Third to first

Third to first

• Eight of the 25 players on the White Sox active roster did not make the Opening Day roster. John Danks started on the disabled list, Jordan Danks, Jake Petricka, Josh Phegley, David Purcey and Andre Rienzo started in the Minor Leagues and Avisail Garcia (Detroit) and Leury Garcia (Texas) began the season with other big league teams.

• Although the White Sox players in attendance at Saturday's Beacon Awards Luncheon didn't get to talk to Hank Aaron, they seemed to be in awe just to be around the Hall of Famer's presence.

"Growing up, everybody knows that name," said White Sox closer Addison Reed. "I don't think there's anybody that doesn't know about what he did.

"I can't even, when I was little, I never imagined I would be in the same room as him and some of the other big names that were there. It was awesome just being able to see him."

• Four of the last five White Sox top picks in the First-Year Player Draft -- Tim Anderson (2013), Courtney Hawkins (2012), Keenyn Walker (2011) and Jared Mitchell (2009) -- have been African-American players.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.