White Sox arms of the future up to the task vs. Sano

Montas debuts by fanning Twins slugger; Rodon makes adjustments

White Sox arms of the future up to the task vs. Sano

MINNEAPOLIS -- For Carlos Rodon and Frankie Montas, two of the standout arms the White Sox future is based upon, their success in a 3-0 loss to the Twins on Wednesday can be based on a new, highly unofficial baseball metric.

Let's call it the Sano Factor.

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Rodon sharp over 6, but offense falls flat

Rodon sharp over 6, but offense falls flat

MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano hit his 15th home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, and Trevor Plouffe doubled with the bases loaded in the seventh to provide starter Tommy Milone with all the run support he needed in the Twins' 3-0 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday.

With the Rangers' win over San Diego, the Twins remain a game back of Texas for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. Minnesota has now won 10 of 12 and improved to 11-4 against the White Sox this season.

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Back at short, Saladino looks to find niche with Sox

Back at short, Saladino looks to find niche with Sox

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tyler Saladino made his second start at shortstop for the White Sox Wednesday night at Target Field, giving Alexei Ramirez a rare night off. Saladino has primarily played shortstop throughout his Minor League career, although he has held steady this season as the White Sox third baseman for 44 games.

One White Sox issue to be tackled going into the 2016 season is where Saladino fits in the infield mix moving forward. With the team holding a $10 million option on Ramirez for '16 and a $1 million buyout, Saladino could become the team's everyday shortstop if his offensive and defensive capabilities balance out in the team's plans.

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Montas returns with a much-improved slider

Montas returns with a much-improved slider

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Frankie Montas' mound repertoire gets talked about, a fastball touching 100 mph immediately draws the focus.

The hard-throwing 22-year-old, who was part of the first wave of White Sox September callups Tuesday with Erik Johnson, Leury Garcia and Rob Brantly, worked on commanding that high-octane pitch during this past season at Double-A Birmingham. But the right-hander believes that his slider is now as much of a weapon as that explosive fastball.

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Samardzija looks to get back on track vs. Twins

Samardzija looks to get back on track vs. Twins

After a seven-game winning streak right before the Trade Deadline, the White Sox decided to hang on to starter Jeff Samardzija. He responded with one of the worst months of his career, going 0-6 with an 8.82 ERA in August. Batters hit .338 against Samardzija, and he gave up 33 runs in just 33 2/3 innings.

Samardzija will look to get back on track in his first September start, facing a team he has pitched relatively well against this season. Samardzija is 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 22 innings pitched against the Twins over three games.

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Sale equals Unit with 13th 10-K start of '15

Lefty matches Johnson's 2004 accomplishment

Sale equals Unit with 13th 10-K start of '15

MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Sale continues to have a special individual season that might ultimately get overshadowed by the team's overall disappointing performance.

In Tuesday night's 8-6 loss to the Twins, dropping the White Sox to 1-7 at Target Field, Sale fanned 10 over 6 1/3 innings. He recorded double-digit strikeouts for the 13th time in 2015, becoming the first pitcher to accomplish that since Randy Johnson also had 13 games with 10-plus strikeouts in 2004.

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Johnson among first four White Sox callups

Right-hander named '15 International League Most Valuable Pitcher

Johnson among first four White Sox callups

MINNEAPOLIS -- If not for an extremely healthy 2015 White Sox starting rotation, Erik Johnson would have been up with the big league team earlier than when rosters expanded Tuesday.

Instead, the right-handed hurler joined fellow right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas, catcher Rob Brantly and utility player Leury Garcia as the first wave of callups prior to Tuesday night's series opener against the Twins at Target Field. Johnson bounced back from a dismal rookie campaign with the White Sox and Triple-A Charlotte to earn the '15 International League's Most Valuable Pitcher honors.

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Sale fans 10, Avi homers in loss at Target Field

Sale fans 10, Avi homers in loss at Target Field

MINNESOTA -- Miguel Sano and Eduardo Escobar each had three hits and helped the Twins rally late in an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Target Field. The victory left the Twins one game back of the Rangers for the second American League Wild Card after Texas beat San Diego by the same 8-6 margin.

Sano crushed his 14th homer -- a solo shot off reliever Nate Jones -- to tie the game in the seventh before the Twins took the lead in the eighth, keyed by a leadoff double from Escobar against lefty Zach Duke. Escobar scored on an error from Duke, as his throw to first on a bunt attempt from Kurt Suzuki sailed wide. Joe Mauer provided an RBI single before Trevor Plouffe added a sacrifice fly to give the Twins two insurance runs.

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Hawkins headlines Arizona Fall League contingent

Outfielder missed time with thumb and foot injuries

Hawkins headlines Arizona Fall League contingent

MINNEAPOLIS -- Courtney Hawkins, the organization's No. 9 prospect, per MLB.com, and 13th pick in the 2012 Draft, sits at the top of the list of the White Sox Arizona Fall League representatives announced on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old outfielder will be joined by right-handed pitchers Brandon Brennan, Robinson Leyer, Peter Tago and J.B. Wendelken and infielders Keon Barnum, Nick Delmonico and Jake Peter. Hawkins has hit .243 for Double-A Birmingham with nine homers, 41 RBIs, 19 doubles and 100 strikeouts in 300 at-bats. Hawkins was sidelined by thumb and foot issues, while Delmonico missed time because of personal off-the-field issue, giving these talented players a chance to pick up extra at-bats for the Glendale Desert Dogs.

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Robertson undeterred by waiver claim reports

Closer remains on South Side with three years left on deal

Robertson undeterred by waiver claim reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- David Robertson received a few texts Monday afternoon after national reports broke that the Yankees had been awarded a waiver claim on the White Sox closer.

Friends were asking Robertson if he was going back to New York, where he pitched the first seven years of his career before joining the White Sox via a four-year, $46 million deal this past offseason. And what was his response to the inquiries?

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White Sox battle back, capitalize on error

Score tying run on routine play for potential final out

White Sox battle back, capitalize on error

CHICAGO -- It can't really be said that the White Sox were down to their last out during Sunday's 6-5 come-from-behind victory in 11 innings over the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field.

That statement becomes inaccurate because that last out was actually in progress on pinch-hitter Carlos Sanchez's routine grounder to shortstop Brad Miller with Trayce Thompson on second and two outs. But Miller's submarine-style errant throw past first baseman Logan Morrison brought the White Sox from a third straight loss to soon-to-be celebratory status.

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White Sox steal finale win from Mariners

White Sox steal finale win from Mariners

CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino's single off reliever David Rollins scored Alexei Ramirez with the game-winning run in a 6-5 White Sox victory over the Mariners in 11 innings Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field. Ramirez started the rally with a one-out single and moved to second when Tyler Flowers walked on four pitches, helping the White Sox earn a split in this four-game set.

"That was a fun win. The whole game, all the way through something was happening," Saladino said. "To pull it off at the end there, that was awesome."

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Rotation adjustment made for road trip

Danks pushed back to start against Royals

Rotation adjustment made for road trip

CHICAGO -- The White Sox made a slight adjustment to their rotation alignment for the upcoming Twins series, but it does not appear to be influenced by the Minor League callups expected to be made on Tuesday when rosters expand.

Manager Robin Ventura said Sunday morning that his team will use Chris Sale, Carlos Rodon and most likely Jeff Samardzija during the three-game set at Target Field. John Danks had been pitching after Rodon in the rotation, but with a trip to Kansas City following Minnesota in this six-game road trip, the switch makes sense.

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Ventura keeps disappointment in perspective

Manager reflective on underachieving White Sox ballclub

Ventura keeps disappointment in perspective

CHICAGO -- Of the four seasons with Robin Ventura at the White Sox helm, the 2015 campaign has to be considered the most disappointing for the manager and team.

Ventura's first year in 2012 provided a somewhat surprising run to the top of the American League Central for 117 days, only to have the White Sox lose that lead to the Tigers during the final weeks of the season. The 2013 and 2014 seasons both were aimed at reshaping the team, but the organization went for it in 2015, only to come up well short to date.

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Dodgers-White Sox Fantasy Camp signups open

Adults 21 and older are eligible to attend the week-long camp in Arizona

Dodgers-White Sox Fantasy Camp signups open

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Famer and former manager Tommy Lasorda will be joined by former Dodgers Ron Cey, Rick Monday, Eric Karros and Steve Yeager at the Dodgers-White Sox Fantasy Camp, to be held at the Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex in Arizona from Jan. 18-24, 2016.

Adults 21 years and older are eligible to attend the camp. Cey and former White Sox third baseman Bill Melton will be the camp commissioners, while former White Sox players Harold Baines, Bobby Thigpen, Rich Dotson, Tom Paciorek, Carlos May, Ron Kittle and Aaron Rowand will also participate.

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From the start, August a tough month for Samardzija

Right-hander struggles early, loses all six starts

From the start, August a tough month for Samardzija

CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija probably would like to forget August.

By allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings during Saturday night's 7-6 defeat to the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field, the veteran right-hander lost for the sixth time in six starts this month. This rough showing comes on the heels of a July performance where he finished 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA.

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Samardzija finishes August 0-6 after loss to Seattle

Samardzija finishes August 0-6 after loss to Seattle

CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija lost for a sixth time in six August starts, as the Mariners scored three in the first and never relinquished the lead during a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The game was played under a fairly steady but light rain for most of the night, and the Mariners had to withstand a four-run rally from the White Sox with two outs in the eighth inning.

Kyle Seager's two-run homer put the Mariners on the board just two batters in, as the first four Mariners reached base. Samardzija was ahead at 1-2 on the first two hitters but couldn't put either one away. He finished with eight strikeouts and three walks to go with the five runs allowed over 5 2/3 innings.

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Innings total not an issue for Rodon

Rookie's biggest in-season improvement has been control

Innings total not an issue for Rodon

CHICAGO -- As Carlos Rodon works toward his next trip to the mound during the upcoming six-game White Sox road trip, the rookie southpaw sits at 112 2/3 innings over 19 starts and 22 appearances.

A common school of thought had the White Sox targeting somewhere around 150 innings for his first full season, which Rodon would surpass with seven more starts of just five innings each when factoring in his 10 innings with Triple-A Charlotte. Then again, the White Sox never gave an official innings limit and don't seem inclined to shut him down in September.

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Putnam goes on DL with groin injury; Webb activated

White Sox swap relievers to bolster bullpen

Putnam goes on DL with groin injury; Webb activated

CHICAGO -- Zach Putnam doesn't feel as if he'll be out of action for too long with a strained right groin.

But the White Sox need live arms, so they returned Daniel Webb from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Charlotte and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list prior to Saturday's contest with the Mariners and put Putnam on the DL retroactive to Thursday.

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Double play ends White Sox rally in seventh

Shuck hits into inning-ender with bases loaded

Double play ends White Sox rally in seventh

CHICAGO -- J.B. Shuck got the pitch he wanted from reliever Carson Smith during the seventh inning of Seattle's 2-0 victory over the White Sox on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The veteran pinch-hitter, replacing Geovany Soto with the bases loaded and one out, made solid contact. But as has been the case for the White Sox during much of this disappointing 2015 campaign, Shuck's execution resulted in an inning-ending double play.

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Danks on short end of duel because of HRs

Danks on short end of duel because of HRs

CHICAGO -- Taijuan Walker limited the White Sox to three hits over 6 1/3 innings and the Seattle bullpen held the rest of the way during a 2-0 Mariners victory Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Walker exited on a 3-2 count to Adam LaRoche in the seventh with what was diagnosed as a cramp in his right hip flexor.

"I feel like we threw a lot of fastballs today," Walker said. "In and out, we were just locating, and that's what really helped us. It seemed like they were cheating on the fastball a little bit, so we tried to go more and more in, and get quick outs."

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Flowers emphasizes defensive improvements

Club sees positives in game calling, while hitting lags

Flowers emphasizes defensive improvements

CHICAGO -- Tyler Flowers doesn't believe he is a .220 hitter. The career .219 average over 1,334 plate appearances and three full seasons might suggest otherwise.

But the question to be answered by the White Sox moving forward is whether his lack of offensive consistency is offset enough by his strong handling of pitchers behind the plate. Through the past two seasons, the White Sox have answered that one in the affirmative.

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Thompson understands part-time role

Rookie outfielder to see most time against left-handers

Thompson understands part-time role

CHICAGO -- Even with 14 hits in his first 27 at-bats, don't look for Trayce Thompson to start campaigning for everyday playing time. Those increased at-bats would come against right-handed pitchers, with the right-handed hitter already posting 12 hits in 20 at-bats against southpaws.

"I don't have control over it, so I don't even worry about it, really. If I'm not in the lineup, then I'm not in the lineup," Thompson said. "I'll be ready to go in the game later if they need me. Just cheering these guys on.

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Rodon keeps rolling as Sox top Mariners

Rodon keeps rolling as Sox top Mariners

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon continued his strong stretch through August, allowing two runs across six-plus innings as the White Sox defeated the Mariners, 4-2, on Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Adam Eaton scored three runs and reached base four times while Avisail Garcia knocked him in twice.

Rodon struck out five and gave up just three hits, and didn't give up a run until the seventh inning when Franklin Gutierrez connected on his ninth home run of the season. Rodon has had fourth straight quality starts with a 1.61 ERA in that stretch.

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Eaton spark plug for Sox with key hits, hustle

CF goes 3-for-3, scores 3 runs in win over Mariners

Eaton spark plug for Sox with key hits, hustle

CHICAGO -- For one night, things worked out for the White Sox how it was drawn up in the offseason.

The table setters set the table, the middle-of-the-order guys drove in the runs, the starting pitching was solid and the bullpen closed the door.

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Sox don 'interesting' 1970s throwback uniforms

'I like 'em; business casual,' Ventura says of collared jerseys

Sox don 'interesting' 1970s throwback uniforms

CHICAGO -- When most teams wear throwback uniforms, the players barely notice anymore. The colors and designs may be different, but most of the replica uniforms are similar to what is worn today.

Then there's the throwback uniforms the White Sox wore for Thursday night's 4-2 win over the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field. The duds, originally worn from 1976-81, grabbed the attention of the players as soon as they arrived at the ballpark.

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Sale sets career high with 227th strikeout

Left-hander needs 41 K's to break White Sox franchise record

Sale sets career high with 227th strikeout

CHICAGO -- With his fifth strikeout recorded during the White Sox 3-0 loss to Boston on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, Chris Sale set a single-season personal high with 227 punchouts.

Travis Shaw was the victim, swinging through a 91 mph Sale fastball for the first out of the fourth. Sale finished with seven K's, moving his total to 229 and pushing him within 41 of breaking Ed Walsh's single-season franchise mark of 269 set in 1908.

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Cooper hopes stint with Sox never ends

Cooper hopes stint with Sox never ends

CHICAGO -- Don Cooper has worked 28 seasons within the White Sox organization and has been the team's big league pitching coach since July 22, 2002.

If Cooper has his way, he'll be serving in this important capacity for many years to come and well beyond the end of his present contract after the 2016 season.

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