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Recap: White Sox 9, Angels 4

The White Sox hit three homers in Tempe on Monday.

White Sox 9, Angels 4

 

Dioner Navarro, Matt Davidson and Steve Lombardozzi each homered for the Sox, who have 10 homers by 10 different players in five Cactus League games. The Sox had 15 hits including three by Jose Abreu (double). Navarro’s long ball was against former Sox left-hander Hector Santiago.

Other Sox who’ve gone deep thus far: Abreu, Jason Coats, Adam Eaton, Todd Frazier, Adam LaRoche, Brett Lawrie, Tyler Saladino.

 

Clean it up

 

Saladino was caught stealing on Santiago’s move to first and J.B. Shuck was thrown out at second by Geovany Soto, making the Sox 1-for-7 stealing this spring before prospect Jacob May (1-for-2) stole second to make it 2-for-7. May has both Sox stolen bases this spring.

 

Just win, baby

 

The Sox were 12-17-3 last spring and this year are emphasizing spring wins, as meaningless as they might seem, more than usual. The idea is to set a better tone for the regular season, and Monday’s win improved their record to 3-1-1, the only loss coming in the opener against the Dodgers.

 

For starters

 

Erik Johnson’s first start didn’t look great on paper: Three innings, three hits, two walks, four runs, a homer by Mike Trout, a wild pitch and no strikeouts. But Johnson, trying to be a factor for a spot in the rotation, felt good about it. “The ball is definitely exploding out of my hand,’’ he said. “You could tell just by all the terrible contact, a lot of weak foul balls. For me, the two balls they hit really hard were just fastballs up over the plate. I’m still getting synched up, still really dialing in and I knew today I wanted to throw a lot of fastballs and that’s exactly what I did.’’

In Johnson’s defense, Kole Calhoun’s RBI double in the first looked like a catchable short fly near the foul line that sprinting left fielder Jerry Sands couldn’t keep in his glove.

 

 

On deck

 

Brewers at Sox, Glendale, 2:05 p.m. (whitesox.com). Chase Anderson vs. John Danks.