Offense can't come through for rookie Giolito

Offense can't come through for rookie Giolito

CHICAGO -- Jorge Polanco, Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario homered to back a strong effort from right-hander Kyle Gibson and carry the Twins to a 4-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. It helped the Twins remain in the second AL Wild Card spot ahead of the Angels.

Rookie Lucas Giolito, acquired in the trade that sent Adam Eaton to the Nationals, made his first start for the White Sox, allowing four runs on six hits with four strikeouts to get pegged with the loss. Of his 99 pitches, 69 were fastballs and he got eight swing-and-misses on those pitches, with his fastball topping out at 95.8 mph.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Prospect Giolito pleased with White Sox debut

Right-hander strikes out four, doesn't issue a walk in loss to Twins

Prospect Giolito pleased with White Sox debut

CHICAGO -- Trust your stuff.

That mantra has been espoused by Lucas Giolito -- the No. 59 prospect overall, per MLBPipeline.com -- since back in Spring Training and continued as he worked his way toward the White Sox as part of the Triple-A Charlotte rotation this season. That idea played out for the big right-hander during his White Sox debut Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in a 4-1 loss to the Twins.

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Saladino grateful to play, despite struggles

White Sox infielder happy to be healthy after worrisome back injury

Saladino grateful to play, despite struggles

CHICAGO -- The .193 average, no home runs and eight RBIs would not exactly be considered ideal output for White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino during the 2017 season.

That fact especially holds true considering Saladino, 28, had a breakout '16 campaign with eight home runs, 38 RBIs, 11 stolen bases and a .282 average over 319 plate appearances. But the fact Saladino is finishing this season healthy supersedes any on-field struggles.

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Bubba, White Sox eager for Players Weekend

Bubba, White Sox eager for Players Weekend

CHICAGO -- If White Sox reliever Chris Beck was holding true to the spirit of the inaugural Players Weekend, being introduced by MLB and the MLB Players Association this Friday through Sunday, the back of his jersey would read "Chris."

Beck's No. 54 jersey instead will feature the name "Bubba," which he is called by more than his given first name.

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Shields looks to continue rebound vs. Twins

Shields looks to continue rebound vs. Twins

The Minnesota Twins are playoff contenders, even after selling off pieces such as Jaime Garcia and Brandon Kintzler at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

In the time since that stretch, they've played baseball as well as anyone, including winning 13 of their last 17 to put themselves front and center for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Davidson set to begin rehab assignment

Minaya enjoying new role; Abreu chasing history

Davidson set to begin rehab assignment

CHICAGO -- Matt Davidson didn't have time to talk with the media waiting at his Guaranteed Rate Field home clubhouse locker Tuesday, as the White Sox third baseman was on his way to the airport to begin an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte.

Davidson has not played since Aug. 1, when he sustained a bruised right wrist after being hit by a Marcus Stroman pitch.

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Rodon shines, Fulmer struggles in twin bill

Rodon shines, Fulmer struggles in twin bill

CHICAGO -- As soon as Carlos Rodon's quality start was completed for the White Sox in their 7-6, Game 1 victory over the Twins Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, the southpaw set himself up with a mission for Game 2.

Rodon wanted to watch Carson Fulmer in action. The No. 11 White Sox prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, had been called up as the 26th man to work the doubleheader nightcap before returning to Triple-A Charlotte.

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South Siders can't pick up Fulmer in nightcap

South Siders can't pick up Fulmer in nightcap

CHICAGO -- Blasts from Jorge Polanco and Brian Dozier highlighted a four-homer performance as the Minnesota Twins stormed to a 10-2 win and split a straight doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday.

The win, which was Minnesota's 12th in its last 16 games, allowed the club to maintain pace in the crowded American League Wild Card race. The Twins entered the day tied with the Angels for possession of the second Wild Card spot, and claimed sole possession of the second spot after the Angels lost to Texas on Monday night.

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Sanchez, Abreu HR to back Rodon in Game 1

Sanchez, Abreu HR to back Rodon in Game 1

CHICAGO -- Left-hander Carlos Rodon continued his impressive run with 6 1/3 strong innings and was backed by a three-run homer from Yolmer Sanchez and a solo shot from Jose Abreu in a 7-6 win over the Twins in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The Twins rallied in the eighth with a three-run homer from Jorge Polanco off lefty Derek Holland after a 19-minute rain delay, but it wasn't enough. The loss snapped Minnesota's four-game winning streak and dropped the Twins a half-game behind the Angels for the second AL Wild Card spot, pending their outcome against the Rangers and Game 2 of the Twins-White Sox twin bill.

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Covey calls tough season 'learning process'

White Sox Rule 5 Draft pick says stuff's ready, but still working on mental aspect

Covey calls tough season 'learning process'

CHICAGO -- Dylan Covey entered the 2017 season with 29 1/3 innings at Double-A representing the highest level of competition in his Minor League career.

But as a Rule 5 selection of the rebuilding White Sox, the 26-year-old right-hander began the campaign as part of the big league squad's starting rotation. It has not been a good year for Covey statistically, who looks overmatched based on his 8.60 ERA over 11 games.

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In My Words: Experience elevates Lopez

Young right-hander says Minor Leagues helped him hone in on focus

In My Words: Experience elevates Lopez

Making my debut with the Chicago White Sox was something I was striving for since the day I joined the organization. I also think the fans were waiting and excited for that moment. The day I pitched for the very first time with Chicago at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Kansas City Royals was special.

I was proud of myself that night because of all the work I put in since Spring Training and during my time with Triple-A Charlotte; it made all the work worth it. I finally received the opportunity to play at the highest level, and I knew I could do a good job -- that night and in the future. However, I'm not overconfident. When I received the news about my promotion from Triple-A, I told myself I have to continue working hard and giving my best.

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Reynaldo Lopez is a pitcher with the White Sox and made his season debut Aug. 11. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fulmer, Giolito latest prospects to join Sox

Righties slated to make club debuts against Twins

Fulmer, Giolito latest prospects to join Sox

CHICAGO -- The future is arriving quickly for the White Sox farm system.

Two of the Chicago's top prospects -- Yoan Moncada and Reynaldo Lopez -- are in the Majors, though Lopez is on the 10-day DL with a strained back. Reliever Aaron Bummer (No. 28 in the White Sox system per MLBPipeline.com) and outfielder Nicky Delmonico are also on the big league club.

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Gonzalez paces White Sox in finale victory

Gonzalez paces White Sox in finale victory

ARLINGTON -- Miguel Gonzalez pitched six scoreless innings in the Texas afternoon heat as the White Sox earned a split of a four-game series with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Sunday at Globe Life Park. The loss dropped the Rangers to 2 1/2 games behind the Angels and the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

Gonzalez, with a game-time temperature of 97 degrees, pitched out of some tough jams in the second, third and fourth innings, while keeping the Rangers off the scoreboard by holding them 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Texas, one day after scoring 17 runs in a win, had the bases loaded and one out twice against Gonzalez and didn't score.

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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.

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Renteria hopes White Sox embrace spoiler role

Moncada misses second straight game, but skipper says injury not serious

Renteria hopes White Sox embrace spoiler role

ARLINGTON -- The White Sox begin a stretch where they'll play 18 of their next 21 games at home with Monday's doubleheader against the Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. They also play eight against the Twins and three against the Rays in their next 14, giving them a chance to play spoiler in the race for the second American League Wild Card spot.

"If you need to use that as a motivation, you use it as a motivation," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "Our motivation should always be simply we go out there to play a really good, clean baseball game and give ourselves a chance to come out on top. The results in and of themselves are results.

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Gonzalez beats the heat for scoreless outing

White Sox right-hander has recorded three straight quality starts

Gonzalez beats the heat for scoreless outing

ARLINGTON -- For a couple of innings of the White Sox 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Sunday afternoon at Global Life Park, Miguel Gonzalez was somewhat overcome by the intense heat.

But the veteran made the necessary adjustments to overcome Texas and give the South Siders a split in this four-game set.

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Getz enjoying role helping develop prospects

Getz enjoying role helping develop prospects

ARLINGTON -- The idea of a White Sox rebuild was more in workable theory form when Chris Getz returned to the organization as director of player development in October.

Almost nine months later, now presiding over one of the top farm systems in all of baseball, Getz certainly enjoys his part in the White Sox push toward sustained success.

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White Sox overpowered after scoring 5 in first

White Sox overpowered after scoring 5 in first

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers were rough on White Sox starter Derek Holland in his homecoming, even though they were kind enough to spot him a 5-0 lead before he took the mound.

The Rangers pounded their former teammate with seven runs in 2 2/3 innings on their way to a 17-7 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The Rangers hit four home runs, including two by Rougned Odor, on their way to their 11th win in their last 16 games. They are 1 1/2 games behind the Twins and Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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For Abreu, near-cycle dimmed by 'tough' loss

For Abreu, near-cycle dimmed by 'tough' loss

ARLINGTON -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu wasn't thinking about the double needed to hit for the cycle when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning of a 17-7 loss to the Rangers Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

Derek Holland, who was long gone from his start by the time Abreu hit near 11 p.m. CT, couldn't stop thinking about a second straight miserable trip to the mound. Good or bad, these are the sorts of games the White Sox expect during the course of a now 46-74 rebuilding season.

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White Sox put Lopez on DL with back strain

Moncada day to day after being scratched with shin splints

White Sox put Lopez on DL with back strain

ARLINGTON -- The White Sox rebuild hit a painful pothole Saturday, when right-handed pitcher Reynaldo Lopez was placed on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to Friday) with a strained back and second baseman Yoan Moncada was scratched from the starting lineup due to right shin splints.

Neither malady seems to have the team panicked; White Sox manager Rick Renteria termed the move with Lopez as more of a precautionary measure.

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Sox nip Rangers behind Delmonico's two HRs

Sox nip Rangers behind Delmonico's two HRs

ARLINGTON -- Nicky Delmonico's second home run of the night -- this one an inside-the-park shot -- in the eighth inning lifted the White Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Friday night. The loss dropped the Rangers to 1 1/2 games behind the Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot.

The score was 3-3 when Delmonico led off the eighth against reliever Ricardo Rodriguez with a drive to deep right field. Nomar Mazara went back to the wall trying to make a leaping catch and the ball sailed just beyond his glove. The ball hit the top of the wall and Mazara hit it harder. The ball caromed hard, but Mazara landed on his left knee and fell to the ground. By the time second baseman Rougned Odor ran it down, Delmonico was steaming his way around third for an inside-the-parker. Mazara remained in the game.

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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.

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Delmonico showing 'it factor' in rookie season

Slugger hits inside-the-parker in second multi-homer game

Delmonico showing 'it factor' in rookie season

ARLINGTON -- Nicky Delmonico finished the White Sox 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Friday night at Globe Life Park batting .382 with five home runs and 11 RBIs after hitting two homers and driving in three.

There's a very strong chance Delmonico won't hit at a near-.400 clip over the next two weeks, let alone the rest of his career. But in just 15 games and 55 at-bats since joining the team, Delmonico has shown an "it factor," as dubbed by White Sox manager Rick Renteria, which gives the feel of something special in both the present and future.

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Sox drop 5th straight after hard-fought game

Sox drop 5th straight after hard-fought game

ARLINGTON -- Nomar Mazara's torrid bat shows no signs of cooling. He had five RBIs on Thursday night -- including a 3-run homer -- to carry the Rangers to their fourth straight come-from-behind victory with a 9-8 win over the White Sox at Globe Life Park.

Mazara's homer capped a four-run fifth inning for Texas, which clawed out of an early four-run deficit.

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Holland reunites with Beltre, animals in Texas

Holland reunites with Beltre, animals in Texas

ARLINGTON -- Even though Derek Holland didn't get to Texas from Los Angeles until early Thursday morning, the hurler was happy to be home.

Holland pitched eight seasons with the Rangers before moving to the South Side of Chicago. He got the reunions with old friends out of the way on July 1 at Guaranteed Rate Field, although he smiled when he said he plans to get even for that 10-4 loss when he starts on Saturday at Globe Life Park.

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Delmonico adds 2-homer game to historic rise

Delmonico adds 2-homer game to historic rise

LOS ANGELES -- White Sox rookie Nicky Delmonico added another chapter to what's been a superb start to his career in Wednesday night's 5-4 walk-off loss to the Dodgers.

Delmonico belted two solo homers for his first career multi-homer game in just his 13th Major League contest. The homers extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and he's reached base in all 13 games, extending his White Sox record.

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Lopez gets lesson on pitching through pain

Rookie righty dealt with ribcage issue Thursday; Avisail sits another day

Lopez gets lesson on pitching through pain

ARLINGTON -- A great deal of analysis wasn't needed by White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper to dissect Reynaldo Lopez's pitching performance in Thursday night's 9-8 loss at Globe Life Park.

In fact, when Cooper was asked how he thought Lopez looked Thursday, he responded with one word.

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White Sox hit 4 homers, but Dodgers walk off

White Sox hit 4 homers, but Dodgers walk off

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig's two-run double in the ninth capped a three-run rally as the Dodgers added another chapter to their magical season with a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over the White Sox on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, completing a four-game season sweep of the Interleague set.

The Dodgers improved their Major League-best record to 85-34 and have not lost a series since June 5-7 and have won 50 of their last 59 games. Cody Bellinger's one-out pinch-hit single started the rally, and Logan Forsythe followed with a double to bring Bellinger home, cutting the lead to 4-3. Austin Barnes' single put runners on the corners, and Puig ended an eight-pitch at-bat with a game-winning knock that gave the Dodgers their MLB-leading 10th walk-off win.

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Sox homer on 1st pitch in 2nd straight game

South Siders' Leury repeats Anderson's feat vs. Dodgers

Sox homer on 1st pitch in 2nd straight game

LOS ANGELES -- White Sox center fielder Leury Garcia put a bit of a damper on Yu Darvish's Dodger Stadium debut Wednesday, sending his first pitch of the game off the right-field foul pole.

It was the second time in as many nights that the White Sox homered on the first pitch of the game, accomplishing the feat for the first time in the franchise's 118-year history. Garcia's homer traveled a projected 388 feet, per Statcast™, and left his bat at 105 mph.

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Abreu totes garbage can in dugout after HR

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Abreu totes garbage can in dugout after HR

The unpredictability of Major Leaguers can be one of the most amusing aspects of the game. At any time, you could see something you haven't seen before -- whether an actual in-game moment or something more ... extracurricular.

In the sixth inning of Chicago's eventual 5-4 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles, White Sox slugger Jose Abreu clubbed a solo homer into the Left Field Pavilion against Yu Darvish (making his Dodger Stadium debut). That's a typical Abreu highlight, him smashing dingers and trotting around the bases.

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Renteria honored by Cubs' gesture

White Sox manager receives Series ring from former club

Renteria honored by Cubs' gesture

LOS ANGELES -- As far as the Cubs are concerned, White Sox manager Rick Renteria's lone year as their manager in 2014 was a key to their World Series title last season.

In acknowledgement of that, the Cubs presented Renteria with one of the 1,908 World Series rings they made after breaking their 108-year title drought when the teams met at Wrigley Field in late July.

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