Abreu in top 5 at first in AL All-Star voting update

Abreu in top 5 at first in AL All-Star voting update

TORONTO -- Jose Abreu is vying for a starting spot on the American League roster for the 86th All-Star Game, to be played July 14th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

The White Sox first baseman is currently fourth in voting among AL first baseman with 222,288 votes as of the most recent 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Balloting update. He trails Mark Teixeira (342,788), Eric Hosmer (1,101,738) and Miguel Cabrera (1,347,351).

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Beck to make first MLB start on Thursday

Beck to make first MLB start on Thursday

TORONTO -- Chris Beck will make his first Major League start for the White Sox in the second game of their doubleheader against the Orioles on Thursday at Camden Yards.

Beck will take the mound as the two sides play make-up games after a pair of late-April matches in Baltimore were postponed because of protests in the city.

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Noesi tripped up by first-inning bump

Defense lets right-hander down in decisive rally

Noesi tripped up by first-inning bump

TORONTO -- Making his first start in more than two weeks, Hector Noesi took the mound on Monday against the Blue Jays looking to prove himself a bona fide starter. The right-hander made his case over seven innings, but was saddled with the loss as the White Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 6-0, in the series opener at Rogers Centre.

"I'm here to start. That's what I want to prove to anybody, that I can start," Noesi said after he allowed five earned runs on five hits, including two homers, to fall to 0-4 on the season.

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Noesi settles down, but rough first sets tone

Noesi settles down, but rough first sets tone

TORONTO -- Drew Hutchison picked up the second shutout of his career and Justin Smoak and Josh Donaldson homered in the Blue Jays' 6-0 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at Rogers Centre.

Hutchison cruised through most of his outing and faced one batter over the minimum during a stretch that began in the second inning and lasted until the final out. He allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter, struck out eight and threw 70 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

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Avisail day to day with knee inflammation

Avisail day to day with knee inflammation

TORONTO -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was removed from Monday night's game at Rogers Centre because of inflammation in his right knee. He is listed as day to day.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he noticed Garcia was hesitant when chasing Jose Reyes' double into the right-field corner in the first inning, and again on the basepaths after Garcia singled in the top of the second before being doubled up on an inning-ending double play.

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Melky returns to Rogers Centre with Chicago

Outfielder left Toronto during offseason for three-year deal with White Sox

Melky returns to Rogers Centre with Chicago

TORONTO -- Melky Cabrera was back at Rogers Centre on Monday for the first time since leaving the Blue Jays via free agency to join the White Sox.

Cabrera spent a pair of seasons in Toronto, where he experienced mixed success. After most of his first season was hampered by a benign tumor in his back that severely limited his performance, Cabrera had a bounceback season in 2014 and was rewarded with a $42 million, three-year contract from the White Sox last December.

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White Sox look to turn things around on trip

Club goes 2-5 on homestand; LaRoche calls recent play 'embarrassing'

White Sox look to turn things around on trip

CHICAGO -- Remember back to Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, when Corey Kluber and Chris Sale engaged in an edge-of-your-seat pitchers' duel, the White Sox emerged with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings and moved over .500 with their sixth straight win?

It wasn't that long ago, a little more than 120 hours to be exact. But after an 8-1 loss to the Twins before 30,180 Sunday afternoon, that near-perfect battle seems to be an eternity removed.

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Quintana finds rough going against Twins

Quintana finds rough going against Twins

CHICAGO -- A four-run fourth inning was more than enough support for starter Kyle Gibson, as the Twins defeated the White Sox on Sunday, 8-1. Gibson worked eight innings and struck out eight -- tying a career high -- without a walk to cruise to the win.

Second baseman Brian Dozier hit two home runs and drove in four runs to pace the Twins, and right fielder Eddie Rosario added two hits and two RBIs.

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Entrance Konerko's final nod to fans in exit

Walk from center field allows everyone to feel a part of ceremony

Entrance Konerko's final nod to fans in exit

CHICAGO -- There was a definite plan behind Paul Konerko's center-field entrance during his jersey number retirement ceremony Saturday, aside from taking the longtime White Sox captain somewhat out of his comfort zone.

Brooks Boyer, the White Sox senior vice president, sales and marketing, explained Sunday that having Konerko walk in from center allowed fans situated in the outfield a chance to feel like a part of the ceremony. There was talk of using a fog machine as well, but the notion was overruled.

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White Sox still seeking return to norms

Offensive inconsistency stalling rise up standings

White Sox still seeking return to norms

CHICAGO -- The White Sox offense has been a strange mix of inconsistency for six weeks.

The South Siders rank 27th in pitches per plate appearance at 3.68, and sit last in total numbers of pitches seen at 5,426. Yet, the free-swinging group also sits last in extra-base hits with 88, making them one of three teams in the Majors entering play Sunday with fewer than 100.

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Sale runs into early trouble with fastball

Lefty gives up pair of solo HRs in second inning

Sale runs into early trouble with fastball

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale's slider might just be one of the most effective pitches at getting batters out in the American League, and his other pitches are still strong, evidenced by his 2.86 career ERA.

But in a minor blip during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Twins, he found out just how much his slider stands out above the rest.

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In a flash, Sale burned by early home runs

In a flash, Sale burned by early home runs

CHICAGO -- Minnesota starter Trevor May had never thrown more than five strikeouts this season, but on Saturday, he struck out nine to help the Twins beat the White Sox, 4-3. May went seven innings without a walk and allowed six hits to keep the White Sox offense at bay.

Chicago's offense left six men on base, unable to make up an early deficit in full after the third inning. The White Sox are averaging 2.33 runs in their last six games, four of which have been losses.

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Konerko's No. 14 retired on South Side

Captain thanks fans, organization for opportunity to play 16 seasons

Konerko's No. 14 retired on South Side

CHICAGO -- The No. 14 already had been unveiled at U.S. Cellular Field, sitting in the pantheon of the 10 previously retired White Sox numbers (including Jackie Robinson), and located between Luis Aparicio (No. 11) and Ted Lyons (No. 16).

Then Paul Konerko, the man who so capably owned the number for 16 seasons on the South Side, stepped to the microphone.

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Konerko, family honored by speed of number retirement

Konerko, family honored by speed of number retirement

CHICAGO -- If timing really is everything, then it's easy to understand why the retirement of Paul Konerko's jersey No. 14 meant so much to the White Sox captain on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Konerko knew this moment was coming since last Sept. 27, when his retirement was celebrated with a concourse statue, among numerous other gifts. But the fact that it came so quickly not only pleased Konerko but also his entire group of family and friends who took in the tribute.

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White Sox officially retire Paul Konerko's number

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White Sox officially retire Paul Konerko's number

Though Paul Konerko started with Los Angeles, he played almost his entire career in Chicago, retiring just last year. On Saturday, the club thanked him for his 16 years wearing a White Sox uniform by hanging up his number for good. 

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Bond between Ozzie, Konerko one of respect

Former manager, captain reunited for jersey retirement ceremony

Bond between Ozzie, Konerko one of respect

CHICAGO -- Prior to Paul Konerko's jersey being retired Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field, Ozzie Guillen told the media that No. 14 made him a better manager, and he did the same for players around him.

Konerko extended the same high level of respect back to his former manager in comments made after the ceremony.

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Noesi adjusting to spontaneity of role

Called on fill in on mound as starter and reliever

Noesi adjusting to spontaneity of role

CHICAGO -- White Sox right-hander Hector Noesi is in his fifth year in the league, and he knows by now to be ready for anything. So when manager Robin Ventura told him that he would be the starting pitcher for Monday night's game in Toronto, he wasn't fazed.

That doesn't mean it's easy for him to go back and forth from the rotation to the bullpen.

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Samardzija settles in after shaky start

Sox righty strikes out 9, retires 17 straight over 8 innings

Samardzija settles in after shaky start

CHICAGO -- The Jeff Samardzija who faced the first six Minnesota hitters during a 3-2 White Sox victory Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field didn't seem destined to be in this weekend series opener for long.

Samardzija allowed two runs in the first inning, went to five full-counts among those six and topped out at 35 pitches after walking Eduardo Escobar to open the second. Luckily for the White Sox, that particular version of Samardzija didn't stay long.

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Garcia to be patient with right knee injury

Shuck comes through with big RBI as last-minute replacement

Garcia to be patient with right knee injury

CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia was scratched from Friday's White Sox starting lineup against the Twins with inflammation in his right knee. Garcia left in the 10th inning of Monday's game against the Indians due to the knee issue, but he played Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

In comments made by the right fielder following the White Sox 3-2 victory at U.S. Cellular Field, it sounded as if Garcia will be more cautious with his next return.

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Phil Rogers

For Cusack, Konerko represents the good in sports

For Cusack, Konerko represents the good in sports

CHICAGO -- John Cusack isn't acting when he steps into the role of a Chicago sports fan. He comes by it naturally, and he's thrilled that the White Sox are retiring No. 14 in honor of Paul Konerko.

"Paul is just absolute class,'' Cusack said. "[He's the] same guy every day. Even when he was battling through a slump, you could cheer for him because of his work ethic, his hustle, his quiet dignity, the way he went about his craft. … I took as much pleasure watching him work his way out of slumps as I did when he was ripping up the league, you know? It's just the way he plays. It's his character.''

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Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid

Shark shows bite as Sox sink Twins, end skid

Chicago -- Right fielder J.B. Shuck wasn't supposed to start Friday night, but his sacrifice fly to deep center in the eighth inning proved to be the go-ahead run in Chicago's 3-2 victory over the Indians.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura scratched right fielder Avisail Garcia with right knee inflammation after batting practice, replacing him with Shuck at the last minute. Shuck finished with two hits and a run scored on top of his sacrifice fly.

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Rodon's next start delayed; Noesi to take hill Monday

Top prospect has struggled with command in Majors

Rodon's next start delayed; Noesi to take hill Monday

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon's previous start for the White Sox came on Wednesday night against the Indians, when the rookie southpaw walked five over six innings and allowed one run.

His next start takes place on … .

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Konerko embraces passion for hockey in retirement

Konerko embraces passion for hockey in retirement

CHICAGO -- When the Blackhawks take the ice Saturday night for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Anaheim Ducks, Paul Konerko and his wife, Jennifer, will be present at the United Center.

Konerko possibly could have been on that ice as a player at some point in the past decade if not for a decision to stick with baseball when his family moved from Rhode Island to Arizona. Based on his jersey No. 14 being retired by the White Sox Saturday afternoon, Konerko appears to have made the correct call.

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Phil Rogers

Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

Statistics alone cannot begin to measure why slugger touched hearts of fans

Konerko's everyman style made him a favorite

His tools were a first baseman's mitt and a bat, not a sledgehammer or a wrench. But Paul Konerko was the first person you wanted to see after clocking in on the job. Any job.

He wasn't ever just another guy, just another baseball player, but he carried himself like he could have been your mailman or auto mechanic -- not the guy facing Mariano Rivera with the game on the line. The deep connection that developed between Konerko and White Sox fans is the way baseball should be.

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White Sox forming 'special' bond in clubhouse

'Win or lose, we're still having a good time,' Flowers says

White Sox forming 'special' bond in clubhouse

CHICAGO -- The White Sox lost two straight entering Thursday's series finale against the Indians with an offense that has struggled to provide run support. But that hasn't changed the attitude in the clubhouse.

A group of players gathered in the back to watch a movie Thursday. Another group sat around to talk strategy in "Clash of Clans," a mobile game. Plenty of others talked or laughed despite being a group that dropped below .500 again.

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Offense lacking, arms shaky in first home series loss

Sox muster 8 runs in 4 games as Indians starters steal show

Offense lacking, arms shaky in first home series loss

CHICAGO -- Give the Cleveland starting quartet of Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Shaun Marcum and Danny Salazar plenty of credit for holding the White Sox to eight runs in total during the South Siders' first home series loss of the 2015 season after five straight home series wins.

Cleveland captured its third straight game in this four-game set with a 5-2 victory Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. But even with due credit paid to the Indians' hurlers, the White Sox offense that broke free over a recent six-game winning streak and a 10-3 run moving into this past Tuesday's contest needs to be more productive.

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