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GEORGE CASTLE: Sox project: Groom IU product/base burglar Johnson

CHICAGO | Mention Indiana University product Micah Johnson to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, and he goes into enthusiastic detail about Johnson’s legs, bat and overall athleticism.

January 26, 2014 6:45 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: ‘What about Konerko?’ real topic of Abreu intro

The out-of-sight, but not out-of-mind guy should be the abiding topic of Jose Abreu’s introduction to the White Sox this morning at U.S. Cellular Field.

October 28, 2013 7:15 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: New dad Garcia hopes to father a great career

GEORGE CASTLE: New dad Garcia hopes to father a great career

CHICAGO | That was a “happy-tired” look sported by Avisail Garcia at his locker Saturday afternoon as he and his White Sox teammates began packing up stuff for the offseason.

September 28, 2013 9:00 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Football on resume won’t hurt Beckham as a leader

CHICAGO | As a former Georgia all-state high-school free safety, you’d figure leadership would come naturally to Gordon Beckham.

September 26, 2013 8:30 pm
GEORGE CASTLE On The White Sox: Johnson's laser focus just what Sox GM Hahn wants

GEORGE CASTLE On The White Sox: Johnson's laser focus just what Sox GM Hahn wants

CHICAGO | Hardly cracking a smile, Erik Johnson showed not a trace of euphoria or exuberance Tuesday, less than 24 hours after picking up his first big-league victory.

September 17, 2013 8:30 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Young infielders have much to gain, but dare not look behind

CHICAGO | Fortunate that Marcus Semien and Leury Garcia probably haven’t heard of Satchel Paige’s most famous homily:

September 11, 2013 10:30 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Konerko ought to consider the cleanest of breaks

GEORGE CASTLE: Konerko ought to consider the cleanest of breaks

CHICAGO | The Paul Konerko Watch has flipped on and off most of the 2013 season, but it apparently has to wait until some date in mid-autumn for a sudden announcement either way.

September 11, 2013 8:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Astros brass have Mallee’s back, so there’s no stress in cellar

GEORGE CASTLE: Astros brass have Mallee’s back, so there’s no stress in cellar

CHICAGO | No wonder the Houston Astros aren’t last in the American League in runs scored (guess who is – answer below).

August 27, 2013 9:00 pm Photos

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GEORGE CASTLE: A.J. more mellow? Stranger things have happened

CHICAGO | Something about A.J. Pierzynski looked different Friday afternoon.

August 23, 2013 9:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Honesty the best policy on radio for 'DJ'

GEORGE CASTLE: Honesty the best policy on radio for 'DJ'

CHICAGO | This “DJ” is no lowbrow shock jock. Better yet, he’s under no management strictures about what he can say on the air.

August 12, 2013 9:00 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Pitchers vow to ‘trust my stuff’ against the mighty Cabrera

CHICAGO | At some point when general manager Rick Hahn upgrades the roster, White Sox pitchers who comprise the core going forward will have to be ready to slow down all-world hitter Miguel Cabrera.

August 12, 2013 9:00 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Rookie Garcia in center to avoid mind games for Rios?

CHICAGO | Something just didn’t sound quite right when the White Sox announced big, burly but fast Avisail Garcia would play center field in Triple-A Charlotte after arriving as part of the Jake Peavy trade.

August 07, 2013 9:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: The talk begins – Granderson to the South Side?

GEORGE CASTLE: The talk begins – Granderson to the South Side?

CHICAGO | If you’d like to pitch Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson on the concept of signing with the White Sox, hang around the baseball field at 16700 Chicago Ave. in Lansing around 5 p.m. Thursday.

August 06, 2013 7:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Brass takes blame for historic Sox tumble

GEORGE CASTLE: Brass takes blame for historic Sox tumble

CHICAGO | Yeah, there was another story at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday.

August 05, 2013 9:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Rick Hahn should have taken gamble

GEORGE CASTLE: Rick Hahn should have taken gamble

Despite the worst White Sox in-season collapse in more than three decades, Rick Hahn’s got plenty of leverage and plenty of positives.

July 31, 2013 5:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Did dogging-it Rios hurt potential deal?

GEORGE CASTLE: Did dogging-it Rios hurt potential deal?

CHICAGO | Alex Rios said all the right things before Friday’s 6-4 White Sox loss to the Atlanta Braves.

July 19, 2013 10:45 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Other Chicago clubs should emulate Blackhawks' concepts

GEORGE CASTLE: Other Chicago clubs should emulate Blackhawks' concepts

CHICAGO | “I want to kiss it,” Chris Sale said of the Stanley Cup making a stop at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday as part of its endless tour around the city.

July 03, 2013 9:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Behind his words, what Hahn is likely thinking and planning

GEORGE CASTLE: Behind his words, what Hahn is likely thinking and planning

CHICAGO | Reading tea leaves is a necessary skill tracking White Sox management in crisis.

June 30, 2013 6:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Freed from doghouse, Viciedo tries to save Sox all by himself

GEORGE CASTLE: Freed from doghouse, Viciedo tries to save Sox all by himself

CHICAGO |The age-old story of baseball redemption played itself out again Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

June 29, 2013 7:30 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: The first-ever Sox ‘Casper’ prevents the 20th run

GEORGE CASTLE: The first-ever Sox ‘Casper’ prevents the 20th run

CHICAGO | Casper Wells is the first bearing his name to ever play for the White Sox.

June 28, 2013 10:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Bit by bit, Beckham makes himself into a good hitter

GEORGE CASTLE: Bit by bit, Beckham makes himself into a good hitter

CHICAGO | The “3” as the first number in Gordon Beckham’s batting average, as opposed to the typical “2” followed by a pair of equally low numbers to fill it out, isn’t causing the White Sox second baseman to jump for joy.

June 27, 2013 9:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Hahn needs to work the phones to fix broken lineup

GEORGE CASTLE: Hahn needs to work the phones to fix broken lineup

CHICAGO | What will White Sox manager Robin Ventura tell general manager Rick Hahn when the latter soon comes forth with potential trades?

June 25, 2013 8:15 pm
Reed has rubber arm after 55 pitches Wednesday?

Reed has rubber arm after 55 pitches Wednesday?

CHICAGO | How do you feel the next day, after blowing a five-run lead in the 14th inning by giving up a grand-slam homer, then throw a career-high 55 pitches overall to work through the 16th for the victory?

June 06, 2013 12:00 am
GEORGE CASTLE: Danks breaks out of baseball purgatory with style

GEORGE CASTLE: Danks breaks out of baseball purgatory with style

CHICAGO | “The DL’s a lonely place,” Robin Ventura said Friday. “It’s miserable with everything that goes with that.”

May 24, 2013 10:30 pm
Maybe Dunn’s finally winning his own mind game

Maybe Dunn’s finally winning his own mind game

CHICAGO | Three weeks ago, Adam Dunn hit around .100 and wasn’t much better talking about it.

May 23, 2013 8:15 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Santiago persona the same on mound, with Newtown kids

CHICAGO | In a world wracked with shocking violence, out-of-control greed and juvenile politics, good things still happen to good people.

May 12, 2013 9:30 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: 'Holler guy’ manager won’t work to lift Sox

CHICAGO | Your White Sox are struggling, and your manager should react.

May 10, 2013 11:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Another strange chapter in Gavin Floyd story

GEORGE CASTLE: Another strange chapter in Gavin Floyd story

CHICAGO | Everything happens to Gavin Floyd except another 17-victory season.

April 27, 2013 9:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Pitchers shift on Dunn; can he adjust in kind?

GEORGE CASTLE: Pitchers shift on Dunn; can he adjust in kind?

CHICAGO | It’s certainly not a comfortable subject after what he’s gone through as a White Sox.

April 25, 2013 10:30 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Buehrle the best role-model for post-surgery Danks

GEORGE CASTLE: Buehrle the best role-model for post-surgery Danks

CHICAGO | That wasn’t a bad name dropped by both John Danks and Don Cooper Tuesday afternoon at rainy U.S. Cellular Field.

April 23, 2013 7:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Foes all ready and whiffing at birth of a Sox killer

GEORGE CASTLE: Foes all ready and whiffing at birth of a Sox killer

CHICAGO | Now we know Jeremy Guthrie can really multi-task against the Sox.

April 04, 2013 6:16 pm Photos

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CASTLE ON THE WHITE SOX: Civic Rights Game has place in never-ending struggle

CHICAGO | We’ll get our fill of history when the White Sox host Major League Baseball’s annual Civil Rights Game Aug. 24 at U.S. Cellular Field.

April 02, 2013 5:13 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Bad news on Sox OBP, good news is Hahn recognizes woe

GEORGE CASTLE: Bad news on Sox OBP, good news is Hahn recognizes woe

CHICAGO | The bad news was the White Sox flopped miserably in on-base percentage and runners-in-scoring position in 2012, two crucial numbers that caused the fatal collapse out of first place in late September.

January 26, 2013 9:30 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Ventura still on learning curve through September collapse

GEORGE CASTLE: Ventura still on learning curve through September collapse

Just like his large cadre of rookie pitchers, Robin Ventura experienced growth during 2012.

October 04, 2012 5:45 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Peavy finally comes up big while Sox are playing small

GEORGE CASTLE: Peavy finally comes up big while Sox are playing small

CHICAGO | Jake Peavy pitched well, but got just a no-decision and a lot of teammates’ pats on the back for his 117-pitch effort Thursday night.

September 27, 2012 8:36 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Sox try to reverse RISP flops, or it’s RIP to 2012

GEORGE CASTLE: Sox try to reverse RISP flops, or it’s RIP to 2012

CHICAGO | Kenny Williams could have recruited a bunch of guys from Armour Square Park to be this bad.

September 26, 2012 8:26 pm Photos

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George Castle: Ventura’s clutch verbiage finally matched by hitters via Dunn

George Castle: Ventura’s clutch verbiage finally matched by hitters via Dunn

CHICAGO | Glad Robin Ventura has kept his wry, dry and sometimes sly sense of humor.

September 24, 2012 7:22 pm Photos

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GEORGE CASTLE: Peavy falls short, still has a lot to prove against Tigers

GEORGE CASTLE: Peavy falls short, still has a lot to prove against Tigers

CHICAGO | Sometimes you’ve just have to buckle down and win 2-1. Or 3-2.

September 11, 2012 10:00 pm
Short memory, focus necessity for Sox stretch drive

Short memory, focus necessity for Sox stretch drive

CHICAGO| A short memory with a laser focus.

September 03, 2012 8:59 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Many Sox see AL Central finish line at 92 wins

GEORGE CASTLE: Many Sox see AL Central finish line at 92 wins

CHICAGO | Ninety-two will do.

August 25, 2012 10:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Drooping Sox OBP boosts Royals, other foes

GEORGE CASTLE: Drooping Sox OBP boosts Royals, other foes

CHICAGO | Turns out it wasn’t all Jeremy (The Ryan Express) Guthrie and Bruce (Cy) Chen causing those sickly White Sox offensive numbers the past two weeks against the Kansas City (Dynasty) Royals.

August 20, 2012 10:00 pm
4 Sox rotation lefties, including Liriano? Why not?

4 Sox rotation lefties, including Liriano? Why not?

CHICAGO | The scenario is one plus one equals two.

August 11, 2012 8:00 pm

GEORGE CASTLE: Handling Sale the same is good for Sox’s psyche

CHICAGO | The hard-earned clubhouse equilibrium of the Robin Ventura era was enhanced by the news flow of Monday afternoon.

August 06, 2012 10:00 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Who’s No 1? More importantly, who’s No. 3 in Sox lineup?

GEORGE CASTLE: Who’s No 1? More importantly, who’s No. 3 in Sox lineup?

CHICAGO | Adam Dunn’s major-league-leading 30 homers, a year after he endured the worst season ever by an everyday player, says most of it.

July 24, 2012 4:24 pm
GEORGE CASTLE: Williams has one more move to make

GEORGE CASTLE: Williams has one more move to make

CHICAGO | Amid the stifling heat of Monday’s late afternoon, Kenny Williams seemed the most cheerful man in U.S. Cellular Field.

July 23, 2012 10:00 pm Photos

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GEORGE CASTLE: Sideshows cast away, ‘Youuuk’ deservedly takes center stage

GEORGE CASTLE: Sideshows cast away, ‘Youuuk’ deservedly takes center stage

CHICAGO | Forget this A.J. Pierzynski-Ron Washington All-Star tiff. Someone gets jobbed every year in Midsummer Classic selections.

July 03, 2012 10:00 pm Photos

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Doubts start to overwhelm the Humber story

Doubts start to overwhelm the Humber story

CHICAGO |After his last losing start Tuesday, Philip Humber was upbeat and could even get off a humorous line or two.

June 10, 2012 7:24 pm Photos

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GEORGE CASTLE: Sox bullpen kids should be untouchables

GEORGE CASTLE: Sox bullpen kids should be untouchables

CHICAGO | When the weather warms, Kenny Williams’ fingers get itchy on the trade button.

June 07, 2012 10:30 pm
Sox pitching depth, togetherness tested by Danks’ injury

Sox pitching depth, togetherness tested by Danks’ injury

CHICAGO | Where have you gone, Daniel Hudson?

May 24, 2012 9:30 pm
Konerko shiner’s ugly, but bat’s still pretty

Konerko shiner’s ugly, but bat’s still pretty

CHICAGO | Paul Konerko’s been so good the past few years he probably could hit with one eye.

May 22, 2012 9:30 pm
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