Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling

Seven up: White Sox keep on rolling

BOSTON -- For the third straight night, the White Sox used a quick-strike attack -- this time pushing their winning streak to seven games with a 9-2 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Fenway Park.

Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.81 ERA) was the Boston starter who got rocked early this time, giving up six runs in the first three innings. Chicago starter Jose Quintana meanwhile gave up just two runs over 6 1/3 frames to notch his sixth win.

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Samardzija appears to be staying put

Samardzija appears to be staying put

BOSTON -- Shark Week is about to come to a close, and it has nothing to do with the Discovery Channel or any particular body of water.

The shark being referred to in this instance is the nickname for Jeff Samardzija, the right-hander who has been the subject of trade rumors over the past week, although nothing seemingly close to taking place. With Samardzija poised to become a free agent at the end of the season, the White Sox could move him before Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline while still making a play for him in the offseason.

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Steverson pleased with offense's resurgence

Steverson pleased with offense's resurgence

BOSTON -- White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson knew his team's offensive struggles that lasted through the first three months of the 2015 campaign would not continue all season.

So he patiently waited, presiding over a talented group that continued to work hard, looking for a month full of production such as he's witnessing in July. But even with the team hitting .275 with 105 runs scored over the past 29 days, up from .227 with 80 runs scored during June, Steverson understands this outburst probably won't carry through from Boston to Game No. 162 and beyond.

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Left oblique strain lands Bonifacio on DL

Left oblique strain lands Bonifacio on DL

The White Sox have placed infielder Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and recalled infielder Leury Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte.

Bonifacio is hitting .169 this year in 45 games after signing as a free agent this winter.

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White Sox set sights on eight-game winning streak

White Sox set sights on eight-game winning streak

The White Sox will try to push their season-high winning streak to eight games with a sweep of the struggling Red Sox in Thursday night's series finale at Fenway Park.

Two different pitching styles will be on display as Chicago fireballer Chris Sale gets the nod opposite Boston knuckleballer Steven Wright.

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Red-hot White Sox aren't ready to watch standings

Red-hot White Sox aren't ready to watch standings

BOSTON -- The American League standings and the White Sox appear to have mended fences.

After underachieving for most of the 2015 season, the South Siders claimed their sixth straight victory Tuesday night by virtue of a 9-4 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Not only are the White Sox winning, but they are winning by a combined 45-17 margin during a stretch that has pushed them to 48-50 overall.

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White Sox back Shark for sixth straight win

White Sox back Shark for sixth straight win

BOSTON -- Melky Cabrera tallied four hits, Jose Abreu went deep and a solid Jeff Samardzija pitched into the ninth inning on Tuesday night as the surging White Sox cruised to a 9-4 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

"It's outstanding," said Samardzija of the White Sox sixth straight victory. "The way these guys have been playing behind us pitchers is impressive, not only the runs, but the defense has been outstanding. [Tyler] Saladino had some great plays for me out there. Even our video staff was getting in on the action having a great day, [Mike] Kashirsky showed up today finally. Only took him about 85 games."

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Abreu awarded homer on crazy play in Boston

Red Sox center fielder injured on wild pursuit of White Sox Abreu's drive

Abreu awarded homer on crazy play in Boston

BOSTON -- Few are the times a player goes over the outfield wall to make a catch, but Tuesday night provided baseball fans with an even rarer highlight: A home run that took a player out of the park with it.

What was nearly an amazing catch by Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts became a wild two-run blast for White Sox slugger Jose Abreu in a 9-4 Chicago win at Fenway Park. And had it not been for the replay review system Major League Baseball instituted last season, the near-catch might have gone down as Betts' best yet, even though it took him out of the game with a potential concussion.

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Samardzija rises above Trade Deadline buzz

Samardzija rises above Trade Deadline buzz

BOSTON -- Jeff Samardzija took the mound Tuesday night, for the White Sox, and put together another strong outing in the team's 9-4 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

There was some question as to whether Samardzija would even make this start for the South Siders, with his name coming up numerous times in rumors and speculation as Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. But once again, Samardzija didn't let the outside distractions get to him.

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White Sox rave about Pedro

White Sox rave about Pedro

BOSTON -- Among White Sox pitchers, Jeff Samardzija stands as the best hitter of that group. That level of talent still didn't prepare him for a lone career at-bat against Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who had his No. 45 retired by the Red Sox prior to Tuesday night's game.

Samardzija struck out, but should take solace in the fact that he was not alone in those Martinez-based struggles. Adam LaRoche was 4-for-23 in his career against Martinez, while Melky Cabrera was 1-for-5.

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LaRoche eager to join White Sox hit parade

LaRoche eager to join White Sox hit parade

BOSTON -- Adam LaRoche didn't know he was getting the day off Monday until he arrived at Fenway Park for the White Sox series opener with the Red Sox. The veteran designated hitter/first baseman, mired in a season-long slump, didn't argue with the decision made by manager Robin Ventura.

"I told Robin, 'I don't want it. But I know I need it,'" said LaRoche, who spoke on Day 2 of his two-day break from the starting lineup. "I've played long enough to where I know there's a time when you are just fighting against yourself every day. [Ventura] could sense it and he's been there, and that's why I think he said now is the time to take a day or two and kind of relax and try to reset.

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Bats alive from beginning to end in Boston

Six hitters come through with multiple hits

Bats alive from beginning to end in Boston

BOSTON -- The White Sox scored early Monday night. The White Sox scored often. The White Sox scored more than enough to offset a rare off-night for John Danks and claim a 10-8 victory over the Red Sox for their fifth straight win.

It's a trend that really began last Tuesday night at home against the Cardinals, when the White Sox rallied from a 7-0 deficit to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth. But this night at Fenway Park was a payback for the myriad times pitching has carried the South Siders this season without major contributions from the bats.

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LaRoche named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

LaRoche named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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White Sox win fifth straight at Fenway

White Sox win fifth straight at Fenway

BOSTON -- The White Sox came out swinging on Monday night at Fenway Park and never really stopped, notching a 10-8 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series.

"Hopefully, this run is a thing, a sign of things to come, if you will," said White Sox starting pitcher John Danks, who did not factor in the decision. "It's going to be how we play the rest of the season and hopefully get back in it."

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Samardzija deflects uncertainty ahead of start

Scheduled to face Red Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday

Samardzija deflects uncertainty ahead of start

BOSTON -- The White Sox schedule for Tuesday lists Jeff Samardzija as their starting pitcher, going against Boston's Wade Miley.

As far as the right-hander and White Sox manager Robin Ventura have been informed, Samardzija will be making that start at Fenway Park.

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Rodon helps White Sox finish 4-game sweep

Rodon helps White Sox finish 4-game sweep

CLEVELAND -- White Sox rookie Carlos Rodon produced perhaps the most impressive start of his young career, helping the White Sox complete their first four-game sweep on the road since 2007 with a 2-1 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field on Sunday afternoon.

Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (8-6, 3.72 ERA) allowed two earned runs on six hits, three walks and a home run. He struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings. Salazar has allowed just five earned runs in his last 25 1/3 innings, with a 24-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that span.

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Limiting free passes key to White Sox run

Rotation has not allowed a walk in five straight games

Limiting free passes key to White Sox run

CLEVELAND -- The first rule of White Sox starting pitchers not allowing a walk over five straight games is you don't talk about White Sox starting pitchers not allowing a walk over five straight games. That point was made clear by a smiling manager Robin Ventura after his team completed a four-game road sweep of the Indians with a 2-1 victory Sunday.

"They've been fantastic," said Ventura of his front five, whose five straight walk-free games stand as the franchise's longest streak for starters since five straight in '72. "You have to have that to win multiple games in a row.

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Avisail yet to unleash power potential

Young outfielder adjusting to pitchers, expects HR total to increase

Avisail yet to unleash power potential

CLEVELAND -- When people outside the White Sox organization assess what the team needs to be competitive in the short term and in the bigger picture, sometimes a right fielder is included on that list.

That judgment seems a bit unfair toward current incumbent Avisail Garcia. The South Siders' featured acquisition from the three-team trade sending Jake Peavy to Boston and Jose Iglesias to Detroit in 2013 is hitting .268 with a .315 on-base percentage and just a .369 slugging percentage.

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Momentum brightens clubhouse atmosphere

Eaton sits out Sunday, but expected to play Monday

Momentum brightens clubhouse atmosphere

CLEVELAND -- Keep in mind that Chris Sale was talking about himself when making the following statement, recounting a recent conversation he had with his father and his wife. It could easily apply to the 2015 season for the suddenly resurgent White Sox, who completed a four-game sweep of the Indians with a 2-1 victory Sunday at Progressive Field.

"This season, it's kind of like a horse race. You put the blinders on and keep running," Sale said. "You don't want to turn around or see what's going on behind you.

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Hot streak gives White Sox plenty to ponder

Does recent run change Trade Deadline strategy?

Hot streak gives White Sox plenty to ponder

CLEVELAND -- Manager Robin Ventura was enjoying some celebratory broccoli as part of his dinner following a 10-3 White Sox victory over the Indians on Saturday night, when he was casually asked if his team was "still in it."

In it, as in, still part of the American League postseason picture.

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Five-run first puts Sale on cruise control

Five-run first puts Sale on cruise control

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox continued their strong play, defeating the Indians by more than six runs in a third consecutive game with a 10-3 victory at Progressive Field on Saturday night.

"We're just putting it together," White Sox winning pitcher Chris Sale said. "We had a six-run lead and we had guys diving for balls in the outfield, hustling down the line. This is what we've seen the whole time and know we can play like."

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Comparing Sale to Big Unit makes sense

Comparing Sale to Big Unit makes sense

CLEVELAND -- Chris Sale looks the part. He relishes the part. He even acts the part.

But it would be incorrect to call Sale the new Randy Johnson. After all, many of his numbers at this point in his career are even better than those of the Big Unit.

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E. Johnson a promising option if Shark dealt

Prospect has rebounded after difficult 2014 season

E. Johnson a promising option if Shark dealt

CLEVELAND -- As of Saturday, Jeff Samardzija remains on track to start for the White Sox on Tuesday night against Boston in Fenway Park.

That could change if the free-agent-to-be is traded, with rumors of interest from the Dodgers and Blue Jays emergin in the past week. But preparing for all possible situations at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is nothing new for the White Sox and pitching coach Don Cooper.

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Meeting spurred Alexei's resurgence

Shortstop has elevated all facets of game in July

Meeting spurred Alexei's resurgence

CLEVELAND -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura did not go into detail about a private meeting with Alexei Ramirez in Detroit at the end of June. But based on Ramirez's July turnaround, hitting .333 with two homers and eight RBIs and playing great defense, what was said to the shortstop seemed to resonate.

"There won't be specifics, but sometimes life is tough," said Ventura on Saturday. "There are things that go on with guys, you don't really want to let it out. You have to live through, play through.

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Complete game breaks in Quintana's favor

Tosses first shutout with 7-hit gem over Indians

Complete game breaks in Quintana's favor

CLEVELAND -- The first complete game of Jose Quintana's career also just happened to be Quintana's first shutout. They came Friday night at Progressive Field during a 6-0 White Sox victory over the Indians.

Quintana entered the ninth with 104 pitches, but a talk with White Sox manager Robin Ventura between the eighth and ninth innings allowed the southpaw an opportunity to complete what he started.

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Backed by defense, Quintana outduels Kluber

Backed by defense, Quintana outduels Kluber

CLEVELAND -- Jose Quintana followed a strong pitching performance by teammate Jeff Samardzija with one of his own, going the distance for his first shutout in a 6-0 White Sox victory at Progressive Field on Friday night.

His opposition, Corey Kluber, held the White Sox to two runs through seven innings before his final frame did him in. Kluber's final line read six earned runs on eight hits, two walks and a homer. He struck out seven in seven-plus innings.

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Alexei adding value with slick glove, hot bat

White Sox shortstop putting on defensive clinic after struggling early

Alexei adding value with slick glove, hot bat

CLEVELAND -- The Alexei Ramirez on display for the past month certainly has some trade value to any team looking for a quality veteran shortstop or second-base upgrade before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Then again, the Ramirez hitting .333 during July with a .363 on-base percentage and a .483 slugging percentage, is a player that's pretty valuable to the White Sox.

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Sale wants to be South Side cornerstone

Lefty desires to remain with White Sox for entire career

Sale wants to be South Side cornerstone

CLEVELAND -- Chris Sale has his sights set on becoming Paul Konerko, Derek Jeter or Cal Ripken Jr.

No, the four-time All-Star and one of the game's most dominant pitchers does not want to suddenly become a position player and swing the bat. But in an interview Friday with MLB.com, Sale made it clear that he wants to mean as much to the White Sox organization as those other players did to the White Sox, Yankees and Orioles, respectively.

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