Quintana excellent, out-dueled by Harvey in opener

Quintana excellent, out-dueled by Harvey in opener

NEW YORK -- The last few weeks have left Matt Harvey and the Mets searching for answers, and his stellar performance in Monday's series opener might have provided one. Harvey gave up just two hits and struck out six en route to the Mets' 1-0 victory over the White Sox at Citi Field.

The day's only offense was provided by Neil Walker, who blasted a homer in the seventh off White Sox starter Jose Quintana. The lefty fanned seven, walked two and gave up six hits.

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Troy Provost-Heron is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McEwing defends Ventura amidst Sox funk

Third-base coach also praises team's resilience, ability to bounce back

McEwing defends Ventura amidst Sox funk

NEW YORK -- Joe McEwing's assessment might not be popular to some of the White Sox fan base looking for answers to correct the team's 4-14 funk entering Monday.

But when it comes to the team's shortcomings, especially a bullpen allowing 14 runs over 6 1/3 innings against the Royals this past weekend, Chicago's third-base coach doesn't believe manager Robin Ventura is to blame.

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Newly recalled Shuck impressed with prospect Anderson

Newly recalled Shuck impressed with prospect Anderson

NEW YORK -- J.B. Shuck is not a general manager. He's just a solid outfielder recalled by the White Sox from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Monday's series opener with the Mets at Citi Field.

But during his 37 games and 154 at-bats with the Knights, Shuck had an extended look at shortstop Tim Anderson. The veteran liked what was on display from the team's No. 2 prospect per MLBPipeline.com.

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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.

Sale's effort goes for naught as Sox fall in KC

Sale's effort goes for naught as Sox fall in KC

KANSAS CITY -- For the third straight game, the Royals lit up the beleaguered White Sox bullpen, this time posting a three-run eighth inning to wipe out a two-run deficit on their way to a 5-4 victory on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

The three-game series sweep of the White Sox, who blew 5-1 and 7-1 leads in the first two games, catapulted the Royals into first place in the American League Central. The Indians are one-half game back, and the White Sox are one game out.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the White Sox on Saturday.

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Tough series for White Sox bullpen in KC

Tough series for White Sox bullpen in KC

KANSAS CITY -- As the White Sox walked off the field following Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Royals, they knew they'd missed out on a big opportunity. In fact, they'd missed out on three of them.

In all three games of the series, the White Sox held a two-run lead in the seventh inning or later. In all three games, they lost.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Turf toe puts damper on A-Jax's big day on 'D'

Turf toe puts damper on A-Jax's big day on 'D'

KANSAS CITY -- After running down a fly ball to end the seventh inning, White Sox center fielder Austin Jackson said he felt discomfort in his left foot. One inning later, he was removed from the game with a case of turf toe in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.

"When he was out there, it really started bothering him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "[It was] serious enough for him to come out of the game."

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Stephens, Coats among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect strikes out a career-high 12, Rockies' No. 2 goes 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles

Stephens, Coats among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez's ability to miss bats was on display Sunday as the right-hander struck out a career-high 12 hitters over five innings in Double-A Harrisburg's 2-1 win against Akron. He allowed one earned run on five hits and did not issue a walk for the first time in nine starts for the Senators.

The Nationals' No. 5 prospect struck out the side in the first and third innings and also recorded a pair of two-strikeout innings. Lopez, 22, has fanned 56 hitters in 47 2/3 innings on the season, while his ERA sits at 4.15 after Sunday's outing. Meanwhile, opposing hitters are batting just .223 against him.

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White Sox can't hang onto 6-run lead vs. KC

White Sox can't hang onto 6-run lead vs. KC

KANSAS CITY -- Rookie Brett Eibner lashed a single to right off White Sox reliever Tommy Kahnle, scoring Drew Butera to cap an incredible seven-run rally in the ninth and give the Royals an 8-7 walk-off win on Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Eibner made his Major League debut on Friday in a come-from-behind win. Kansas City knocked Chicago from its perch atop the American League Central as both now sit a half-game back of first-place Cleveland. The White Sox had held the top spot since April 22 and their largest lead was five games.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the White Sox on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Robertson takes blame for tough loss to KC

White Sox closer gives up 6 runs as Royals score 7 to win

Robertson takes blame for tough loss to KC

KANSAS CITY -- Despite a six-run lead entering the ninth, White Sox manager Robin Ventura decided to bring in closer David Robertson to finish off the Royals. Instead, a seven-run rally off the bullpen led to an 8-7 loss on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.

Despite it being a non-save situation, Ventura said he wanted to be careful given how the White Sox had played in recent games. He added there hadn't been that many opportunities to use Robertson, who had previously pitched five days earlier.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Melky mashes mistake for third career slam

Sixth inning rally isn't enough for White Sox as bullpen can't hold lead

Melky mashes mistake for third career slam

KANSAS CITY -- White Sox left fielder Melky Cabrera came to the plate in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. After going 0-for-2 in his first two plate appearances, Cabrera said he was waiting for a mistake from Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, who came into the sixth with a perfect game bid.

Cabrera got that mistake, which he called lucky after the game, as Duffy left a slider up on the first pitch of the at-bat. Cabrera knocked it over the wall for a grand slam, although the White Sox would go on to a 7-5 loss at Kauffman Stadium.

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Melky's slam isn't enough to flatten Royals

Melky's slam isn't enough to flatten Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Eric Hosmer logged four RBIs and the Royals rallied for four runs in the seventh inning against the White Sox bullpen to pull out a 7-5 victory on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

With the win, Kansas City moved to one game back of first-place Chicago in the American League Central standings.

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Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City and covered the White Sox on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lawrie isn't dwelling on past incident with KC

White Sox infielder may hear some boos from Royals fans this weekend

Lawrie isn't dwelling on past incident with KC

KANSAS CITY -- White Sox infielder Brett Lawrie isn't dwelling on the past.

To be more specific, Lawrie said he isn't focusing on the incident that led to the benches clearing at Kauffman Stadium on April 18, 2015, when Lawrie was a member of the A's.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox opener vs. Royals postponed

Game won't be made up during current series; Latos to pitch Sunday

KANSAS CITY -- Thursday's game between the White and Royals was postponed because of a threat of severe weather. No makeup date was set, although the Royals announced it will not take place during the current series.

"It doesn't look all that good when you get some notices on your phone," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said of receiving a flash-flood warning before the announcement of the postponement.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despite struggles, White Sox upbeat, supportive

Despite struggles, White Sox upbeat, supportive

KANSAS CITY -- Going 4-11 in their last 15 games, the White Sox have lost much of the ground built up by a 23-10 start to the season. That's tightened the race in the American League Central, where the top four teams sat within three games of each other entering Thursday. For that, the players would have reason to feel added pressure.

Instead, ahead of Thursday's postponed series opener against the Royals, the mood in the clubhouse wasn't tense. In fact, it was the opposite.

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Scott Chasen is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson among top prospect performers Thursday

Anderson among top prospect performers Thursday

A pair of Phillies' top prospects had three-hit games in Lehigh Valley's win over Pawtucket. J.P. Crawford, the No. 3 overall prospect (Phillies' No. 1), scored a pair of runs in the game, but more importantly, he found his stroke offensively. Since he was promoted to Triple-A, Crawford got off to a bit of a slow start. The shortstop went 3-for-15 over his first four games, but on Thursday night everything was clicking as Crawford went 3-for-5.

But Crawford wasn't the only Phillies' farmhand to have a good night at the plate. Nick Williams, Philadelphia's No. 3 prospect, was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and raised his average to .279.

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Quintana solid, Cabrera homers in loss

Quintana solid, Cabrera homers in loss

CHICAGO -- Corey Kluber threw 7 1/3 strong innings on Wednesday in the Indians' 4-3 victory against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner has struggled at times early this season, but he was near top form Wednesday as he struck out nine batters to help the Indians get their third win in four games against the White Sox.

"I thought he was outstanding," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "There's been a couple hiccups, but I promise you, the day he pitches, we're thrilled. He works too hard. He's too much of a pro."

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Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Plenty of blame to go around during skid

Plenty of blame to go around during skid

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale stepped up and took the blame following the White Sox loss to the Indians on Tuesday night in a rare non-quality start for the staff ace.

On Wednesday following Cleveland's 4-3 victory that completed a disappointing 3-7 homestand for the South Siders, it was Adam Eaton who put the onus of defeat on his shoulders following a rare ball he didn't get to in right that scored two runs. It's admirable for two of the team's featured players to accept responsibility, but in reality, there's plenty of blame to go around during the White Sox 4-11 run over the past 15 games.

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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.

Rodon building confidence year into Majors

Rodon building confidence year into Majors

CHICAGO -- In talking about Carlos Rodon's first year as a Major League starting pitcher, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper decided to interject his own question into the conversation.

"What's the difference between those two guys (Chris Sale and Jose Quintana) and Rodon?" Cooper asked.

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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.

White Sox want consistency out of Garcia

White Sox want consistency out of Garcia

CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia is a 24-year-old full-time designated hitter who has hit eighth, seventh and eighth over his last three games after sitting for three straight.

That combination of facts doesn't exactly suggest the highest level of confidence from the organization in a player pegged as a five-tool talent when acquired via trade in 2013. But the White Sox still have his back, although they continue to wait for Garcia's consistency in approach to shine through.

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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.

Sale roughed up by Tribe, denied 10-0 start

Sale roughed up by Tribe, denied 10-0 start

CHICAGO -- White Sox ace Chris Sale entered Tuesday's battle of unbeatens with more hype than Josh Tomlin, his mound counterpart from Cleveland. It's understandable with Sale's pedigree, nine straight wins and 1.58 ERA. But it was Sale who got the early hook and Tomlin who cruised to his seventh straight victory during the Indians' 6-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.

"You watch Sale's first couple of pitches, and you're like, 'Who's going to hit this guy?'" Indians manager Terry Francona said. "It was like electric. But [Tomlin] obviously settled down. He threw an absurd amount of strikes and commanded everything and gave us a chance. When we got some hits, they were real meaningful."

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Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Indians on Tuesday.

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In his first loss, Sale shoulders all the blame

White Sox ace calls 6-run outing 'embarrassing'

In his first loss, Sale shoulders all the blame

CHICAGO -- There wasn't much gray area to interpret in regard to Chris Sale's feelings concerning his performance during the White Sox 6-2 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, ending Sale's streak of nine straight wins to start the season.

"I stunk. I was bad. I was terrible. Embarrassing, quite honestly," said Sale, after allowing six runs on seven hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings and 89 pitches. "It's tough to go out and go 3 1/3. You leave your team in a tough position, especially after a doubleheader.

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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.

Double play short-circuits White Sox rally

Indians catch Garcia straying off first to end inning

Double play short-circuits White Sox rally

CHICAGO -- The small amount of momentum built up by the White Sox in the fourth inning of a 6-2 loss to the Indians on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field was squelched by a 6-5-3 double play lowlighted by questionable baserunning.

Brett Lawrie was on second with one out after doubling home Jose Abreu, who also had doubled off Josh Tomlin, cutting the lead to four. Avisail Garcia followed with a hard-hit grounder to shortstop Francisco Lindor, a play where Lawrie was caught off of second in no man's land and was eventually tagged out by third baseman Juan Uribe in a rundown.

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Phil Rogers

No doubt that Sale can bounce back from 1st loss

No doubt that Sale can bounce back from 1st loss

CHICAGO -- In the immortal words of White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson, no problem, big guy. You can't win 'em all. Really, you can't. Not even if you're Chris Sale.

If anything, it might have been wise to let Eddie Cicotte hold onto some of those distinctions he racked up in 1919. We know how that season ended on the South Side.

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Uribe has nothing but love for Chicago, fans

Indians third baseman won World Series ring with White Sox in '05

Uribe has nothing but love for Chicago, fans

CHICAGO -- Juan Uribe has never forgotten the White Sox, and White Sox fans certainly haven't forgotten the always engaging shortstop from the 2005 World Series champions.

Uribe, 37, returned to the South Side of Chicago this week with the Indians, his fifth team since a 2004-08 stint with the White Sox. Two characteristics always seem to define Uribe's stay with a particular squad: He's one of the more popular players in the clubhouse and he makes said team better.

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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.

White Sox employing eight-man 'pen

Ventura says club may add position player Monday

White Sox employing eight-man 'pen

CHICAGO -- The White Sox are going with eight relievers for the time being, after adding right-hander Tommy Kahnle as the 26th man for Monday's doubleheader against Cleveland.

Infielder Carlos Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte in between games to make room for second-game starter Erik Johnson, and Johnson was sent back to Charlotte after the loss. The team had Dioner Navarro, Jerry Sands and Jimmy Rollins on the bench Tuesday night.

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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.

Johnson allows 3 HRs as Sox drop nightcap

Johnson allows 3 HRs as Sox drop nightcap

CHICAGO -- Cody Anderson turned in his best performance of the season, striking out nine over seven innings of one-run ball, as the Indians claimed a 5-1 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field in Game 2 of their doubleheader. The teams split, with the White Sox winning the opener, 7-6, but they have lost nine of their past 13.

"That was really good," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "One, we needed a win, but it was nice to see him pitch like that."

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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.

Cody Stavenhagen is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago and covered the Indians on Monday.

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Phil Rogers

Nobody's more impactful than combo of Sale-Quintana

White Sox lefties have helped the team remain in first place in AL Central

Nobody's more impactful than combo of Sale-Quintana

CHICAGO -- Who you got as the best 1-2 combination of starting pitchers in baseball? There's no one answer, so go ahead and argue the point.

You couldn't go wrong with the Cubs' Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, the Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto, the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda or the Nationals' Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Ditto the White Sox's Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Maybe even the Indians' Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco when they're at the top of their games.

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.