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White Sox take lefty relief specialist

CHICAGO -- A few minutes after San Diego State left-hander Royce Ring was taken by the White Sox with the 18th overall selection in Tuesday's First-Year Player Draft, the phone rang in his San Diego home.

"Excited?" White Sox general manager Kenny Williams asked the 21-year-old. "We're excited to have you."

The Sox' brass gathered in their "war room" at Comiskey Park couldn't have been more pleased to see Ring still on the board when their turn to select arrived.

Ring, who was listening at home to the draft on MLB Radio with his mother, Lori, was just as excited.

"It's great," said Ring, a cousin of pitcher Bill Simas, who spent seven years with the White Sox and just last week rejoined the organization. "I've been working real hard to get to this point."

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