Late rally gives White Sox edge over Red Sox

Late rally gives White Sox edge over Red Sox

CHICAGO -- David Price returned to the mound for Boston, but it was the White Sox in a glorified bullpen day who came away with the 5-4 victory Monday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Price started the season on the disabled list due to a left elbow strain he suffered pitching a simulated game on Feb. 28. He allowed three runs on two hits over five innings, with the three coming home courtesy of Melky Cabrera's sixth home run in the third. Price struck out four and walked two, reaching 88 pitches.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Melky HRs, but pint-sized hit is game-winner

After early three-run shot, left fielder's bloop single caps late rally

Melky HRs, but pint-sized hit is game-winner

CHICAGO -- Melky Cabrera connected for a three-run homer off of David Price in the third inning of the White Sox 5-4 victory over Boston Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, a drive to left with an exit velocity of 105 mph.

But it was Cabrera's 155-foot single in the seventh, a ball grabbed by second baseman Josh Rutledge on the edge of the infield grass, which ultimately produced victory for the South Siders. Actually, it was the aggressive call made by third-base coach Nick Capra to send home Kevan Smith from second providing the ultimate difference.

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Sale 'appreciative' of White Sox tenure

Ahead of facing Chicago, Boston southpaw reflects on time with former team

Sale 'appreciative' of White Sox tenure

CHICAGO -- Rylan Sale, the seven-year-old son of Chris Sale, had an important question for his father before he returned to Chicago with the Red Sox on Monday.

"He asked me if I was going to be nervous playing here," said a relaxed Sale, as he met with the media in the Guaranteed Rate Field Conference and Learning Center before the start of this three-game series.

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Phil Rogers

Sale's next opponent knows his best the best

White Sox had front-row seat to southpaw's most dominant stretches

Sale's next opponent knows his best the best

CHICAGO -- The uniform is new, sure. But when Chris Sale walks to the mound in his Red Sox gear on Tuesday night, he's going to look awfully familiar to White Sox fans.

Sale has been the most electrifying pitcher in the Major Leagues this season -- just as he was for long stretches each of the previous three seasons. He's earned American League Cy Young consideration each of the past five campaigns, yet he's never finished higher than third, which he did in 2014.

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Shields working toward Minor League start

White Sox right-hander progressing well in rehab

Shields working toward Minor League start

CHICAGO -- It's been almost 11 years since White Sox right-hander James Shields took the mound in the Minor Leagues, but it will be an encouraging sign if he is able to do so this weekend as he rehabs from a right lat strain that has sidelined him since being placed on the 10-day DL on April 21.

Shields threw a 45-pitch bullpen session and got up and down three times before Chicago's series opener against Boston on Monday, optimistic that he could start a rehab assignment on Saturday.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giolito takes the mound in no-hitter rematch

Giolito takes the mound in no-hitter rematch

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Chris Shaw (Giants' No. 5), Sacramento at Reno (10:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Quintana to duel former teammate Sale

Quintana to duel former teammate Sale

How is Chris Sale going to feel when he walks on that familiar mound at Guaranteed Rate Field as a visitor for the first time?

The star lefty, who is now the ace for the Red Sox, will let you know after he actually does it on Tuesday night.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

2 White Sox make Prospect Team of the Week

2 White Sox make Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Brendan Rodgers was MLB.com's top-rated prospect in the 2015 Draft and went third overall to the Rockies, right behind fellow shortstops Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman. Lancaster's The Hangar may be the best place to hit anywhere in the Minor Leagues. So sending the 20-year-old Rodgers there this season created the potential for some monster numbers.

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In My Words: Swarzak gives props to wife

In My Words: Swarzak gives props to wife

A player's wife is the unsung hero in any baseball family. That's definitely the case with my wife, Elizabeth.

We've moved quite a bit the last few years. I even spent three months playing in South Korea in 2015. That meant Elizabeth had to take a 15-hour flight from Atlanta to Seoul by herself with our daughter, Evelyn, who was 6 months old at the time. Our little girl did fine, but it wasn't easy.

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Anthony Swarzak is a pitcher with the Chicago White Sox. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox bats back Gonzalez's perfecto bid

Sox bats back Gonzalez's perfecto bid

CHICAGO -- For six innings and 18 batters, White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez flirted with perfection against the Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field.

That perfect game and no-hitter ended when shortstop Tim Anderson was charged with an error on Andrew Romine's hard-hit grounder leading off the seventh, which was later changed to a single. The no-hitter originally ended on Alex Avila's ensuing single to right, and Gonzalez lost the shutout on Miguel Cabrera's single to center. But Gonzalez cruised to a 7-3 victory in the White Sox third win in four games over the struggling Tigers.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Gonzalez gives mates 'perfect' thoughts

White Sox righty retires first 18 batters, loses bid on error-turned-hit

Gonzalez gives mates 'perfect' thoughts

CHICAGO -- A quick glance at Miguel Gonzalez's final line from a 7-3 White Sox victory over the Tigers on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field shows six hits allowed by the right-hander over 7 2/3 innings.

Make that six hits allowed in 1 2/3 innings, as Gonzalez was letter perfect for the first six. And after Gonzalez set down 18 straight, focus couldn't help but fall upon the first potential White Sox no-hitter since Philip Humber's perfect game on April 21, 2012.

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Sox excited about Sale's return to Chicago

Williams: 'If I see him in the hallway, I'm going to give him a hug'

Sox excited about Sale's return to Chicago

CHICAGO -- Ken Williams gave Chris Sale a chance to get to the Majors about two months after Sale became the team's top pick in the 2010 MLB Draft and believed in him as a starter before the '12 season.

The fiery left-hander and the equally competitive White Sox executive vice president also had a couple of heated disagreements during Sale's historically successful seven-year-tenure on the South Side. But there's certainly no lingering tough feelings on Williams' part when Sale returns to Chicago with the Red Sox on Monday, getting the start Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in a matchup with Jose Quintana.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Abreu eager to serve as mentor to Robert

White Sox slugger plans to help Cuban countryman acclimate to US

Abreu eager to serve as mentor to Robert

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu has served as a mentor to Yoan Moncada, his Cuban countryman and the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, since the day Moncada was acquired from Boston.

Abreu is following that same process with Luis Robert, the 19-year-old standout from Cuba who officially joined the White Sox Saturday via a Minor League contract with a $26 million signing bonus.

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Hansen fans career-high 15 for Kannapolis

Hansen fans career-high 15 for Kannapolis

Alec Hansen was absolutely dominant on Sunday as he struck out a career-high 15 in an 8-1 win for Class A Kannapolis over Greensboro.

Racking up strikeouts has never been a struggle for the White Sox No. 10 prospect. After Chicago selected Hansen in the second round of the 2016 Draft, the righty fanned 81 over 54 2/3 innings in his professional debut.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox sign Cuban OF prospect Robert

Teen is top-ranked international amateur player

White Sox sign Cuban OF prospect Robert

CHICAGO -- A few formalities needed to take place Saturday morning at the Guaranteed Rate Field Conference and Learning Center before Luis Robert officially could become a member of the White Sox.

With chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and executive vice president Ken Williams among many from the organization looking on, the 19-year-old Robert sat next to general manager Rick Hahn and signed his first professional contract. It was a Minor League deal for the 6-foot-3, 205-pound outfielder, including a $26 million signing bonus.

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Engel relishes whirlwind Saturday in Chicago

Callup scores first Major League run, notches first hit in doubleheader

Engel relishes whirlwind Saturday in Chicago

CHICAGO -- Adam Engel experienced the many highs and the potential lows of Major League Baseball during the White Sox doubleheader split with the Tigers on Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Engel was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday morning to take the roster spot of Tyler Saladino, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list with back spasms. He scored the first run of his career as a pinch-runner in a 3-0 Game 1 victory for the White Sox, then delivered his first career hit with a single in the eighth inning of a 4-3 Game 2 loss.

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White Sox rally comes up short vs. Tigers

White Sox rally comes up short vs. Tigers

CHICAGO -- Buck Farmer set a career high with 11 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings, helping the Tigers gain a split in Saturday's doubleheader with a 4-3 victory over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. The White Sox won the opener, 3-0, with Tyler Danish picking up his first career win in his first big league start.

"It's been a long time coming, I'll say that," said Farmer, who also earned his first career win. "I've waited the better parts of three different seasons for it, so it feels good to kind of get that weight off my shoulders."

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Tigers on Saturday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Danish, Sox blank Tigers for DH-opening win

Danish, Sox blank Tigers for DH-opening win

CHICAGO -- Tyler Danish might not have been quite as dominant as his mound counterpart, Michael Fulmer, but the rookie still pitched well enough to claim his first big league victory in a 3-0 White Sox win over the Tigers during Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

"That's great," Danish said. "I mean, you dream as a kid to pitch in the big leagues. To get my first win in my first career start was special. I'm glad my mom was here. I'm glad she got to enjoy that. It was a very special day, something I'll always remember."

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Tigers on Saturday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Saladino to DL with back spasms; Engel up

Saladino to DL with back spasms; Engel up

CHICAGO -- The White Sox placed infielder Tyler Saladino on the 10-day disabled list with back spasms prior to Saturday's doubleheader vs. the Tigers, and outfielder Adam Engel was called up from Triple-A Charlotte.

Saladino exited Friday night's 8-2 victory over Detroit in the fourth with the back issue shortly after awkwardly throwing from behind second on a J.D. Martinez grounder. Hitting first base while trying to beat out an infield roller in the third really fired it up, per Saladino.

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White Sox execs thrilled to add Robert

White Sox execs thrilled to add Robert

CHICAGO -- White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams had an interesting reaction to Luis Robert when watching him take batting practice with general manager Rick Hahn during a recent workout in the Dominican Republic.

"First round of batting practice, I go 'Hmmmm,'" said a smiling Williams while recounting the story after Saturday morning's news conference at Guaranteed Rate Field to announce the signing of the free-agent Cuban outfielder to a Minor League contract with a $26 million signing bonus.

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Phil Rogers

Moves have White Sox positioned for bright future

Robert signing latest in series of deals that have transformed franchise

Moves have White Sox positioned for bright future

CHICAGO -- Luis Robert will probably never be further out of his comfort zone than when he took questions from English-speaking reporters on Saturday. He was sitting in a nicely appointed conference room at Guaranteed Rate Field, looking out at an audience that included White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and seemingly the team's entire front office, along with his agents.

But the 19-year-old Cuban center fielder was, to quote the late Stuart Scott, "as cool as the other side of the pillow."

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melky's 3-run shot caps Sox win over Tigers

Melky's 3-run shot caps Sox win over Tigers

CHICAGO -- Mike Pelfrey allowed one unearned run over five innings, as he defeated his previous employer from Detroit in an 8-2 White Sox victory Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field and snapped the team's three-game losing streak. The first game of a planned Friday doubleheader was postponed and moved to Saturday due to inclement weather, and the nightcap's first pitch was delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Pelfrey yielded four hits and fanned seven, after striking out 11 in six previous starts combined, throwing 50 of his 86 pitches for strikes. He also pitched around two errors, which helped give the Tigers their first run in the second and set up a scoring chance in the fourth. Chris Beck, Anthony Swarzak, Dan Jennings, Tommy Kahnle and Gregory Infante finished off the victory.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago who covered the Tigers on Friday.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Abreu captures some of his rookie-year magic

White Sox first baseman extends hit streak with three singles

Abreu captures some of his rookie-year magic

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu didn't set any personal milestones, such as 100 career home runs, during an 8-2 White Sox victory over the Tigers on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

But if the White Sox first baseman hits with the same authority he has over the past seven games, those personal records will pile up quickly. It certainly shouldn't hurt the White Sox cause either.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giolito's no-no provides big confidence boost

White Sox No. 2 prospect feels good about delivery after 7-inning no-hitter for Triple-A Charlotte

Giolito's no-no provides big confidence boost

CHICAGO -- After a slow start to his first season in the White Sox organization, Lucas Giolito was looking for that moment on the mound when everything clicked.

That moment arrived on Thursday night in Game 1 of a doubleheader for Triple-A Charlotte, as the big right-hander hurlerd a seven-inning no-hitter against Syracuse. Giolito struck out three and walked three, picking up eight groundouts, against the team he pitched for last season before he was acquired from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal.

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Oblique injury forces Covey to DL

Minaya recalled from Triple-A; Shields nears rehab start

Oblique injury forces Covey to DL

CHICAGO -- White Sox right-hander Dylan Covey was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique prior to Friday's homestand opener with the Tigers, and right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

The move left the White Sox operating with nine relievers and three position players off the bench. Minaya, 26, had a 1-0 mark and a 1.23 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings for the Knights. He was sidelined in Spring Training by a right abdominal strain and started 2017 on the disabled list.  

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giolito spins seven-inning no-hitter for Charlotte

White Sox No. 2 prospect rights the ship with Triple-A gem

Giolito spins seven-inning no-hitter for Charlotte

Lucas Giolito put his rough start to the season behind him on Thursday in historic fashion, as the White Sox No. 2 prospect fired a seven-inning no-hitter in Game 1 of Triple-A Charlotte's doubleheader against Syracuse.

Giolito issued three walks and struck out three in his gem, which also marked the longest outing in nine starts for MLBPipeline.com's No. 8 overall prospect. He recorded eight ground-ball outs and five flyouts, with 50 of his 87 pitches going for strikes in the outing.

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Frazier's focus: 'Just keep on rolling' with Sox

Veteran feels good about offense, hopes to stay with South Siders

Frazier's focus: 'Just keep on rolling' with Sox

CHICAGO -- There have been times over the past few weeks where Todd Frazier has thought about or discussed trade rumors involving his name.

Usually the White Sox third baseman is answering questions brought about by his friends on the matter.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.