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Breaks turn in Quintana's favor against Tigers

Offense benefits from four Detroit errors; lefty closes month with win

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CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana hurdled a horde of roadblocks this August, but couldn't find his way to a win until Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Tigers.

The crafty southpaw cruised through a Detroit lineup that had put up 18 runs through the first three games of the weekend series in front of the 26,336 at U.S. Cellular Field, a venue at which he hadn't been victorious since May 26.

"It happened. The win is back for me," Quintana said with a wide grin. "I'm excited for [the team]. We'll keep going. We want to finish the year pretty strong."

With five runs of support in the first two innings, Quintana began his day with five scoreless frames while allowing just three hits during that span.

Even in a two-run six inning for the Tigers, Quintana overcame two leadoff doubles and struck out J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos to end the inning with a runner at second.

"He was able to kind of focus back in and get through the seventh," manager Robin Ventura said of Quintana, who allowed two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk in seven innings, his longest outing since July 23.

"Q was sharp today. He was very good," Ventura said. "He came out throwing strikes. I think this is kind of typical of what we expect from him and he expects from himself. I thought he threw a great game. It was hot out there [86 degrees at first pitch] and he withstood it all."

Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games, during which he's batting .500 (21-for-42) with two homers, 10 RBIs and nine walks. Abreu went 8-for-13 in the series, playing the final three games as the designated hitter because of soreness in his left leg. He also took a pitch off his left elbow in the eighth.

Abreu brought home his 99th RBI in the third inning on an error -- one of four by the Tigers. The initial mistake came in the first frame and wasn't issued until after an overturned call on a challenge by manager Robin Ventura.

Dayan Viciedo grounded to Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez, who bobbled the ball before throwing to second baseman Ian Kinsler. Conor Gillaspie, initially ruled out on a force with two on and two outs, was given second base and Avisail Garcia scored from third.

"Any time errors lead to runs, you should take advantage of it," Ventura said. "We had some guys in scoring position when they did it. Those are freebies, especially against a pitcher like [Rick] Porcello. He's tough."

In the second, back-to-back Detroit errors with two on led to another two runs, then Garcia tacked on a third with an RBI single to center. Garcia later lined a two-out double in the sixth to score Carlos Sanchez in the sixth and extend the White Sox lead to 6-2. Garcia recorded his third multi-hit game in 14 tries since returning from the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 16.

The White Sox denied Porcello a 16th win that would've been a tie for the Major League lead with Clayton Kershaw and Clayton Kershaw.

"I felt my stuff was better than the results," said Porcello, who tossed 6 2/3 innings with six runs, three earned, seven strikeouts, a walk and 11 hits. "That's a lot of hits, that's a lot of baserunners. Left some pitches up. It was just kind of a weird day. I felt good, didn't get the results I was looking for.

Quintana entered Sunday's finale 0-3 in five starts this month with a 5.08 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and an opposing slash line of .287/.341/.391. He allowed at least four runs in each of the previous three starts, and a total of 14 in 17 2/3 innings.

"I think he's got the demeanor where that kind of stuff doesn't affect him even though he's been the victim so many times of lack of runs," catcher Tyler Flowers said. "But I think he does a nice job of maybe not getting overexcited when you put up five for him. He does a good job of just staying settled down.

"He's a true professional pitcher."

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White Sox deal Dunn to A's for pitching prospect

Slugger struggled in South Side tenure, described as 'great teammate'

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CHICAGO -- There are two distinct ways to look at Adam Dunn's White Sox tenure, which covered parts of the past four seasons, before the designated hitter was traded to Oakland for right-handed Minor League hurler Nolan Sanburn on Sunday morning.

"There are on-the-field and off-the-field elements," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. "He would be the first, and he and I discussed it last night and this morning, we were both disappointed we didn't accomplish on the field what we had hoped when the deal was originally signed four years ago. He was brought here as part of a plan to win championships in that window and it didn't happen. From that standpoint, we are all disappointed.

"From the off-the-field standpoint, or the clubhouse standpoint, he was outstanding. He had what would be the most difficult year of his career the first year he was here and there were high expectations that went along with it. He certainly heard about it and put greater pressure on himself because of that.

"But he carried himself with class throughout the entire time he was here," Hahn said. "He was a great asset in the clubhouse the entire time he was here. He was a standup individual. From an off-the-field standpoint or a clubhouse fit, it was a tremendous fit."

Take away Dunn's first season with the White Sox, a 2011 campaign in which he hit a dismal .159 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs, and Dunn wasn't too far off what the White Sox expected. Yes, his White Sox average of .201 was considerably below his .237 career number, as was his .321 on-base percentage (.365 career) and .410 slugging (.491 career).

Dunn hit 95 home runs over the last three seasons, including 20 this season in a more limited role than he was accustomed. But the 34-year-handled never tried to deflect on-field shortcomings or hide from the individual struggles.

The phrase "great teammate" in regard to Dunn was thrown around quite a bit Sunday after the trade became official.

"Those are the things that are really important, things that people don't see, is him inside the clubhouse, just kind of how to act," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "How to go about your business and be accountable. I think he's one of the best I've ever been around for that."

"For me, it's pretty simple. In today's day and age, he showed up to play every day," White Sox captain Paul Konerko said. "With so many guys coming out with injuries and this and that and guys not toeing the line every day, he showed up every day. The fact that he never backed down and played every time he could play, really at the end of the day, that's all that matters to us in a lot of ways."

Hahn described Sanburn, Oakland's No. 12 prospect per MLB.com, as a "young power arm with some good pitchability and good secondary pitches" who will likely join Double-A Birmingham in '15 and "could come quickly to help us." Much like the August moves involving Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza, this deal was more about September evaluation for the White Sox, with Andy Wilkins in mind and saving a little bit of money that can eventually be reallocated.

"On this deal alone, we are sending them seven figures and we are saving seven figures," Hahn said. "The other ones, we shed what was remaining of each of their salaries, so we freed up some cash here as well as the playing time and added at least in the last couple of days three quality arms to our system.

In order to finish the deal, Dunn had to waive his no trade clause. Dunn now looks certain to play in the postseason for the first time in his career, after playing 1,976 games without getting there and standing as the active leader in that dubious category.

It was just two weeks ago when Dunn talked to MLB.com about the '14 campaign possibly being his last one. That factor could have played into Dunn's desire to move from a locale where he was comfortable. Dunn then restated his desire to retire following this season when speaking to reporters Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

"Who knows what he's going to do in the future, next year and all that, so he might be looking at it like this is the only chance I have to go do it," Konerko said. "You definitely can't blame him for that. I definitely hope that happens for him because that's a feeling every guy should get before he gets out of the game."

"He's getting a chance to win and getting a chance to go to the playoffs for the first time in his career. I for one am excited for him," Hahn said. "I'm excited for Alejandro for the chance to get to the postseason and Gordon as well. But I look forward to the time when we're getting congratulatory messages from our former players opposed to the other way."

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Molina outrighted; roster spot opens up for Rodon

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CHICAGO -- Nestor Molina was outrighted to Double-A Birmingham on Sunday, meaning the White Sox 40-man roster now sits at 39.

That 39 becomes significant in that a 40-man roster spot exists for Carlos Rodon, the club's top prospect, when rosters expand on Monday. General manager Rick Hahn said the full complement of White Sox moves will be announced Tuesday, with the White Sox having a scheduled day off on Monday.

Rodon, the team's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and the third selection overall, has posted a 2.92 ERA over 24 2/3 innings during stops with the club's Arizona Rookie League team, Class A Winston-Salem and Triple-A Charlotte. He has 38 strikeouts, 13 walks and has not allowed a home run.

In his three starts for Charlotte, including a five-inning stint on Saturday, Rodon has fanned 18 over 12 innings. Nothing was promised to Rodon when he was drafted, but the southpaw appears to be following the same path as Chris Sale in 2010, from the Draft to the White Sox bullpen in the same season.

Outfielders Jordan Danks and Jared Mitchell, pitchers Scott Carroll and Chris Bassitt, infielder Marcus Semien and Matt Davidson and catcher Josh Phegley all stand as potential callups for the White Sox.


Wilkins, Snodgress part of White Sox shuffle

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CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for Andy Wilkins to get involved in his first Major League game Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. How about just one play in during the White Sox 6-2 victory over the Tigers, helping them split a four-game series with Detroit.

Wilkins caught Rajai Davis' popup at first base on that first play and finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. His one non-strikeout resulted in a long fly ball to right. The left-handed power hitter, who posted a .293 average, 38 doubles, 30 homers, 85 RBIs, 79 runs scored and an .896 OPS in 127 games with Triple-A Charlotte, replaced Adam Dunn on the 40-man and active rosters after Dunn was traded to the A's. Wilkins arrived Saturday night, so his schedule wasn't quite as set as he would have liked.

"I'll be excited to just get into a routine," Wilkins said. "Today was kind of one of those days where it was, I wasn't sure if I was going to be here or not. Sure enough, in the starting lineup. It was an interesting day, but my wife was here, so it was a great day. It's one I'll never forget."

Left-handed reliever Scott Snodgress also had his contract purchased by the White Sox from Charlotte, where the left-hander was working out of the bullpen. Snodgress will continue working in relief during the month of September.

"I'm seriously still waiting to wake up and realize this is all a dream," said Snodgress, 24, who takes the roster spot of Chris Bassitt who was optioned to Charlotte following his start in Saturday night's contest. Bassitt will return when rosters expand to 40 for the final month. "So I'm super excited and looking forward to the opportunity, looking forward to hopefully helping the White Sox win some games."

Snodgress and Wilkins, in particular, will have a chance to prove their future value during this big league September experience.

"I see him kind of sliding into where Dunner was, as far as getting the right-handed at-bats, playing some first base, getting Jose [Abreu] off his feet a few days a week," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Wilkins. "Him and Paulie are going to share in it."

"It's very special, and just looking forward to the next day," Wilkins said. "This one, it's good to have an off day and kind of reflect on it tomorrow."


Noesi looks to continue push toward season's end

Right-hander takes on Twins, Milone at Target Field

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Hector Noesi looks to build on a formidable August during the last month of the season to cap what has been somewhat of a resurgent year for the White Sox starter.

The White Sox are coming off their worst month of the season, but Noesi's best. He boasted season bests in wins (three), ERA (3.24), strikeouts (27), WHIP (1.11) and average against (.240). He also showcased durability, averaging 6 2/3 innings per outing, after starting the season in the Mariners' bullpen before a series of releases and waiver deals landed him in Chicago.

The South Siders are 12-10 in games started by Noesi, and 6-2 since the All-Star break.

Noesi tossed one of his best games of the season against the Twins on July 24, allowing two earned runs on three hits with one walk in 7 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the season.

Tommy Milone will make his fifth start for the Twins since arriving from Oakland at the Trade Deadline for outfielder Sam Fuld.

Milone has been bailed out of his four games thus far -- he's averaging just over four innings per outing, and has a 7.98 ERA, a .378 average against and 0-1 record. Yet the Twins are 3-1 in games he's pitched.

"He's a good pitcher. He's just missing off the plate and just missing inside," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, "and when he does make a pitch, they reach out and flip it somewhere. He's fighting it a little bit mentally. He's trying to figure it out himself, and when that happens, things start happening on the other side of it."

White Sox: Veterans exchanged for prospects in two separate trades
The White Sox made some notable roster shifts over the weekend ahead of the waiver deadline Sunday.

Chicago sent veterans Adam Dunn and Alejandro De Aza to Oakland and Baltimore, respectively, for a total of three right-handed pitchers and cash considerations.

"Obviously, when we see the opportunity to get better or create some flexibility or improve the system, we take it -- so long as we feel it's going to be our best opportunity," general manager Rick Hahn said.

The White Sox were silent in the days leading up to and on the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, which Hahn credited to their market interests -- or lack thereof.

"Deals like this didn't exist for us," Hahn said. "Whether it was teams had other priorities or we just couldn't match up on players. We wanted to wait. I think our patience in this regard paid off."

Twins: Minnesota to make callups in return home
The Twins are likely to make their callups Tuesday when they return to Target Field for the series opener against the White Sox instead of when rosters expand Monday, when they'll be in Baltimore.

The team is expected to bring up a handful of position players and a few relievers. Among the candidates to join the Twins are catches Josmil Pinto and Chris Herrmann, infielder Pedro Florimon, outfielder Aaron Hicks and relievers Michael Tonkin, Stephen Pryor and Kris Johnson.

"We're bringing up enough people up here to protect some of the guys bullpen-wise, all those things," Gardenhire said.

Worth noting
• Twins first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas joined Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio as the only three players in MLB history to register 34 hits and 24 RBIs in the month of their debut, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

• Jose Abreu needs just one RBI to reach 100 this season, which would make him the fourth rookie in White Sox history to accomplish that feat. Abreu is currently on a 12-game hitting streak, during which he's 21-for-42 (.500) with two homers and 10 RBIs.


Dunn to retire following season

Slugger traded from White Sox to A's on Sunday

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CHICAGO -- Adam Dunn said Sunday that he will retire after the 2014 season. Dunn spoke to MLB.com about that possibility 10 days ago, but said he had not made a definitive decision at that point.

Looming retirement helped convince Dunn, 34, to waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to Oakland on Sunday. He's hoping to be part of the postseason for the first time in his 14-year-career.

"This is probably going to be it. This is probably going to be it," said Dunn, speaking to reporters during Sunday's game against the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field. "This is an opportunity. I've been playing a long time and haven't got this opportunity, so I'm going to try to make the most of it.

"I don't think [I could be talked out of retirement]. Kind of the way that everything's gone down, and the family. I think you know when it's time. I feel like now is as good a time as any."

Dunn departs for Oakland, the fifth team of his career, with 460 home runs, 1,158 RBIs and 1,311 walks. He also has 2,352 career strikeout and 1,976 regular season games without seeing the postseason. Dunn hit .201 with 106 homers and 278 RBIs during parts of four years with the White Sox, including a home run off of Max Scherzer on Saturday in the first game of a split doubleheader in his final game with the White Sox.

"It was fun. One of the main reasons was one of my good buddies, one of the best pitchers in the league [Chris Sale] gave up three runs, which nobody would have seen coming," said Dunn of his finale. "As many times as we haven't scored runs for him, he pitched well. To battle back and win a game for him, that's pretty huge."

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White Sox score second run on overturned call

Tigers shortstop Suarez charged with error following replay review

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CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura successfully challenged the third out of the first inning on Sunday against the Tigers to get his club another run. 

Already up 1-0 and with runners at the corners and two outs, Dayan Viciedo grounded to Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez, who bobbled the ball before throwing to second baseman Ian Kinsler. Second-base umpire Pat Hoberg ruled Conor Gillaspie out on a close play.

The call was overturned after a review of one minute and 54 seconds. Gillaspie was ruled safe, Suarez was charged with an error and Avisail Garcia scored to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead.

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De Aza sent to Orioles for pair of Minor League arms

Move allows club flexibility going forward in September and 2015

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CHICAGO -- The all-important September prospect evaluation period for the White Sox, as part of the team's overall reshaping process, has been given an early start.

The White Sox traded outfielder Alejandro De Aza on Saturday night to Baltimore in exchange for Minor League right-handed hurlers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas. Gordon Beckham was traded on Aug. 21 to the Angels, opening up space for Carlos Sanchez and soon Marcus Semien to play regularly at second base at the big league level. And 

Neither pitcher was ranked in the Orioles' Top 20 prospects per MLB.com, although Blackmar, 22, posted a 10-1 mark with a 3.18 ERA for Class A Frederick of the Carolina League (26 games, 18 starts). Over Blackmar's last 10 starts, the right-hander produced a 6-0 record with a 2.09 ERA and yielded 45 hits over 64 2/3 innings.

"He's had a very productive year this year," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn of the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Blackmar, speaking to the media during Saturday night's 8-4 loss to Detroit. "Intriguing kid. Good pitcher's body, nice mix, has some sink, command of his offspeed pitches. That's translated to a fair amount of success in the Carolina League so far.

"Chalas has the bigger arm of the two. He's a reliever prospect. Chalas with the bigger fastball and a little bit more of a project."

Ultimately, this deal isn't as much about the prospects they obtained as it is about the prospects who will be joining the White Sox on Tuesday when rosters expand. The White Sox save the remainder of De Aza's $4.25 million salary for 2014, and while De Aza and Beckham would have commanded somewhere in the $10 million range combined through their third year of arbitration in 2015, they most likely weren't part of the club's plans going forward after this season.

Hahn won't know about the 2015 budget until the whole process is worked through in November. But he will be able to look at potential replacements such as Jared Mitchell, Jordan Danks and Marcus Semien during September.

"There's opportunity for someone to step up and seize that job," Han said of left field. "If not, it's something we are going to be looking to fill in the offseason. We are going to the offseason with a possibility of having someone else out there."

"You are going to have some guys up here that those are positions that now have opportunities," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura, who found out about the trade midway through Saturday night game. "You are going to see some guys in there that are different than what we've had for the last couple of years. They are going to get a chance."

De Aza, 30, had a .243 average with 19 doubles, five triples, five homers, 31 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 122 games with the White Sox this season. He struggled over the past two years, both with the glove and on the basepaths, but Hahn termed the one-time waiver claim as "somewhat of an underrated player for us."

But it's time for the White Sox to give someone else an opportunity.

"Try to find who else potentially could fit in with what we are building here," Hahn said. "The motivation behind this not only being the two arms that we received back, both of them we believe have a fair amount of upside and add to our pitching depth, but also as with the Beckham move, to free up not only a little bit of salary flexibility going forward, but also some playing time for some of the younger guys over the last few weeks of the season."

In regard to other potential waiver claim deals prior to Sunday night's 11 p.m. CT deadline, Hahn added, "we are going to keep working and exploring some opportunities."

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La Russa hopes energy builds on South Side

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CHICAGO -- Tony La Russa had one request Saturday night after he threw out a ceremonial first pitch at U.S. Cellular Field prior to the night portion of Saturday's split doubleheader with the Tigers.

He wants the fans' passion back on the South Side of Chicago.

"In those days, you could feel that passion and support," said La Russa, who managed the White Sox from 1979-86 and won the American League West title by 20 games in '83. "This organization is still great and our fans need to get behind these guys because the more you come out, the better they play. This organization really deserves that. I love this organization."

La Russa was accompanied by his authentic Hall of Fame plaque, as part of his induction with the historic 2014 class that included White Sox legend Frank Thomas. The manager, who accumulated 2,728 wins and three World Series titles, has nothing but fond memories of his stay in Chicago.

"I remember when I made the decision not to have a logo [on my Hall of Fame plaque]," La Russa said. "The first thing I said was, no way I would disrespect where it started. The times in Chicago were wonderful because the idea of the family feeling.

"We were all engaged. Everybody in the organization was working to make the ballclub be successful and then the joy we felt in '83. I had some really magical moments, but like I said, they're tied for first. Winning that first one, that excitement, of 'Nah Nah, hey, hey ... ' You can't top that. You can tie it, but can't top it."


White Sox host JRW Little Leaguers

Players presented back-to-school packages, signed jerseys

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CHICAGO -- It was a celebration fit for a champion, albeit a group of youthful winners who have a return to school to look forward to on Tuesday.

But the latest stop on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars Little League World Series victory tour, with the White Sox honoring this squad prior to the second game of Saturday's split doubleheader with Detroit, instantly became another special moment. The players, coaches and members of the organization had the chance to do everything from mingle with Major Leaguers to run the bases at U.S. Cellular Field.

Each player left with a back-to-school package, including a White Sox backpack, a copy of "Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season" and $100 in school supplies on behalf of the team. They also received a White Sox jersey in their Little League number signed by every 2014 White Sox player.

White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and executive vice president Ken Williams presented a $20,000 donation to the Jackie Robinson West Little League, with Williams praising the kids as role models during a private session before they took the field. A special plaque commemorating this memorable season will be unveiled at U.S. Cellular during the 2015 campaign.

Public address announcer Gene Honda introduced each player, and each player proceeded to circle the bases after his name was read. The crowd roared its approval, as the players were greeted around third base by a line formed by the White Sox and at home plate by Illinois governor Pat Quinn.

"They are our heroes forever," said Quinn. "The way they played that game last week when they won the championship. They came from behind, the double play at the end. They know how to play the game, and they showed us how to play it right in life, too."

As the group was gathering near the White Sox dugout, Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter came over from the visitors' side to offer congratulations and shake hands. Tony La Russa, the legendary manager and part of the most recent Hall of Fame class, also talked to the team before he was honored Saturday and threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

"It's crazy because he's a Hall of Famer and we're just some regular kids that made it to Williamsport," said Trey Hondras, one of the six JRW players who also take part in the White Sox Amateur City Elite traveling baseball program. "I'm real happy. I'm excited we're on this field and get to jog around and see the players. It's real exciting."

"This whole experience has been unreal," JRW manager Darold Butler said. "It's something I'm glad they're enjoying. Right now it's a dream. A big dream."

Quinn told the media a story of how he hosted the JRW All-Stars at the governor's mansion last year after they just missed qualifying for the Little League World Series. At that point, he told them that 2014 would be their year.

Not only did it turn out to be their year in regard to on-field success, but it's a year these players never will forget. The people who watched them achieve seem to feel the same way.

"How they inspired our whole state, our whole country really, with the way they played, the composure," Quinn said. "This is an opportunity for all of us to invest more in youth sports and programs that help kids after school, on the weekends and in the summer. We really have to take a lesson from JRW. Those are our favorite letters in the alphabet: Jackie Robinson West."

"Our boys, they deserve every bit of it," said Butler, whose team is going to Disney World on Friday for the weekend. "They brought not only a city but it seemed like a nation together and it's a beautiful thing for 11, 12, 13-year old boys to have that kind of impact. A lot of the players' favorite players are Chicago White Sox, so it's a beautiful thing. I'm glad the White Sox are showing so much love and I'm super proud of the guys."


Bassitt hounded by Tigers in big league debut

Right-hander takes loss as White Sox split doubleheader

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CHICAGO -- Two strong innings for the Tigers against debuting White Sox starter Chris Bassitt left the South Siders with an 8-4 loss -- their 10th in the last 12 games -- in the nightcap of Saturday's day-night doubleheader at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox won the opener, 6-3, behind ace Chris Sale's 13 strikeouts over seven innings.

Bassitt threw two hitless innings to start the nightcap before the Tigers registered three straight hits to begin the third that led to a pair of runs. The Tigers brought home three more runs in the fourth inning on a two-run single by Ian Kinsler, picking up his fifth RBI of the series, and an RBI groundout by Miguel Cabrera, who exited the game following his at-bat.

"Nervous a little bit, yeah," Bassitt said afterward. "It was a great lineup I was going up against, but I mean, I try to say the same thing: 'It's baseball. It's still the same game.' Just try to go out there and compete as much as I could."

Hours after recording six runs on 10 hits against reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, the White Sox went scoreless against left-hander Kyle Ryan, who was also making his Major League debut.

Not until the Tigers called on the bullpen did the White Sox make some noise. In the eighth, Avisail Garcia knocked in one run with a fielder's choice and Dayan Viciedo crushed a three-run homer off Joba Chamberlain to cut the deficit to one. In the ninth, J.D Martinez, Alex Avila and Don Kelly added RBIs to extend Detroit's advantage.

"We didn't really have much in the second game," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "We just really couldn't get anything going against [Ryan]. Finally, we got something going and [Viciedo] had a big homer to get us close. You have to be able to hold on to that to give us a shot with being down by one."

Jose Abreu extended his hit streak to 11 games, and is 7-for-9 through three games in the weekend series, going 1-for-2 in the nightcap with a single and walk. He was seen limping to first on a groundout in the third, but remained in the game.

"It's not an injury. It's just something that's bothering me and working at it, I haven't changed anything," Abreu said between games through interpreter and White Sox Director of Public Relations Lou Hernandez. "I'm just going about everything the same way I always have and getting some work on it. But it isn't an injury it's just something that's bothering me."

Cabrera, however, left after grounding out in the fourth while picking up an RBI. The reigning MVP is 1-for-12 this series, and his health has been in question.

"That didn't help, going down the line," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It's probably the combination of a long day and that. We weren't sure who was going to DH and who was going to play first. We were hoping Miggy's ankle would calm down and it did and he felt good when he took batting practice. But in the end, it was bothering him too much.

Bassitt struck out Cabrera looking in the first in what he said was a pinch-me moment.

"I smiled pretty big on the inside, but I was like: 'All right, we've got to keep going. Victor [Martinez] is up now, so here we go,'" Bassitt said.

The 25-year-old, who was called up from Double-A on Saturday, allowed five earned runs on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in his debut. Ryan threw six scoreless innings with five hits, two walks and a strikeout.

"I think the biggest thing is that he's got kind of a funky delivery," Ventura said of Ryan. "He kind of hides the ball. He turns his back a little bit to the hitters. I think the hitters have a little bit of trouble picking it up. He's got a little cutter, slider, fastball obviously, but I think the deception in his delivery creates issues for hitters.

Game 1 didn't exactly live up to the billing between Sale and Max Scherzer, at least given their first meeting in June, in which Sale endured his first loss of the season after allowing just one earned run.

The two aces allowed a combined 15 hits, including four homers, yet combined for 25 strikeouts. Sale fanned the side in four of his seven innings and finished with a season-high 13 strikeouts. He allowed three earned runs, all in the first, and six hits, three in the final six innings.

The White Sox overcame a 3-0 first inning deficit with six unanswered runs the rest of the way.

"I needed to do my part today because my team sure did its part. … They're pulling their weight and I needed to pull mine," Sale said.

Sale tied a White Sox record held by Ed Walsh with his 17th career games with double-digit strikeouts.

Scherzer isn't having the Cy Young season he did last year, but his five earned runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings weren't exactly characteristic. He entered Saturday's game tied for the American League lead in wins (15), and was ninth with a .234 average against. The loss was Scherzer's fifth in 28 starts.

"I had great stuff today," Scherzer said. "Anytime you can strike out 11 and not walk any, you're doing things right. But I got beat on a couple pitches."

The White Sox will finish August with one series win in nine tries.


Sale overcomes rough first to tame Tigers

Southpaw fans 13 over seven innings to pick up 11th victory

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CHICAGO -- Chris Sale did not finish the month of August winless, after pitching well enough to come out on top in four of his previous five starts.

The White Sox ace received plenty of support in the team's 6-3 victory over the Tigers in Game 1 of a split doubleheader on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field, marking his sixth and final effort of the month and first winning decision since July 26 at Minnesota. He even pitched around a rare solid-contact first inning, in which the Tigers (73-61) scored three times on three hits -- including home runs by Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez.

But after that opening blip, Sale (11-3) stood as the picture of utter dominance.

"I get in that scenario a lot. I start overthrowing and start coming out of my shoes and things just compound after that," said Sale of pitching through the tough first inning. "Coop [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] and I talked a lot this week about slowing things down, not gripping and ripping when bad things start happening.

"That's what I did today. I just tried to slow it down and not try to overthrow and do too much."

Sale's changed game plan clearly worked. Take a glance at some of the milestones he reached through Saturday's performance.

• A final strikeout total of 13 represented Sale's season high, while he walked just two. For the season, Sale has fanned 178 and walked 31 over 149 innings pitched.

• Those 13 strikeouts pushed Sale's career single-game, double-digit total to 17, tying Ed Walsh for the franchise record according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Walsh hit that mark in start No. 288 for the White Sox. Sale did the same during start No. 81.

• In the first, third, fifth and sixth innings, Sale struck out the side.

• Miguel Cabrera struck out in three straight at-bats against Sale. Martinez, who is 15-for-28 lifetime vs. Sale, even went down swinging to end the fifth.

• Over the fifth and sixth innings, Sale struck out six of the seven batters faced. He finished his day after 119 pitches over seven innings, allowing the three runs on six hits, and maintaining his AL lead with a minuscule 2.11 ERA.

Individual accomplishments matter more to Sale's friends and family, who were standing around him outside the White Sox clubhouse, as Sale conducted his postgame interview. He was more impressed by the White Sox comeback against Max Scherzer (15-5).

"What I really respect about this team and what was the [most fun] part was watching them come back," Sale said. "We get in a hole there early and our work ethic, our focus and our drive hasn't attenuated one bit. We fought until the end against a great team and a great pitcher."

"They responded great," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of his team. "They were swinging the bat early. After that, Chris settled down and he'd get to a point where he starts getting into a groove and today he did that. He was able to keep us there long enough ... and just the guys fighting back against a great pitcher."

Scherzer could not make that advantage hold, despite striking out 11 over 6 2/3 innings. The White Sox (61-74) scored one unearned run in the first on Kinsler's fielding error, and punctuated a four-run third with Adam Dunn's 460th career homer and 20th this season. Dunn now has 12 seasons of at least 20 long balls -- including six of at least 40.

Jose Abreu singled home Alexei Ramirez with the game-tying run in the third, after Ramirez doubled home Adam Eaton, who finished with two hits. Abreu struck out in the first but singled in his next three at-bats, giving him a 10-game hitting streak, six multi-hit efforts over his last eight games played and a .320 average in his still long-shot bid for the American League Triple Crown in his rookie season. Abreu continues to hit despite getting treatment on his upper left leg, just under his hip, with a .528 average (19-for-36) over this 10-game run.

"It isn't an injury. It's just something that's bothering me," said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox director of public relations Lou Hernandez. "I'm just going about everything the same way I always have and getting some work on it."

Tyler Flowers added a solo shot in the fourth, his 10th, as part of the 10-hit attack. The White Sox need three more wins to surpass their 63-victory total of '13 -- and with Sale having approximately five more starts, the chances are good they will exceed that target simply with their AL Cy Young candidate on the mound.

"His slider was good today, he had the changeup working, his fastball was explosive -- 95, 96 [miles per hour]" Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter said. "Sale is probably one of the best -- if not the best -- lefties in the game. You talk about three of the best lefties, [Clayton] Kershaw, [David] Price and him. Not fun."


Ventura uses Abreu at DH to give slugger rest

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CHICAGO -- White Sox slugger Jose Abreu brushed aside any health concerns by going a combined 4-for-6 during the team's split doubleheader Saturday against the Tigers.

Abreu left Friday's 7-1 loss after seven innings because of soreness in his upper left leg, for which he's been receiving treatment.

"It's been bothering me a little bit, but I'm doing everything I can to play and just working on it," Abreu said through interpreter and White Sox director of public relations Lou Hernandez. "It isn't an injury, it's just something that's bothering me."

Abreu was the designated hitter for the twin bill, a move to limit his mobility.

"Just DH-ing him and trying to give him little breaks when you can," Ventura said on Saturday morning. "Like last night, you take him out late and give him a little breather and even today."

"You get to a point where you get into a game and point in the season where you're playing so many games. It's his first time through it, so I think he's reacting to it for the first time. Just talking to him, he understands it. He still wants to play. He's still competitive and wants to be out there and play against the best players."

The 27-year-old is 7-for-9 after three of four in the weekend series -- including two games started by a pair of Cy Young Award winners, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.

Ventura noted that the physical toll of the season is particularly burdensome, since Abreu consistently gets on base. He was still seen limping, however, on the basepath during Saturday's finale.

"You get a little more tired because you're always running -- and he hits a lot of doubles, so he's stretching it out," Ventura said. "That's what happens to good players. I told him: 'If you hit more home runs, you don't have to run as hard.' The good news is that he doesn't steal a lot of bases, so at least he's got that going for him."

Abreu has played in 121 games this season -- more than any season of his five-year career in Cuba.

"I had a lot of people telling me and alerting how this was going to be," Abreu said on Tuesday.

When asked if he'd scaled back his workouts, Abreu said: "Not at all. I'm actually doing a little bit more work now so I can finish strong. I feel like it's helped me do a little bit more. I'm trying to do more, and I'm feeling good about it."

A candidate for the American League Rookie of the Year and MVP awards, Abreu was asked what it would mean to win a batting title. The slugger's average stands at .321.

"You look at it, there really aren't enough games," Abreu said. "And honestly the numbers and a batting title, that really doesn't matter to me. What matters to me is doing what I can to help the team win."

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Ausmus loses challenge of close play at first

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CHICAGO -- The Tigers lost a replay challenge Saturday night when manager Brad Ausmus unsuccessfully appealed an out call on Andrew Romine's ground ball leading off the sixth inning, with Detroit leading, 5-0.

Romine hit a ground ball up the middle that White Sox second baseman Carlos Sanchez fielded and threw against his momentum to Paul Konerko at first base. Umpire Laz Diaz ruled that Sanchez's throw beat Romine to the bag.

Ausmus immediately came out of the dugout and asked for a replay review. After two minutes and six seconds, the call stood.

It was Ausmus' 32nd challenge this season. He has won 19 of them.

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White Sox shuffle roster with series of moves

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox optioned left-handed reliever Eric Surkamp following Saturday's doubleheader, and traded Alejandro De Aza to the Orioles for a pair of pitching prospects.

Friday's starter Scott Carroll was also optioned to Triple-A Charlotte before Saturday's twin bill to make room for right-hander Chris Bassitt, who was recalled from Double-A Birmingham to make his MLB debut in Game 2. Surkamp was the team's 26th man for the doubleheader, recalled from Charlotte for the third time this season.

"You are going to have some guys up here that those are positions that now have opportunities," manager Robin Ventura said after his club split the day's action with a 6-3 Game 1 win and an 8-4 nightcap loss. "You are going to see some guys in there that are different than what we've had for the last couple of years. They are going to get a chance."

Ventura confirmed that Carroll, a rookie, would return to the White Sox rotation this season, but didn't indicate if it would be Monday when rosters expand to 40 men.

"I would imagine he's still in there," Ventura said pregame. "I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be back in there."

Ventura said on Thursday that the White Sox could go to a six-man rotation during the final month of the season. Who those pitchers would be remains to be seen. The team acquired right-handers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas from Baltimore for De Aza.

Blackmar, 22, is 10-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 26 games with Carolina League Class-A Frederick. Chalas is 3-4 with a 4.48 ERA between Frederick and Class AAA Norfolk of the International League, where he's gone 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA in two games.

Carroll is 5-9 with a 5.07 ERA in 16 starts, and had a one-month stint in the bullpen from May to June before returning to the rotation. He is under club control for three more years.

Bassitt was charged with the loss Saturday night, going 6 1/3 innings with five earned runs on seven hits, and four walks with four strikeouts.

"You can't make mistakes here, so that's the biggest thing," Bassitt said. "Getting ahead early is definitely important. Limiting walks, you can't give anyone free baserunners in this league. I know I still have some things to work on. Not overthrow, that's another one. But I mean, we'll go from here. Nice building block."

Bassitt had a 3-1 record with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34 2/3 innings over six starts with Birmingham. He didn't debut this year until July 12, after breaking his pitching hand in non-baseball activities.


No plan yet for 'Hawk' to limit travel schedule

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CHICAGO -- White Sox senior vice president, sales and marketing Brooks Boyer told MLB.com Friday that nothing has been decided at this point about a reduced 2015 broadcast work schedule for Ken "Hawk" Harrelson.

The colorful White Sox play-by-play announcer, who is working his 30th season in the club's television booth, told WSCR 670-AM on Thursday that he had considered cutting back on future road games to spend more time with his family in South Bend, Ind., but he had not made a decision. Harrelson often makes the commute from his home in Granger, Ind., to Chicago for White Sox home games and spoke of his family serving as a major part of the decision-making process.

"We'll sit down at the end of the year, between [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf], Hawk, [senior director of business development and broadcasting] Bob [Grim] and I," said Boyer of Harrelson, who declined through a media relations representative to comment Friday evening.. "We'll figure it out, what [Harrelson] wants to do.

"I think it's something he's thinking about. But no decisions have been made, not to my knowledge. We'll continue those conversations and see where they lead us."

Boyer said that there haven't been any "long discussions" in the recent past about this topic, where the announcer and team have said "let's map this out." But Boyer understands the thought process for Harrelson, who will turn 73 on Thursday, but has always expressed a desire to broadcast White Sox games as long as he can.

"He's very close to his grandchildren. He adores his wife," said Boyer of Harrelson. "We'll sit down and talk about it and see what makes sense. We are seeing more and more people -- whether it's Vin [Scully] or Mike Shannon -- more of those guys [cutting back on travel]."

Harrelson, Steve Stone, Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson are all under contract for 2015 as the club's television and radio broadcast teams.


Abreu already a leader in White Sox clubhouse

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CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu entered Friday's contest sitting first in the American League in RBIs, tied for second in homers and ranking fifth in batting average. Abreu would become the first rookie in Major League history to finish in the top five of all three Triple Crown categories, and the fifth White Sox player to accomplish such a feat, joining Joe Jackson (1920), Dick Allen (1972), Frank Thomas (1994) and Albert Belle (1998) per STATS, LLC.

The last rookie to finish in the top 10 of all three Triple Crown categories was Mike Piazza for the Dodgers in 1993. Minnesota's Tony Oliva did the same in 1964 as the last AL rookie.

Beyond the numbers, Abreu quickly has asserted himself as a White Sox leader.

"He's very coachable, and the easiest part for him is he just wants to play. He wants to be good," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's a leader. He understands what he means to our team and our organization. He takes care of himself and comes ready to play every day.

"That's the biggest thing, whether he can fully speak English and understand it, he does understand what he means. And that's the biggest part. He's a leader. He will be the leader of our team -- it's that simple."


Final stretch of at-bats a gauge for Avisail

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CHICAGO -- Since his return from a four-month absence because of a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder, Avisail Garcia has nine hits in 43 at-bats along with 16 strikeouts and two walks. Garcia has a .182 average against the four-seamer and a .400 mark against the sinker since his return, giving him six hits in 21 at-bats against the fastball according to brooksbaseball.net.

"You always want to hit a fastball," White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson said. "Nobody is a great breaking ball hitter. There are a few that can hit it, but you still want to square up fastballs. When you miss them, it makes you more angry when you miss a slider in the dirt.

"But I think it's about the timing. It's about the understanding of what [the pitcher] may do to me and staying the course of the at-bat. Don't start over-thinking it or changing your thoughts just because he did something else the first pitch."

Manager Robin Ventura pointed out that Garcia benefitted from a shot of adrenaline when he returned, but the post-adrenaline stage stands as the tough one to navigate before Garcia settles back in.

"Once he settles in, you'll see a better idea of what you are going to get in the future," said Ventura.

"Take these next 150 or 200 at-bats as his learning process, my learning process of him and really helping him understand what's next for him," Steverson said. "OK, you took this amount of at-bats. You saw what happened when you do X. Let's either clean that up or let's keep that. That's how it boils down."


Rough fourth inning dooms Carroll, Sox to defeat

Five-run frame fueled by errors; righty gives up seven, three earned

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CHICAGO -- A slew of defensive blunders led to five runs in the fourth inning as the White Sox endured their ninth loss in 10 games with a 7-1 defeat to the Tigers on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Jose Abreu accounted for two errors that led to a pair of runs, and a ground-rule double that was touched by a fan led to another. Of the five runs in the inning, four went unearned against rookie starter Scott Carroll.

This on a day where pregame chatter surrounded how well the infield had played defensively.

"It was a jinx," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It was just an off night."

Said Carroll: "For me especially, I'm a sinkerball guy. I'm going to rely on my defense, make them put the ball in play. The more times they're seeing pitches and able to see some pitches up, it makes it tougher."

The White Sox also struggled to round the bases.

They had 10 hits and two walks and the bases loaded once, but went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Chicago left runners on second and third in the first frame for the second straight day.

The White Sox notched a single, a double, two walks, a two-base error and loaded the bases against Justin Verlander -- yet only mustered one run, on an Adam Dunn sacrifice fly.

"We had a chance and you don't take advantage of it," Ventura said. "He usually gets stronger as he goes along. You see him in the middle there, all of the sudden he can get it up there at 95. He gets stronger as he goes along and you have to take advantage of it early and we just missed our shot."

Tyler Flowers was called out on strikes to end the inning. Alejandro De Aza then opened the second inning with a double into the right-field corner, but he was tagged out trying stretch it into a triple. De Aza finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Carroll left after giving up a second single to nine-hole batter Ezequiel Carrera. Carroll finished with seven runs (three earned) on 10 hits with no walks and two strikeouts in five-plus frames.

"I feel like I'm so close, but I have to keep working and keep improving," Carroll said.

Added Verlander: "[Carroll] saved the bullpen, and I thought he did a really good job settling down after that. Obviously a tough situation to be in, but he grinded it and was able to eat up some innings for those guys.

The bullpen allowed no runs and three hits in four innings, including two hitless frames from Ronald Belisario. Matt Lindstrom and Maikel Cleto tossed a combined two innings, with three hits and a strikeout.

Verlander tossed six scoreless innings after the first. The former Cy Young winner threw 116 pitches (77 strikes) over seven innings, with nine hits, eight strikeouts and two walks.

"I was throwing a lot of balls that were extremely hittable early in the game, just not hitting my spots, kind of a carryover from last game, having to knock off some rust. But it got better as the game went on, which I expected would happen, and I was able to make better pitches later in the game and at least keep my pitch count down a little bit."

Abreu went 3-for-3 with a double and walk, elevating his average to .316 -- fifth in the Majors. He was replaced at first base by Dayan Viciedo in the eighth, and was seen limping rounding second base in the first.

"He's fine. I think he's just tired," Ventura said. "That's a part of it when you do things like that. He's been on base a lot. Just trying to give him a breather so you get him out of there."


Wins not representative of lefties' August outings

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CHICAGO -- Chris Sale and Jose Quintana still have starts to make over these final two days of August, but going into those mound efforts, the trio of White Sox southpaws, including John Danks, has not won a game this month.

Sale has an 0-2 record with a 2.53 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 32 innings over five August starts. Quintana stands at 0-3 with a 5.08 ERA in five starts, while Danks is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA over five starts. Hector Noesi and (3-1) and Scott Carroll (1-3) have the only starters' wins this month for the White Sox entering the weekend's four-game series against the Tigers.

"It's probably a little bit different for me compared to them," said Danks, comparing his month to Sale and Quintana. "Quite frankly, I've had a pretty bad month. I haven't put myself in position to win many ballgames.

"With how Chris and Jose have thrown the ball, it's unfortunate. It's part of the game. Those guys understand that. Just get ready for the next one. It's unfortunate that they can throw the ball as well as they have and really have nothing to show for it."

Many present followers of the game consider the pitcher's victory to be anywhere from outdated to inconsequential. Sale always has been one to argue for the importance of the statistic, with Danks seemingly understanding both sides of the argument. He points to WHIP and ERA as better examples of how pitchers are performing.

"There's a lot that has to go right that is out of your control to get a win," Danks said. "But at the same time, if you don't do your job, you are not going to get a win anyway. I don't think it's any accident that the elite pitchers year in and year out are the guys leading the leagues in wins, too.

"A lot of that is staying in the game long enough, keeping your team in the game and giving yourself a chance to get that go-ahead run. We all like wins. Wins are the sexy stat for a pitcher. I wouldn't discredit it, but certainly I know that there's more that goes into it than just individual performance."


Danks in form on mound, but White Sox fall to Tribe

Lefty allows two runs, whiffs five over six; Abreu collects 97th RBI

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox endured their eighth loss in nine games after a hopeful comeback in Thursday's 3-2, series-clinching loss to the Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

Chicago recorded six singles and had five hitless innings, with four consecutive strikeouts to end the game -- including a final swing by Dayan Viciedo that sent his bat sailing into the dugout.

Avisail Garcia twice struck out to end an inning with runners in scoring position, including in the eighth with the tying run on third and go-ahead run on first.

"Baseball is hard," said Garcia, who is 8-for-36 (.222) with 13 strikeouts since returning from the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 16. "Everything is kind of happening. You've just got to keep working, be positive. Tomorrow is the next day."

The South Siders became the latest victim of Indians starter Carlos Carrasco, who allowed one earned run on four hits, with a walk and seven strikeouts, in 6 2/3 innings.

Carrasco improved to 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA and .129 average against in four starts since returning to the rotation on Aug. 10. He was relegated to the bullpen in April after a 6.95 ERA through his first five starts.

"He continues to do it," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "He came out and established his fastball. He held [the velocity], especially when he saw the end coming. He reached back for more. He has a good touch on his breaking ball and his changeup."

White Sox starter John Danks matched Carrasco early, and finished with two earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. The lefty entered Thursday's game 1-2 with a 7.98 ERA and .340 average against in the second half.

"I'd like to go deeper in the game, but I kept us in the ballgame," Danks said. "That's the number one rule in my job description, I guess. We'll call it a success. It's not as good as I'd like, but at the end of the day, we didn't win."

Jose Abreu accounted for the White Sox one run against Carrasco, a third-inning single to left that brought home Adam Eaton, who singled, swiped second and reached third on an error.

Of Abreu's 97 RBIs this season, Eaton has accounted for 23 -- the most on the team beside Abreu himself by virtue of 33 homers, tied for second in the Majors.

"You can't expand the plate too much with Abreu. He can reach just about anything," Francona said. "That's been a thorn in our side and probably the rest of the league, too."

Ronald Belisario allowed the Tribe's final tally in the seventh -- an RBI single by Michael Brantley -- to raise his ERA to 6.05. Daniel Webb and Maikel Cleto tossed the final 2 1/3 innings with one hit and three strikeouts between them.

The White Sox defense stranded 10 runners, and played formidably other than one of two Michael Bourn triples manifested through a misplayed ball by Alejandro De Aza, who later robbed Zach Walters of an extra-base hit in the second.

"Defensively, besides the one in the first that scooted by [De Aza], we played fairly well," manager Robin Ventura said. "Alexei [Ramirez] has had a couple of good nights, even defensively [Carlos] Sanchez, same thing. You have to be able to do that if you're even going to stay close, especially when you have a pitcher doing what [Carrasco] is doing."

On Friday, the White Sox open a four-game series against the Tigers that will feature a doubleheader on Saturday.

Chicago took two convincing games in Detroit to end July the last time these teams met, and sat three games under .500 with an outside shot at the second American League Wild Card.

Since, the White Sox have gone 7-17, endured two of their worst losses and have won just one series in eight tries.

"It's never easy to be near the bottom of the division," Danks said. "It's a little disappointing the way that we've felt at the beginning of the season, first half, and just not get the wins. But guys are playing hard. It's not from a lack of effort or a lack of care. It's just we're not winning, not playing well enough. We're going to play every game to win it for 162, and we wish it was more."


Bassitt set to debut Saturday night against Tigers

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CHICAGO -- Right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt will make his Major League debut as the starter for Saturday's doubleheader nightcap against the Tigers, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday. Chris Sale will start the opener.

"It's just the timing of it," Ventura said. "We have a doubleheader. It's an opportunity for him. … He's had more time and seasoning down there that I think this is just the right time to do it for him, and he's earned it."

Bassitt is currently with Double-A Birmingham, where he's gone 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA, a .206 average against, 36 strikeouts and 14 walks in 34 2/3 innings over six starts.

He will be the 26th man on the roster for the doubleheader. Ventura indicated that Bassitt will be with the team for the remainder of the season after rosters expand on Monday.

"He'll have some chances to pitch," Ventura said.

A 16th-round pick in 2011, Bassitt became a full-time starter in 2013. He went on to lead all White Sox prospects with 101 strikeouts in eight starts.

Bassitt didn't play this season until July 12 after breaking his pitching hand in a non-baseball injury.

"You feel guilty of putting them in that situation," Bassitt said last month of his Double-A teammates to MiLB.com.

Ventura and general manager Rick Hahn have both indicated that younger callups will see more playing time over the season's final month. He also alluded to the possibility of going to a six-man rotation during that stretch.

"I don't think right now it's necessarily a for sure that you're going to do that," Ventura said. "But again, we're going to go by what's happening, how guys are feeling. You'll have the ability to do that when you need to.

"These guys that come up, I don't think it's good for them just to come up and necessarily just be around. You want them to play, you want them to get acclimated and see what they can do against Major League competition."


De Aza makes leaping catch while avoiding Eaton

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CHICAGO -- Alejandro De Aza's leaping catch in the second inning of the White Sox 3-2 loss to the Indians on Thursday night robbed Zach Walters of extra bases.

With one out and one on and the Indians already leading, 1-0, Walters elevated a first-pitch fastball to left-center, where De Aza snagged the ball while avoiding a collision with center fielder Adam Eaton.

The play was one of a handful of stellar plays the White Sox made Thursday night. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez continued his exceptional play with a couple of defensive highlights and first baseman Jose Abreu and pitcher John Danks added impressive efforts.

"You have to be able to do that if you're even going to stay close," manager Robin Ventura said of the White Sox defense, "especially when you have a pitcher doing what [Carlos Carrasco] is doing."


Thomas hosts Big Hurt Brewhouse groundbreaking

Hall of Famer planning to open bar, restaurant near Chicago in late September

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CHICAGO -- The 2014 calendar year has been exceptional for Frank Thomas.

At the core of Thomas' good fortune was becoming a first-ballot electee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 8. Thomas was then inducted on July 27 with a Cooperstown class including Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.

But on Thursday, the focus fell more on Frank Thomas, businessman and restaurateur, than Frank Thomas, highly accomplished baseball player.

Big Hurt Brewhouse, taking its name from the moniker given to Thomas by White Sox television play-by-play voice Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, had an official groundbreaking ceremony at its Berwyn location, southwest of the city.

'Official groundbreaking' conveys the idea that the project just started. But this isn't the case for Thomas and his crew, who hope for a soft open of their upscale sports bar and restaurant on Sept. 23.

"Using that word 'upscale,' meaning in style, but not in price," said Thomas with a broad smile. "We are 30 days away. You'll be shocked to see what happens here in the next 30 days."

Thomas took the crowd on a tour of the Brewhouse, describing each area of the building with pride and care. The location is a historical landmark, a one-time bank that has been around for 100 years. A massive kitchen in the Brewhouse, run by Chef Orin Crumrine, came about in part from cutting through an old vault.

During a question-and-answer session on Thursday, Thomas mentioned that he has had many restaurant opportunities over the course of the past two decades. He didn't want to open an establishment until he could be personally involved, instead of being present in name only.

"This is something I plan on being here for a while. This is not a quick thing," said Thomas, who noted that the space has approximately 120 parking spots, and it's being zoned for valet parking on the weekends. "It's going to be really safe and secure. This is going to be beautiful. It will be a nice destination restaurant."

"We've had a lot of projects come through," said Berwyn Mayor Robert J. Lovero, who discussed the historical importance of the building to the residents of the area. "But none that have brought the excitement and world-class effort Mr. Thomas has brought to us in the city of Berwyn."

Berwyn provides a hub for Chicago sports diehards, the core of the fan base that "helped make the Big Hurt become who he is," according to Thomas. Those fans are one of the reasons Thomas picked this location as opposed to downtown Chicago. Thomas started this endeavor more than 15 months ago, looking for a home for his Big Hurt Beer. Five different kinds will eventually be on tap at the Brewhouse.

Fans and patrons will quite frequently see Thomas, who has an office built into the restaurant. If Thomas is not present, they can take pictures with a statue of Thomas at the entrance that Thomas says is a replica of the one residing on the U.S. Cellular Field concourse.

"I'll be here quite a bit of the time. Not every day, but almost," Thomas said. "I want all Chicagoland to come here."

Thomas mentioned a television show that involves him that may be taped on the premises. He also mentioned honoring the U.S. Little League champs, Jackie Robinson West, at some point in the near future. In fact, the groundbreaking ceremony was originally supposed to take place Wednesday, but it was moved back one day so Thomas could also take part in the JRW rally at Millennium Park.

Opening up his Brewhouse will be a milestone of a different kind for Thomas, who hit a franchise-record 448 home runs over 16 years for the White Sox, and hit 521 career home runs in 19 seasons to go with his .301 average, .419 on-base percentage and .555 slugging percentage.

Those numbers contributed to Thomas' Hall of Fame election. Thomas thanked 138 former teammates during his speech, and he estimated Thursday that at least 80 percent of those players have since contacted him.

"My phone was blowing up. A lot of numbers I didn't know, but voices I did know. It was special," Thomas said. "I'm indebted to the game. I respect the game. To go in [as part of] six first-ballot Hall of Famers, it made my year. It really made my life.

"It still hasn't set in. There were thousands and thousands of people cheering and screaming. It was overwhelming. I just wanted to pay respect to all my teammates who really helped get me to Cooperstown and all the people and coaches who helped me along the way."


Chicago holds parade for Jackie Robinson West

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CHICAGO -- Jackie Robinson West's run in the Little League World Series culminated Wednesday with a nearly four-hour parade that weaved through roughly 100 blocks of Chicago.

Fans flocked to the team's home field in the Morgan Park neighborhood before the South Side's storied squad embarked on trolleys to U.S. Cellular Field and then Millennium Park downtown.

Family, friends and fans -- including politicians and representatives from Major League Baseball -- gathered for what some said rivaled professional sports championship parades.

"This is the way Chicago celebrates a championship," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson moderated the event, which featured speeches from Theo Epstein, the Cubs' president of baseball operations, and Kenny Williams, the White Sox executive vice president.

Foes became friends through Jackie Robinson West's "common bond," as Harrelson referenced -- a testament to the unity that these 13 pre-teens embodied during their 25-day run to a U.S. championship.

"I never thought I'd get introduced by Hawk," Epstein told the crowd with a chuckle.

JRW isn't the first Illinois squad to surge through the Little League World Series, in fact it's the fourth in state history to reach the title game. Yet its story enthralled American audiences at new heights, yielding a 71 percent increase in television ratings during the U.S. championship.

Team leader Marquis Jackson rooted the unprecedented draw in the most frank manner.

"I think because we're African-American boys from the South Side," Jackson said. "There's so many people from the South Side, [and] it's just not about bad things. Something good can come from the South Side of Chicago. Period."

Morgan Park is a blue-collar neighborhood brimming with fresh-cut grass, brick houses, renowned rib restaurants and a state-of-the-art baseball facility.

Yet the grander South Side has made national news this summer for all the wrong reasons -- violence and murder have dominated headlines.

As of Tuesday, Chicago had endured 261 homicides, according to the Cook County Medical Examiners Office -- a majority of those on the South and West Sides.

It was the elephant in the room Wednesday, yet Williams tackled it head-on.

"People who are gathering and rallying," he told the crowd of 10,000, "are sending a message to put down the guns.

"Pick up a ball, a glove, a book, a paint stick, a science project. Put down the guns. We have cease fires going on over the Middle East. Nobody has said, 'Let's call for a cease fire in our communities.'"

Jackie Robinson West's rise has made the players role models in the White Sox and Cubs clubhouses. The latter featured the game during a three-hour rain delay on Saturday.

JRW's run to become the first all-African-American team to win a Little League World Series Championship was cut short by an 8-4 loss on Sunday to South Korea. Yet it grinned in defeat and crafted extravagant and congratulatory handshakes with their opposition.

"This team exemplifies what can happen when a strong community provides its children with support and opportunities to become positively engaged and achieve their dreams," Emanuel said.

All 13 hoisted their hands when asked if they wanted to someday play in the big leagues. Six of them -- Jackson, Ed Howard, Cameron Bufford, Brandon Green, Joshua Houston and Trey Hondras -- already are receiving first-hand guidance through the White Sox Amateur City Elite program.

ACE, in its eighth year, gathers 100-plus inner-city youth into a program to develop skills that might not be afforded the travel-team culture prevalent in youth baseball. It focuses as much on academics as athletics.

"This is my first year playing with them," Hondras said. "I had heard a lot of good things about it."

The team's pit stop at U.S. Cellular Field was welcomed by White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and select coaches and players. The White Sox then let the team bring the 2005 World Series trophy to the ceremony at Millennium Park.

"Hopefully, at least in the Chicago area and Illinois, maybe this pushes kids into our game instead of something else," said team captain Paul Konerko.

The White Sox will welcome JRW for a game this Saturday against the Tigers, and the Cubs will do the same during their next homestand, a six-game set starting on Monday.

JRW was founded in 1971 by Joe and Anna Haley, whose son, Bill Haley, is the current director. Bill said his parents' idea was not to win championships, but to make a significant impact on the lives of children through dedicated volunteers and parents.

"What these young boys have done the last six weeks shows that the core values that the league started with way back in 1971 still hold true," Haley said.

Epstein echoed: "People ask me all the time: 'How do we get kids playing baseball again? There aren't enough kids playing baseball. How do we get kids in the city playing baseball?' Well we just need to go to school on everything that Jackie Robinson West stands for and start duplicating that all around our city -- and every big city in the country."


Abreu ups RBI total to 96 in White Sox victory

Slugger drives in go-ahead run with one-out single in seventh

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CHICAGO -- To pitch to Jose Abreu or not to pitch to Jose Abreu?

That was the question facing the Indians and staff ace Corey Kluber during the White Sox 3-2 victory Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Actually, it's a question that has plagued White Sox opponents for much of this season. And it's not a shot at any other hitter in the White Sox lineup, as much as it's high praise for the odds-on American League Rookie of the Year favorite and AL Most Valuable Player candidate.

There were two scoring chances at U.S. Cellular Field where the Kluber-Abreu matchup ultimately decided the outcome. In the third, with Adam Eaton on third and two outs, the Indians (67-64) went after Abreu, and he singled home the tying run. Adam Dunn followed with a double to right-center that scored Abreu.

The situation was a bit trickier in the seventh.

With the game tied at 2 thanks to a Lonnie Chisenhall homer off of Hector Noesi (8-9) in the top of the frame, the White Sox (60-72) had runners on first and third with one out and Abreu at the plate.

They started the frame putting runners on second and third with a Carlos Sanchez single and an Eaton ground-rule double, but Alexei Ramirez's grounder to Chisenhall at third produced an out at the plate. That out was confirmed after White Sox manager Robin Ventura requested a crew-chief review to see if catcher Roberto Perez blocked the plate without the baseball.

Cleveland still could have elected to pitch around Abreu, loading the bases for Dunn or for right-handed-hitting pinch-hitter Paul Konerko if the Indians turned to left-handed reliever Marc Rezepczynski. Instead, Kluber (13-8) attacked Abreu with seven pitches outside of the zone. That seventh pitch, which would have been ball four, was poked back into center by Abreu to score the game-winning run.

"He didn't throw too much good, but I wanted to bring the guy in from third base, so I was as aggressive as I could be," said Abreu through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "He left a pitch there and I was able to connect and get the ball through the middle."

"Even when you make some good pitches, sometimes good hitters are able to get their hits," said Kluber, who struck out eight over 6 1/3 innings. "He covers a lot of pitches, so you've just got to kind of mix it up on him."

Abreu's final connection, along with scoreless relief work from Javy Guerra and Zach Putnam (fourth save), ended the club's season-worst seven-game losing streak and four-game streak at home. They improved to 7-2 at home against the Indians, who made the playoffs last season thanks to a 17-2 record against the South Siders.

Noesi earned the victory, meaning the White Sox have a 12-10 record in games that the right-hander has started for them this season. He had very little room for error going against Kluber and made very few mistakes while allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking one.

"Well, you know he is good and I was not thinking about, 'Oh, he's going to do good,' you know?" said Noesi, who threw 99 pitches compared to 118 for Kluber. "And then I was just trying to go to my game and do my game."

"His offspeed stuff looked very good, he kept the ball down and he throws 95 [mph]," said Eaton of Noesi. "He knows how to pitch and him and [catcher Tyler Flowers] work really well together. It's really fun to play behind those guys."

As well as Noesi pitched, a victory might not have been possible without Abreu. The good feeling the White Sox have coming out of this season, regardless of their final record, also wouldn't be possible without the free agent from Cuba.

Three hits on Wednesday pushed Abreu's season average to .312. His two RBIs raised that total to 96. Although Abreu has just two homers in August, he has proven to be so much more than a power hitter.

Eaton compared Abreu's offensive game to Paul Goldschmidt, his former teammate in Arizona.

"My dad always said most good hitters are line-drive hitters. They just happen to go out," said Eaton of Abreu, who is now 6-for-13 against Kluber and is hitting .500 during a current seven-game hitting streak. "He sprays the ball all over the field. He's very disciplined at the plate, knows what he's doing, can hit to all fields with power and I'm lucky to be his teammate."

"I'm very happy because we just came out of a bad stretch there," Abreu said. "I was concentrating since yesterday on this pitcher because I knew he was going be tough. I dedicated a lot of time to preparing against him and was glad we got that win today."

It was a win decided by Abreu answering Kluber's challenge.

"Jose was great tonight," Ventura said. "He stayed through the middle of the field and came up with some big RBIs for us."


Williams implores Chicago to denounce violence

Williams implores Chicago to denounce violence

CHICAGO -- The White Sox will honor the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars for their U.S Little League championship accomplishments during a special pregame ceremony prior to the start of the 6:10 p.m. CT game agaisnt Detroit of a split doubleheader on Saturday. The White Sox will host team members, coaches and families for the game as guests of the team, and all fans attending the game are encouraged to wear gold in honor of the champions.

It was White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams who used this amazing success story to make an important life point loud, clear and effectively through his speech Wednesday during the rally at Millennium Park as the celebration culmination.

In fact, Williams spoke for five or six minutes but only needed four words to grab the attention of his audience.

"Put down the guns," Williams said to the approximately 10,000 in attendance.

"People who are gathering and rallying, they are sending a message to put down the guns," Williams said. "Pick up a ball, a glove, a book, a paint stick, a science project."

Williams thanked the "superstars" who didn't suit up for JRW, namely the leaders of community organizations, teachers, before-school programs, after-school programs and the in the middle programs.

"And the people in the neighborhood who haven't given up on the village mentality," Williams said. "It does take a village."

This important message, mixed in with some humor and congratulations for the way the players handled their success, did not go unnoticed.

"That's the biggest thing that you take away from this because with the violence that's going on, people can unite for a good cause," said White Sox director of youth baseball initiatives Kevin Coe of Williams' comments. "I mean, those viewing parties were like family reunions. Today was one big family reunion. So many people from the city of Chicago, all ethnicities, all genders, all ages were out to support this team of 12-year-old baseball players, and it shows we are capable of doing something positive in this city. We just need a leader to step up and do it."


Konerko content with role during season's final month

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CHICAGO -- With September basically being viewed as Paul Konerko month on the South Side, the White Sox captain probably will get a few more at-bats outside of his regular 2014 starts against left-handed pitching.

Konerko remains aware of the possibility, but he doesn't want anything to change from the manner in which his part-time playing and full-time leadership role has been handled during his 16th and final season with the club.

"I'm here to do whatever [White Sox manager] Robin [Ventura] wants," Konerko said. "I'm just here to serve really. I have no expectations one way or the other. You want me to play, I'll play. You want me to sit for a week, I'll sit for a week.

"I'll do whatever I can to help. Whatever Robin wants to do or [general manager] Rick [Hahn] or the team, whatever they want to do, it's right. There's no discussion. It's impossible to offend me. It really is."

Ventura earned praise from Konerko for the way in which he handled the player this season, with Konerko adding that Ventura made the year more fun for him and is "good in my book forever." Konerko doesn't see any coaching or managing in his baseball future, although he smiled and added that he's already committed to one of his young son's teams this fall.

His commitments for the rest of the season will include playing in the season's final four games, from Sept. 25-28, at home against the Royals, according to Ventura's comments Wednesday.

"If they play me too much, I might demand a trade. I don't think that's going to be a problem," said Konerko. "Listen, this has all been good. The whole thing, there's no expectation on my part. I don't want anybody out there trying to make those guys feel uncomfortable."

"It's important to us to have him play quite a bit in that last weekend that we're home, if he can do it," Ventura said. "I don't know if we'll get all four out of him. We can get a few."

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Kluber miffed by post-review denial of warmup pitches

Following short review of play at the plate, umps say no to request

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CHICAGO -- The Indians had no qualms about White Sox manager Robin Ventura requesting a crew-chief review on an out at the plate on Wednesday night. After all, the seventh-inning play was confirmed following a brief look at the instant-replay footage.

What bothered Cleveland was the fact that starting pitcher Corey Kluber was not allowed to throw a handful of warmup pitches after the review concluded. Both home-plate umpire Rob Drake and crew chief Joe West denied Kluber's request.

"That was disappointing," Indians manager Terry Francona said after the 3-2 loss to the White Sox. "At that point in the game, Klubes doesn't know how long they're going to be over there, so he doesn't want to keep throwing [during the review], because he was at a pretty high pitch count.

"I didn't think a couple of pitches would make the crowd go away. I thought some common sense would have prevailed a little bit."

The play in question came up with no outs and runners on second and third base for Chicago in the seventh inning. With the game stuck in a 2-2 tie, Kluber induced a chopper off the bat of Alexei Ramirez to Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall, who gloved the grounder and fired a strike to catcher Roberto Perez.

After receiving the ball -- with plenty of time to retire Carlos Sanchez at the plate -- Perez appeared to be blocking the runner's path. The rookie catcher quickly took a step in front of the dish before then stepping back toward Sanchez in order to apply the tag.

Sanchez was ruled out, but Ventura wanted the umpires to check to see if Perez provided a lane to the plate. If it was deemed through a review that the catcher blocked the plate unnecessarily, Sanchez would have been ruled safe, giving the White Sox the go-ahead run.

Managers still feel there is a lot of gray area involved in the rules involving plays at the plate.

"It's always up for interpretation," Ventura said. "So, hopefully, something gets done there."

Perez was surprised that the play was reviewed at all, considering the runner was still several steps from home when the catcher had the ball.

"Yeah, I was," Perez said. "I even asked the umpire, 'If I catch the ball first, can I go at him?' He said, 'Yeah, you can.' But, I gave him the lane. I was surprised they [reviewed] the play. That was the first time in my career that happened to me."

What happened next is what miffed Kluber.

The pitcher has been on the mound for a handful of replay reviews, including one that lasted a few minutes in the eighth inning of his Aug. 15 start against the Orioles. Given the unpredictability of the length of any given review, the pitcher has developed a routine in which he warms up after the conclusion of the delay.

"If it's one of those four- or five-minute replays," Kluber explained, "what's the point of throwing as soon as they go over there and put the headset on? I've had instances where I've been out there this year and they're standing out there for three, four, five minutes. Am I just supposed to figure out how long a replay is going to take? I'm not even sure why they looked at that play, to be honest."

When Wednesday's review wrapped up after a quick 48-second conference with the Replay Operations Center in New York, Kluber asked to throw a few warmup pitches. Drake informed the pitcher that he should have done that during the review. Kluber then checked with West, but the pitcher was instructed to take the mound in order to resume the game.

"I understand that replay is part of the game now," Kluber said. "Tonight, I don't get the whole making-up-rules-as-we-go thing. Every other time I've been out there for a replay, I've waited until they finish the replay and then have thrown a couple pitches. All of a sudden, tonight I'm told that you're only allowed to throw pitches while they're reviewing the play.

"If the umpires are making up stuff as we're going, then the system needs to be looked at, I think."

The next batter, Jose Abreu, delivered an RBI single that helped the White Sox to the win.

Kluber did not blame the replay situation for allowing that costly hit.

"No, it didn't affect me," Kluber said. "I just made a couple mistakes tonight."

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McEwing downplays managerial rumors

McEwing downplays managerial rumors

CHICAGO -- Joe McEwing has heard the rumors attaching his name to the Arizona managerial position if Kirk Gibson is not retained past this season. That connection comes from McEwing being respected throughout the game and having strong ties to Arizona chief baseball officer Tony La Russa from the two years he played for him in St. Louis.

But McEwing stands as the third-base coach for the White Sox and isn't campaigning or looking for another job.

"I consider myself a loyal individual and my loyalty is here," McEwing told MLB.com prior to Wednesday's contest with the Indians. "The White Sox have given me an outstanding opportunity, to start coaching here and in the Minor League system, and [White Sox manager] Robin [Ventura] brought me in at the big league level and I couldn't be more thankful for that opportunity.

"People have talked about [Arizona]. But, you know, rumors are rumors and you can't control the rumors and my thoughts and focus are here. I'm trying to help us win here and continue an outstanding thing we've got going on here."

Shortly after being named the team's third-base coach in the 2011 offseason, McEwing interviewed for the Cardinals' managerial position vacated by La Russa. McEwing enjoyed the interview process, but the 41-year-old is in no rush to run his own team, even if it possibly meant working with La Russa.

"He's a tremendous baseball mind," said McEwing of La Russa. "He's an individual I learned a lot from as a player and he's where he belongs -- in baseball. Any part in this game that he's attached to, it's better for it: Whether it be on the field, in the Commissioner's Office, in the front office. The game is in a better spot because he's a tremendous baseball mind and an old-school mind."

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