CHICAGO -- Dealing with left-handed pitching has been an Achilles' heel for the Mariners all season, and the White Sox exploited that again Sunday as Carlos Rodon hurled six-plus innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 victory at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rodon surrendered the lone run on Robinson Cano's solo shot in the sixth and allowed five hits as he improved to 5-8 with a 3.91 ERA. Rodon is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA, 26 strikeouts and seven walks over his past five starts covering 30 2/3 innings. The Mariners are 20-28 against southpaw starters this season, including a loss the previous night against lefty Jose Quintana, compared to 48-34 against righties.
CHICAGO -- The seventh-inning pitching lines from White Sox relievers Chris Beck and Dan Jennings were highly efficient during the team's 4-1 victory over the Mariners on Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.
For Beck, it was one pitch, one strike, one out. For Jennings, it was one pitch, one strike, two outs.
CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton left in the fifth inning of Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field due to a bruised right forearm. X-rays were negative, and the White Sox leadoff man and outfielder is listed as day to day.
Eaton was hit by a Taijuan Walker pitch leading off the fourth and eventually came around to score on Justin Morneau's two-run single. He played the top of the fifth in center but was pinch-hit for by J.B. Shuck with one out in the bottom of the frame.
Take away games played by the White Sox against the Tigers, Indians and Royals this season, totaling an 11-26 mark, and the South Siders would be in the thick of the 2016 American League postseason race.
Unfortunately, those are the AL Central teams the White Sox need to beat most, meaning they are basically left on the outskirts of contention and in a spoiler role over these final five weeks. Their work begins Monday night at Comerica Park in Detroit.
What a Knight! Fulmer hurls five perfect frames for Triple-A Charlotte
White Sox top prospect strikes out 5 in third start for Knights
By Mike Rosenbaum
After an up-and-down month in the big leagues pitching out of the White Sox bullpen, Carson Fulmer has gotten back on track as a starter with Triple-A Charlotte.
On Sunday, the White Sox top prospect (No. 63 overall), spun five perfect innings for the Knights in arguably the best performance of his career. He struck out five while throwing 47 of his 72 pitches for strikes to notch his first Triple-A win, as Charlotte routed Norfolk, 14-4.
CHICAGO -- People who have written off White Sox southpaw aces Chris Sale and Jose Quintana from American League Cy Young Award contention need only check their impressive statistics to realize they remain prime candidates.
"It's possible," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of his starters in contention. "Now that Q is starting to get some wins and some run support, he can get into that picture, as well."
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez is set to go on a Minor League rehab assignment after working through a simulated game Saturday. If all goes well in Gonzalez's one start, the right-hander will rejoin the team after rosters expand on Sept. 1.
Gonzalez has been on the disabled list since Aug. 12 with a strained right groin.
CHICAGO -- Jose Quintana continued his outstanding season with 7 2/3 strong innings on Saturday, and this time he got some help from his friends as the White Sox rolled to a 9-3 victory over the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field.
The 27-year-old southpaw allowed just five hits and two runs (one earned) as he improved to 11-9 with a 2.77 ERA. Quintana had the second-lowest run support of any American League starter coming into the game, but the White Sox clubbed four home runs in a 15-hit night.
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale has thrown 120 pitches in each of his last two starts, matching a season high against the A's and the Mariners while allowing three runs over 17 total innings.
Those two trips to the mound marked the fifth time in Sale's career when he's thrown 240 pitches or more in back-to-back starts. The White Sox ace had an extra day before taking the ball Friday night against the Mariners, but he is scheduled to return on regular rest Wednesday afternoon against Justin Verlander and the Tigers in Detroit despite the extra workload.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox haven't had much to point to in terms of their offense as a whole this season.
They rank 13th in home runs, 13th in runs scored, 13th in OPS and 11th in on-base percentage among American League teams. But those numbers received a solid boost during Saturday night's 9-3 victory over the Mariners at U.S. Cellular Field.
CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton's defense has been so strong and such a game-changer during the 2016 season that it would be surprising if he didn't win a Rawlings Gold Glove.
Eaton was a center-field finalist for the Gold Glove in '14 but didn't receive the honor. He has primarily played right field in '16, where he leads all Major League outfielders with 17 outfield assists. Eaton also leads the Majors with 23 defensive runs saved, per Fangraphs.
CHICAGO -- Felix Hernandez is starting to look more like, well, Felix Hernandez these days. And it couldn't come at a better time for the Mariners as they rode their ace to a 3-1 victory over Chris Sale and the White Sox in a battle of two of the American League's top hurlers on Friday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Hernandez allowed just a solo home run by Todd Frazier in the seventh over 7 1/3 innings, scattering eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. The 30-year-old is 5-0 with a 3.46 ERA in eight starts since returning from a two-month stint on the disabled list with a strained calf.
CHICAGO -- Dioner Navarro was texting with a player on the Toronto Blue Jays prior to Friday night's action when that particular player asked Navarro if he heard anything about the Blue Jays pursuing him again.
"When I was explaining the trade, he was typing in, 'Yeah, I just heard something,'" said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, who informed Navarro of his trade to the Blue Jays in exchange for left-handed pitcher Colton Turner in the home clubhouse during batting practice.
CHICAGO -- Alec Hansen allowed three runs on five hits in five innings during his debut for Class A Kannapolis at home against Columbia Friday night. Hansen struck out six and walked two after dominating Pioneer League competition.
Actually, dominating might be too weak of a word in this case involving the White Sox second-round pick from the 2016 Draft -- 49th overall. The 21-year-old right-hander, Chicago's No. 8 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, fanned 59 and walked 12 over 36 2/3 innings for Great Falls, while holding the opposition to a .102 average.
White Sox rally past M's on Frazier's walk-off hit
By Greg Johns and Scott Merkin
CHICAGO -- As far as the Mariners are concerned, they can't change the name of U.S. Cellular Field soon enough. A day after the White Sox announced they'll be renaming the facility Guaranteed Rate Field for next season, Seattle's struggles on the South Side continued as Todd Frazier singled in Adam Eaton for a 7-6 walk-off win on Thursday night.
Frazier delivered his third RBI of the game with one out in the ninth inning off reliever Nick Vincent as the White Sox rallied from a 6-3 deficit over the final three frames.
CHICAGO -- Todd Frazier entered Thursday's series opener with the Mariners hitting .159 (17-for-107) with runners in scoring position this season.
It was a dismal statistic that the third baseman recently pointed to as the greatest blight on his first season in Chicago. So of course it was Frazier who emerged as the driving force in the South Siders' 7-6 walk-off comeback win at U.S. Cellular Field.
CHICAGO -- To rebuild or not to rebuild? That is the question facing general manager Rick Hahn and the White Sox organization as they move through another season "mired in mediocrity" to quote a previous Hahn news conference. Hahn and company have a pretty good idea as to the answer, but the team's direction won't be divulged until after the current campaign is complete.
"By the time we make our first or second transaction, publicly it will be fairly clear as to our direction," said Hahn during a 15-minute pregame meeting with the media before Thursday's 7-6 win over the Mariners. "While we aren't going to say, 'Next on our list is this,' it will be obvious what we're trying to accomplish.
CHICAGO -- Right-hander Zack Burdi, the 26th overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft with the 100-mph fastball, is making it tough for the White Sox to overlook him among a handful of September callups. Burdi, who is at Triple-A Charlotte, has fanned 46 and walked 13 over 31 innings across four levels, while holding opponents to a .168 average.
"It's funny, one of the things we want Zack to work on is his consistency with his delivery out of the stretch," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "The only problem is he's not allowing any baserunners, so he's not really having a lot of opportunity to work on that.
Shields' August struggles continue in loss to Phils
By Scott Merkin and Todd Zolecki
CHICAGO -- Jerad Eickhoff threw just 71 pitches over six quality innings on Wednesday during the Phillies' 5-2 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox three-game winning streak came to an end, as Eickhoff allowed two runs on four hits while striking out two and not issuing a walk.
Eickhoff faced the minimum through five innings, having given up a leadoff single to Adam Eaton in the fourth, which was erased on a Tim Anderson double-play grounder. But after giving up two runs on three hits in the sixth, the Phillies went to their bullpen.
CHICAGO -- James Shields produced his best start of August during the Phillies' 5-3 victory over the White Sox Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The veteran right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings in the Interleague contest, having allowed 27 earned runs in 14 innings during four previous trips to the mound this month. But once again, the home run ball came back to hurt him.
CHICAGO -- The road to Major League pitching excellence has been traveled before by White Sox hurler Carlos Rodon.
Last year, Rodon featured a 1.81 ERA over 54 2/3 innings to close out the final eight starts of his rookie campaign. So the left-hander's current four-start stretch, including a tremendous performance during a 9-1 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, stands as another example of his front-of-the-rotation potential.
CHICAGO -- U.S. Cellular Field will become Guaranteed Rate Field as of Nov. 1, the White Sox announced on Wednesday.
The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate agreed on a 13-year naming rights agreement, changing the name of the White Sox home. The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns and operates the ballpark, approved the name change in a board meeting Wednesday.
CHICAGO -- Rain prevented on-field activities, but it didn't douse the spirits Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rather than running the bases, a contingent of youth players from the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs rotated through five educational stations set up on the main concourse instead, all part of the 2016 National PLAY Campaign's tour.
CHICAGO -- If the White Sox move in a rebuilding direction this offseason, their 2016 Draft class has shown early returns as the potential nucleus of such a youth movement.
Catcher Zack Collins (No. 10 overall), right-hander Zack Burdi (No. 26) and right-hander Alec Hansen (No. 49), the team's top three Draft picks in June, have had strong initial showings as part of the White Sox system.
CHICAGO -- Brett Lawrie was back in the White Sox clubhouse Tuesday but not ready to suit up for the team.
The second baseman returned from his rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham, testing a strained left hamstring that had him sidelined since July 22 after having to leave early from his last two games.
The White Sox activated right fielder Avisail Garcia from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday before their game against the Phillies at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago optioned outfielder Jason Coats to Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.
Garcia has been out since Aug. 6 due to a sprained right knee. Before the injury, the 25-year-old was batting .240 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 86 games for the White Sox this season.