White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada takes a pitch against the Indians’ Adam Plutko during the first inning Tuesday. (Daryl Van Schouwen)

Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins hit first spring homers; White Sox drop pair

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Losses mounting

The Sox fell to 3-8-2, but top prospect Eloy Jimenez (2-for-14 going in) homered for the first time this spring and made a diving catch in left field against the Manny Machado-less Padres in Glendale.

And prospect Dylan Cease hit 98 mph with ease and looked fine in his first spring start, a one-inning, 14-pitch outing against the Indians in Goodyear. Afterward, Cease threw 15 or so more pitches in the bullpen as the Sox ease him into the season.

What about the pitching?

Juan Minaya (22.09 ERA) had another poor outing against the Padres, but Carson Fulmer (9.00) had perhaps his best one with four strikeouts in two innings (one run).

Lucas Giolito threw too many pitches (64, 36 for strikes) and gave up three runs, five hits and a walk in 2‰ innings.

‘‘A lot of good things, a lot of things I need to continue to work on,’’ said Giolito, who has a 7.71 spring ERA. ‘‘Just pulled too many pitches.’’


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This and that

Top catching prospect Zack Collins (.364) hit his first homer of the spring. Shortstop Tim Anderson (1.369 OPS) had two hits, including a double. Third baseman Yoan Moncada struck out for the eighth and ninth times but also singled and is batting .389 with a .476 on-base percentage.

The quotes

Jimenez: ‘‘I knew [the homer] was coming because I’ve gotten closer with my timing. As soon as I hit the ball, I knew it would leave the park. It feels good to get the first one out of the way.’’

Cease: ‘‘Command wasn’t great, but my body felt good and the ball felt good coming out of my hand, so it was a good first step.’’

On deck

Day off.

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