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 -- Miguel Gonzalez threw a 30-pitch bullpen Wednesday and felt no pain in testing a strained right groin that has left him on the disabled list since Aug. 12. Gonzalez threw last Friday, as well, but felt a little soreness the day after, so Thursday will be key moving forward in the recovery.
"I didn't feel anything while I was throwing my bullpen, which was great," Gonzalez said. "I'm happy with the results that went out today. Come back and we'll see how it feels tomorrow but didn't feel anything today."
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.
Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
White Sox roll past Phillies with Rodon at wheel
By Scott Merkin and Todd Zolecki
CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon has grown accustomed to winning ways. The southpaw went from May 23 to Aug. 11 without a victory, but factoring in his 6 2/3-inning shutout performance during a 9-1 trouncing of the Phillies on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox hurler has gone four straight starts without a setback.
In those four starts, Rodon has yielded four earned runs on 19 hits over 24 2/3 innings, with 21 strikeouts and six walks. He gave up three hits over 109 pitches against the Phillies.
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.
CHICAGO -- Unlucky No. 9 became well-deserved No. 10 for Jose Quintana as part of the White Sox 4-2 victory over the A's Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
Quintana had never surpassed nine wins in a single season, despite becoming one of the game's most consistent starters. But he reached that 10-win mark by allowing two runs on eight hits over seven-plus innings, while striking out six and walking one, also helping the White Sox capture the weekend series.
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The Yankees have gotten both younger and better in the past month. They traded their best hitter (Carlos Beltran) and two best relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller), then installed three rookies in their lineup and two more in their rotation. After playing .500 ball through July, New York is in the midst of its best month (11-8) of the season and has climbed within four games of a Wild Card berth.
Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Arrival of son from Cuba sparks Abreu at plate
5-year-old Dariel joined his father in Chicago two weeks ago
CHICAGO -- Even before Jose Abreu's 5-year-old son, Dariel, joined him in the United States, he always asked for one thing from his father: a home run.
It was a point Dariel reinforced when he arrived from Cuba a couple of weeks ago. And in the first inning of Saturday's 6-2 victory over the A's, Abreu provided his son with this unique gift. He homered again during a 4-2 victory Sunday, marking the third time this season Abreu has homered in back-to-back games.
CHICAGO -- The only people with a greater postgame celebration than Jose Quintana following a 4-2 White Sox victory over Oakland Sunday probably would be White Sox fans and his teammates.
Quintana has worked four full seasons as a starter and a significant part of a fifth but had topped out at nine victories. Not reaching double-digit wins certainly isn't Quintana's fault, as his 58 no-decisions since 2012 and the White Sox 3.31 run-support average behind him this season would indicate.
White Sox No. 8 prospect strikes out career-high 13 for Rookie-level Great Falls
By Mike Rosenbaum
Less than 24 hours after three hurlers for Rookie-level Great Falls tossed a combined no-hitter, it was right-hander Alec Hansen's turn to take a run at the feat.
Hansen, the White Sox No. 8 prospect, carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning on Sunday against Helena before allowing a one-out single. The knock snapped a streak of 14 hitless innings, as the right-hander fired five no-hit frames in his previous start and didn't allow a hit in the final 3 2/3 innings in his start on Aug. 10. It was the only hit he allowed in six scoreless frames, though Great Falls would drop the contest, 6-3.
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.
Abreu, Melky back Sale's 8 scoreless vs. A's
By Scott Merkin and Jane Lee
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale's personal winless streak ended at six Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The White Sox left-hander allowed three hits over eight scoreless innings, matching a season high of 120 pitches. He received plenty of run support and cruised to a 6-2 victory over the A's. The win evens the weekend series at one win apiece, after Oakland claimed a 9-0 decision in the series opener.