham back as a low-cost free agent signing after trading him to the Los Angeles Angels last season.
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3 things to watch: Who fills the leadership void?
White Sox legend Paul Konerko was only a part-time player last year, but he remained the unquestioned leader in the clubhouse for a decade, so his retirement leaves a considerable void. In January, manager Robin Ventura said there wouldn't be a captainship awarded to any player just for the sake of naming a captain, and that decision is both a tip of the cap to Konerko and an honest assessment at the roster at hand. He doesn't know who will take on the role but it looking for one to emerge organically. Center fielder Adam Eaton could be the guy, and Jose Abreu is willing to take up the cause, though he might need the help of a translator.
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3 things to watch: Is there enough pitching to get over the top?
The addition of Samardzija (2.99 ERA, 7-13 record) to Chris Sale and Jose Quintana will give the Sox three fixtures at the front of the rotation, but there are questions behind the big three. A remodeled bullpen, however, could help smooth out the rough spots. Former Yankee David Robertson (3.08 ERA, 39 saves) takes over as closer, and left-handed additions Zach Duke (2.45 ERA) and Dan Jennings (1.34 ERA) further fortify what was a glaring trouble spot last year.