White Sox’s first impression of Jose Abreu: “That’s a big man”

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Cuban slugger Jose Abreu participated in the White Sox’s mini-hitter camp yesterday and after watching the $68 million man in person for the first time hitting coach Todd Steverson was pretty excited:

That’s a strong man right here. That’s a big man. He has a nice smooth, compact approach. He didn’t try to do too much with the ball and the ball was flying off his bat.

Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com also passed along this quote about Abreu from general manager Rick Hahn:

We try to keep in mind that it’s Jan. 14 and we still have a ways to go, but just watching Jose go through his work, you saw that professionalism as well as the plus-plus power on display today in only his first couple of rounds of BP. He’s a very serious hitter. He’s one who goes up there with a plan and has a great deal of ability and it’s going to be fun to see how this plays out over the next couple of years.

Hayes writes that Hahn “couldn’t contain his enthusiasm after he watched Abreu’s first action in a White Sox uniform.” (Not literally, I hope.)

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.