Tribe Trample Sox Thursday

The Chicago White Sox faced off against a familiar foe on Thursday — the Cleveland Indians. The Sox are hoping the result is not too familiar once the regular season comes along.

The Indians scored 12 runs on 17 hits and beat the White Sox by a score of 12-3 on Thursday. With the loss, Chicago is now 3-9 on the spring season.

Let’s take a look at some of the positives from this game:

Dylan Axelrod (2011 w/Knights)
Axelrod (pictured, right) started Thursday’s game for the Sox and allowed one run on three hits over three innings of work. The California native also struck-out two Cleveland batters in the game.

Last season Axelrod, 26, appeared in 15 games (15 starts) for the Charlotte Knights and was sharp. He posted a 6-1 mark with a 2.27 ERA in 91.1 innings pitched.

Dan Johnson

Johnson is a familiar name around the International League, and for his career, the former seventh-round pick of the Oakland A’s has been a home run machine at the Minor League level. Over parts of 11 seasons in the Minors, Johnson has hit 196 long balls — an impressive total. In fact, in 2010, Johnson hit 30 home runs and was named as the the IL MVP.

Now 32 years old, Johnson is looking to take the success he’s had at the Minor League level to his new organization — the White Sox. On Thursday, Johnson went 1-1 at the plate with an RBI and two walks. So far this spring, the Minnesota masher has one home run and three RBIs.

A.J. Pierzynski launched his first home run of the spring. Chicago’s starting catcher is currently hitting .211 this spring.

Injury Note:
Outfield prospect Brandon Short underwent successful surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder and torn left labrum, sustained when crashing into the center-field wall on March 8 in Surprise, Ariz.

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