Quintana dominant, but bats quiet in loss

Quintana dominant, but bats quiet in loss

CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana pitched well enough to win Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, as he has done for most of the 2015 season. And once again the White Sox offense did not support him, as the Blue Jays claimed a 2-1 victory and evened this four-game set at one win apiece.

Part of the credit for Toronto's victory goes to starting pitcher Felix Doubront, who held the White Sox to one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings, while striking out six and walking one. But the fact of the matter is this White Sox offense has been in sleep mode for most of this season, having now gone 24 straight home games scoring four runs or less.

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Bats give excellent Quintana no room for error

Bats give excellent Quintana no room for error

CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana basically made one mistake that mattered during Toronto's 2-1 victory over the White Sox Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Four-time All-Star Chris Sale pretty much made two during Monday's series opener.

But with the continued paltry output coming from the White Sox offense, the team should feel lucky to have gained a split entering Wednesday night's contest.

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Where would White Sox be without pitching?

At halfway point, starters keeping Chicago in it

Where would White Sox be without pitching?

CHICAGO -- A couple of questions concerning the White Sox jump out as the team reaches the 2015 halfway point with Tuesday night's contest against the Blue Jays. But they aren't the familiar questions centered on the team's lack of offense or poor overall defensive play.

How about where would a team entering Tuesday with a 37-43 record find itself without the stellar pitching produced over the first 80 games? That staff has allowed two runs or fewer in five of its last six games, and starting pitchers own a 1.81 ERA and .195 opponents average against over the last 12 home games. Eleven of those games have featured quality starts.

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Cooper wants more of electric atmosphere

White Sox pitching coach enjoyed crowd during Sale-Buehrle duel

Cooper wants more of electric atmosphere

CHICAGO -- Don Cooper wants more nights like Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.

As the White Sox pitching coach, Cooper certainly enjoyed the taut, sub two-hour pitchers' duel between Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale. It was old school vs. new school, as Cooper pointed out, pitting two of the best Cooper has ever worked with against each other.

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Danks set for tough test vs. Blue Jays

Danks set for tough test vs. Blue Jays

The White Sox will try to take advantage of Drew Hutchison's rough numbers on the road when they host the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Hutchison's performance away from Rogers Centre this season has been nothing short of bizarre. He has a 9.00 ERA in nine appearances on the road and hasn't been able to make it out of the fifth inning during five of those starts.

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Sale named AL All-Star, goes the distance

Lefty's streak of 10-plus strikeouts ends in complete-game victory

Sale named AL All-Star, goes the distance

CHICAGO -- A Major League record of nine straight games with double-digit strikeouts eluded Chris Sale during a 4-2 White Sox victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. But that accomplishment stood as pretty much the only one missed out on during this exciting evening by the lanky left-hander.

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Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays

Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays

CHICAGO -- The White Sox rallied for three unearned runs against Mark Buehrle in the eighth inning, claiming a 4-2 victory Monday night in the series opener with the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field that last one hour and 54 minutes. Chris Sale didn't reach double-digits in strikeouts, but he did pitch his first complete game of 2015.

"Any time you can pick up your bullpen and leave them out of it, that's huge," said Sale, who didn't issue a walk in his eighth career complete game. "That's what you strive for, filling in innings, getting deep into games and giving your team a chance to win. Fortunately for myself, my team came back for us and we won."

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White Sox turn tables after opponent's mistake

Offense rallies after 8th-inning error to boost Sale

White Sox turn tables after opponent's mistake

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have been victimized by their own poor defensive play on a number of occasions during the 2015 season. They also have missed out on more than a few chances for victories because of a lack of big hits.

But in a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday night, beginning their final first-half home series, the White Sox took advantage of a Toronto defensive miscue and delivered with the bats with the game on the line to pick up their fifth victory in six games. They did it all against Mark Buehrle, the South Side's favorite son, who deserved a better fate with four unearned runs allowed in his fourth complete game.

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Cubs and White Sox to honor legends Banks, Minoso

Cubs and White Sox to honor legends Banks, Minoso

CHICAGO -- The Cubs and the White Sox will honor their legends, Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso, during the upcoming crosstown Interleague series by wearing throwback uniforms from the players' respective eras.

Both Banks and Minoso passed away this offseason.

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Reliever Jones nears rehab assignment

Right-hander battling back from Tommy John surgery

Reliever Jones nears rehab assignment

CHICAGO -- Nate Jones is close to going on a Minor League injury rehab assignment, per comments made by manager Robin Ventura prior to Monday's White Sox contest with the Blue Jays.

"I know he's going to go out this week and start pitching again and from there you see how he does," said Ventura. "It's not accelerated because he looked good throwing out here. There's a plan there and you're going to stick with it."

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White Sox lookback, Part 3: Konerko's slam

Slugger's blast lifts Chicago to comeback win in Game 2 of '05 World Series

White Sox lookback, Part 3: Konerko's slam

CHICAGO -- The White Sox will be honoring the 10-year-anniversary of the team's 2005 World Series championship during the weekend of July 17-19 at U.S. Cellular Field. And this latest celebration presents a chance to look back at key moments from that postseason run, with a special focus on the World Series, with the words coming primarily from the participants themselves.

Here is Part 3 of this oral history series, focusing on Chicago's 7-6 victory in Game 2.

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Errors derail White Sox winning streak

Errors derail White Sox winning streak

CHICAGO -- Caleb Joseph drove in three runs and Jonathan Schoop returned to the Orioles' lineup with a home run and two RBIs as Baltimore cruised to a 9-1 victory over the White Sox on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox four-game winning streak came to an end with Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez holding them to one run on four hits over six innings.

The White Sox defense certainly didn't help the cause. Conor Gillaspie committed two errors on Nolan Reimold's slow roller to third in the first, eventually leading to a run when Adam Jones doubled. Reliever Dan Jennings and Carlos Sanchez had miscues that contributed to a four-run seventh for the visitors.

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White Sox steal another HR from Davis

Shuck makes leaping catch on Sunday to match Garcia's snag on Saturday

White Sox steal another HR from Davis

CHICAGO -- If Chris Davis falls two home runs short of a particular milestone this season, he knows they were taken away on the Fourth of July weekend at U.S. Cellular Field.

Davis hit a line drive to right in the ninth inning of the White Sox 3-2 victory Saturday that Avisail Garcia snared over the right-field wall for the second out of the inning.

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White Sox winning fair share of close games

Ventura likes how club has performed in tight contests

White Sox winning fair share of close games

CHICAGO -- If the White Sox were to pull off the seemingly implausible and find their way to the postseason, they could present themselves as a pretty serious playoff challenge.

Any team with Chris Sale at the top of the rotation, followed by Jeff Samardzija and Jose Quintana, becomes a tough group to face in a short series. But the White Sox also have had plenty of experience in close games, which become the norm rather than the exception when the best of the best compete toward a World Series title.

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Avisail jumps into highlight reels, robs HR

Snares game-tying shot from Davis in ninth inning

Avisail jumps into highlight reels, robs HR

CHICAGO -- David Robertson didn't keep the baseball used to strike out Matt Wieters and close out a 3-2 White Sox victory over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Yes, it was Robertson's 18th save as White Sox closer, and he keeps a baseball from each one. But on this afternoon, the ball went to right fielder Avisail Garcia.

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White Sox slip past O's for fourth straight win

White Sox slip past O's for fourth straight win

CHICAGO -- PInch-hitter J.B. Shuck doubled off reliever Darren O'Day to bring home Gordon Beckham with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the White Sox held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won their fourth straight, while the Orioles have lost five of six.

That advantage was preserved in the ninth when Avisail Garcia made a leaping catch over the right-field wall to take away a Chris Davis homer.

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Eaton brothers share special July 4th moment

Center fielder, Air Force captain on field together during pregame fesitivities

Eaton brothers share special July 4th moment

CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton knew that his brother, Zachary, was in town and coming to Saturday afternoon's White Sox contest with the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox center fielder had no idea his brother, who also is a captain in the United States Air Force, would be one of the honored military men to take the field prior to the first pitch as part of the organization's Fourth of July celebration. In fact, there was Zachary in center as Eaton ran out to his position.

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Jenks 'fortunate' to have played in big leagues

Ranks second in White Sox history with 173 saves

Jenks 'fortunate' to have played in big leagues

CHICAGO -- Bobby Jenks now has a bobblehead, given away by the White Sox to fans attending Saturday's Fourth of July contest against the Orioles at U.S Cellular Field.

He has a lifetime of memories from seven seasons pitching in the Major Leagues, including the greatest moment of closing out the 2005 World Series championship for the White Sox. But at 34 years old, Jenks' baseball days are behind him.

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All-Star experience a fond memory for Abreu

First baseman selected as a rookie in 2014

All-Star experience a fond memory for Abreu

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu will remember his first All-Star Game appearance as the last one made by Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

He finished 0-for-1 as a rookie in the 2014 Midsummer Classic at Target Field, but took away greater memories than connecting on an extra-base hit or making a slick play in the field. One of those memories involved a brief chat with Jeter in the clubhouse.

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Danks backs up comments with strong outing

Disappointed in season performance, lefty tosses 7 shutout innings

Danks backs up comments with strong outing

CHICAGO -- The seven scoreless innings thrown by John Danks during the White Sox 1-0 victory over Baltimore Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field marked the southpaw's first start since June 22 at Minnesota.

With an 0-4 record and 6.85 ERA over four June starts, coupled with last Saturday's postponement in Detroit, the veteran understands why he was bypassed.

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White Sox sign first-round pick Fulmer

Right-hander makes donation to ACE baseball program

White Sox sign first-round pick Fulmer

CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for Carson Fulmer to fit in with the White Sox organization. And the right-hander has yet to even throw for them, unless his ceremonial first pitch prior to Friday's game between the White Sox and Orioles counts.

The White Sox top pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft agreed to a Minor League contract Friday with a $3,470,600 signing bonus, which is slot value for the No. 8 pick. Upon agreeing to the deal, the 21-year-old made a $10,000 donation to Chicago White Sox Charities that will be designated to support five players in the White Sox Amateur City Elite youth baseball program.

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Abreu's HR all Danks needs against Orioles

Abreu's HR all Danks needs against Orioles

CHICAGO -- John Danks ended a personal four-game losing streak and extended the White Sox winning streak to three straight in pitching the South Siders to a 1-0 victory over the Orioles before 27,384 Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Danks worked seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits, two walks and striking out five, before giving way to Jake Petricka in the eighth and David Robertson in the ninth, with Robertson striking out the side for his 17th save.

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Hahn: White Sox have no room for error

GM points to July as determining direction of club

Hahn: White Sox have no room for error

CHICAGO -- Let's play a little good news, bad news for the 2015 White Sox.

Good news: They enter this weekend on a two-game winning streak over the team with the best record in baseball, the Cardinals, and sit 6 1/2 games out of an American League Wild Card.

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White Sox make international splash

Reyes, Tatis Jr., Nova and Vasquez sign with club

White Sox make international splash

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC -- The White Sox introduced the future Thursday, unveiling four Dominican prospects during the first day of the international signing period.

Top international prospects signing breakdown

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Sale given extra day of rest, will face Buehrle

Left-hander will open series against Blue Jays on Monday

Sale given extra day of rest, will face Buehrle

CHICAGO -- The pitching matchup between Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale for Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field became all but official, with White Sox manager Robin Ventura announcing Friday that Sale would start the Blue Jays' series opener and Carlos Rodon would pitch Sunday against the Orioles.

"We didn't do it because of that, but you now notice it. It could be a quick game," Ventura said of Buehrle and Sale matching up on the mound. "This isn't anything to do with [Sale] health-wise.

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Sale grabs AL's top pitcher honor for June

White Sox left-hander fanned 75 in month, extended double-digit K streak

Sale grabs AL's top pitcher honor for June

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale was named the American League Pitcher of the Month on Thursday, which should come as no surprise considering Sale's performance during June was one of the best months for a White Sox pitcher in franchise history.

The left-hander struck out 75 over 44 1/3 innings covering six starts in June, allowing 28 hits, eight walks and nine earned runs, finishing with a 2-2 record and an 1.83 ERA for the month. His 75 strikeouts stand as the most by any pitcher in any month since Nolan Ryan set the modern era record with 87 in June 1977 (STATS LLCS). Sale's 12 strikeouts against the Cardinals over eight innings on Tuesday extended his streak of double-digit-strikeout efforts to eight straight, which puts him with Pedro Martinez as the only hurlers in Major League history to fan 10-plus in eight consecutive games.

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