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White Sox's real AZ farewell is today

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Today’s Chicago White Sox game against the Cincinnati Reds will be the unofficial farewell to the Cactus League. The team does have one more game remaining Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, but minor league players are expected to handle the bulk of that action.

The lineup for today's game against the Reds is: Juan Pierre leading off and in left field, followed by Gordon Beckham (2B), Adam Dunn (DH), Paul Konerko (1B), Alex Rios (CF), Carlos Quentin (RF), A.J. Pierzynski (C), Alexei Ramirez (SS) and Omar Vizquel (3B).

Any players on the projected 25-man roster that do play in Tuesday’s game in Surprise, Ariz. will probably get just one at-bat and then leave. Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain are expected to pitch in a mid-morning minor-league game at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday.

Jake Peavy was also on the list with Thornton and Crain for the minor-league game, but when asked if he would pitch in that game he said he knew nothing about it and headed into the trainer’s room to get treatment.

Tuesday’s White Sox bus to the airport leaves at 3 p.m. The White Sox fly to Winston-Salem in advance of their game Wednesday against their Single-A affiliate. After that game they fly to Cleveland in preparation for the season opener on Friday. They are scheduled to conduct a workout at Progressive Field on Thursday.

Thursday’s weather forecast in Cleveland is partly cloudy with a high of 41 degrees. Friday’s Opening Day forecast has changed to a rain/snow mix and a high of 35 degrees. Officially there is a 30-percent chance of precipitation on Friday. Saturday’s forecast is also for a rain/snow mix and 35 degrees, while Sunday is partly cloudy and a high of 39.