CHICAGO -- The White Sox began Sunday afternoon at risk of being swept in a four-game series against the Tigers. Instead, they ended the day with a series split thanks to two walk-off wins in a four-hour span. Melky Cabrera provided the latter with a single scoring Adam Eaton in the ninth, nullifying Detroit's three-homer rally in the top of the inning for a 5-4 White Sox win at U.S. Cellular Field.
"Baseball is funny like that," Eaton said. "It will beat you down, but then it will build you back up. It's a love-hate relationship, for sure. To have two walk-off wins, especially to get two wins off a great opponent like Detroit, and for them to be walk-offs, is huge for us."
CHICAGO -- His foot is sore from fouling a ball off it on Friday and he was plunked in the lower back with a fastball Saturday, but Adam Eaton still managed to be the catalyst the White Sox needed on Sunday.
After driving in the game-winning run with a walk-off single in the ninth inning for a 4-3 win in a game that was suspended by rain after eight innings on Saturday night, Eaton finished Sunday by going 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and scoring three runs, including the game-winner on a walk-off single by Melky Cabrera.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox have suspended pitcher Chris Sale for five days after concluding the club's investigation into a clubhouse incident prior to Saturday's game with the Detroit Tigers.
This suspension, announced by the team Sunday morning and based solely on Saturday's actions, began Saturday and runs through Wednesday. Sale would be eligible to start Thursday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, but general manager Rick Hahn said that slot currently will be listed as TBA.
CHICAGO -- It was the kind of performance that bolstered both sides of the debate about whether the White Sox should trade Jose Quintana.
The left-hander's 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-4 win in the finale with the Tigers were also just what the White Sox needed in the finale of a rain-soaked, adversity-riddled four-game series against the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
White Sox get quick resolution on Eaton's walk-off
By Jason Beck and Brian Hedger
CHICAGO -- Neither a suspended game, a taxed bullpen or a suspension of starter Chris Sale could prevent the White Sox from tormenting the Tigers. Adam Eaton's two-out single in the ninth inning scored Avisail Garcia, earning Chicago a 4-3 win over Detroit Sunday afternoon in a game that started Saturday night.
White Sox closer David Robertson, who thwarted Detroit's eighth-inning threat before rain washed out Saturday night, came back to work the ninth on Sunday, stranding Ian Kinsler following his two-out bloop double. Garcia led off the bottom of the inning against lefty Justin Wilson with a chopper down the third-base line for a single, stole second when Jose Iglesias was late covering the bag, advanced on J.B. Shuck's groundout and scored on Eaton's grounder through the left side.
Gonzalez looks to continue hot July vs. Arrieta, Cubs
By Curt Hogg
The Crosstown Series between the Cubs and White Sox kicks off with the first of four games on Monday night at US Cellular Field at 7:10 p.m. CT. The White Sox will play host to the first two games of the series, with the latter pair of contests taking place on the north side at Wrigley Field on Wednesday and Thursday.
This year's edition of the rivalry features two clubs trending in opposite directions. Long gone are the days when the Chicago teams possessed the two best records in baseball; the Cubs still remain atop the league standings, but the White Sox now find themselves in fourth place in the AL Central.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox did get some good news mixed in with general manager Rick Hahn's news conference to discuss Chris Sale's suspension.
Hahn said injured left-hander Carlos Rodon will begin his Minor League rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Charlotte. Rodon was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 9 with a sprained left wrist, which occurred when he stumbled running up the dugout steps prior to the singing of the national anthem the day before.
The White Sox, who were already listening to trade offers for Chris Sale, could be more likely to deal him after the relationship between the star and his club appeared to come apart at the seams on Saturday after a peculiar incident that took place before Chicago's suspended game against Detroit.
Fulmer not shrinking from first taste of adversity
Manager Ventura ready to give White Sox top prospect another shot at earliest opportunity
By Brian Hedger
Special to MLB.com |
CHICAGO -- It was bound to happen at some point for White Sox top prospect Carson Fulmer, who is looking to rebound from his first rough relief outing.
After cruising through his first two Major League appearances, Fulmer's third was anything but a charm in a 7-5 loss to the Tigers on Friday night. Handed a 5-4 lead to protect in the seventh inning, Fulmer recorded just two outs and took his first career loss. Chicago's first-round pick in 2015, taken eighth overall, Fulmer allowed three runs and struggled to locate the strike zone. He threw 30 pitches, just 12 for strikes, and walked three.
CHICAGO -- It was a sight the White Sox had envisioned when they signed Justin Morneau in June, while the veteran slugger was still rehabbing from offseason elbow surgery.
Following a two-out, run-scoring double by Jose Abreu in the fifth inning of Chicago's 7-5 loss to the Tigers on Friday night, Morneau launched his first home run with the team into the Detroit bullpen at U.S. Cellular Field.
CHICAGO -- What began as a battle between two former Tigers top prospects and continued with two pitchers named Fulmer fell back on the usual Miguel Cabrera clutch hit. His two-run single in the seventh inning put Detroit ahead for good in a back-and-forth battle at U.S. Cellular Field, taking a 7-5 win over the White Sox Friday night.
Detroit had a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning, having battled former first-round pick Jacob Turner for 101 pitches over 3 1/3 nnings, before Justin Morneau's three-run homer powered a four-run fifth -- the largest inning off Tigers rookie starter Michael Fulmer this season -- to put Chicago in front. More >
KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers are making a serious run at landing ace left-hander Chris Sale in a trade with the White Sox, according to Major League sources, but there are no indications yet if a deal can get done.
The White Sox have fallen off the pace in the American League Central with a 2-8 run over their last 10 games, but there is still serious questions about whether they would be willing to move Sale. He is just 27 years old and signed through 2017 with two reasonable club options at $12.5 million for 2018 and $13.5 million for '19. Sale just started the All-Star Game for the American League.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
CHICAGO -- The tightness in White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie's left hamstring worsened enough Friday that the team ordered an MRI.
Lawrie, the White Sox's starting second baseman, left in the fourth inning of a series-opener against the Tigers on Thursday, a rain-shortened 2-1 loss. Manager Robin Ventura and Lawrie both felt the injury was minor following the game, but that changed in less than 24 hours when Lawrie wasn't included in the starting lineup.
CHICAGO -- Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera broke the Tigers out of their offensive funk with fifth-inning solo homers off James Shields, powering Mike Pelfrey to his third win in 19 starts with a rain-shortened 2-1 victory over the White Sox on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.
The game went into a delay in the middle of the seventh inning, and was called after two hours and five minutes of persistent storms.
After rough beginning to White Sox career, righty may be 'over the hump'
By Brian Hedger
Special to MLB.com |
CHICAGO -- It wasn't the outcome they needed, but there was another glimmer of good news on Thursday night for the White Sox, despite their rain-shortened 2-1 loss to the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
James Shields took the loss, allowing two runs in six innings on a pair of solo home runs, but the veteran right-hander tossed another solid outing. Shields is now 2-3 with a 2.09 ERA in his past five starts, holding opponents to a .220 batting average. After struggling mightily following the June trade that brought him to Chicago, Shields now looks like the innings-eater the White Sox sought when they acquired him from the Padres.
CHICAGO -- After watching the White Sox dip below .500 again, general manager Rick Hahn is viewing the Aug. 1 Trade Deadline a lot differently than he did a couple of months ago.
Hahn said he will not pursue any short-term pieces who could help only this season, but everything else is on the table after the White Sox dropped five of six road games coming out of the All-Star break.
Quintana is highly skilled, durable, consistently works deep into games and is under control through 2020 at a below-market price. He's been the sixth most effective starter since 2013 based on fWAR, heading the tier of starters just behind the elite arms -- Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, David Price, Corey Kluber and Chris Sale.
Chicago drops series in Seattle despite scoring 14 runs in 3 games
By Maddie Lee
SEATTLE -- The White Sox bats woke up this series, but 14 runs in three games were only enough for one win against the Mariners.
"We wish we could have kept adding on," manager Robin Ventura said after a 6-5, 11-inning loss Wednesday. "You get five that quick, we had guys in scoring position, we had chances. We just couldn't cash in on them."
SEATTLE -- Leonys Martin launched a walk-off home run with one out in the 11th inning on Wednesday as the Mariners beat the White Sox, 6-5, for their second walk-off win of the series and Major League-leading sixth of the year.
"We're trying to win without having to walk-off, but if you win a ballgame no matter what, that's a great thing," Martin said. "That's what we play for."
Reliever laments pitch to Martin hit for game-winning HR
By Maddie Lee
SEATTLE -- Dan Jennings stood on the mound in the 11th inning with a plan. He had thrown three straight sliders to Leonys Martin for two strikes and a foul ball. He shook off catcher Dioner Navarro. He wanted to throw another one.
"I had beaten him on a couple sliders before, and I just felt like if I put that in the dirt then he either takes it or he swings through it," Jennings said. "Obviously I didn't put it in the dirt."
SEATTLE -- The White Sox traded Scott Carroll to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations, the team announced Wednesday.
The right-handed reliever was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on July 14. He only made three appearances for the White Sox this season. He had two hitless outings, each an inning long, but had an outing in between in which he allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning to give him an 11.57 ERA.
SEATTLE -- When the White Sox needed it most, Jose Quintana kept Seattle runners from becoming runs until the Chicago offense finally got untracked.
Quintana, making his first start since pitching a scoreless inning in his first All-Star Game, stranded the go-ahead runner in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings until the White Sox eventually broke out for a 6-1 victory over Seattle on Tuesday night to snap a five-game losing streak.
SEATTLE -- Brett Lawrie, Melky Cabrera and Todd Frazier used the long ball to power the White Sox toward a 6-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night. That snapped Chicago's five-game losing streak.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana got his eighth win, allowing one run on six hits over six innings. An offense that had scored only four runs in the previous five games topped that in one night. Four of the White Sox six runs were scored on homers.
SEATTLE -- Chris Sale and his White Sox know that the road to success in Major League Baseball has its share of potholes, but once you steer around them, the pavement can be pretty smooth, maybe even all the way home.
The point couldn't have been better illustrated by the strange events surrounding Chicago's stunning 4-3 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field, in which Sale was brilliant, building a 3-0 lead after eight one-hit innings, and White Sox closer David Robertson was not, allowing Seattle to score four runs with two outs in the ninth to give it all back.
SEATTLE -- In a finish to a game that baseball fans just don't see very often, Adam Lind's pinch-hit two-out, three-run home run in a four-run bottom of the ninth inning stunned the White Sox and thrilled the Safeco Field crowd in a wild, improbable 4-3 Mariners victory on Monday night. After White Sox ace Chris Sale dominated Seattle for eight innings, Chicago closer David Robertson could not shut the door in the ninth, and Lind's blast sealed it for Seattle.
"It's really easy to give up, say, 'Ah this isn't our night,' and move on," manager Scott Servais said. "And we don't do that. This club doesn't do that."