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Stewart, Axelrod pitch well against Cubs

MESA, Ariz. -- Zach Stewart and Dylan Axelrod, both vying for a bullpen slot on the Chicago White Sox's 25-man roster, threw three innings apiece in the team's 7-5 win over the Cubs on Sunday.

“We have some guys who are pitching well,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. ”It’s tough to look at it and try to tell what you need right now. Both of them pitched impressively today.”

Stewart allowed two runs while Axelrod didn't allow a hit and struck out three.

  • Right-hander Jesse Crain has missed four days with a strained oblique on his right side.

    “He is going to throw lightly in the next couple of days,” Ventura said. “Then we will see how it goes. [Sox trainer] Herm [Schneider] isn’t worried about it, so neither will I.”

  • Ventura wasn’t bothered by the inclement weather on Sunday.

    “Nice little change,” he said. “It’s good to get some jackets on. The guys kind of liked it.”