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Bats heating up with warmer temperature

March 13, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The temperature in town has been about 15 degrees higher than normal over the past week, and baseballs seem to be flying at a similarly elevated rate. The White Sox scored 22 runs over the course of three innings spanning their last two games, giving new meaning

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The temperature in town has been about 15 degrees higher than normal over the past week, and baseballs seem to be flying at a similarly elevated rate. The White Sox scored 22 runs over the course of three innings spanning their last two games, giving new meaning to the concept of hot hitters.
Chicago scored 14 runs in the ninth inning on Sunday night to erase a 3-1 deficit and beat the Dodgers, 15-5. They reached base twice on errors and twice by hit batsmen while collecting three walks, five singles, one double and a homer. They also put down a bunt and recorded two sacrifice flies.
"It was an interesting ninth," manager Rick Renteria said. "Those guys had some great at-bats. They did some really [good] things. I'm glad it happened on our side. I can imagine how they felt on the other side. We're happy the way it ended up coming together."

The White Sox were back at it on Monday, going down quietly in the first before scoring eight runs in the second en route to a 9-5 win over the Indians. They had one hit batsman, one walk, four singles, one double and three homers, including a grand slam by Tyler Saladino.
WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC
The White Sox were well represented in WBC 2017 action over the past 24 hours.
• Nate Jones pitched 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings as Team USA beat Canada on Sunday to advance to the second round of the tournament.
• Reliever Alex Katz went one scoreless frame for Team Israel as it lost to the Netherlands on Monday.
• Gregory Infante allowed a run while pitching 1/3 inning for Team Venezuela in its loss to Mexico.
Jose Quintana and Miguel Gonzalez return to the White Sox as Colombia and Mexico, respectively, were eliminated from the Classic.
QUOTABLE
"He's very comfortable in the dugout. He's not looking like he's pressing. Obviously, he's not getting the results he wants to get, and he'd probably like to put the bat on the ball a little bit more. Fortunately for us, we've still got three weeks left, and he'll continue to have more at-bats, and hopefully he gets into a little rhythm." -- Renteria on infielder Tim Anderson

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com.