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Tim Anderson is very popular among players – White Sox players. Others around the game continue to take issue with him.

The latest came in Saturday’s nightcap. The exuberant Anderson led off the game with a home run and hollered as he broke out of the box. Royals catcher Salvador Perez took exception.

After Anderson touched home, Perez said he told Anderson: “I’ve hit some homers, too. I keep running the bases. I don’t get loud like you. That’s the only thing I tell him. Keep doing what you’re doing, bro. Have fun. It’s a game, you know. That’s it. He was mad about that.”

A relaxed Anderson said after the game: “I’m a leadoff guy so my job is to get my teammates going. It’s not about them, it’s about my teammates. I play the game with a lot of energy, lot of confidence. Just having fun.”

After Perez reached second base in the bottom of the inning, he and Anderson got close enough to rate each other’s breath. Both benches emptied but there was no pushing or shoving. And, eventually, the two shook hands.

“For my side, I think it’s over,” Perez said. “I’m not the kind of guy (to say): We’re gonna hit you. No, no, no. I don’t want him to do it again (or) we have to make some decisions. He can come in (Sunday) and play hard and have fun. We’re going to have fun, too. I don’t think we have any problem. What happened tonight is done. We have to be professional.”

Abraham Almonte then hit a grounder that Anderson could not handle; it was ruled a hit because Anderson got screened. The Kauffman Stadium crowd howled in delight at the miscue.

After Eric Skoglund struck out Anderson in the third, the two looked at each other. Anderson shook his head while walking back to the dugout.

Perhaps the Royals are still steamed from Opening Day when Anderson had the nerve to enjoy hitting two home runs.

Pitchers Justin Verlander and Marcus Stroman also have taken offense to Anderson, with Stroman saying in August: “I don’t understand why he would be running his mouth walking back to the dugout. It made zero sense to me.”

A lot of the unwritten rules regarding celebrations make zero sense to fans.

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Carlos Rodon may not be a “star” in the traditional sense of the term. But he is a former No. 3 pick playing in a big media market, and he holds a high rank in the “Better Than You Think” club.

On the surface, there’s the 3.90 ERA that Rodon has put up in his 304.1 innings with the Chicago White Sox. Most recently, he managed just a 4.04 ERA in 165 innings as a sophomore in 2016.

But from another perspective, Rodon was the equal of the American League’s Cy Young winner last season. He matched Rick Porcello’s 3.89 xFIP, a stat that prioritizes strikeout and walk rates while normalizing home run rates.

This was the lefty’s reward for striking out over a batter per inning (9.2 K/9) while drastically improving his walk rate from his rookie season, going from a 4.6 BB/9 to a 2.9 BB/9. What’s more, these and Rodon’s home run rate improved from the first half to the second half.

Lo and behold, the 24-year-old was a different pitcher down the stretch. His pitch selection evolved from a sinker-heavy approach to a multidimensional attack with more four-seamers, sliders and changeups.

Rodon will look the part of a top-of-the-rotation starter if he picks up in 2017 where he left off in 2016, showcasing strong command of wicked stuff. Even better, the results should also be there.