Abreu homers, White Sox rally to defeat Rangers

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Lucas Giolito delivers during the first inning Wednesday.

The White Sox (4-2) appeared headed toward an uneventful loss before designated hitter Jose Abreu, staying around till the eighth inning for a fourth at-bat, clubbed his first homer of the spring — a two-run shot against Ariel Jurado — and three batters later, catching prospect Seby Zavala (2-for-2) drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single in the Sox’ 5-4 victory against the Rangers.


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For starters

Lucas Giolito pitched two innings, allowing two runs (one earned), two hits and a walk. He touched 95 mph, a tick or so higher than what he featured during his run at the end of the 2017 season, and was pleased with how he located a sharp curveball.

“For the first outing, it was pretty solid,’’ Giolito said. “Some of my pitches were working well. I know what I did wrong on a few. First one out, a little adrenaline going, working a little too fast. Good one to build off of.”

Prospect watch

Left-hander Ian Clarkin looked sharp in 1‰ scoreless innings, and Dylan Cease threw a fastball past Isiah Kiner-Falefa to finish the eighth and followed with a scoreless ninth, allowing one single. Cease touched 98 mph on the scoreboard gun. First baseman Casey Gillaspie dropped a routine throw that led to an unearned run for Giolito but cracked a deep double to center and an RBI single in three at-bats.

Training-room watch

Manager Rick Renteria said outfielder Micker Adolfo (UCL sprain) ‘‘is ready to take some at-bats. He feels good. We might see him pinch-hit or DH [soon].’’ Eloy Jimenez (left knee) took part in hitting drills but no running. He will try full activity Thursday.

On deck

Sox at Reds, Goodyear, Reynaldo Lopez vs. Michael Lorenzen, 2:05 p.m. Thursday

(B game vs. Padres in Peoria).

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