South Side hit men: White Sox at 12 homers and counting

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Avisail Garcia tripled and homered in his first two at-bats Tuesday. Getty Images.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox are digging the long ball this spring.

Avisail Garcia homered to deep left field against David Goforth and Jimmy Rollins hit an opposite field blast in the second inning against starter Chase Anderson, giving the Sox 12 homers in five-plus Cactus League games and leading them to a 10-6 victory Tuesday at Camelback Ranch.

What’s more, the Sox are spreading the power surge around as 12 different players have accounted for the dozen homers: Garcia, Rollins, Jose Abreu, Todd Frazier, Adam LaRoche, Adam Eaton, Brett Lawrie, Dioner Navarro, Tyler Saladino, Jason Coats, Steve Lombardozzi and Matt Davidson.

Garcia was 3-for-4 with a triple to right in the first inning and four RBI, and Rollins was 3-for-4. Carlos Sanchez tripled and singled, raising his extra-base hit total for the spring to five.

The Sox, who lost their opener to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw, improved to 4-1-1.

“We’ve been winning and scoring runs so that’s a good thing,” said Rollins, 37, the former National League MVP who was signed to a one-year contract last month. “That’s a good way to start. Get in a groove and try to make it a common thing around here.”

Eaton was 3-for-4, raising his average to .538.

“The focus was to get it going early on,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s nice to get off in the first inning and we’re happy with the approaches and the work the guys have put in.’’

On deck:

Athletics at Sox, Glendale, Wednesday, 2:05 p.m. (890-AM, whitesox.com). Sonny Gray vs. Jacob Turner in a matchup of first-round draft picks.

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