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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox made their pitch for Bryce Harper and took a big swing at landing Manny Machado.Though they went 0 for 2 trying to sign the superstar sluggers Anthony DeSclafani Jersey , the White Sox enter the season still believing they are setting themselves up for success. The big reasons for that are the promising young players on the roster and in the pipeline.“We got a great group of guys in the farm system, some great arms and some great bats,” shortstop Tim Anderson said. “I think we’re gonna be just fine.”The White Sox have had six straight losing seasons and their only playoff appearance since the 2005 World Series championship season was in 2008. They went 62-100 in finishing fourth in the AL Central for the fourth year in a row and wound up with their highest loss total since the 1970 team dropped a franchise-record 106 games. They also set a major league record by striking out 1,594 times.Adding Harper or Machado would have accelerated a rebuilding project entering its third season. But either way, the White Sox are counting on young players such as infielder Yoan Moncada and right-hander Lucas Giolito to take a few steps forward. And if prized outfielder Eloy Jimenez performs as advertised, that will go a long way toward easing the sting of the disappointment in free agency.“At the end of (last) year I saw a team that was full of good players playing the game the right way, playing clean,” newcomer Yonder Alonso said. “I saw a lot of good.”Chicago opens the season at Kansas City on March 28 and its first home game is April 4 against Seattle.NEW FACESWhile Machado won’t be calling the South Side home, Chicago acquired his brother-in-law Alonso in a trade from Cleveland and signed his good friend Jon Jay. Both players figure to bring some stability to the lineup as well as leadership to the clubhouse. Jay is a.285 career hitter in nine seasons. Alonso, who is expected to share time at first base and designated hitter with Jose Abreu, has a .265 average, 90 homers and 389 RBIs in nine seasons. The White Sox also added right-hander Ivan Nova to their rotation and righties Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome to their bullpen.ROOKIES TO WATCHThe door at least might be open for Jimenez to start the season in the majors. A person familiar with the situation said Wednesday the White Sox are nearing a $43 million Adam Duvall Jersey , six-year contract with their highly regarded prospect. The contract would include team options for 2025 and 2026 that if exercised would make the agreement worth $77.5 million over eight years. Jimenez was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 13. Without the deal, the White Sox would have to keep him in the minors for the first 20 days in order to push back his free agent eligibility by one year until after the 2025 season. Jimenez was a key part of the trade that sent pitcher Jose Quintana to the crosstown Cubs during the 2017 season. And he tore it up at Double-A and Triple-A last season, combining for a .337 average, 22 homers and 75 RBIs.NEXT STEPSThe White Sox hope a switch to third base will help Moncada cut down on the errors after he led all second basemen with 21 in his first full season. He also retooled his approach at the plate after striking out 217 times — more than anyone else. A big chunk came with him keeping the bat on his shoulder rather than swinging at a borderline pitch. Giolito’s development will also be critical. He was 10-13 with a major league-worst 6.13 ERA in 32 starts in his first full season.HEALINGOne big bummer for the White Sox is Michael Kopech won’t be available this season. The 22-year-old right-hander got called up last season and made four starts before having Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow in September. He is expected to be ready for the 2020 season. Kopech was drafted by Boston in 2014 and was a key figure along with Moncada in the trade that sent Chris Sale to the Red Sox in 2016.REGROUPAbreu is looking to bounce back in his final season before becoming eligible for free agency. Though he made his second All-Star team, he got hurt in the second half and finished with 22 homers, 78 RBIs and a .265 average — all lows since arriving from Cuba in 2014. He had at least 100 RBIs in each of his first four seasons. Even under the Florida sun in February, Jacob deGrom expects a lot from himself.So after giving up a leadoff double to Tony Kemp — the first batter deGrom faced in spring training — the NL Cy Young Award winner wasn’t happy.“I was a little bit frustrated today,” the New York Mets ace said Sunday. “I felt like I made a pretty good pitch to Kemp there, a high fastball that he got to. That’s frustrating. But it’s constantly learning to try and let that stuff go.”DeGrom gave up an RBI single to Tyler White on a 97 mph fastball later in the first inning of a 10-1 loss to a split squad of Houston Astros.A year after posting a 1.70 ERA, deGrom exited his exhibition debut with a 9.00 ERA.“Still plenty of time to hopefully get that down,” he said with a few laughs.DeGrom threw 14 of his 17 pitches for strikes. New catcher Wilson Ramos caught deGrom for just the second time this spring.“It’s an exciting moment for me because I’m trying to know him better,” Ramos said. “In the beginning of spring training Michael Lorenzen Jersey , everybody wants to attack the hitter. He did it today and did it very well.”Ramos had two hits. Kemp added a two-run triple and Michael Brantley went 1 for 3 in his Houston debut.AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUESASTROS (SS) 5, BRAVES 2Josh Reddick doubled and scored for Houston’s split squad. Framber Valdez, vying for a rotation spot, got the start for the Astros, pitching two shutout innings.Mike Foltynewicz started for Atlanta, allowing an unearned run in two innings. Pedro Florimon hit a solo home run.NATIONALS 12, CARDINALS 2Paul Goldschmidt was hitless in two at-bats in his first game for St. Louis. Brian Dozier singled and walked in his Washington debut.Cardinals starter Michael Wacha, whose season was cut short in June last year by an oblique injury, gave up one run in two innings.YANKEES 8, RAYS 5Luke Voit had a three-run homer and an RBI single for New York. Jonathan Loaisiga, a top Yankees pitching prospect, allowed only a walk in a two-inning start.Willy Adames and newcomer Mike Zunino hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth for Tampa Bay and Austin Meadows added a solo drive in the inning.RED SOX 8 , TWINS 5Jackie Bradley Jr. homered in his first at-bat of the spring for Boston. Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis hit a three-run homer for the second straight day.Max Kepler hit two solo home runs for Minnesota.ORIOLES 9, BLUE JAYS 8Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the No. 1 prospect in baseball at age 19, had an RBI single and scored for Toronto. Cavan Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, also went 1 for 3. Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays‘ No. 2 prospect and the son of former Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette, singled and scored.Trey Mancini had two singles, scoring a run for Baltimore. Chris Davis struck out twice in his first spring action after a poor season at the plate.PHILLIES 10, TIGERS 6Detroit star Miguel Cabrera singled and walked in his first action since tearing his biceps last Sunday.Nick Williams and Drew Butera hit three-run homers for Philadelphia. Scott Kingery had two hits and scored twice.PIRATES 10, MARLINS 6Top prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes hit two home runs, including a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the ninth for Pittsburgh. Lonnie Chisenhall doubled and scored.Miami outfield prospect Victor Victor Mesa strained his right hamstring beating out a double-play relay. The 22-year-old Mesa Scott Feldman Jersey , who signed a $5.25 million bonus last October, had not played in a game in nearly two years following his defection from Cuba.CUBS 9, GIANTS 5San Francisco star Madison Bumgarner pitched a perfect first inning, then failed to retire any of the six batters he faced in the second. He hit David Bote in the helmet with a pitch, but the Chicago infielder was able to walk off under his own power.Addison Russell singled and had a sacrifice fly in his first action for the Cubs since being suspended 40 games under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. He missed the last 11 regular-season games plus a wild-card playoff loss to Colorado. He will be eligible to return in early May, barring postponements.MARINERS 4, ROCKIES 2Nolan Arenado homered for Colorado and newcomer Daniel Murphy fouled out in his first plate appearance for the Rockies. Starter Jon Gray pitched two innings, allowing one run on a hit and a walk.Ichiro Suzuki walked, stole a base and scored for Seattle. Jay Bruce went 0 for 2 in his Mariners debut.PADRES 5, WHITE SOX 4Hunter Renfroe had a solo home run and a single, scoring twice for San Diego. Manuel Margot added two hits and a stolen base.James McCann had two of Chicago’s 10 hits.ROYALS 14, ATHLETICS 5Chris Owings hit a solo home run and Cheslor Cuthbert added a two-run single for Kansas City.Marcus Semien had two singles and an RBI for Oakland. Newcomer Jurickson Profar picked up his first hit for the A’s.DIAMONDBACKS 12 , INDIANS 3Newcomer Wilmer Flores had two singles, scoring twice and driving in a run for Arizona. Robbie Ray retired four batters in a start for the Diamondbacks, allowing one hit and walking two.Jason Kipnis had two singles for Cleveland.DODGERS 13, ANGELS (SS) 9Chris Taylor had an RBI double and scored for the Dodgers. Russell Martin singled in a run in his first at-bat since returning to Los Angeles in the offseason. Hyun-Jin Ryun allowed one hit in a one-inning start.Peter Bourjos went 1 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Angels‘ split squad.REDS 14, ANGELS (SS) 2Albert Pujols had a pair of singles and Mike Trout went 0 for 2 leading off for the Angels’ split squad in their spring debuts.David Peraza had three hits, scoring a run and driving in another, and two stolen bases for Cincinnati.BREWERS 10, RANGERS 1Hernan Perez hit a three-run homer in his first spring at-bat and added a double for Milwaukee. Newcomer Ben Gamel singled and scored two runs. Yasmani Grandal struck out three times in his debut. Jesus Aguilar had two hits with an RBI and scored twice in his first spring appearance for the Brewers.

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