Melky flirts with cycle as Sox fall to Royals

Melky flirts with cycle as Sox fall to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Salvador Perez hit a game-tying two-run homer, while Mike Moustakas and Brandon Moss also went deep in a five-run sixth inning that propelled the Royals to a 7-2 win over the White Sox on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals, who hit five home runs in the series-clinching victory, have won four in a row and remained 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Indians in the American League Central. The White Sox have lost eight straight games.

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Wilson Alexander is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Saturday.

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Engel credits batting practice for 3-star catch

Engel credits batting practice for 3-star catch

KANSAS CITY -- The catch that White Sox center fielder Adam Engel made to take away extra bases from Eric Hosmer in the sixth inning of Saturday night's 7-2 loss to the Royals was made possible by Engel's batting practice work.

"You get reads in batting practice. I would say that's probably the biggest thing that helps most outfielders," said Engel, who saved a run with Lorenzo Cain on first and none out, only to have the Royals hit three home runs in the inning off reliever David Holmberg.

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Holland looking to slow Royals in series finale

Holland looking to slow Royals in series finale

It will be a battle of left-handers when White Sox southpaw Derek Holland opposes Royals starter Travis Wood in Sunday's series finale at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals, who have won four in a row, including the first two games of this series, are tied with the Twins for second place as both sit 1 1/2 games back of the first-place Indians in the American League Central.

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Prospect Lopez pushing to join White Sox

Right-hander piling up impressive numbers at Triple-A

Prospect Lopez pushing to join White Sox

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez soon might force the White Sox hand on a promotion to the Major League club just as second baseman Yoan Moncada did before him with Triple-A Charlotte.

Factoring in the one run allowed on two hits over six hits on Friday, Lopez has posted a 1.71 ERA with 39 strikeouts over his last 31 2/3 innings for the Knights. The 35th-ranked prospect overall by MLBPipeline.com, acquired as part of the Adam Eaton deal with the Nationals, has a 1.80 ERA with 25 strikeouts and five walks over four July starts.

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Anderson looking to shake struggles in '17

White Sox shortstop believes his best baseball is yet to come

Anderson looking to shake struggles in '17

KANSAS CITY -- By Tim Anderson's own admission, the 2017 season represents one of the worst years of his life both professionally and personally.

"I'm still learning. I'm still working," said the White Sox shortstop, focusing primarily on his baseball work with this assessment. "My best years have yet to come. Just have to keep believing."

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Peter stuffs box score for Triple-A Charlotte

Peter stuffs box score for Triple-A Charlotte

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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Statcast of the Day: Moncada's 1st White Sox hit

MLB's top prospect triples, finishes with 4 RBIs

Statcast of the Day: Moncada's 1st White Sox hit

KANSAS CITY -- White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada did a week's worth of work in three innings during Friday night's 7-6 loss in 10 innings to the Royals in only his second Major League game with the South Siders.

Ranked as the No. 1 prospect overall by MLBPipeline.com, Moncada, who finished 0-for-2 with a walk in his debut on Wednesday against the Dodgers, grounded out in the second off of Royals starter Ian Kennedy to score Avisail Garcia with his first RBI and second of his career.

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Sox can't slow Royals on Moncada's big night

Sox can't slow Royals on Moncada's big night

KANSAS CITY -- Whit Merrifield hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give the Royals a 7-6 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. The walk-off was the second of Merrifield's career.

With the win, the Royals moved into a second-place tie with the Twins in the American League Central -- both clubs sitting 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Indians. The White Sox, after blowing a 5-1 lead early on against the Royals, lost their seventh straight.

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Wilson Alexander is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the Royals on Friday.

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White Sox craft plan for sustained success

Club stockpiles top prospects as part of rebuilding effort

White Sox craft plan for sustained success

KANSAS CITY -- It was exactly one year ago when Rick Hahn uttered the phrase "mired in mediocrity" to describe the state of the White Sox, with the team standing at 46-49 and 10 1/2 games out in the American League Central.

Since that time, the general manager has moved Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Adam Eaton, Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Zach Duke as part of the rebuild, receiving 16 prospects in return, including Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Dane Dunning and Eloy Jimenez to name a few.

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Rutherford, Clarkin happy to join White Sox

Prospects join new Minor League teams after trade with Yankees

Rutherford, Clarkin happy to join White Sox

KANSAS CITY -- Outfielder Blake Rutherford grew up a Yankees fan. Left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin spent parts of the past four years within the Yanks' system.

So Tuesday's seven-player trade with the Yankees sending these two prospects to the White Sox originally was a bit of a shock for both.

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White Sox acquire Lowe, Machi from M's

Seattle receives cash for the veteran Triple-A relievers

White Sox acquire Lowe, Machi from M's

SEATTLE -- With neither veteran figuring in their plans this year, the Mariners traded Triple-A relievers Mark Lowe and Jean Machi to the White Sox on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.

Lowe, 34, was in his third stint with the Mariners organization, though he never reached the Major League club this year and had gone 3-4 with a 6.23 ERA in 32 appearances for Triple-A Tacoma.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Injuries mount, but Tilson won't give up dream

White Sox prospect keeps working his way back before another enduring another setback

Injuries mount, but Tilson won't give up dream

CHICAGO -- After being acquired from St. Louis, Charlie Tilson's career with the White Sox started with a single to right against Detroit's Anibal Sanchez leading off the third inning at Comerica Park on Aug. 2, 2016.

Since Tilson's one and only big league hit, the native of Winnetka, Ill., has dealt with the most trying year of his professional life. Tilson suffered a torn left hamstring chasing a fly ball in the fifth inning of that same game and underwent season-ending surgery.

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Panelists discuss MLB's Duty at Chicago event

Panelists discuss MLB's Duty at Chicago event

CHICAGO -- The numbers tell Tony Reagins that the population of baseball players across the United States continues to grow.

But making sure that African-American players have a viable way to join those ranks is something that continues to be an issue because of existing economic restraints. Reagins -- the former Angels general manager who has served as MLB's senior vice president of youth programs since 2015 -- said Thursday that too many times, young people from African-American communities don't have access to baseball fields and equipment, which prevents them from being able to participate.

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Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moncada embracing excitement of callup

Top prospect goes 0-for-2 with walk in White Sox debut

Moncada embracing excitement of callup

CHICAGO -- There is some debate as to whether the White Sox rebuild began with their highly touted 2016 MLB Draft class or the trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton during the last Winter Meetings.

But Yoan Moncada's debut with the team in Wednesday night's 9-1 loss to the Dodgers at Guaranteed Rate Field moves this high-end rebuild from the "looks great on paper" stage to more of a reality.

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White Sox prospects impress across Minors

White Sox prospects impress across Minors

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Most notably, No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.

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Moncada debuts in loss to Dodgers

Moncada debuts in loss to Dodgers

CHICAGO -- After eeking out a win Tuesday night, the Dodgers poured it on Wednesday night with a 9-1, rain-shortened victory over the White Sox that extended their season-high win streak to 11 games and spoiled the White Sox debut of top MLBPipeline.com prospect Yoan Moncada.

Rain with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, which began at approximately 10:08 p.m. CT, caused the game to be delayed. The game was eventually called at 10:46 p.m., giving both the Dodgers and White Sox their first rain-shortened game of the season.

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Phil Rogers

Moncada starts anew with Abreu in corner

Moncada starts anew with Abreu in corner

CHICAGO -- Yoan Moncada is back where he was born to be, on a diamond playing baseball at its highest level. But if he is nervous about it, well, he's keeping it to himself.

"I can feel the excitement," Moncada said. "That's something that makes me feel happy too. I just want to try to take advantage of it. ... I feel good."

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On a short look, Robert impresses White Sox

On a short look, Robert impresses White Sox

CHICAGO -- Ever Magallanes knows Luis Robert, both the person and the player.

Magallanes, the supervisor of the White Sox Dominican Academy, had the chance to watch Robert, the 23rd-overall prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, on a daily basis before Robert's left knee meniscus injury earlier this month.

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Callis, Mayo discuss historic White Sox rebuild

Callis, Mayo discuss historic White Sox rebuild

On Tuesday, the White Sox padded their already-loaded farm system by acquiring prospects Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo from the Yankees in exchange for Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. The White Sox now have a staggering 10 players on the Top 100 Prospects list. MLB Pipeline resident prospect experts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss the most recent deal and Chicago's farm system makeover. 

Jonathan: Well, Jim, the White Sox were at it again Tuesday, trading away more big league parts to continue to rebuild. Maybe this didn't have the wow factor of some other deals, but I think they did a nice job, again, at bringing in some quality Minor League talent. The Yankees got Major Leaguers who will help them now, but for Chicago to get another Top 100 guy like Blake Rutherford, that's another good get for them. I like Ian Clarkin a little, but it's Rutherford who makes this a good deal for the White Sox, I think.

Most Top 100 prospects
The White Sox currently have 10 players on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list. Here's a look at which teams have had the most players on preseason Top 100 lists (MLB Pipeline 2012-17 and Baseball America 1990-2011):
9 - 2006 Dodgers
9 - 2011 Royals
9 - 2014 Red Sox
8 - 1991 Dodgers
8 - 1998 Marlins
8 - 2000 Marlins
8 - 2007 Rockies
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White Sox stacked for future; Moncada up

White Sox stacked for future; Moncada up

CHICAGO -- White Sox general manager Rick Hahn could be excused for burying the news of Yoan Moncada's near arrival during his press conference following his team's 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Hahn first addressed the trade sending third baseman Todd Frazier, closer David Robertson and right-handed reliever Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees for prospects Blake Rutherford, Ian Clarkin and Tito Polo, along with right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard. It was then when Hahn spoke of the news caused by the roster opening.

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Gonzalez's strong return outing goes to waste

Gonzalez's strong return outing goes to waste

CHICAGO -- The Dodgers juggernaut jumped leagues Tuesday night and kept on winning, as Clayton Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 Interleague shutout of the White Sox for Los Angeles' second 10-game win streak of the season.

Padding the best record in MLB, the Dodgers (65-29) are on a 30-4 tear -- a franchise best since 1899 -- which had not been accomplished since the 1977 Royals had a 35-4 run. The last National League team to have such a run was the 1936 Giants. Los Angeles is off to its best start through 94 games since 1955.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Mark Feinsand

5 questions after Yanks-White Sox blockbuster

5 questions after Yanks-White Sox blockbuster

The Yankees and White Sox stunned the baseball world with their seven-player blockbuster Tuesday night, capping a day that felt more like July 31 than July 18.

Hours after the D-backs cut a deal with the Tigers for right fielder J.D. Martinez, the Yanks sent three prospects and right-hander Tyler Clippard to the White Sox for third baseman Todd Frazier and right-handed relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle.

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After 'disbelief,' Cease settles in with new team

White Sox No. 9 prospect came to club in Quintana trade

After 'disbelief,' Cease settles in with new team

CHICAGO -- The word "disbelief" came to mind for Dylan Cease when he was part of a four-prospect package going to the White Sox in a trade sending Jose Quintana to the Cubs last Thursday.

"But not necessarily in a negative way," Cease said during a Tuesday conference call. "Just kind of a shell-shocked way."

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Pipeline: Hansen flirts with no-hitter

Pipeline: Hansen flirts with no-hitter

Tyler O'Neill has plenty of power and he showed it off with home runs in each game of Triple-A Tacoma's doubleheader split against Albuquerque.

O'Neill, the No. 29 overall prospect (Mariners No. 2) is heating up lately, having homered in three straight games and boasting a .327 average through 14 games this month.

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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.

Garcia named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Garcia named Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smith learning ropes of big league catching

Smith learning ropes of big league catching

CHICAGO -- As Kevan Smith undresses near his locker after a June victory over the Rangers, sweat and dirt still smeared over his face, the White Sox catcher recounts each detail aloud, piece by piece.

Two outs. Bases loaded. Two strikes. One-run game. David Robertson, the White Sox closer, is on the mound, and Smith signals for a curveball that he knows will be in the dirt. Robertson executes: the ball is in the dirt, but it scoots behind Smith and the potential tying run comes barreling in from third.

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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.

In My Words: Kopech taking it 'day by day'

White Sox top pitching prospect working hard at Double-A Birmingham

In My Words: Kopech taking it 'day by day'

I'll be honest, it's difficult not to think about playing in the big leagues. You wish you were there right now.

So the big thing for me is trying to stay in the moment. At the All-Star Futures Game in Miami, I said something that I needed to hear for myself as much as anything else. I also figured other players in similar situations could benefit from it as well.

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Michael Kopech is a right-handed pitcher for Double-A Birmingham. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jimenez's debut highlights Sox prospect news

Jimenez's debut highlights Sox prospect news

CHICAGO -- Rick Hahn is not done collecting assets for his version of "The Process," otherwise known as the White Sox rebuild.

The White Sox general manager acquired three new prospects in the organization's MLB Pipeline Top 30 in a pair of deals, including landing the Cubs' top two prospects in a five-player trade for ace Jose Quintana.

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