Lots of options for White Sox at pick No. 8

With extensive pool of talent to consider, team may prioritize college arms

Lots of options for White Sox at pick No. 8

CHICAGO -- The 2015 Draft will take place from Monday, June 8, through Wednesday, June 10, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Monday at 5 p.m. CT. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 6 p.m., with the top 75 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. MLB.com's exclusive coverage of Day 2 begins with a live Draft show at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with exclusive coverage of Day 3 beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday.

MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 200 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of over 1,700 Draft-eligible players. Every selection will be tweeted live from @MLBDraftTracker, and you can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

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Abreu, Avisail need fan support in All-Star voting

Abreu, Avisail need fan support in All-Star voting

CHICAGO -- The White Sox did not have a player in the Top 5 of any position in the latest American League voting results cast from the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, announced Monday, nor did they have an outfielder in the Top 15.

That absence stems in part from the White Sox offense ranking last in the American League in home runs, runs scored and OPS during the first two months of the 2015 season. But the team certainly does have viable All-Star candidates in first baseman Jose Abreu and right fielder Avisail Garcia.

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Danks' complete effort backed by defense

Lefty works around 10 hits; replay challenge takes run off scoreboard

Danks' complete effort backed by defense

HOUSTON -- In Sunday's 6-0 victory over the Astros, John Danks became the sixth pitcher in White Sox history to record a shutout while allowing at least 10 hits. The veteran left-hander knows he received plenty of help from his defense -- and a smart replay challenge from his manager.

The Astros strung together three straight one-out singles in the third inning, when Jose Altuve was initially ruled safe at first base on a grounder to second base. But White Sox manager Robin Ventura's challenge overturned the call, wiping a run off the scoreboard and extinguishing the biggest threat to Danks all game.

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Danks fires blanks, completes 10-hit shutout

Danks fires blanks, completes 10-hit shutout

HOUSTON -- John Danks pitched a 10-hit shutout, and the left-hander received plenty of run support in a 6-0 White Sox win over the Astros on Sunday afternoon, the rubber match of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.

"These are some tough teams on this road trip, and we're still keeping our heads up and getting after it," said Chicago manager Robin Ventura. "It's nice, especially with the way the bullpen has been the last four or five days, to be able to get nine innings out of your starter."

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Samardzija on tap as Texas tour continues

Samardzija on tap as Texas tour continues

After an off-day for each team Monday, the Rangers host the White Sox on Tuesday night as they begin in a three-game set at Globe Life Park.

For the White Sox -- fresh off a series victory in Houston -- Jeff Samardzija gets the start on an extra day of rest. He's been a workhorse for Chicago, averaging 7 2/3 innings in his last three starts while decreasing his runs allowed in each. The righty is plenty familiar with the bulk of Texas' lineup, facing them twice in September when he was with the A's.

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Abreu out 2nd straight game with finger injury

White Sox slugger expects to be ready for Texas series after off-day

Abreu out 2nd straight game with finger injury

HOUSTON -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu remained sidelined with a swollen right index finger Sunday for the series finale with the Astros, the second game in a row he had missed.

"I feel much better today. I think the treatment the last two days and today have worked well for me," Abreu said via an interpreter. "I think with [Monday's off-day] and one more day of treatment, I will be ready to play in Texas.

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Run support for Quintana difficult to locate

White Sox lefty fans 7 in 6 1/3 innings, dealt slim margin for error

Run support for Quintana difficult to locate

HOUSTON -- "Hard-luck loss" might not be a strong enough term for the decisions handed to White Sox starter Jose Quintana at this point. It's practically the theme of his career.

The lefty turned in a strong one-run performance in Houston's 3-0 victory on Saturday, foiled only by the White Sox offense's struggles, a close play at the plate and his counterpart Dallas Keuchel's brilliance.

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Quintana sharp but bats blanked by Keuchel

Quintana sharp but bats blanked by Keuchel

HOUSTON -- Dallas Keuchel struck out a career-high 11 batters in a four-hit shutout to lead the Astros to a 3-0 win over the White Sox on Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park, giving Houston a franchise-best 31 wins through 50 games.

"I was lucky enough to have some pretty good command," Keuchel said. "They were hacking a little bit, but I was showing them enough first-pitch strikes they had to go up there and be cautious of every single pitch I was throwing. That's the way I like it, and it went according to plan."

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flowers tumbles into dugout, caught by Ventura

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Flowers tumbles into dugout, caught by Ventura

"Flowers in the dugout" sounds kind of nice, doesn't it? Maybe someone decided to bring a little spring color into the game. Maybe some sunflower seeds took root and sprouted, turning the whole stadium into a van Gogh painting.

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Rodon subdues Astros with renewed focus

Young lefty had rotation turn skipped to work on pitch location

Rodon subdues Astros with renewed focus

HOUSTON -- For an 11-inning game the White Sox won, 6-3,with big hits late and 4 2/3 scoreless relief innings, those weren't even the most encouraging signs for this team in the long term.

It wasn't always pretty, but fresh off an extended rest, starter Carlos Rodon delivered the kind of hard-earned outing that should pay dividends well beyond a May night in Minute Maid Park.

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Abreu rests with ailing finger; Avisail returns

X-rays reveal no major damage for slugging first baseman

Abreu rests with ailing finger; Avisail returns

HOUSTON -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu sat out Saturday's game -- a 3-0 victory for the Astros -- even though X-rays came back negative for structural damage on his sore right index finger.

Abreu left Friday's game in the eighth inning after aggravating the nagging hand issue on a single off the end of the bat earlier in the game. His finger gradually swelled to the point where he couldn't throw, and it only ballooned more overnight.

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Soto ends deadlock in 11th to complete rally

Soto ends deadlock in 11th to complete rally

HOUSTON -- Geovany Soto hit a two-run double off the right-field wall to break a tie in the 11th inning, and Adam LaRoche added an RBI single to lead the White Sox to a 6-3 win over the Astros in the series opener Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

"It was a nice win," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "These guys battled, and I think you look at the team wins you'll have and this is a big one, because it was a bit of a M.A.S.H. unit, knowing we were limited. Just a lot of big contributions from everybody."

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox to rely on Webb out of bullpen

Ventura says recent callup has 'got to be available' on busy road trip

White Sox to rely on Webb out of bullpen

HOUSTON -- Receiving a callup the day before a doubleheader isn't the most ideal way for a reliever to make his way back to the Majors.

For White Sox right-hander Daniel Webb, he had no idea if his return to the big leagues before Chicago's double dip in Baltimore would be anything resembling a permanent one.

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Beck hopes to build on debut, earn return trip

Right-hander headed back to Triple-A following first big league start

Beck hopes to build on debut, earn return trip

BALTIMORE -- Chris Beck will remember a couple of things from his first Major League start, but he learned one of them real quick. 
 
"They don't miss mistakes, that's for sure," Beck, the White Sox No. 12 prospect, according to MLB.com, said with a chuckle.  
 
Manny Machado gave the rookie that lesson when he hit a leadoff triple in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader, which the two teams split following a 3-2 White Sox victory in Game 1. Beck didn't get off to the start that he envisioned as he also allowed a Chris Davis ground-rule double and two runs in the first inning. 

Beck induces double play

 
After giving up a hit and a walk in the second, the right-hander allowed three hits and walk in the third inning for two more runs. Beck settled down a bit, giving up four hits after the third, and not one earned run for the rest of his outing. 
 
"I gave up a couple knocks here and there, but other than that, if I could erase that first two-run inning there, maybe it's a different story," he said, after giving up 10 hits, five runs (four earned), four walks and three strikeouts over six innings.
 
Be that as it may, Beck said he spent a few moments soaking in his first Major League start before he remembered he had a job to do. Beck's wife, high school baseball coach and father-in-law were in attendance to see him pitch.

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No sweat: Sale sizzles to stifle O's in Sox win

Ace fans 12 over 7 2/3 in steamy Baltimore, beats Orioles for first time in career

No sweat: Sale sizzles to stifle O's in Sox win

BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale admitted to reporters after his Thursday start that he has been terrible against the Orioles in his career.

The left-hander entered the first game of Thursday's doubleheader with an 0-2 record and 5.06 ERA lifetime against Baltimore. He left, however, with his first win against the club and a season-high 12 strikeouts in the White Sox 3-2 victory over the Orioles.

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White Sox hurt by miscues, can't bottle up O's

White Sox hurt by miscues, can't bottle up O's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles tallied 13 hits and capitalized on some sloppy White Sox defense to pave the way for a 6-3 win and a doubleheader split at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday night.

Baltimore scored five runs (four earned) over six innings off rookie starter Chris Beck, who was making his Major League debut.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dominant Sale sets up tight Game 1 victory

Dominant Sale sets up tight Game 1 victory

BALTIMORE -- Chicago ace Chris Sale was dominant, spoiling Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson's impressive first Major League start and striking out 12 in the White Sox 3-2 Game 1 win over Baltimore on Thursday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Sale went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, tallying a season high in strikeouts and holding the O's to just four singles. Baltimore didn't get on the board until Chris Davis' two-run homer -- his third in two games -- off reliever Zach Duke in the ninth.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Pipeline Inbox: White Sox eyeing arm at No. 8?

Reporter Jim Callis answers prospect questions from fans

Pipeline Inbox: White Sox eyeing arm at No. 8?

The 2015 First-Year Player Draft may be 11 days away, but you don't have to wait that long for detailed discussion and video of the best players available. Jonathan Mayo and I spent Wednesday recording an hour-long MLB Network special that counts down the top 50 Draft prospects. It will air Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET.

If you can't last three more days without some Draft analysis, you've come to the right place. We're dedicating this installment of the Pipeline Inbox to Draft questions. I'll also try to get to more of your Draft queries via Twitter at @jimcallisMLB, so try me there as well.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shark positions White Sox for timely win

Right-hander helps club end four-game slide

Shark positions White Sox for timely win

TORONTO -- Jeff Samardzija was all smiles after the White Sox pulled out a 5-3, 10-inning victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon. And with good reason.

The right-hander tossed seven strong innings without allowing an earned run while registering his third consecutive quality start to help the White Sox snap a four-game losing streak. As the club moves on to Baltimore for a doubleheader Thursday, Samardzija said the win in the series finale was timely.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

Twelve homers hit in White Sox-Tigers game on May 28, 1995, a big league record

#TBT: A slugfest for the books in Detroit

A quick glance at the weather conditions in the box score paints a pretty grim picture of what was going on at Tiger Stadium on this particular day.

The field conditions were categorized as "soaked." The weather? Overcast and rain. And the winds were estimated to be blowing out to left field at 10 mph.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox slip past Blue Jays in 10 innings

White Sox slip past Blue Jays in 10 innings

TORONTO -- Jose Abreu tripled and scored in the top of the 10th inning as the White Sox staved off a late Blue Jays comeback to snap a four-game losing skid with a 5-3 win at Rogers Centre on Wednesday.

Facing Roberto Osuna, Abreu, who was 3-for-5, knocked a three-bagger into the right-field corner to lead off the inning before he was brought home on an Adam Eaton single. Gordon Beckham added an RBI double later in the inning.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Jamie Ross is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Robertson loses Donaldson matchup, gets win

Closer allows ninth-inning homer to slugger for second straight game

Robertson loses Donaldson matchup, gets win

TORONTO -- It was like Groundhog Day for David Robertson, only with a slightly happier ending. Despite giving up a ninth-inning homer to Josh Donaldson for the second day in a row -- this time forcing extra innings -- Robertson picked himself up and came back out for bottom of the 10th to record the win as the White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with Wednesday's 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

"I'm not going to sit there and dwell on the fact," Robertson said of his second straight blown save. "You have bad games. This is the big leagues. You're going to make mistakes. Guys are going to hit home runs. You're going to have whole runs where you have two or three bad outings in a row. You just have to push those aside and move on to the next thing. It's over. It's already done. You can't change it."

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Abreu has big night at plate against Toronto

Abreu has big night at plate against Toronto

TORONTO -- Jose Abreu made his presence felt in the White Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

The heavy-hitting Cuban went yard against R.A. Dickey to drive home three runs, and even beat out a double play at a pivotal moment in the game.

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Robertson bemoans pitch that led to blown save

Robertson bemoans pitch that led to blown save

TORONTO -- David Robertson was called upon to pitch a four-out save against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but he only ended up retiring one.

The White Sox closer recorded the final out of the eighth before coming back out in an attempt to shut the door in the ninth, only to allow a single and double before surrendering a walk-off homer to Josh Donaldson in the White Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Chicago has now dropped four in a row.

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White Sox fall late on walk-off home run

White Sox fall late on walk-off home run

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson stole the show on Tuesday night by going 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and five runs scored to lead the Blue Jays to a 10-9 victory over the White Sox at Rogers Centre.

Donaldson's historic night was capped in dramatic fashion by hitting a three-run homer off David Robertson in the bottom of the ninth inning. He became the first player in Toronto franchise history to have at least four hits, four RBIs and four runs scored in the same game.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and listen to his podcast. Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.