Samardzija settles in after shaky start

Sox righty strikes out 9, retires 17 straight over 8 innings

Samardzija settles in after shaky start

CHICAGO -- The Jeff Samardzija who faced the first six Minnesota hitters during a 3-2 White Sox victory Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field didn't seem destined to be in this weekend series opener for long.

Samardzija allowed two runs in the first inning, went to five full-counts among those six and topped out at 35 pitches after walking Eduardo Escobar to open the second. Luckily for the White Sox, that particular version of Samardzija didn't stay long.

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White Sox to honor Konerko, retire No. 14 today

White Sox to honor Konerko, retire No. 14 today

CHICAGO -- The sendoff given to Paul Konerko last September on the night before the end of his 16-year-career with the White Sox and 18-year career overall would have been sufficient closure for the White Sox captain.

Konerko received a concourse statue and the baseball he hit for a grand slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series sweep of Houston among the many gifts and honors. But having his jersey No. 14 retired truly brings the consummate White Sox professional full circle.

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Garcia to be patient with right knee injury

Shuck comes through with big RBI as last-minute replacement

Garcia to be patient with right knee injury

CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia was scratched from Friday's White Sox starting lineup against the Twins with inflammation in his right knee. Garcia left in the 10th inning of Monday's game against the Indians due to the knee issue, but he played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

In comments made by the right fielder following the White Sox 3-2 victory at U.S. Cellular Field, it sounded as if Garcia will be more cautious with his next return.

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Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid

Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid

Chicago -- Right fielder J.B. Shuck wasn't supposed to start Friday night, but his sacrifice fly to deep center in the eighth inning proved to be the go-ahead run in Chicago's 3-2 victory over the Indians.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura scratched right fielder Avisail Garcia with right knee inflammation after batting practice, replacing him with Shuck at the last minute. Shuck finished with two hits and a run scored on top of his sacrifice fly.

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Sale seeks series win in matchup with May, Twins

Sale seeks series win in matchup with May, Twins

White Sox manger Robin Ventura knows his team has been in a hitting funk, swinging at balls out of the zone and struggling to score baserunners. They'll look to win the series against a pitcher who doesn't get many guys to miss.

Minnesota starter Trevor May takes the mound Saturday, striking out 3.8 batters a game with a 5.15 season ERA. He doesn't allow many free bases, though, which doesn't help a struggling Chicago offense.

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Rodon's next start delayed; Noesi to take hill Monday

Top prospect has struggled with command in Majors

Rodon's next start delayed; Noesi to take hill Monday

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon's previous start for the White Sox came on Wednesday night against the Indians, when the rookie southpaw walked five over six innings and allowed one run.

His next start takes place on … .

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Konerko embraces passion for hockey in retirement

Konerko embraces passion for hockey in retirement

CHICAGO -- When the Blackhawks take the ice Saturday night for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks, Paul Konerko and his wife, Jennifer, will be present at the United Center.

Konerko possibly could have been on that ice as a player at some point in the past decade if not for a decision to stick with baseball when his family moved from Rhode Island to Arizona. Based on his jersey No. 14 being retired by the White Sox Saturday afternoon, Konerko appears to have made the correct call.

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Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

Statistics alone cannot begin to measure why slugger touched hearts of fans

Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

His tools were a first baseman's mitt and a bat, not a sledgehammer or a wrench. But Paul Konerko was the first person you wanted to see after clocking in on the job. Any job.

He wasn't ever just another guy, just another baseball player, but he carried himself like he could have been your mailman or auto mechanic -- not the guy facing Mariano Rivera with the game on the line. The deep connection that developed between Konerko and White Sox fans is the way baseball should be.

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White Sox forming 'special' bond in clubhouse

'Win or lose, we're still having a good time,' Flowers says

White Sox forming 'special' bond in clubhouse

CHICAGO -- The White Sox lost two straight entering Thursday's series finale against the Indians with an offense that has struggled to provide run support. But that hasn't changed the attitude in the clubhouse.

A group of players gathered in the back to watch a movie Thursday. Another group sat around to talk strategy in "Clash of Clans," a mobile game. Plenty of others talked or laughed despite being a group that dropped below .500 again.

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Offense lacking, arms shaky in first home series loss

Sox muster 8 runs in 4 games as Indians starters steal show

Offense lacking, arms shaky in first home series loss

CHICAGO -- Give the Cleveland starting quartet of Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Shaun Marcum and Danny Salazar plenty of credit for holding the White Sox to eight runs in total during the South Siders' first home series loss of the 2015 season after five straight home series wins.

Cleveland captured its third straight game in this four-game set with a 5-2 victory Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. But even with due credit paid to the Indians' hurlers, the White Sox offense that broke free over a recent six-game winning streak and a 10-3 run moving into this past Tuesday's contest needs to be more productive.

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Danks dinged early as Sox drop third straight

Danks dinged early as Sox drop third straight

CHICAGO -- The Indians handed the White Sox their first home series loss after five straight victories by virtue of a 5-2 decision Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Cleveland claimed the last three games of this four-game set, allowing eight runs in total.

Danny Salazar followed the tone set by Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Shaun Marcum by holding the White Sox to five hits over six innings while striking out eight and walking three. The Indians picked up all the runs they needed in the first with four put up against John Danks.

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Sox backstops struggling to find groove at plate

Flowers, Soto combine for 12 RBIs, 42 strikeouts entering Thursday

Sox backstops struggling to find groove at plate

CHICAGO -- White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers can put up the numbers. Just last season he set career highs in at-bats, hits, runs, RBIs and home runs. But this year, he hasn't found that same success.

In 78 at-bats, Flowers is hitting .205 with only seven RBIs and 25 strikeouts and hasn't fared well getting on base, posting a .253 OBP.

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Rodon yet to consistently fill the zone

Left-hander has issued 15 walks in 16 innings over first three starts

Rodon yet to consistently fill the zone

CHICAGO -- There's little doubt in the minds of anyone associated with the White Sox that Carlos Rodon will develop into a frontline starter, much sooner than later.

But for the 22-year-old southpaw, who made his third big league start during a 4-3 loss to the Indians on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, this ascension clearly remains a work in progress. It's a sentiment that Rodon himself fully understands after walking five in six innings while striking out four and holding the Indians to just one run.

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Control issues bite Rodon, Jennings in loss

Control issues bite Rodon, Jennings in loss

CHICAGO -- With at least one baserunner in 15 of the last 16 innings, the Indians finally saw results in a 4-3 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night. A three-run seventh inning gave Cleveland the run support it needed against a Chicago team that has scored six runs in the first three games of the series.

Indians closer Cody Allen gave up one run in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez, but he struck out pinch-hitter J.B. Shuck with the bases loaded to escape the jam and earn his eighth save.

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Consistency the heart of Abreu's game

Slugger emerging as White Sox leader on and off the field

Consistency the heart of Abreu's game

CHICAGO -- Using the team "streak hitter" in describing Jose Abreu would be accurate only in the sense that the reigning American League Rookie of the Year already has put together four hitting streaks of at least 14 games.

Otherwise, Abreu has been the picture of consistency since joining the White Sox prior to the 2014 season.

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Johnson sharpening skills at Triple-A

White Sox confident second baseman will earn trip back to Majors

Johnson sharpening skills at Triple-A

CHICAGO -- Nick Capra has not spoken to Micah Johnson since the White Sox Opening Day second baseman was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte before last weekend.

But the White Sox director of player development doesn't need to hear the words directly from Johnson to know the hard work he'll put in to get back to the Majors.

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White Sox trending upward because of arms

Starting rotation key to recent positive stretch

White Sox trending upward because of arms

CHICAGO -- Fans should take a big-picture view of the White Sox following a 3-1 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, instead of gnashing teeth over a season-high six-game winning streak coming to an end.

For starters, this setback was more about Trevor Bauer and what he did on the mound as opposed to what the White Sox hitters didn't do at the plate. Bauer improved to 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA over 21 innings against the South Siders this season by striking out seven and allowing just one run in 7 1/3 innings.

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Quintana battles but comes up short vs. Bauer

Quintana battles but comes up short vs. Bauer

CHICAGO -- Despite being overshadowed by ace Corey Kluber, Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was equally as impressive in a 3-1 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday night. Bauer was quiet as he left the mound the final time in the eighth inning, exiting without much notice after allowing one earned run and four hits and striking out seven over 7 1/3 innings.

The victory snapped Chicago's six-game winning streak and marked back-to-back games in which the White Sox scored two runs or fewer. White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia drove in the lone run with his single in the fourth inning for an offense that struggled to put balls between gaps.

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Reliable 'pen aligned for consistent success

Robertson anchors steady relief corps; Avi back in lineup with inflammation in right knee

Reliable 'pen aligned for consistent success

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have been able to brush aside the rough start to this season thanks to improved starting pitching and an increase of timely hitting, especially with two outs.

But without the stellar bullpen performance in place from the start of the 2015 campaign, this rough start could have turned into an early disaster.

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12-year-old Emily Beazley passes away

12-year-old Emily Beazley passes away

CHICAGO -- When Robin Ventura took over as White Sox manager prior to the start of the 2012 season, one of his first official actions had very little to do with baseball. It also stood out as one of the most important ones of his now four-year tenure.

Ventura journeyed from California to Chicago to take an on-stage part in Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol on Dec. 21, 2011, joined by then 9-year-old Emily Beazley, who had recently been diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The Chicago native had a wish to someday be a star, but on that particular night, Emily was happy to make a cameo with a character featuring her same name, while Ventura played Mr. Ventura.

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Rahal changes speeds on the mound

IndyCar driver throws out first pitch, reflects on Letterman's exit

Rahal changes speeds on the mound

CHICAGO -- Graham Rahal took time out from preparation for his eighth Indianapolis 500 this weekend to throw out one of the ceremonial first pitches prior to Tuesday's contest between the White Sox and Indians at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rahal, who was the youngest driver to win a Verizon IndyCar Series race at the age of 19 years and 93 days, grew up in Columbus, Ohio, as an Indians fan, but he has no true baseball affiliation currently. The former driver for Paul Newman currently drives for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, and that Letterman just happens to be the iconic talk-show host, whose 33-year-run as a late night staple comes to an end Wednesday night.

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Pair of aces deal as Sale vs. Kluber wows

Premier matchup in Chicago doesn't disappoint

Pair of aces deal as Sale vs. Kluber wows

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale certainly would not be the best individual to ask about hitting.

Not with six strikeouts in eight official career at-bats. But the third-place finisher in the 2014 American League Cy Young Award race knows about pitching, and as an elite hurler himself, Sale has no idea how his teammates went about hitting Cleveland's Corey Kluber during a 2-1 White Sox victory in 10 innings at U.S. Cellular Field Monday.

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Sanchez helps White Sox 'steal one' in 10th

Sanchez helps White Sox 'steal one' in 10th

CHICAGO -- Adam LaRoche didn't need many words to sum up the White Sox sixth straight victory, a 2-1 decision over the Indians in 10 innings Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I feel like we stole one there," a smiling LaRoche said. "You gotta love those."

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Frank Kaminsky wants to play for the White Sox

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Frank Kaminsky wants to play for the White Sox

Tuesday night is the NBA Draft Lottery, when a hopper of tumbling ping pong balls will set the order for June's rookie selections. Among those rookies is Frank Kaminsky, of the NCAA tournament runners-up Wisconsin Badgers. Kaminsky has a shot at going in the top 10 of the NBA Draft, but during a Sports Illustrated Twitter Q&A, the reigning Naismith Player of the Year and Chicago native revealed that his "dream" team isn't a basketball team at all.

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Statcast: Soft contact sets Sale apart

Lefty's batted-ball exit velocity is best in baseball

Statcast: Soft contact sets Sale apart

If it feels like Chris Sale keeps getting overshadowed, well, that's because he often is. Last year, all of the pitching attention went to Clayton Kershaw's historic season and the tight AL Cy Young battle between Corey Kluber and Felix Hernandez, which helped to push aside the fact that it was actually Sale who had baseball's second-lowest ERA and second-highest strikeout percentage.

On Monday night, Sale tossed eight innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 extra-innings victory over Cleveland, and it should have been the pitching story of the evening. It wasn't. In the very same game, Kluber threw nine innings of one-run ball, and in New York, Matt Harvey allowed the Cardinals exactly zero runs over eight innings of his own. Even in his own town, Sale hasn't always been the main baseball draw, as the up-and-coming Cubs and Kris Bryant (and Addison Russell, Anthony Rizzo, Jon Lester, etc.) pull most of the ink on the Chicago sports pages.

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Sanchez walks off after Sale-Kluber duel

Sanchez walks off after Sale-Kluber duel

CHICAGO -- A mound matchup between Corey Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, and Chris Sale, who finished third in the voting, completely lived up to expectations in Monday's series opener between the Indians and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Both starters pitched brilliantly, but neither one figured in the 2-1 White Sox victory in 10 innings. The win was the sixth straight for manager Robin Ventura's crew and put it over .500 for the first time since it was 31-30 on June 4 of last season.

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