Mike Pelfrey spent one season of his 12-year career in Detroit. So getting a chance to pitch for the White Sox against the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park doesn't exactly represent a shot at retribution for the right-hander.
"I'm not trying to make too big of a deal about it," Pelfrey said. "Obviously it's another game. I'm going out there to win the game and pitch.
CHICAGO -- The five runs scored by the White Sox offense during Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field must have seemed like a season's worth of support for Jose Quintana, the South Siders' winning pitcher.
Entering the afternoon contest, the White Sox (11-9) had scored two runs in total over Quintana's four previous starts, all losses. So the southpaw made sure those five runs held up in completing the three-game sweep of their American League Central rival, marking a fourth straight White Sox victory, and sending the Royals (7-14) to their seventh straight loss.
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Melky gets bowled over while catching line drive
By Chris Landers |
Major League players manage to make catching fly balls look easy every single day. But, if you think about it, it can be a pretty terrifying endeavor: standing alone in the outfield, thousands of fans watching, while a small white sphere comes hurtling toward you out of the sky.
Which is why we should all appreciate the effort of Melky Cabrera during the White Sox 5-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday. Because if any of us were tasked with catching this Eric Hosmer line drive, we could only hope to do it this gracefully.
CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia's great start to the season has reached such a lofty level now that when he finished 1-for-4 in the White Sox' 5-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon, his average tumbled -- all the way to .373.
But that one hit was a game-changer for the right fielder and the White Sox.
Tyler Mahle's chances of throwing his second straight perfect game came undone just two batters into his start on Thursday. The Reds' No. 10 prospect still was plenty good, tossing six dominant frames to extend his scoreless innings streak to 19 2/3 for Double-A Pensacola.
Mahle needed just 88 pitches in his previous start to record the first nine-inning perfect game in the Southern League since 1970. He threw 94 (64 strikes) on Thursday, allowing four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts before departing with a 3-0 lead. The Blue Wahoos' bullpen would give back those runs in the subsequent frames, however, ultimately falling to Biloxi, 4-3, and costing Mahle an opportunity at his fifth win in as many starts.
CHICAGO -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu left Wednesday afternoon's 5-2 victory over the Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field in the fifth inning with what the team announced as a mild right hip flexor strain but Abreu listed as more of a groin issue.
With Alcides Escobar on first, Abreu tried to field Cheslor Cuthbert's slow roller to his right and his legs went out from under him and stretched awkwardly. Both runners were safe, and after being examined by the White Sox staff, Abreu departed. He had two doubles and an RBI in his two at-bats before exiting.
CHICAGO -- Jim Thome never really thought about becoming a baseball analyst or a member of the media when he was putting together a Hall of Fame-caliber career over 22 seasons on the field.
But when the opportunity arose for Thome to join MLB Network as an on-air personality on a part-time basis, the affable slugger was excited for the challenge. Thome will be appearing as an analyst across the network's studio programming, making his debut on MLB Tonight on Monday, May 1 at 5 p.m. CT alongside former teammate Sean Casey and host Fran Charles.
CHICAGO -- A collision with the center-field wall while hauling in a long drive off the bat of Brandon Moss in the seventh inning of a 10-5 White Sox victory over the Royals on Tuesday night wasn't about to take Leury Garcia out of action.
Not when the center fielder, who checks in at 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, was in the midst of his second straight three-hit game.
CHICAGO -- After a 23-inning scoreless drought, including a two-game stretch where the White Sox had exactly one runner reach second base, the offense has come to life.
They knocked out 14 hits in an 10-5 win over the Royals on Tuesday night, marking their third straight victory. The Royals have lost six straight. Brandon Moss and Mike Moustakas homered in the ninth off of reliever Chris Beck to make the final a bit closer.
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Kopech, Fulmer strong in starts
By Mike Rosenbaum
Class A Advanced Florida's offense was shut out on Sunday for the first time this season. That was anything but the case on Tuesday, however, as the Fire Frogs erupted for 10 runs in the first inning before defeating Palm Beach, 22-2. Florida pounded out 18 hits including four home runs in the victory, with each starter collecting at least one hit and scoring one run.
Braves No. 7 prospect Ronald Acuna (No. 96 overall) established season highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his three-run triple in the first inning. The 19-year-old center fielder later added his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.
CHICAGO -- A Major League source confirmed to MLB.com that the White Sox will be traveling to the Dominican Republic this week to watch Luis Robert work out.
Executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn will be in attendance to view the supremely talented 19-year-old outfielder from Cuba, who was declared a free agent by MLB on Thursday, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. Robert will be eligible to sign with a big league club on May 20.
CHICAGO -- White Sox reliever Zach Putnam listed himself as the definition of day to day due to right elbow inflammation when talking to the media on Monday. But with the right-hander unavailable on Tuesday, the club decided to place him on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Saturday).
Right-handed reliever Chris Beck was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino was talking to some White Sox coaches and players on Sunday, finalizing their plan for how to defend against the Indians with Derek Holland on the mound, when Joe McEwing offered some positive reinforcement.
McEwing, the White Sox bench coach and infield instructor, announced that the team had moved to the top of the Major League's rankings for defensive efficiency.
Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
White Sox score in bunches, as Miguel rolls
By Scott Merkin and Jeffrey Flanagan
CHICAGO -- Almost everybody for the White Sox hit and Miguel Gonzalez once again turned in a stellar mound effort, as Chicago cruised to a 12-1 victory over the Royals on Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in the three-game series opener.
Gonzalez followed his 8 1/3-inning effort at Yankee Stadium with eight innings and one unearned run allowed, striking out five and walking one. The right-hander gave up two hits but was inches away from carrying a potential no-hitter into the seventh on a couple of different levels.
This is my second year with the White Sox, and every day I still give thanks for being able to call the games of the team I grew up with. It's interesting because I studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse. And it was journalism with a capital "J," as in the first rule is to be objective.
Everyone who goes to Syracuse with an eye toward a career in sports broadcasting comes in with this rabid fandom. It's mostly students from the East Coast. So it's either you're a huge Yankees fan, or a huge Mets fan. I was a White Sox fan. However, at some point at Syracuse, being a fan goes under the surface. It is pounded into you: "Be objective."
CHICAGO -- The White Sox offense accomplished more in the first inning of a 6-2 victory over the Indians Sunday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field then they had in the previous two games combined.
That task wasn't a particularly tough one, considering the White Sox had been shut out in each of the past two contests, and sitting on a 23-inning scoreless streak until they scored three in the opening frame off of Danny Salazar.
CHICAGO -- The matchup of Derek Holland against the Cleveland Indians seems to be a favorable one for the White Sox southpaw.
Holland limited the defending American League champions to one run in six innings on Sunday during a 6-2 White Sox victory at Guaranteed Rate Field. Holland improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 against the Indians this season, raising his career mark to 7-1 against Cleveland with a 2.27 ERA. Holland struck out six and walked three.
CHICAGO -- Carlos Carrasco followed the example set by Corey Kluber Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field by shutting out the White Sox over eight innings Saturday in a 7-0 Cleveland victory. Carrasco said the Tribe's rotation is beginning to have the kind of internal competition that helped the team so much last year.
"That's what we want to do," Carrasco said. "Every time Kluber throws and goes seven innings or eight innings, why not? I want to follow that. I think that's good. I did that today and I hope [Danny] Salazar does that tomorrow."
CHICAGO -- Left fielder Melky Cabrera and right-handed reliever Zach Putnam both exited early from Saturday's 7-0 loss to Cleveland at Guaranteed Rate Field due to injuries.
Cabrera collided with the left-field wall while chasing a Jose Ramirez foul ball in the seventh and banged up his left wrist. He was taken out for precautionary measures, with Jacob May pinch-hitting for him and getting his first Major League hit in the bottom half of the frame. X-rays were negative.
Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.
One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.
CHICAGO -- Jermaine Dye, the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 White Sox World Series championship sweep of Houston, threw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to Saturday night's game against the Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Dye was in town promoting a charity golf outing that he will be hosting June 12 at the Glen Club in Glenview, Ill., in support of the Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation. The full-time husband, San Diego resident and father of three also took the time to talk about his special memories on the South Side of Chicago.
CHICAGO -- Cleveland's Corey Kluber and the White Sox Jose Quintana rank as the aces of their respective staffs. But their 2017 statistics, albeit from a three-start sample size, didn't exactly support that assessment entering Friday's series opener at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Both pitched well Friday, but Kluber took it a step beyond during a 3-0 whitewash of the South Siders. Kluber allowed three hits in his complete-game, 110-pitch performance, striking out nine and walking two. Quintana lasted six innings and 106 pitches, fanning six and walking three while allowing five hits. Kluber faced 29 hitters, two over the minimum.
CHICAGO -- The 2017 season moved into Game No. 15 for the White Sox on Friday night, but third baseman Todd Frazier already seems to have had a season full of weird.
"Hopefully it's smooth sailing from here the rest of the way," said Frazier prior to the series opener with the Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field. "Everything happens in threes, so this is No. 3. That's what my mom always says."
NEW YORK -- White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson is not sure if he will call it a career after this season. He has already cut down his schedule to 81 games in order to spend more time with his family.
The guy known for such phrases as "He gone!" and "You can put it on the board, yes!" has one more goal he would like to reach before it's all said and done. Hawk would like to be in baseball in some capacity until 2020. If he reaches that goal, it would mean he was in the game in parts of eight decades.
Bill Ladson has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002 and does a podcast, Newsmakers. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.