The Chicago White Sox have made some major changes over the winter, and begin their 2012 season with both new faces and a new focus on winning the American League Central Division.
Former Sox All-Star third baseman Robin Ventura has replaced Ozzie Guillen as the manager on the South Side, his first time as a major league manager. Mark Buehrle is also gone from the Sox clubhouse, but some familiar names will be surrounded by exciting new faces this year.
Top prospect Dayan Viciedo, who has hit the cover off the ball in limited action in the majors in his career, will get a shot to replace Carlos Quentin in the outfield this season. Former Cubs outfield Kosuke Fukudome will also be in the mix to improve the Sox outfield this year.
The Sox infield will look fairly familiar this year, with All-Star Paul Konerko returning at first base, Gordon Beckham and Alexei Ramirez in the middle and Brent Morel at third. Veteran AJ Pierzynski will be back behind the plate, and Adam Dunn will be the designated hitter once again.
On the mound, the Sox will look to John Danks and Gavin Floyd to lead a strong staff this year. Chris Sale and Matt Thornton will be the two primary flamethrowers in the bullpen as the Sox look to compete for a division title.
The Sox will host the Detroit Tigers in their home opener on Friday, April 13 at 1:10 PM CT.
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