Holland solid for 6 innings, but bullpen falters

Holland solid for 6 innings, but bullpen falters

CHICAGO -- A two-run eighth-inning rally, highlighted by Yonder Alonso's go-ahead RBI single, sparked the A's to a 5-3 comeback victory, secured a series sweep and handed the White Sox their sixth loss in their last seven games on Sunday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth with White Sox setup man Tommy Kahnle in the game, the A's finally managed to get a rally going as Franklin Barreto singled and Ryon Healy reached on Matt Davidson's error. Khris Davis pushed across the tying run on a sharp single to right, followed by Alonso's lofted fly ball off closer David Robertson that fell in to give Oakland the lead. The ball, which was just out of the reach of White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera, had a hit probability of just two percent according to Statcast™.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Engel takes Gray deep for 1st career homer

Rookie outfielder has fine-tuned offensive approach

Engel takes Gray deep for 1st career homer

CHICAGO -- The White Sox jersey No. 41 worn by Adam Engel for his Major League debut on May 27 against the Tigers was presented to his dad recently as a Father's Day gift.

And the baseball Engel connected on for his first career home run during a 5-3 loss to the A's on Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field also will have a family feel as part of its final destination.

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Rodon to make season debut vs. Yankees

Start will come Wednesday or Thursday

Rodon to make season debut vs. Yankees

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon returned to the White Sox clubhouse Sunday and figures to make his 2017 mound debut either Wednesday or Thursday night at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Yankees after being sidelined all season by biceps bursitis.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Sunday that a date was still being discussed for Rodon's start. But in a media session following batting practice, Rodon mentioned an excitement for facing the Yankees as part of being "geeked up" for start No. 1. With Rodon having last pitched Friday for Triple-A Charlotte, Wednesday or Thursday would be his next rotation turn.

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White Sox tab Holmberg for opener vs. Yanks

White Sox tab Holmberg for opener vs. Yanks

Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery (5-4, 3.74 ERA) has won three of his past four starts, proving to be the team's most consistent starter in June. He will look to keep his success going against lefty David Holmberg (1-1, 2.84 ERA) and the White Sox on Monday night.

The White Sox have only one left-handed batter on their active roster, catcher Omar Narvaez, and he likely will not be starting against Montgomery, as he platoons with right-handed catcher Kevan Smith.

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Garland considering return to baseball

37-year-old threw for Sox pitching coach, says he's pain-free

Garland considering return to baseball

CHICAGO -- For about one year, Jon Garland has been throwing the baseball without pain. And he's been throwing the ball pretty regularly during that stretch.

The standout starter for eight seasons with the White Sox, including an 18-10 record and 3.50 ERA during the 2005 World Series championship season, felt strong enough to throw for pitching coach Don Cooper on Sunday morning at Guaranteed Rate Field after being in town for the Mark Buehrle jersey-number retirement ceremony. Now, the 37-year-old who has not pitched since making 12 starts for the Rockies in 2013, stands in the contemplative stage of a comeback after shoulder pain leading to rotator-cuff surgery cut short a career featuring a 136-125 record and 2,151 1/3 innings pitched over 13 seasons.

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White Sox host Pitch, Hit & Run event

White Sox host Pitch, Hit & Run event

CHICAGO -- As he scraped his cleats against the dirt and looked in at his target, Michael Oppegard didn't see himself as just a kid playing baseball.

He saw himself as one of his big league heroes, pounding the strike zone repeatedly to help clinch a victory. Oppegard was one of eight local kids to claim first-place honors at the Scott's Pitch, Hit & Run event at Guaranteed Rate Field before the White Sox series finale against the A's on Sunday, claiming the title for baseball ages 9/10.

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White Sox honor Buehrle, retire No. 56 jersey

Former teammates, coaches reflect on lefty's career

White Sox honor Buehrle, retire No. 56 jersey

CHICAGO -- One word pretty much encapsulated Mark Buehrle's feelings during the retirement ceremony of his jersey No. 56 at Guaranteed Rate Field Saturday afternoon, making him the 11th White Sox player to receive such an honor.

"Wow," was the first word said by Buehrle after three standing ovations, speeches from emcee Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, pitching coach Don Cooper, Hall of Famer and former teammate Frank Thomas and White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. "This is amazing.

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Shields shaky in loss; Frazier, Renteria tossed

Shields shaky in loss; Frazier, Renteria tossed

CHICAGO -- Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto each slugged their first career big league homers Saturday as the Oakland Athletics took a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox in front of a sellout crowd on the day of Mark Buehrle's jersey retirement at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Olson, Brugman and Barreto each went deep off White Sox starter James Shields, who was making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a strained right lat. Olson, the second batter of the game, took the first pitch he saw in the first inning a Statcast-projected 423 feet to right field for the first of his two homers on the day. Brugman knocked a shot just over the wall in right in the second inning and Barreto launched a two-run blast to center in the third. Barreto's homer was also his first career hit, with Saturday being his Major League debut.

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Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Braden Buehrle performs national anthem

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Braden Buehrle performs national anthem

It was a family affair during the ceremony for the retirement of Mark Buehrle's No. 56 jersey prior to Saturday's White Sox game against the A's. His daughter, Brooklyn, threw the first pitch to her father, who changed positions for the occasion.

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Sox pranked Buehrle after daughter's pitch

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Sox pranked Buehrle after daughter's pitch

Mark Buehrle was a White Sox ace and a fan favorite because he threw strikes and worked quickly. What he didn't have was a blazing fastball. So, while the team spent Saturday's 10-2 loss against the A's honoring the southpaw by retiring his number, they knew they also had to bring him down a peg. 

When his daughter, Brooklyn, came out to throw the first pitch to her dad, they got the chance.

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Guillen recalls Buehrle's leadership, work ethic

Guillen recalls Buehrle's leadership, work ethic

CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen had good relationships with numerous players during his eight years as White Sox manager and one year with the Marlins. So it's difficult for him to pick a favorite.

But he certainly wouldn't argue having a rotation full of pitchers such as Mark Buehrle, who pitched for Guillen during his first season at the helm and his last.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shields K's 2,000, says starters have to improve

Veteran righty is 81st hurler to reach milestone

Shields K's 2,000, says starters have to improve

CHICAGO -- The highlight of James Shields' start during Oakland's 10-2 victory over the White Sox on Saturday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field came in the second inning when he picked up career strikeout No. 2,000.

That historic moment, following a 30-minute ceremony retiring Mark Buehrle's jersey No. 56, came when he fanned Khris Davis to end the frame. Shields acknowledged the momentous career accomplishment postgame, but was not happy with the six runs allowed on seven hits and three walks in three-plus innings during the setback.

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Fans played rock, paper, scissors for foul ball

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Fans played rock, paper, scissors for foul ball

How does the ballperson decide who is worthy of a foul ball? Is it who yells the loudest? Asks the nicest? Is it a random decision made in the spur of the moment? 

During Saturday's Athletics-White Sox game, Chicago's ballboy decided to turn it into the most brutal combat: possible: Rock, paper, scissors. 

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Phil Rogers

White Sox work quick to celebrate Buehrle

Fans, former teammates honor lefty's career as club retires No. 56

White Sox work quick to celebrate Buehrle

CHICAGO -- If the White Sox can finish off their ongoing rebuild with the rousing style they use to honor the 2005 guys, it won't be too long until there are fresh icons on the South Side.

Two years after retiring Paul Konerko's No. 14 in spectacular fashion, the White Sox did it for Mark Buehrle's No. 56 on a beautiful Saturday at Guaranteed Rate Field -- or, as broadcaster Hawk Harrelson called it when describing Buehrle's perfect game and no-hitter, "right here on this field!"

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Pelfrey struggles vs. A's; bats stymied in loss

Pelfrey struggles vs. A's; bats stymied in loss

CHICAGO -- Khris Davis and Matt Joyce homered to lead Oakland to a 3-0 victory over the White Sox, spoiling the South Siders' return home to Guaranteed Rate Field. Friday's contest marked the start of a 10-game homestand for the White Sox, with Mark Buehrle's jersey No. 56 being retired prior to Saturday afternoon's game.

Jharel Cotton earned the victory for the A's by throwing five-plus shutout innings. The right-hander needed only 66 pitches to get to that point, including 42 strikes, but he left after allowing Kevan Smith's lead-off single due to a blister on his right thumb. Cotton yielded three hits and walked one while striking out three.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.

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Even-keeled Buehrle regular guy amid success

Lefty resonated with fan base from Day 1, will have number retired by White Sox on Saturday

Even-keeled Buehrle regular guy amid success

CHICAGO -- It was a Friday night in September 2008, with the White Sox playing at Kauffman Stadium. Or at least that's how I remember it.

I was working ahead for an off-day story, and I needed another educated voice in the article. Enter Mark Buehrle, who was sitting at his locker with a personal computer on his lap. I asked him for a few minutes, and he agreed -- but with a strange look on his face.

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Renteria, birthday boy Anderson ejected vs. A's

White Sox shortstop, who turned 24 on Friday, and skipper tossed in fifth vs. A's

Renteria, birthday boy Anderson ejected vs. A's

CHICAGO -- When White Sox designated hitter Matt Davidson connected on a 1-2 slider from A's closer Santiago Casilla with two outs and two on in the ninth inning of a 3-0 loss to Oakland on Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field, manager Rick Renteria and shortstop Tim Anderson thought Davidson had tied the game with his 18th home run.

"I thought he did. It came off the bat pretty good and I thought, 'Here it is,'" Renteria said after Davidson's drive was caught on the warning track and the White Sox were shut out for the fifth time this season. "But obviously just a little short."

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Moncada double short of cycle with Knights

Moncada double short of cycle with Knights

After a dominant start to his season with Class A Advanced Carolina, Corbin Burnes is continuing to make it look easy in Double-A.

The Brewers' No. 20 prospect tossed a four-hit shutout on Friday as Biloxi defeated Mississippi, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes over seven innings, allowing one walk and striking out seven.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

White Sox 7th-rounder tops No. 3 seed in CWS

White Sox 7th-rounder tops No. 3 seed in CWS

OMAHA, Neb. -- The easy way didn't work for Texas Christian University at the 2016 College World Series, so now the Horned Frogs are trying the hard way.

TCU won its first two games in Omaha a year ago to get within a victory of its first championship series appearance, only to get upset twice by Coastal Carolina University. This time around, the Horned Frogs got shut out by Florida in their CWS opener last Sunday, which meant they'd need four straight wins to get to the finals.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hansen earns promotion to Winston-Salem

Right-hander had 2.48 ERA in 13 starts with Class A Kannapolis

Hansen earns promotion to Winston-Salem

CHICAGO -- While Avisail Garcia is trying to put the final touches on an All-Star campaign in the big leagues, several members of the White Sox farm system enjoyed All-Star festivities of their own.

With the break in play for the Minor League All-Star break, a series of roster moves saw 25 prospects change affiliates for the second half of the Minor League season. Also, 31 of the 40 White Sox Draft picks are under contract and will soon join the system.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Breakthrough Series has Chicago flavor

Breakthrough Series has Chicago flavor

CHICAGO -- When at the Breakthrough Series, you can look out past the batter's eye at Les Miller Field at Curtis Granderson Stadium and see Willis Tower dominating the skyline.

To the 60 high school players, however, they see a way out of the inner cities through the game of baseball. The three-day series, which launched in 2008 and made its first trip to the city of Chicago, wrapped up Friday with a pair of showcase games before giving the kids the chance to attend a Major League Baseball game.

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Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball is a family tradition for Matthews

Breakthrough Series director's dad, brother played in big leagues

Baseball is a family tradition for Matthews

CHICAGO -- Del Matthews grew up surrounded by the game of baseball, soaking in the conversations of the big leaguers around him in the time he spent with his father, Gary Matthews Sr. His brother, Gary Jr., followed dad's footsteps by reaching the big leagues.

Del's mission in baseball has been different -- to give others a chance to reach that pinnacle, particularly those who wouldn't have the opportunity otherwise. Matthews serves as the director of the Breakthrough Series, an initiative founded in 2008 through a partnership between Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and USA Baseball to help increase diversity in the game and give opportunities for high school players in the inner cities to showcase their talents. It also gives them a chance to learn from big leaguers such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Bo Jackson -- just like Matthews did from his father.

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After delay, 5-run 1st lifts White Sox over Twins

After delay, 5-run 1st lifts White Sox over Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- After a record-breaking rain delay, a five-run first inning from the White Sox was more than enough to back a strong start by left-hander Jose Quintana in a 9-0 win over the Twins on Thursday at Target Field.

The 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay was the longest in Twins history, and nearly two hours longer than the next longest delay (three hours) at Target Field. Chicago won for the first time in its last five games against Minnesota, which was shut out for the first time since Sept. 16, 2016.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the Twins on Thursday.

Tyler Mason is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the White Sox on Thursday.

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Phil Rogers

Buehrle was one of a kind in time with Sox

Buehrle was one of a kind in time with Sox

CHICAGO -- There are two kinds of effective left-handed pitchers. There's the Randy Johnson/Chris Sale kind, who can be terrifying to hit against, and there are the kind who just seem to have the DNA to throw strikes and produce outs.

The Mark Buehrle kind, that is.

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With support, Quintana delivers strong outing

Left-hander tosses 6 2/3 scoreless innings vs. Twins on Thursday

With support, Quintana delivers strong outing

MINNEAPOLIS -- White Sox starter Jose Quintana had enough time to watch two movies -- one good, one bad, he said -- on his iPad during a lengthy rain delay Thursday at Target Field.

By the time the movies were over and Quintana took the mound to face the Twins, it was nearly five hours after the originally scheduled first pitch. The 4-hour, 50-minute delay didn't seem to bother Quintana, who turned in his second impressive start in a row to end Chicago's road trip with a 9-0 win.

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Tyler Mason is a contributor to MLB.com based in Minneapolis and covered the White Sox on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox prospects on the move in Minors

Organization moves 25 prospects, while some enjoy All-Star festivities

White Sox prospects on the move in Minors

While Avisail Garcia is trying to put the final touches on an American League All-Star campaign in the big leagues, several members of the Chicago White Sox farm system enjoyed All-Star festivities of their own.

But what else has stood out from the Sox system? For one, a series of roster shufflings saw 25 prospects change affiliates with the second half of the Minor League season starting, and 31 of the 40 White Sox Draftees are now under contract and will soon be a part of the system.

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Top pick Burger among Chicago's 31 signees

White Sox also ink Sheets (2nd) and Gonzalez (3rd)

Top pick Burger among Chicago's 31 signees

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Chicago White Sox on Thursday announced they have signed 31 of their 40 selections from the 2017 MLB Draft.

Among the highlights of Chicago's signees are its top three picks: first-rounder Jake Burger, second-round pick Gavin Sheets and third-round selection Luis Gonzalez.

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Tyler Mason is a contributor based in Minneapolis who covered the White Sox on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.