"I don't really remember this many guys showing up [early]. It's nice," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "They're excited to be here and just get going.
"Today is one of those days where we had the hitters hitting off the pitchers for the first time, so it's nice and exciting. Tomorrow will be great just to get everyone in and on a regular schedule."
• Ventura talked at SoxFest about Adam Dunn playing more first base this season and giving Paul Konerko more time at designated hitter. But Ventura doesn't have a set equation for how that formula will work.
"It's just more for Paulie to get a couple more days of not having to go out and play first base," Ventura said. "There's no equation that he's going to play only so many games. Again, it's how we view it during the season and how he's feeling."
• While members of the starting rotation won't start pitching in Cactus League games until March 1 due to the extended Spring Training, Ventura said that everyday position players will be playing from the beginning. They could get a couple of extra days of rest due to the World Baseball Classic creating extra days of camp.