Sox finale marred by poor D, Danks' short start

Sox finale marred by poor D, Danks' short start

MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second straight season, the Twins swept a four-game series from the White Sox at Target Field by virtue of Sunday's 13-3 rout of the South Siders. Only six of Minnesota's runs were earned, with Chicago committing four errors during one of its roughest performances in an underachieving 2015 season.

The Twins scored seven runs in the third inning Thursday against White Sox ace Chris Sale and did the same Sunday against John Danks. Trevor Plouffe launched his first career grand slam to start the uprising, and a fielding error and a throwing error by Danks contributed to three more runs.

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Subpar week capped by rough performance

Abbreviated start, poor defense lead to rout as losing streak hits five

Subpar week capped by rough performance

MINNEAPOLIS -- With one sentence following the White Sox 13-3 loss to the Twins on Sunday afternoon at Target Field, John Danks just might have provided his team's mantra for the remaining 140 games this season.

"It all falls on us in here," Danks said. "I keep saying it, but it's true. We've got to be better."

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Beckham excelling in utility role for White Sox

After returning from a stint with the Angels, seven-year vet has played three positions

Beckham excelling in utility role for White Sox

MINNEAPOLIS -- The days of Gordon Beckham being asked about his offensive game haven't exactly disappeared. The days of this exceptional defensive player breaking down every nuance of his offensive approach stand as a thing of the past.

Beckham has no qualms talking about the super-utility role where he's currently excelling for the White Sox. The 28-year-old started at third base in Sunday's series finale, picking up a game's worth of at-bats after having just two pinch-hit opportunities this week.

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Abreu: Blame falls on players, not Ventura

Slugging first baseman, team leader says manager 'lets you play your game'

Abreu: Blame falls on players, not Ventura

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jose Abreu issued strong words of support for Robin Ventura Sunday morning, not that the White Sox manager truly needed them after just 21 games making up a rough start.

But the first baseman, who has quickly and quietly become a clubhouse leader, said blame should fall upon the players on the field.

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Samardzija aiming to bounce back against Tigers

Samardzija aiming to bounce back against Tigers

For the second time in three weeks, the White Sox will send their top starters up against the Tigers, trying to find some much-needed momentum. This time, Chicago won't have to deal with the front end of Detroit's rotation in turn.

Just like their mid-April weekend series at Comerica Park, the White Sox send Jeff Samardzija, Chris Sale and Jose Quintana to the mound. Unlike that series, the Tigers won't be countering with David Price or Anibal Sanchez, both of whom pitched over the weekend to salvage a four-game series split against the Royals. Shane Greene, who beat the White Sox in the rubber match two weeks ago, starts the opener on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Flu bug shakes up White Sox lineup

Eaton misses third straight game; Flowers out for series finale

Flu bug shakes up White Sox lineup

MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox have been a hit by a flu bug this weekend in Minnesota that left center fielder and leadoff man Adam Eaton unavailable for the past three days and knocked catcher Tyler Flowers from the starting lineup Sunday.

Eaton was sent home to Chicago on Saturday because he wasn't well enough to play, although he is improving and the White Sox hope to have him back for Tuesday's series opener at home against the Tigers.

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White Sox skid at 4 after Noesi struggles

White Sox skid at 4 after Noesi struggles

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Nolasco picked up the win in his return from the 15-day disabled list, backed by homers from Torii Hunter and Trevor Plouffe in a 5-3 victory over the White Sox on Saturday afternoon at Target Field.

Nolasco, who was out for nearly a month with inflammation in his right elbow, wasn't his sharpest, but he kept the Twins in the game. The right-hander went five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, before he was removed for pitch-count reasons. Relievers Aaron Thompson, Blaine Boyer, Brian Duensing, Michael Tonkin and Glen Perkins combined to close it out for the Twins, who won their third straight to reach .500 for the first time this season at 12-12.

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Rodon adjusting to role as a reliever

Rodon adjusting to role as a reliever

MINNEAPOLIS -- At some point in the not too distant future, rookie left-hander Carlos Rodon will become a regular part of the White Sox rotation. Until then he will have to adjust to high-leverage relief outings such as the one he was presented in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Twins at Target Field.

Right-hander Hector Noesi ultimately could be the odd man out in an eventual rotation switch. Noesi made just his third start of the 2015 season against the Twins, with inclement weather and the civil unrest in Baltimore leading to his being skipped. Noesi became a successful reclamation project of pitching coach Don Cooper in 2014, but he seems to understand the current situation without directly addressing it.

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Samardzija focused on next start, not future

Samardzija focused on next start, not future

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Jeff Samardzija will be a free agent for the first time in his career at the end of the 2015 season. That fact has been discussed numerous times since he was acquired from Oakland in a six-player deal last December, with the White Sox expressing a desire to keep him past this current campaign.

But Samardzija has enough to worry about in-season without giving great thought at this point to what his future holds. He'll be pitching on Tuesday at home against Detroit, and that's all that matters in the short term.

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Ventura: 'Get one win, one day'

Ventura: 'Get one win, one day'

MINNEAPOLIS -- The White Sox aren't worried about their sub-.500 record or their fourth-place standing in the American League Central.

Before fans get up in arms over this opening comment, take the statement with a little bit of context and mix in the date: May 2.

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White Sox misfiring on all cylinders

Club expected to generate fireworks 1-11 in games scoring three runs or fewer

White Sox misfiring on all cylinders

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's not a shock that the White Sox have a 1-11 record when they score three runs or fewer in a game during the 2015 season. The real surprise is that a team built in the offseason to produce, with seemingly few holes up and down the lineup, has played that many low-scoring games.

Game No. 12 came on Friday at Target Field, with the White Sox (8-12) falling by a 1-0 decision to Minnesota's Kyle Gibson and Glen Perkins. It sounds like a broken record for a team that has struggled with the bats for the first month of the season, but the mantra remains to fight through the tough times because the good times are ahead after Tyler Flowers struck out on three pitches to end the game with the potential tying run on third and go-ahead run on second.

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Quintana loses duel with Twins on wild pitch

Quintana loses duel with Twins on wild pitch

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Gibson outdueled lefty Jose Quintana, as the right-hander tossed eight scoreless innings to lead the Twins to a 1-0 win over the White Sox on Friday night at Target Field.

Gibson scattered just four hits and a walk with four strikeouts, including Jose Abreu swinging twice. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second by getting Tyler Flowers to ground into an inning-ending double play. He also ran into trouble into the seventh, with runners at the corners and two out, but he got J.B. Shuck to line out softly to third.

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Johnson's respect for Ventura needs no review

White Sox manager mentoring rookie infielder

Johnson's respect for Ventura needs no review

MINNEAPOLIS -- There was little chance for the White Sox to change the final outcome of Thursday's series opener at Target Field when they came to bat trailing by 10 in the ninth inning.

So why did White Sox manager Robin Ventura challenge an out call at first base on a slow roller by Micah Johnson to lead off the frame? For starters, a manager never stops managing, regardless of the score. Johnson also looked to beat the throw across the diamond, and that hit would have given Johnson three for the night and a nice boost to the 24-year-old rookie infielder.

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White Sox ready to turn page on slow April

Bullpen showing consistency, while rotation, offense try to find legs

White Sox ready to turn page on slow April

MINNEAPOLIS -- The revamped White Sox bullpen closed out the month of April with a 2.91 ERA, which stands sixth in Major League Baseball.

If a White Sox fan would have known this fact back in March, following last season's struggles, he or she probably would have guessed that the team would be leading the American League Central or at least near the top. But here's the caveat: White Sox starting pitchers finished the month with a 5.47 ERA, ranking them ahead of only the Red Sox (5.75 ERA).

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Former All-Star Quentin announces retirement

Former All-Star Quentin announces retirement

HOUSTON -- Two-time American League All-Star Carlos Quentin asked for his release from the Mariners after five games with Triple-A Tacoma and announced his retirement from baseball on Friday.

"Over the past several days, it became clear to me that my injuries have taken too great of a physical toll for me to be able to perform at the level I expect from myself," said Quentin. "As a result, I believe it is the right time for me to walk away and to refocus my energy on the next chapter of my life with my family."

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Sale's 'bad day' adds to White Sox road woes

Chicago falls to 2-8 away from home after rout in Minneapolis

Sale's 'bad day' adds to White Sox road woes

MINNEAPOLIS -- On a night when Chris Sale set a couple of dubious individual pitching marks amidst his impressive young career, the White Sox ace and leader wasn't going to have blame laid anywhere else but on his shoulders.

"Don't judge my teammates on what I put them in. I was bad," said Sale, following Chicago's 12-2 loss at Target Field. "I gave up nine hits. There's no defending that. I walked a couple of guys. If there's anything, it's me being pretty darn bad out there.

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Eaton shaves beard in effort to shed poor start

'That guy stunk,' says White Sox center fielder after 1-for-5 night

Eaton shaves beard in effort to shed poor start

MINNEAPOLIS -- The man standing in front of Adam Eaton's locker following Chicago's 12-2 loss Thursday night at Target Field looked somewhat like the White Sox leadoff man and center fielder.

There was one major difference -- the beard that Eaton featured pretty much since joining the White Sox had been all but shaved away.

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Sox fall as Sale, defense struggle in opener

Sox fall as Sale, defense struggle in opener

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins roughed up White Sox ace Chris Sale, who turned in one of the worst outings of his career, as Minnesota's offense broke out with a seven-run third inning in a 12-2 win on Thursday night at Target Field.

Sale, who entered with a 2.37 ERA, gave up nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits and two walks over just three innings. Sale had never given up nine runs in any of his previous 88 starts, and the eight earned runs tied a career-worst. It was also his shortest outing since also going three innings on May 27, 2014, against the Indians.

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Ventura challenged to get bench players at-bats

Three postponed games in week leaves team in 'unusual' situation

Ventura challenged to get bench players at-bats

MINNEAPOLIS -- Through the first 19 games of this season, Emilio Bonifacio has just 14 at-bats and J.B. Shuck has only 10. It's been difficult for manager Robin Ventura to get his bench into full circulation with three postponements in the last week.

"You can't sit there and have your regulars sit for four or five days," Ventura said before Thursday's 12-2 loss to the Twins. "It's been unusual and we're trying to adjust as well as you can."

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White Sox reflect on 'unusual' scene in Baltimore

White Sox reflect on 'unusual' scene in Baltimore

MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Rodon was talking to catcher Geovany Soto on the mound, getting ready to throw some warm-up pitches prior to his scoreless inning of work Wednesday at Camden Yards, when suddenly the magnitude of the situation hit the rookie.

There were no fans in the stands.

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Sox support community, promote youth baseball

Club works with elite players in ACE program, donates uniforms to local teams

Sox support community, promote youth baseball

CHICAGO -- The White Sox extensive commitment to youth baseball in the Chicagoland area serves a dual purpose.

First of all, it connects the club to local youth -- the fans of today and tomorrow -- at an early age. More importantly, it gives children a chance to play baseball as they grow up and potentially in college, an opportunity which might not have previously existed.

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Abreu looks to add All-Star starter to growing resume

Abreu looks to add All-Star starter to growing resume

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu picked up a number of honors from his banner first Major League season with the White Sox, including being selected as a first-time All-Star.

Abreu has a chance to not only make the All-Star team again but become a starter at first base as part of the American League All-Star ballot. Through the first 17 games this season, Abreu is hitting .313 with five homers, 14 RBIs and a .642 slugging percentage. Through his first 162 games overall as a big leaguer, Abreu has a .316 average, 41 homers, 40 doubles, 121 RBIs and a .969 OPS.

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O's, White Sox experience a game like no other

Players react to first contest in big league history without fans

O's, White Sox experience a game like no other

BALTIMORE -- Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez struck out White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton in the first inning and the home crowd cheered in approval.

Except that the crowd in this case was maybe a hundred people gathered outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, peering in from afar through the iron-grilled gate on Camden Street behind left-center field.

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White Sox go quietly after Samardzija's rough start

White Sox go quietly after Samardzija's rough start

BALTIMORE -- For the first time in Major League Baseball history, the Orioles and White Sox -- because of protests in Baltimore -- played a game closed to fans. But the O's did their best to make up for the lack of atmosphere, piling on Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija with a six-run first inning, including Chris Davis' three-run homer, that led to an 8-2 win on Wednesday afternoon.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who waited two extra days to pitch against the White Sox because of the pair of postponements earlier in the week, didn't disappoint. The righty struck out six and held Chicago to three hits over seven innings, allowing just two unearned runs.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox find unique scene in Baltimore

Empty stadium believed to be an MLB first

White Sox find unique scene in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Nothing in baseball had prepared White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson for what he experienced at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Wednesday afternoon.

The White Sox and Orioles played in the first Major League Baseball regular-season game without any fans in attendance. The move was prompted by the recent riots in Baltimore over Freddie Gray, who died April 19 in police custody.

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