CHICAGO -- Two schools of thought exist in judging Avisail Garcia's uneven 2015 campaign in the context of his overall development.
On the positive side Garcia, at just 24, is completing his first full season in the Majors. Although he fought his way back from surgery to repair a torn labrum and an avulsion fracture in his left shoulder, he still missed most of an important 2014 season.
CHICAGO -- The on-field celebration following a 4-3 White Sox victory over Detroit on Saturday night at chilly U.S. Cellular Field was more befitting of a playoff party than game No. 161 for two teams out of contention.
It just goes to show that a walk-off win, as the White Sox executed by rallying for two runs off of Neftali Feliz, has a high impact any time. The Saturday honors went to Leury Garcia, who pinch-ran for Melky Cabrera in the eighth and came to the plate with two on and two out after Jose Abreu was intentionally walked.
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale sits just 20 strikeouts away from a record-breaking 2015 season as part of White Sox franchise history.
His 250 strikeouts rank fifth in terms of White Sox single-season performances, with Ed Walsh holding the first four spots, including the team record of 269 in 1908. Sale's swing-and-miss ability stands as just part of the reason why he has been nominated for Best Starting Pitcher in the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards.
CHICAGO -- Leury Garcia hit a walk-off single and the White Sox scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth as they defeated the Tigers, 4-3, on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field in the penultimate game of the season. It was the second walk-off hit of Garcia's career and just his third hit this season.
Garcia followed J.B. Shuck's RBI double in the inning to mount a comeback after the Tigers scored in the top of the frame. Garcia's last walk-off hit came on July 2, 2014, against the Angels. Saturday's gave the White Sox their 12th walk-off of the year.
Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
CHICAGO -- The single-season White Sox strikeout record officially moved to Chris Sale's already stacked resume when he fanned James McCann for the first out of the second inning in a 2-1 victory over the Tigers Friday night.
It was a 3-2 slider that caught the outside corner for Sale's third strikeout of the night and his 270th of the season, breaking Ed Walsh's franchise mark of 269 set in 1908. So what were Sale's thoughts immediately after the pitch, with his teammates applauding on the top step of the dugout and the U.S. Cellular Field crowd giving a standing ovation?
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale struck out seven on his way to record the books and Adam Eaton hit a two-run double to give the White Sox a 2-1 victory over the Tigers on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale set the White Sox single-season record for strikeouts in a season with 270, surpassing a 107-year old mark.
Sale allowed one earned run in seven-plus innings of work in his last start of the season, finishing the 2015 season with 274 strikeouts. He was removed in the eighth inning after putting runners on first and second, but reliever Matt Albers recorded three straight outs to salvage Sale's 13th win.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
All of which is nice, but has now been rendered irrelevant -- because Oct. 2, 2015, will be forever remembered as the day an awe-struck nation discovered that Chris Sale apparently has an eephus pitch in his bag. And it is every bit as terrifying as you'd imagine.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox will be looking for two new coaches for manager Robin Ventura's staff following the dismissal Friday of bench coach Mark Parent and reassignment of assistant hitting coach Harold Baines.
Parent, who has served as bench coach for the entirety of Ventura's tenure as manager, was informed Thursday night that his expiring contract would not be extended. Baines, an icon within the organization, requested a move to an ambassador's role. He will be around in Spring Training and will work with hitters at home games from time to time.
CHICAGO -- Right-hander Kris Medlen likely solidified his postseason rotation spot with six solid innings, and Jonny Gomes drove in three runs as the Royals held off the White Sox for a 6-4 win on a chilly Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
With the win, the Royals (92-67) pulled even with the Blue Jays for the American League's best record and home-field advantage throughout the postseason, though the Blue Jays hold the tiebreaker after winning the season series, 4-3.
CHICAGO -- White Sox slugger Jose Abreu joined an extremely exclusive club, of which he is now just the second member, during the seventh inning of Thursday night's 6-4 loss to the American League Central champion Royals.
Facing reliever Luke Hochevar with two out and runners on second and third, Abreu singled past third baseman Mike Moustakas to drive in two runs and cut the Royals' four-run lead in half. Abreu also picked up RBIs No. 100 and 101 in the process, putting him in rarified air with Albert Pujols (2001-02) as the only Major Leaguers to have at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs in each of their first two seasons.
CHICAGO -- U.S. Cellular Field will feature a distinctly different look for the 2016 season, and we're not talking about the team on the field.
At a Wednesday morning board meeting, the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority (ISFA) approved the installation of three new video boards -- left field, center and right. White Sox senior vice president of sales and marketing Brooks Boyer stated before Thursday's game that the right-field and left-field boards will cover somewhere around 2,500 square feet and the center-field board is between 7,000 and 8,000 square feet.
CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever David Robertson was honored to be selected as one of the three nominees for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, announced as part of the Players Choice Awards on Thursday. The Marlins' Dee Gordon and the Orioles' Adam Jones are also finalists.
Robertson, along with his wife, Erin, founded High Socks for Hope after tornadoes devastated his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2011. This charity also helped those in Fairdale, Ill., who were affected by a tornado, including Robertson helping build a home on a White Sox off-day for a family that lost their residence.
CHICAGO -- Eric Hosmer smashed a two-run homer in the 10th inning off White Sox closer David Robertson and the Royals clinched the No. 2 seed and home-field advantage in the American League Division Series with a 5-3 win on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
"I didn't even think about that [home-field advantage in the first round] until [general manager] Dayton [Moore] came in and said something," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Our focus has been home-field throughout, but yeah, you got to get this first so that's good."
CHICAGO -- White Sox slugger Jose Abreu reached a personal milestone by connecting for home run No. 30 leading off the seventh during a 5-3 loss in 10 innings to the Royals on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
As usual, reaching an individual plateau wasn't quite as easy for starting pitcher Jose Quintana. But while certain parts of Quintana's final season numbers aren't as eye-popping as Abreu's totals, the two arguably have been at the top of the South Siders' individual performances in a truly down year for the team.
CHICAGO -- Let's call White Sox third baseman Mike Olt's defensive effort in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 5-3 loss in 10 innings to the Royals a little bit of awkward excellence.
Alex Rios opened the frame with a hard grounder down the third-base line, which Olt gloved, but knocked to his right. In one basic motion, Olt picked up the ball and threw off-balance across the infield with a toss that was caught by Jose Abreu on one hop.
CHICAGO -- White Sox infielder Micah Johnson will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Thursday to find the cause of soreness that has kept him out of action since Sept. 21 in Detroit and then fix the problem.
"When I was in Detroit against Randy Wolf, I had fallen down a few times swinging. It was just giving out on me," the fleet-footed Johnson told MLB.com before Wednesday's game against the Royals. "It's just the same thing I've had. It just came back.
CHICAGO -- Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who tossed a one-hit shutout in his previous outing, came back with seven strong innings allowing just two runs, and Adam Eaton slammed a two-run homer as the White Sox held off the Royals for a 4-2 win on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Royals fell 1 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays, who were rained out, in the race for the American League's best record and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Jays hold the tiebreaker based on winning the season series, 4-3.
CHICAGO -- Here's the prevailing theme hovering around Jeff Samardzija and his disappointing 2015 campaign with the White Sox.
The free agent to be might have cost himself a decent amount of money due to his struggles, taking him from near the David Price, Jordan Zimmermann and Johnny Cueto stratosphere on the open market to a level well below. But after throwing seven strong innings in what could be his final White Sox start -- a 4-2 victory over the American League Central champion Royals on Tuesday night -- Samardzija made one point perfectly clear.
CHICAGO -- Trayce Thompson wouldn't say he got even, but the White Sox outfielder made a run-saving catch of his own. His diving grab ultimately helped the White Sox escape a jam in the seventh inning en route to a 4-2 win over the Royals on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The rookie had his potential sixth home run of the season taken away by a leaping catch at the wall in center field by the Royals' Lorenzo Cain leading off the second inning. Cain, an All-Star center fielder, made sure to say 'My bad,' to Thompson later in the game.
CHICAGO -- For two years, Jose Abreu has been a true leader by example for the White Sox.
But the team's top offensive force and native of Cuba wants to learn the language of leadership. He plans on tackling that challenge during the upcoming offseason by gaining a greater grasp of the English language.
Righty headlines group of prospects in Arizona; fellow 2015 draftee Zangari flourishing
By Jim Callis
Carson Fulmer has had a long year. Starting in February, he worked 127 2/3 innings in the spring while pitching Vanderbilt to within a victory of its second consecutive College World Series championship. Then he added another 23 in nine abbreviated starts after signing with the White Sox as the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.
Nevertheless, Chicago brought Fulmer to its instructional league program in Glendale, Ariz. The White Sox won't add many -- if any -- innings to his odometer, preferring instead that he just work on some mechanical tweaks.
NEW YORK -- The Yankees got one step closer to the playoffs Sunday with a 6-1 win over the White Sox. New York remains four games behind American League East-leading Toronto, while cutting its magic number to clinch a postseason berth.
The Yankees can clinch one of the Wild Card berths on Monday if they beat Boston and the Angels, Rangers and Twins all lose.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.