Sox grab lead with five-run sixth, then hold off Royals

Sox grab lead with five-run sixth, then hold off Royals

CHICAGO -- The White Sox completed an unofficial sweep of the Royals on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field with a 5-3 victory in the regularly scheduled contest. The White Sox also won the suspended game from Friday by a 3-2 margin, when Avisail Garcia delivered a walk-off single against Kelvin Herrera to score Melky Cabrera. The teams only needed to play the ninth to complete that game.

In the main affair, the White Sox took advantage of a rare Mike Moustakas miscue to score four unearned runs during a five-run sixth. Conor Gillaspie delivered the key hit, ripping a 2-1 pitch from Edinson Volquez to right for a two-run single to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead with two outs in the sixth.

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Melky's leaping grab at wall helps Sox edge Royals

Representing tying run, Hosmer robbed of at least extra bases to end eighth

Melky's leaping grab at wall helps Sox edge Royals

CHICAGO -- Zach Duke raised his hands in the air in celebration. The excited White Sox crowd followed with a standing ovation. And with one leaping outstretched grab to end the eighth inning, Melky Cabrera saved at least a run for the White Sox.

In reality, Cabrera might have saved the White Sox 5-3 victory and their Sunday sweep of the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Sox walk off on Garcia's single in suspended game

Sox walk off on Garcia's single in suspended game

A game that started Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field between the Royals and the White Sox finished Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 White Sox victory. The game was suspended after eight innings Friday due to unplayable field conditions following four innings of rain, and concluded with Avisail Garcia's walk-off single against Kelvin Herrera. Melky Cabrera drew a two-out walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and stayed there when Jose Abreu was intentionally walked.

White Sox closer David Robertson started the suspended portion of Sunday's two games since he was announced on Friday before the contest was suspended. He pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out the side, but had his stretch of 18 straight batters retired end on an Abreu error.

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With two wins in one day, Sox feel they're turning corner

Chicago improves to 8-9 with victories over KC

With two wins in one day, Sox feel they're turning corner

CHICAGO -- A quiet confidence permeated the White Sox clubhouse Sunday evening, the kind of low-key bravado that comes from claiming two wins in one day from the reigning American League champions.

It also should be noted that the Royals had won 15 of their last 18 games against the South Siders before Robin Ventura's crew captured a 3-2 victory in the resumption of Friday's suspended contest and then fought back for a 5-3 win in the regularly scheduled game. There was a reason for excitement coming from the 8-9 White Sox, who are slowly but surely starting to resemble the team many had imagined before the start of the 2015 season.

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Sale, Samardzija suspensions may get Rodon a start

White Sox top prospect a candidate to fill in, as is recent callup Carroll

Sale, Samardzija suspensions may get Rodon a start

CHICAGO -- Losing your No. 1 and No. 2 starters never would be considered anything near a plus for any team, under any circumstance. That scenario could play out for the White Sox, with Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija receiving five-game suspensions for their part in Thursday's bench-clearing, bullpen-emptying fracas with the Royals.

Sale and Samardzija, who both declined comment Sunday, appealed those suspensions. But even if their five-game exits aren't staggered, the White Sox are ready to handle the short-term ramifications.

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Robertson earns win, save in odd day for reliever

White Sox closer victorious in suspended game, then finishes off KC in nightcap

Robertson earns win, save in odd day for reliever

CHICAGO -- David Robertson clearly was ready to finish what he started on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

After taking the mound to begin the completion of Friday's suspended game against the Royals and eventually getting the win in a 3-2 victory, Robertson pitched around two singles in the regularly scheduled game to pick up career save No. 50 in the 5-3 White Sox win. Those singles off Robertson marked his first hits allowed in seven games, but the closer certainly seemed upbeat after his strange day of work.

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White Sox turn to Noesi to open series in Baltimore

White Sox turn to Noesi to open series in Baltimore

The Orioles will finally play outside of the American League East, hosting the White Sox for a three-game set at Camden Yards. Monday's opener will feature O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez against Hector Noesi. Noesi allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Indians, though he was better than his line looked. Two of the four hits he gave up left the ballpark.

After a rough 2014, Jimenez has been a bright spot in Baltimore's rotation. The righty has pitched to a 2.30 ERA in his first three starts, with all four runs allowed this season coming in his last start against Toronto.

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With Albers on DL, Carroll takes White Sox long-man role

With Albers on DL, Carroll takes White Sox long-man role

CHICAGO -- Matt Albers stood at his home locker with a wry smile on his face as the media members approached Sunday morning. With his hand heavily wrapped, the veteran White Sox reliever knew he was going to be a topic of conversation.

"My first interview of the season," said Albers with a laugh.

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Abreu receives his 2014 Rookie of the Year GIBBY

Slugging first baseman picks up hardware during pregame ceremony

Abreu receives his 2014 Rookie of the Year GIBBY

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu's life off the field has changed dramatically since he left Cuba as one of the island's most celebrated baseball stars in the summer of 2013. His play on the field has stayed the same.

You can argue he's actually become a better player.

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Sale, Samardzija suspended following fracas

Royals' Ventura, Volquez, Herrera and Cain also face discipline

Sale, Samardzija suspended following fracas

CHICAGO -- White Sox starting pitchers Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija each received five-game suspensions for their role in the on-field fracas taking place during the bottom of the seventh inning of the Royals' 3-2, 13-inning victory Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Six players in total were suspended with Joe Garagiola, Jr., Major League Baseball's Senior Vice President of Standards & On-Field Operations, making the announcement Saturday morning.

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Tied White Sox-Royals game suspended due to rain

Play will resume in ninth inning at 1:10 p.m. CT, followed by Saturday's scheduled game

Tied White Sox-Royals game suspended due to rain

CHICAGO -- The White Sox-Royals game, played during a steady rain Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field, was suspended due to unplayable field conditions. The score was tied at two after eight innings, with White Sox closer David Robertson warming up and announced to enter the game in the ninth.

This contest will be resumed prior to Saturday's regularly scheduled game, with the same 1:10 p.m. CT start. The regularly scheduled game will begin after Friday's completion.

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Abreu escapes injury scare on rundown

First baseman appeared to be in pain on field after trying to tag Escobar, but OK after smelling salts

Abreu escapes injury scare on rundown

CHICAGO -- White Sox fans eventually were able to exhale during the third inning of Friday night's rain-suspended contest against the Royals at U.S. Cellular Field after Jose Abreu went down to the ground in pain following a rundown play involving Alcides Escobar.

Jose Quintana, the White Sox starting pitcher, picked off Escobar, who had singled home the first run of the game. But Abreu elected to chase down Escobar instead of throwing the ball during the rundown, and he was ruled to have missed the tag as he tumbled over the baserunner at second.

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Phil Rogers

White Sox hope they've found spark to slay mighty KC

White Sox hope they've found spark to slay mighty KC

CHICAGO -- Almost exactly 15 years ago, White Sox lefty Jim Parque plunked Dean Palmer with a pitch, and the Tigers third baseman headed toward the mound.

That night, a brawl broke out at U.S. Cellular Field that just got uglier and uglier. Blood was shed in the infield, and when the White Sox looked back at the end of that season, an out-of-nowhere ride to the American League Central title, that fight -- one that yielded 16 suspensions totaling 82 games -- would be pointed to as a significant milestone.

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White Sox's Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted

Day after benches-clearing incident, lefty and fellow Sox hurler Samardzija say they've moved on

White Sox's Sale went to KC clubhouse; trouble averted

CHICAGO -- White Sox left-hander Chris Sale went to the Royals' clubhouse Thursday night after the on-field fracas in the bottom of the seventh inning at U.S. Cellular Field had been settled, but cooler heads prevailed before anything escalated.

One source said that Alex Rios, a friend and former teammate of Sale with the White Sox who is now with the Royals, helped defuse the situation. Edinson Volquez, the Kansas City hurler who joined Sale as part of the five players ejected, said somebody told him that Sale was knocking on the clubhouse door during the eighth inning. Sale didn't confirm nor deny the reported action, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura all but acknowledged it took place.

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Could melee with rival be galvanizing force for Sox?

Could melee with rival be galvanizing force for Sox?

CHICAGO -- The White Sox hope the team that battles together soon will start winning consistently together.

Or to put it another way, the benches-clearing fracas in the seventh inning of the Royals' 3-2 victory in 13 innings Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field could end up serving as a galvanizing force for the White Sox. It was a wild tussle with Detroit in 2000 that fostered the same purpose for the eventual American League Central champions.

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Abreu, Ramirez excited at possible exhibition games in Cuba

Cuban natives eager to play in home country, visit families

Abreu, Ramirez excited at possible exhibition games in Cuba

CHICAGO -- Commissioner Rob Manfred has discussed exhibition baseball games being played in Cuba potentially as early as 2016. Alexei Ramirez and Jose Abreu, the White Sox All-Stars and Cuban natives, would love to be part of that possible exhibition.

"I wish that could happen. I wish that I can get an invitation to go to play there and come back to my country," said Ramirez through interpreter and White Sox Spanish language announcer Billy Russo. "I've lost eight years and you can't recover that time."

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Sox fall in extras after Sale, Ventura among 5 ejected in tussle

Sox fall in extras after Sale, Ventura among 5 ejected in tussle

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out two and walking one during Thursday night's contest at U.S. Cellular Field between the White Sox and Royals. Yordano Ventura allowed five hits over seven innings, while striking out eight. But neither ace was around in the end for the Royals' 3-2 victory in 13 innings. Eric Hosmer doubled home the winning run off of Jake Petricka with two outs, as Jarrod Dyson barely beat the relay throw from Emilio Bonifacio.

Ventura and Sale were two of five players ejected as the offshoot of a bench-clearing fracas in the seventh that began when Adam Eaton grounded back to Ventura with two outs, and Ventura yelled at Eaton after Eaton first yelled something upon contact. Numerous punches were thrown, and Jeff Samardzija, Edinson Volquez and Lorenzo Cain also were ejected.

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Tensions boil over in Royals-White Sox fracas

Tensions boil over in Royals-White Sox fracas

CHICAGO -- Bad blood between the White Sox and Royals that has simmered since the start of the season boiled over again on Thursday night during a benches-clearing incident in the bottom of the seventh of the Royals' 3-2 win in 13 innings at U.S. Cellular Field.

When the dust settled, outfielder Lorenzo Cain, pitcher Edinson Volquez and right-hander Yordano Ventura were ejected for the Royals, while pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Chris Sale were ejected for the White Sox.

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Big Hurt leads White Sox Franchise Four balloting

Big Hurt leads White Sox Franchise Four balloting

CHICAGO -- Frank Thomas is considered the greatest hitter in White Sox history, not to mention becoming a first-ballot Hall of Famer last year. So it's easy to understand how the Big Hurt also checks in at No. 1 among the voting for the White Sox Franchise Four, a campaign that allows fans to vote for the most impactful players who best represent each Major League franchise.

Thomas holds a lead over Paul Konerko among the eight White Sox candidates. The late Minnie Minoso ranks third, followed by Harold Baines, per voting released on Wednesday.

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Petricka adjusting mechanics on fly after missing spring

White Sox reliever made 2015 debut Wednesday vs. Indians

Petricka adjusting mechanics on fly after missing spring

CHICAGO -- Jake Petricka has some mechanics issues to clean up that were noticeable during his 2015 debut in the ninth inning of Wednesday's victory over the Indians.

Those issues most certainly would have been fixed during Spring Training if not for the fact that Petricka was hampered by a right forearm strain, which meant a trip to the disabled list to start the season.

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Abreu's pop, Shark's savvy pace White Sox

Abreu's pop, Shark's savvy pace White Sox

CHICAGO -- An expected low-scoring battle between top-flight starters Jeff Samardzija and Corey Kluber turned into a 6-0 White Sox victory over the Indians on Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. By virtue of its four-run rally in the ninth inning Monday, Chicago picked up a second series victory this season. But the White Sox win in the finale wasn't as routine as the score would indicate.

Samardzija threw six scoreless innings to earn his first White Sox victory, but he needed 113 pitches to accomplish that. He pitched out of jams in the second, third and sixth innings. Kluber, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, allowed 13 hits over six-plus innings, but four of them came at the start of the seventh. He fanned six and walked one.

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All together now: Complete win for White Sox

In finale vs. Indians' ace, Chicago clicks on virtually all cylinders

All together now: Complete win for White Sox

CHICAGO -- The opposing starting pitchers for this most recent three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field read Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber, three of the best pitchers in the American League Central, let alone on the Indians.

So the White Sox had to be more than satisfied to claim the series win against that trio, culminating Wednesday afternoon in a 6-0 victory that marked the team's first shutout of the season. Jeff Samardzija set the tone with six gritty innings, but the uneven White Sox offense hung a career-worst 13 hits on Kluber to support their starter on a day when he had average stuff.

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Jonathan Mayo

Mayo uses Rodon's slider to create uber pitching prospect

Taking one tool from five Minor Leaguers, MLB Pipeline creates the ultimate hurler

Mayo uses Rodon's slider to create uber pitching prospect

Last week, the world was introduced to Carlex O'Galldor, the uber prospect created at MLBPipeline.com by taking the best individual tools from five prospects on Prospect Watch.

Now it's time to head back to the prospecting lab and create the ultimate pitching prospect. The concept is similar to last week's, but with pitches: Taking the best pitch, plus control, from five up-and-coming arms.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On gameday, stay out of Shark's way

Teammate Eaton describes big right-hander's competitive spirit

On gameday, stay out of Shark's way

CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton already has learned a key trait belonging to Jeff Samardzija in their short time together as White Sox teammates.

On days he's starting, don't mess with the big right-hander.

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Despite tough going for White Sox, Abreu stays confident

Amid 5-8 start, slugger maintains offseason goal of making postseason

Despite tough going for White Sox, Abreu stays confident

CHICAGO -- In an offseason interview with MLB.com, Jose Abreu talked about preparing for more than just the 162-game regular season. He had his sights firmly set on the postseason, with the exceptional moves made by general manager Rick Hahn serving as an extra driving force.

Abreu's optimism hasn't changed through 13 games, though the White Sox leader understands the team's overall approach to the game has to change due to a rough start.

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Rodon unbowed after first-game jitters

Top White Sox prospect vows to adjust after control issues out of bullpen

Rodon unbowed after first-game jitters

CHICAGO -- There was one noticeable difference with Carlos Rodon on Wednesday morning, in comparison to his Major League debut Tuesday night in a 6-2 loss to the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

The 22-year-old southpaw shaved his mustache.

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