GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 23: Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox poses on Chicago White Sox Photo Day during Spring Taining on February 23, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Yoan Moncada flashes speed in White Sox victory

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PEORIA, Ariz. — Top prospect Yoan Moncada had two hits, including an RBI triple, and Jose Abreu, back with his team after two days in Miami to testify in court, drove in a run with a single in the White Sox’ 3-1 Cactus League victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.

Dylan Covey, Tyler Danish, Blake Smith, Brian Clark, Michael Ynoa and Brad Goldberg each had scoreless outings. Aaron Bummer gave up a run on a broken-bat single but struck out the side in the eighth. Sox pitchers issued one walk.


Moncada flashed his high-end speed when he tripled into the right-field corner against Brandon Mauer, finishing with a head-first slide. He was then thrown out at home on Jose Abreu’s ground ball, but he later singled and scored from second on Abreu’s single. Moncada went into the game with one bloop hit in nine at-bats, plus five strikeouts and four walks. He struck out looking in the first against Luis Perdomo.

For starters

Right-hander Dylan Covey had his best outing in his first start, needing 16 pitches to get through two innings. He allowed no runs and one hit. Covey got four ground-ball outs and escaped the second with an unassisted, inning-ending double play by -shortstop Tim Anderson. A Rule 5 draft pick, Covey will get a good opportunity to make the Opening Day roster.

Getting ready

Left-hander Jose Quintana (Colombia) and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (Mexico) are prepping for the season and the World Baseball Classic. Quintana threw 50 pitches in a simulated game, Gonzalez 45. Both got up to 60 with more side work. Quintana is slated for his country’s first game, Gonzalez for the second. “Our goal is to be ready for the White Sox on Opening Day, but we’re going to have fun [in the WBC],’’ Gonzalez said.

On deck

Angels at Sox, -Glendale, 2:05 p.m., 890-AM, audio, Tyler Skaggs vs. Lucas Giolito. Nate Jones, Zack Burdi, David -Robertson and Jake Petricka also are scheduled to pitch.

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