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Chicago White Sox News and Notes From 2/29/12

Chicago White Sox Manager Robin Ventura spoke today with Scott Merkin about a variety of subjects varying from the outfield setup, Chris Sale’s first Spring Training start, the closer’s role and alcohol in the clubhouse.

Merkin tweeted that Ventura is leaning towards a bit of a different outfield than originally thought by Chicago White Sox fans.

@scottmerkin Robin leaning to Viciedo in Left field

@scottmerkin De Aza in CF and Rios in RF

Ventura also announced that Chris Sale’s first Spring Training start would be March 9th, when the Chicago White Sox take on the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch.

@scottmerkin Chris Sale’s first Cactus League start will be March 9 at home against the Cubs. Ventura will give the other four in next few days

Merkin also tweeted that Ventura will figure the closer’s role later in Spring Training.

@scottmerkin Ventura will use Thornton, Crain or whomever is closing in 9th later in camp but not in early games

It looks as if the Chicago White Sox players will be getting drunk during games as the Boston Red Sox did last season.  Not really.

@scottmerkin Ventura also said he won’t ban alcohol in the clubhouse but policy could be adjusted if need be

Follow Chicago White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin at https://twitter.com/#!/scottmerkin