White Sox bats erupt to back Giolito vs. KC

White Sox bats erupt to back Giolito vs. KC

CHICAGO -- Rookie right-hander Lucas Giolito threw seven innings of one-run ball and Avisail Garcia homered and drove in three runs as the White Sox beat the Royals, 8-1, on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Royals' playoff chances diminished further as they fell 5 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot with seven games to play.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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

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Giolito flashing ace potential as season wanes

Righty allows just one run over seven innings in dominant start vs. Royals

Giolito flashing ace potential as season wanes

CHICAGO -- Lucas Giolito stood as the local postgame television interview guest Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field after an 8-1 White Sox victory over the Royals guaranteed the rebuilding South Siders (63-92) would not lose 100 games this season.

Giolito was the logical choice to talk with the White Sox television crew, as he put together his fifth quality start in his last six trips to the mound, allowing one run on five hits over seven innings. But during the chat with Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, Giolito could feel the presence of Jose Abreu and his Gatorade cooler creeping closer.

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

Shields thinks White Sox can contend in '18

Shields thinks White Sox can contend in '18

CHICAGO -- The 2020 season has stood as the sort of unofficial target for White Sox playoff contention at the end of this ongoing rebuild.

But veteran hurler James Shields believes that White Sox have a chance to contend as early as the 2018 season.

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

Abreu in exclusive company with 100th RBI

White Sox slugger hits century mark in 4 straight seasons

Abreu in exclusive company with 100th RBI

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu became the third player in Major League history to start his career with four straight seasons of at least 25 home runs and 100 RBIs by virtue of his run-scoring groundout off Scott Alexander in the seventh inning of Saturday night's 8-2 loss to the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The White Sox designated hitter was proud, but not overjoyed after the contest. It was difficult for a team player and leader such as Abreu to celebrate an individual accomplishment in defeat.

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

White Sox slowed after fast start against KC

White Sox slowed after fast start against KC

CHICAGO -- Whit Merrifield drove in three runs and Salvador Perez had two run-scoring doubles as the Royals rolled to an 8-2 win over the White Sox on Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Royals remained 4 1/2 games behind the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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

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White Sox fans excited about future seasons

White Sox fans excited about future seasons

CHICAGO -- If you rebuild it, they will come.

That is the lesson the White Sox are learning and the support goes deeper than high praise for general manager Rick Hahn's myriad moves and the daily following of highly touted prospects such as Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and Eloy Jimenez. Fans are putting their money behind their excitement for the future.

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

Rodon seeks answers for left shoulder issue

White Sox pitcher isn't ruling out surgery as potential option

Rodon seeks answers for left shoulder issue

CHICAGO -- White Sox southpaw Carlos Rodon has not pitched since Sept. 2, after being shut down for the season with shoulder inflammation. He was scratched from a Sept. 7 start against the Indians.

But Rodon and the club are still on a fact-finding mission where the shoulder is concerned, according to Rodon's comments on Saturday.

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

White Sox close out Royals with 9-2-4-6 DP

Garcia's throw gets Merrifield at plate; Cain out at second

White Sox close out Royals with 9-2-4-6 DP

CHICAGO -- Whit Merrifield froze. Lorenzo Cain hesitated and Avisail Garcia fell down in right field.

Those three components were just part of a crazy 9-2-4-6 game-ending double play for the White Sox in a 7-6 win over the Royals on Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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

Moncada's go-ahead HR sends Sox past KC

Moncada's go-ahead HR sends Sox past KC

CHICAGO -- Rookies Yoan Moncada and Matt Davidson hit home runs and the White Sox scored five unanswered runs for a 7-6 win over the Royals on Friday night, but it was the way the game ended at Guaranteed Rate Field that will have everyone talking.

It ended in dramatic fashion on a double play when Whit Merrifield was thrown out at home trying to score from second base on a single to right field by Lorenzo Cain, who was thrown out trying to advance to second. The Royals challenged the out call at home and both calls wound up being reviewed and confirmed.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Soto thinking about his family in Puerto Rico

White Sox catcher looking to help after devastating hurricane

Soto thinking about his family in Puerto Rico

CHICAGO -- The family of White Sox catcher Geovany Soto is fine and in good spirits in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria's assault on the commonwealth.

But the devastation in Puerto Rico is really significant, as Soto explained on Friday prior to the series opener against the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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

Bernie Williams' anthem tour hits Chicago

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Bernie Williams' anthem tour hits Chicago

Bernie Williams was a five-time All-Star during his 16-year big league career with the Yankees. But clearly baseball wasn't his lone skill.

The 49-year-old also is a ridiculously good musician, as evidenced by his version of the national anthem on the guitar prior to Friday's series opener between the White Sox and the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Fulmer (blister) out, but Volstad, 'pen deliver

White Sox No. 9 prospect plans to pitch again in '17; vet earns first win since '12

Fulmer (blister) out, but Volstad, 'pen deliver

Civil Society Brewing Co. will have to wait another 10 days before Chris Volstad returns.

The co-owner of the Florida microbrewery with his cousin and another business partner instead is busy picking up wins on the mound for the White Sox, as he did during a 3-1 victory over the Astros Thursday night at Minute Maid Park. Volstad allowed one long Brian McCann home run over 4 1/3 innings, but otherwise shut down the game's top offense in emergency relief of rookie prospect Carson Fulmer, who left after three hitters due to a blister.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the White Sox on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox cool off Astros, leave town with victory

Sox cool off Astros, leave town with victory

HOUSTON -- The White Sox pushed across runs on a bases-loaded walk in the second inning and a bases-loaded double play in the third, and seven relievers stifled the Astros' offense to lead the White Sox to a 3-1 win Thursday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros, who saw their six-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 2 1/2 games behind the Indians in their hunt for the best record in the American League. Houston's nine-game home winning streak was also halted.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the White Sox on Thursday.

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Inbox: What will White Sox '18 rotation look like?

Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers fans' questions

Inbox: What will White Sox '18 rotation look like?

Assuming health and good Spring Training, what are the odds that the 2018 rotation starts with Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Carson Fulmer and Michael Kopech?
-- Steve, Bettendorf, Iowa

You are three-fifths right, assuming good health, in Lopez, Rodon and Giolito. Also add in veteran James Shields.

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

Moncada boosts confidence with rocket HR

Line-drive shot comes as Sale collects 300th K with Boston

Moncada boosts confidence with rocket HR

CHICAGO -- While the White Sox were dropping a 4-3 decision to Houston on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the season some 1,450 miles away in Baltimore.

That piece of history came on pitch No. 111 for the Red Sox southpaw, with the Orioles' Ryan Flaherty becoming his 13th strikeout over eight innings against zero walks. White Sox fans put forth social-media applause and congratulations for Sale, arguably the most dominant pitcher in the franchise's history.

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

Yoan's blast not enough to slow Astros

Yoan's blast not enough to slow Astros

HOUSTON -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch has been pumping up Brad Peacock as a legitimate option for the team's rotation in the postseason, and the right-hander delivered the biggest statement in his favor Wednesday night.

Peacock won his 12th game of the season -- surpassing his Major League total of 11 wins entering this season -- by firing six innings of one-hit ball to lead the American League West-champion Astros to their sixth consecutive win, 4-3, over the White Sox at Minute Maid Park. The win kept Houston 1 1/2 games behind the Indians for the best record in the AL.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the White Sox on Wednesday.

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Giolito holds his own against Astros

Giolito holds his own against Astros

HOUSTON -- There was a moment during Chicago's 3-1 loss to the Astros on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park that showed off the pitcher Lucas Giolito is becoming as opposed to just highlighting the highly touted rookie.

It came in the sixth inning, with Marwin Gonzalez at the plate, Carlos Correa at second and two outs in a 2-1 ballgame. Gonzalez, who is a .293 hitter with an .884 OPS, battled the young right-hander through 12 pitches.

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

Prospect Hansen eyeing bigs after strong '17

Prospect Hansen eyeing bigs after strong '17

CHICAGO -- There was a time during the 2015 season when Alec Hansen was considered a potential top pick overall in the '16 Draft.

After a rough junior season at Oklahoma in 2016, with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP in 51 2/3 innings, the right-hander "slipped" to the White Sox in the second round of the 2016 Draft. But it didn't take long for Hansen to not only put up dominant numbers at the Minor League levels, but also to start thinking about big league possibilities.

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

In My Words: Konerko keeps on learning

In My Words: Konerko keeps on learning

Baseball was my whole life since I was 12 years old, so I've been trying to reconnect with the world outside the game. That's been my point since I retired in 2014. When the opportunity presents itself to take a trip somewhere, or to learn something new, I'm going to take advantage of it.

For instance, we took a long trip to Italy. That's something I wouldn't have done before. Even in the offseason, I always kept it simple. There was no offseason. I slept and drank baseball all the time.

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Paul Konerko played first base for the Chicago White Sox for 16 years. He retired at the end of the 2014 season. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quiet bats waste Giolito's solid effort

Quiet bats waste Giolito's solid effort

HOUSTON -- Collin McHugh won his third consecutive decision and combined with four relievers to handcuff the White Sox and send the American League West-champion Astros to their fifth win a row, 3-1, in Tuesday night's series opener at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros (92-58), who clinched their first AL West title on Sunday, began play on Tuesday 1 1/2 games behind the Indians -- who defeated the Angels late on Tuesday -- for the best record in the AL. The Astros have won eight in a row at home and are 34 games over .500, tying their high-water mark of the season.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston and covered the White Sox on Tuesday.

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Anderson proving capable asset to White Sox

Anderson proving capable asset to White Sox

DETROIT -- When White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning of Sunday's near-no-hitter at Comerica Park, he had one thing on his mind.

"Just try not to let this happen. Try not to let him throw a no-hitter," Anderson said.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox held to 1 hit by Boyd in Detroit

White Sox held to 1 hit by Boyd in Detroit

DETROIT -- On the same day former Tiger Justin Verlander made his first start in Houston as an Astro, Matthew Boyd fell an out shy of becoming the first Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Verlander six years ago, tossing a one-hit shutout in a 12-0 Tigers win over the White Sox Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Rob Brantly's two-out walk in the third inning was all the White Sox could muster against Boyd (6-10) until Tim Anderson doubled over the Tigers' outfielders in right-center field with two outs in the ninth. Anderson had one thing on his mind when he stepped up to the plate.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the White Sox on Sunday.

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Lopez overcomes long inning to win 2nd straight

Righty one of several young pitchers who have impressed Renteria

Lopez overcomes long inning to win 2nd straight

DETROIT -- Going through a rebuild is a tough process for a Major League club, but White Sox manager Rick Renteria is pleased with what he has seen so far as the club works its way back to contention with a surplus of young talent on the roster.

Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez turned in another solid start and showed a good amount of composure in Saturday's 10-4 win over the Tigers, building on the encouragement Renteria has seen from the 23-year-old this month. Lopez allowed four earned runs in seven innings to win his second straight start.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the White Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Delmonico's HR ignites early outburst, Sox coast

Delmonico's HR ignites early outburst, Sox coast

DETROIT -- Nicky Delmonico and Matt Davidson homered, Tim Anderson set a career high with four hits and Alen Hanson scored three times, pacing the White Sox to their second offensive onslaught in three days at Comerica Park for a 10-4 win over the Tigers on Saturday.

The victory brought Chicago back within a game of Detroit for fourth place in the American League Central.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the White Sox on Saturday.

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Fulmer's strong effort has White Sox optimistic

Rookie shows composure in quality start against Tigers

Fulmer's strong effort has White Sox optimistic

DETROIT -- Though the White Sox lost, 3-2, on a ninth-inning Mikie Mahtook walk-off single Friday night at Comerica Park, manager Rick Renteria was encouraged by what he saw from rookie starter Carson Fulmer.

Fulmer (2-1, 4.50 ERA) took a no-decision, throwing six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and striking out five. It was his second straight quality start, and Renteria thinks the youngster is showing composure and maturity.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the White Sox on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox fall despite late rally, Moncada HR

White Sox fall despite late rally, Moncada HR

DETROIT -- Mikie Mahtook's walk-off single in the ninth decided a Friday night pitching duel at Comerica Park and ended the Tigers' six-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the White Sox.

"It's been a struggle, that's been no secret," Mahtook said of the Tigers' third win in September. "But everybody in here, they want to do well, they want to compete, they want to play the game right. To come out and get a win like that, it says a lot about our guys."

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the White Sox on Friday.

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White Sox welcome Garcia back to fold

Outfielder suffered concussion, fractured jaw in July 21 on-field collision

White Sox welcome Garcia back to fold

DETROIT -- The White Sox activated outfielder Willy Garcia from the disabled list ahead of Friday's game against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Garcia had been sidelined since July 31, when he collided with rookie second baseman Yoan Moncada, resulting in a concussion and a fractured jaw. Garcia had surgery to insert a plate in his jaw and was sent on a rehab assignment with the Class A Kannapolis Intimidators.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Moncada impresses with career day at plate

Young White Sox 2nd baseman goes 4-for-5 with 2 walks, 5 runs scored

Moncada impresses with career day at plate

DETROIT -- Since signing with the Red Sox in March 2015, Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has been one of the hottest young commodities in all of baseball. So White Sox fans were rightfully excited about his arrival in the Chicago organization last offseason, then as MLBPipeline.com's No. 1 prospect.

While he got off to a bit of a slow start with the White Sox since joining the big league club in mid-July, Moncada has been hot lately, riding a 15-game on-base streak. His gaudy numbers in Thursday's 17-7 win at Comerica Park solidified his status as the club's top youngster.

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Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the White Sox on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.