White Sox at critical juncture to keep hope alive

Have dropped three of four after 7-game winning streak

White Sox at critical juncture to keep hope alive

CHICAGO -- The White Sox returned home to U.S. Cellular Field with a clubhouse full of momentum coming off a 7-1 road trip, not to mention a weekend series against the Yankees that would draw over 30,000 each day at U.S. Cellular Field.

Facing the American League East leaders was a good test for the South Siders, who played good baseball during their seven-game winning streak but also did so against two last-place teams in Cleveland and Boston. So losing two out of three to the Yankees, including Sunday's 12-3 setback in front of their third sellout of the season, wouldn't exactly be considered a failure.

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Samardzija knocked around by Yankees

Samardzija knocked around by Yankees

CHICAGO -- Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered and Ivan Nova allowed one run over six innings as the Yankees defeated the White Sox, 12-3, on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. New York outscored the White Sox, 27-17, in the three-game series, taking two of three.

Ellsbury led off with a home run on the second pitch of the game before the Yankees blew the game open with a five-run fourth and a three-run fifth. Stephen Drew supplied four RBIs, while Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Ellsbury each added two RBIs. White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija threw fewer than five innings for the first time this season, giving up nine runs over 4 2/3.

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Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Soto hits 100th big league home run

Reaches milestone with solo shot in seventh inning

Soto hits 100th big league home run

CHICAGO -- Lost in the shuffle of a second big Yankees' victory over the White Sox -- 12-3 on Sunday -- in three games was Geovany Soto's 100th career home run.

That particular towering drive came in the seventh off Chasen Shreve, landing in the left-field stands at U.S. Cellular Field two batters after Alexei Ramirez homered in the third game of the last five he has played. Soto's eight homers over 127 at-bats put him behind only Jose Abreu (18 in 385), Adam Eaton (nine in 387) and Adam LaRoche (nine in 330) on the 2015 White Sox roster.

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Quintana greets Rays in opener of three-game set

Quintana greets Rays in opener of three-game set

The White Sox look for redemption against Tampa Bay when the Rays come to U.S. Cellular Field for a three-game series beginning on Monday. The Rays swept the White Sox in a three-game series during June, but will face off against a different team this week.

Chicago moved from fifth to third in the American League Central in that time behind improved performance in its defense and offense. Jose Quintana looks to build off a strong month of July on Monday. Quintana picked up three wins in six starts, tossing five quality starts in that span.

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Rejuvenated offense signals turnaround

Contributions throughout lineup key to recent stretch

Rejuvenated offense signals turnaround

CHICAGO -- There's been a lot of talk about hand signals around the White Sox lately. It's as if it's another language spoken only between White Sox players when they reach base.

Not even manager Robin Ventura fully understands what they all mean. Some are a simple rubbing of the head, other's mimic rocking a baby, but whatever they are, it's happening more often recently.

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Vintage Danks defuses Yankees

Vintage Danks defuses Yankees

CHICAGO -- There has been something different about John Danks since the All-Star break. Something bigger than his 2.78 ERA over four second-half starts.

At almost three years to the date of his arthroscopic shoulder surgery, Danks' stuff is starting to improve. That fact became evident during an 8-2 victory over the Yankees Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field, where Danks matched a season high with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings, holding New York to one run on three hits.

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White Sox get back on track against Yankees

White Sox get back on track against Yankees

CHICAGO -- Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez both homered and John Danks tied a season high with eight strikeouts as the White Sox defeated the Yankees, 8-2, on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field, snapping a six-game losing streak vs. New York and tying the three-game weekend series.

The White Sox, who got an RBI double from Jose Abreu in the first inning and a solo shot from Ramirez in the second, grabbed a 6-1 lead on Cabrera's three-run homer in the four-run fifth. It was the eighth time in the last 10 games that Chicago has scored at least six runs.

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Avi sails! Garcia robs another homer

Avi sails! Garcia robs another homer

CHICAGO -- The .264 average, seven homers and 33 RBIs through 348 at-bats don't exactly represent Avisail Garcia's ideal offensive output during his first full season in the Majors.

And while his defense hasn't been letter perfect, he has helped the White Sox with some big plays in right field. One of those came during Saturday night's 8-2 victory over the Yankees, a score that might not have been so one-sided without Garcia.

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Samardzija remains focused post-Deadline

Samardzija remains focused post-Deadline

CHICAGO -- Pitching stood as the sole focus for Jeff Samardzija before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, even with the free-agent-to-be being mentioned in a number of rumors.

And with the Deadline passing without the White Sox making any moves and without Samardzija and his wife having to pack up and move for the third in a year, the focus won't change for the right-hander.

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Big bro's tweet says Thompson will join White Sox

NBA star Klay congratulates Chicago prospect Trayce before removing post

Big bro's tweet says Thompson will join White Sox

CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder J.B. Shuck was placed on the disabled list prior to Saturdays' game with the Yankees due to a strained left hamstring suffered late in Friday's loss. Right-handed pitcher Scott Carroll was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to take Shuck's roster spot.

The White Sox temporarily needed a 13th arm with the bullpen being extended due to short starts from Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon over the past two nights. But based on a tweet from Klay Thompson on Saturday, a tweet that since has been deleted, the White Sox might be adding a position player soon.

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White Sox pitching legend Pierce dies at 88

Seven-time All-Star was prominent in community, cancer charity work in Chicago

White Sox pitching legend Pierce dies at 88

CHICAGO -- It took White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams basically one word to describe Billy Pierce, who passed away Friday morning at the age of 88 after a battle with gall bladder cancer.

"They're class," said Williams, actually referring to Pierce, Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso, all iconic Chicago baseball figures who have passed away in the past year. "It's been a tough year for Chicago with regards to some of the legends of Chicago sports leaving us."

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LaRoche works scoreless 9th in pitching debut

Records strikeout, pays homage to father

LaRoche works scoreless 9th in pitching debut

CHICAGO -- The question was an easy one for Adam LaRoche, coming after the Yankees' 13-6 victory over the White Sox before 30,359 at U.S. Cellular Field on Friday night.

Did he want to talk about his Major League pitching debut, throwing a perfect inning in the ninth, or the four hits that show the designated hitter could be getting back on track with the bat?

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Rodon finds tough going against Yankees

Rodon finds tough going against Yankees

CHICAGO -- Mark Teixeira hit two home runs with six RBIs, including a grand slam, as the Yankees continued their offensive tear in a 13-6 victory over the White Sox on Friday night.

The Yankees tagged rookie left-hander Carlos Rodon for eight runs in three-plus innings, scoring once in the first and five times in the second. They scored five more in the fourth inning and once in the sixth off Chicago's bullpen.

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White Sox push forward without Deadline deals

Long-term strategy takes precedence over short-term fit

White Sox push forward without Deadline deals

CHICAGO -- The White Sox did not make a move before Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline, but it sounds as if they probably could have. The White Sox did not enhance the team's postseason chance, but they also didn't mess with the chemistry developed during a 17-9 run ahead of Friday's series opener against the Yankees.

General manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Ken Williams didn't subtract from the youthful base of this organization, meaning they didn't trade away top prospects such as shortstop Tim Anderson or pitcher Frankie Montas. Ultimately, they stayed true to their reshaping plan set fully in motion at the 2013 Trade Deadline.

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Dual threat: LaRoche goes 4-for-4, pitches an inning

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Dual threat: LaRoche goes 4-for-4, pitches an inning

In days of yore, when mustaches were required attire and pegging someone was considered a legitimate strategy, ballplayers were Renaissance men -- athletes who could pitch and hit in equal measure. But while there still exist a few luminaries who shine in all aspects of the game, increasingly rare is the true do-it-all guy. On Friday night, however, a hero stepped forward to remind us that the divide between hitters and pitchers can occasionally be transcended: Adam LaRoche was his name, and throwing eephuses is his game.

Having already picked up three hits (he'd add a fourth later), the White Sox first baseman was called upon to throw the final inning of Chicago's game against the Yankees. Jokes were made, the thought of a position player pitching sneered at. Oh, how wrong we were.

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Short of perfect, White Sox happy with trip

Seven-game winning streak ends with Sale's rough outing

Short of perfect, White Sox happy with trip

BOSTON -- For one breath-holding moment in the first inning of Boston's 8-2 victory over the White Sox Thursday night at Fenway Park, the South Siders' seven-game winning streak didn't really matter.

Not when Chris Sale, the White Sox ace and one of the best starters in the game, got hit flush with a Xander Bogaerts line drive off the outside of his left leg. Without Sale, any additions made by general manager Rick Hahn prior to Friday's 3 p.m. CT non-waiver Trade Deadline wouldn't have the same meaning.

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White Sox winning streak stalls at seven

White Sox winning streak stalls at seven

BOSTON -- Tired of getting belted around by the White Sox in their own ballpark, the Red Sox responded by delivering a sixth-inning knockout of ace Chris Sale en route to an 8-2 victory on Thursday night.

The White Sox had won the first three games of the series by an aggregate of 28-14, and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first in the finale.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and listen to his podcast. Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox opened winning gateway in St. Louis

Pair of wins over Cardinals initiated turnaround

White Sox opened winning gateway in St. Louis

BOSTON -- It all began in St. Louis on June 30, and most of the White Sox didn't even know their turnaround had started.

The White Sox entered Busch Stadium with a 32-42 record, preparing for a two-game series against the team with Major League Baseball's best record. And all the White Sox did was claim the first game in 11 innings and watch Jose Quintana outlast the Cardinals and the rain the next day.

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White Sox get Sellers from Bucs

Minor League infielder played 17 games in bigs with Indians last season

White Sox get Sellers from Bucs

The White Sox have added Triple-A shortstop Justin Sellers in a trade with the Pirates for a player to be named or cash considerations.

After missing the first three months of the season with an Achilles injury, Sellers hit .288/.339/.308 in 52 at-bats in the Pirates' Minor League system. He has spent time at second and third base this season, to go along with shortstop.

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Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways

Melky spearheads White Sox winning ways

BOSTON -- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera stands as a pretty solid representation of the team's 2015 season.

By the end of June, many people thought neither Cabrera nor the White Sox had a chance to come near their lofty preseason expectations. By the end of July, there aren't enough superlatives to cover the work of either side as the White Sox winning streak extended to seven games with a 9-2 victory vs. the Red Sox on Wednesday -- and Cabrera continued to knock the ball all over Fenway Park.

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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 as they pushed 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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Melky Cabrera peers inside the Green Monster

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Melky Cabrera peers inside the Green Monster

The Green Monster looms large at Fenway Park. It's one of the eight wonders of the modern baseball world (definitely a thing, don't look it up). And, like any monster worth its salt, it has an air of mystery about it. Even if we know what's inside it -- a lot of signatures, apparently -- we still can't help but want to look for ourselves.  

During a pitching change in the seventh inning of the White Sox 9-2 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday evening, Melky Cabrera took his chance.

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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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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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