MINNEAPOLIS -- A funny thing happened to Jose Quintana since the All-Star break.
The talented White Sox southpaw has become even stronger and sharper then he was leading up to a first appearance in the Midsummer Classic. And Quintana was pretty darn good before that trip to San Diego.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ricky Nolasco of the Twins and Jose Quintana of the White Sox started a pitcher's duel that lasted deep into the Minnesota night that ended when pinch-hitter Joe Mauer drew a bases-loaded walk in the 12th inning to give the Twins a 2-1 walk-off victory over the White Sox on Friday night at Target Field.
Eddie Rosario came home on the third straight walk issued by the Chicago bullpen to score the first run on either side since the sixth inning, giving the Twins just their second win of the season against the White Sox.
CHICAGO -- It's the final days before Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline on Monday, and as of Friday night, the roster remained the same for the White Sox.
Some expected the White Sox to make significant changes with the team "mired in mediocrity," per general manager Rick Hahn, and open to anything in terms of a potential change of direction. But even if the team moves from this contending while revamping mode into closer to a rebuild, it doesn't mean that rebuild has to take place before 3 p.m. CT on Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After playing 11 years with the Twins, earning four All-Star nods and being named the 2006 American League MVP along the way, Justin Morneau returned to Target Field on Friday as a member of the rival White Sox, starting at designated hitter and batting fifth against his former team.
It marked the first time Morneau played against the Twins at Target Field, as he previously played three games against Minnesota while with the Rockies in 2014, but it came at Coors Field. The last time he was at Target Field in front of Twins fans was the 2014 Home Run Derby, when he received a standing ovation from the crowd before being eliminated in the first round. And the last game he played with the Twins in Minnesota was on Aug. 29, 2013, just two days before he was traded to the Pirates.
The White Sox third baseman is hitting .212 with 29 homers and 67 RBIs. Frazier's 29 homers lead the White Sox and are second in the Majors behind Baltimore's Mark Trumbo (30). He looked decidedly under the weather in the postgame clubhouse.
Gonzalez aims to keep run of quality starts going vs. Twins
By Do-Hyoung Park
The Twins may be 2-8 against the White Sox this season and 10 1/2 games behind Chicago in the American League Central, but they've been playing better baseball of late. Minnesota owns an 12-8 record in its last 20 games, while Chicago has gone 7-13 heading into Saturday's game at Target Field.
Left-hander Tommy Milone (3-3) will take the mound to try and keep the Twins rolling in their first winning month of the season. He only lasted 4 2/3 innings on July 24 and allowed eight runs (four earned) in a loss to the Red Sox, but had won his previous three starts. He took a no-decision against the White Sox in a 3 1/3-inning start on June 30.
Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Hansen among top prospect performers Friday
Cubs prospect hits first grand slam in four-hit effort; Rockies infielder hits timely homer
By Mike Rosenbaum
Another day, another monstrous offensive performance for Eloy Jimenez.
The Cubs' No. 3 prospect was at it again on Friday night as he delivered the first grand slam of his career as well as a pair of doubles in what was his third four-hit game of the season. Jimenez ultimately fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, finishing 4-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs to power Class A South Bend past Lake County, 11-7.
Lackey bests Sale as crosstown series ends in split
By Carrie Muskat and Scott Merkin
CHICAGO -- Aroldis Chapman got the final four outs for his first save with the Cubs, and John Lackey outdueled Chris Sale on Thursday night to end the intracity series in a split decision, with each team able to brag that they defended home turf.
Lackey picked up the win, his first since June 8, as the Cubs edged the White Sox, 3-1, at Wrigley Field to close the Interleague series against their crosstown rivals and spoil Sale's bid for his Major League-leading 15th win.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
A relentless Rizzo teased Navarro as only an ex-teammate could
By Adrian Garro |
Catcher Dioner Navarro is a member of the White Sox. Back in 2013, Navarro was a member of the Cubs, appearing in 93 games. Anthony Rizzo's tenure with the Cubs began in 2012. Therefore, the two of them were teammates in 2013. (Thanks, math class!).
CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura doesn't want to see anyone from this White Sox team depart before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on Monday. And to be honest, the White Sox manager doesn't think anything is going to happen.
"We'll go from there," Ventura said during his pregame media session Thursday at Wrigley Field. "You have to put it out of your mind to the best of your ability and play, focus on today. There's nothing you can do about it.
CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino started at second base again Wednesday, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura won't commit to Saladino being there most of the time in Brett Lawrie's absence. Lawrie was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 22) with a strained left hamstring. Infielder Carlos Sanchez was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
"It'll be a combination," Ventura said. "We could also have spots in there coming up on the road trip where Sally could play some third base, [Todd] Frazier would play first and [Jose] Abreu DH and [Avisail Garcia] to right, [Adam] Eaton to center. There are a couple of combinations there. If anybody went over to third, it would be Sal more than Sanchy."
CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon's doorman won't have to take any grief from his White Sox friends, at least for one day. Kris Bryant hit a solo homer, Javier Baez smacked a tiebreaking two-run blast in the seventh and Addison Russell added his first career grand slam in the eighth and Aroldis Chapman had an impressive debut to lift the Cubs to an 8-1 Interleague victory over the White Sox on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
Anthony Ranaudo gave White Sox fans something to cheer about in the fifth when he collected his first career hit and home run off Cubs starter Jason Hammel. Ranaudo threw five no-hit innings, which Bryant ended with his blast with one out in the sixth.
CHICAGO -- David Robertson has established a nice home for his family in a Chicago neighborhood 20 minutes away from U.S. Cellular Field.
If the White Sox closer had a preference, they would stay in that home the rest of the 2016 season and for the remainder of his four-year, $46 million deal agreed upon with the team prior to the 2015 season. But as the veteran hurler well knows, he doesn't have a say.
CHICAGO -- James Shields receives an A for his stellar pitching performance during the White Sox 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
But he earned an A+ for perspective after throwing 7 2/3 innings with 117 pitches against the National League Central leaders. After all, the same pitcher who has put together six straight quality starts and has a 1.71 ERA over those six trips to the mound allowed 21 runs on 24 hits over his first 8 2/3 innings for his new team.
CHICAGO -- James Shields produced his sixth straight quality start and received a little offensive support from the White Sox, for a change, during a 3-0 victory over the Cubs on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox swept the South Side portion of this four-game crosstown battle, doing so in front of 39,553 for their fourth straight victory, moving back to .500 at 50-50. The Cubs, who are 12-20 in their last 32 games, fell to 59-40.
Shields worked 7 2/3 brilliant innings, striking out five, walking four and allowing four hits. He had two jams to pitch out of in the second and the sixth, but otherwise, the Cubs never really pushed him. Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows Shields well, having managed him in Tampa Bay from 2006-12. He saw that Shields didn't want to come out of the game in the eighth.
CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon returned to the White Sox on Tuesday after a one-start Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte in Louisville. The left-hander struck out three and walked two over 3 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits while testing a sprained left wrist that put him on the disabled list July 9.
"Felt good," Rodon said. "It was nice to see the guys down there -- a couple guys I saw in Spring Training, the manager, a few other guys. It was nice to visit. I felt good, yeah, back on track.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox won Round 1 of the 2016 Crosstown Cup in walk-off fashion, 5-4, Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. It was the third straight win overall for the South Siders, who lost a four-run lead but won it on Tyler Saladino's single to center to score J.B. Shuck, who singled to open the frame. It was also the White Sox third straight walk-off victory.
"It was just one of the those moments, really. Just trying to get a job done, really," Saladino said. "That's pretty much what everything is, but it was a lot of fun, a lot of energy there and it felt really good to get that done for the guys."
CHICAGO -- Just when the White Sox looked pretty much out of postseason contention … OK, let's be honest. At eight games back of Cleveland in the American League Central and 6 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the AL's second Wild Card slot, the White Sox certainly have their fair share of work ahead.
They are more likely to be sellers than buyers with 63 games to play and the non-waiver Trade Deadline less than a week away.
CHICAGO -- Chris Sale doesn't want to be traded -- and doesn't believe he will be -- in the wake of Saturday night's pregame outburst that resulted in him being scratched from his start that evening and then suspended five games by the White Sox.
"I want to win a championship in Chicago. That's been my goal from Day 1," Sale told MLB.com Monday afternoon during a 30-minute interview, his first public comments since Saturday. "It has never changed. I only get more passionate about it because I know that it's not easy winning a championship. There's a lot that goes into it.
CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for the first highlight to arrive during a 5-4 walk-off victory for the White Sox over the Cubs in Monday's opener of the Crosstown Cup series, with two games at U.S. Cellular Field and two to follow at Wrigley Field.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit what looked to be his 26th home run of the season on the first pitch he saw from White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez with one out in the first inning. But Melky Cabrera slowly moved back toward the left-field wall, leaped and reached over the wall to take away a home run.
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.