Anderson flirts with cycle as Sale wins 17th

Anderson flirts with cycle as Sale wins 17th

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale matched his single-season career-high by picking up victory No. 17 Tuesday night during a 13-6 White Sox win over the Rays at U.S. Cellular Field. It marked the White Sox fourth straight win and kept that outside hope of reaching .500 alive at 76-81.

But even with Sale turning in his typical strong outing, he certainly didn't accomplish this feat on his own. The White Sox offense knocked out 14 hits, including eight for extra bases, as they guaranteed at least a split in this four-game set with Tampa Bay.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Sale accomplishes mission in possible last start

White Sox ace matches career high for wins, innings

Sale accomplishes mission in possible last start

CHICAGO -- If Chris Sale's final 2017 start came Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, then the American League Cy Young candidate went out in style during a 13-6 victory over the Rays.

Sale matched a single-season career-high with victory No. 17, allowing three runs on eight hits over seven innings, while striking out seven and not issuing a walk. He increased his single-season best for innings pitched to 221 2/3, and in a season where Sale wasn't trying to go all-out with every pitch and wasn't worried about strikeouts, he still posted the second highest number of strikeouts in his career at 227.

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Turner says Fernandez was 'rare combination'

White Sox pitcher fondly recalls late Marlins rotation mate

Turner says Fernandez was 'rare combination'

CHICAGO -- Jacob Turner has a pretty easy and extraordinarily complimentary way to describe the baseball presence that was Jose Fernandez, his rotation mate with the Marlins in 2013 and teammate for part of '14, who tragically passed away Sunday morning in a boating accident.

It would mix the energy, passion and pure enjoyment of a Little League player with the talent of a perennial Cy Young contender.

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Gonzalez looks to get back on track vs. Rays

Gonzalez looks to get back on track vs. Rays

Blake Snell will finish out his rookie campaign for the Rays Wednesday night when the left-hander faces the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I'm just looking forward to it," Snell said. "It's my last start. The wrap-up of the the whole year. So I'm definitely excited for it. Seeing how I finish. I know I want to finish strong."

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Eaton thinks White Sox can rebound in 2017

Right fielder hopes to be part of club next season

Eaton thinks White Sox can rebound in 2017

CHICAGO -- The direction of the White Sox moving into the 2017 season, in terms of rebuild or replenish, might not be known for a few months, let alone a few weeks.

But count leadoff man and right fielder Adam Eaton as one player who believes this group could turn things around next season if the same basic core is kept together.

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Morneau's 3 RBIs back Shields in 1st W since July

Morneau's 3 RBIs back Shields in 1st W since July

CHICAGO -- James Shields will not lose 20 games this season, and the White Sox (75-81) still have a chance to finish at .500 by virtue of their 7-1 victory over the Rays Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. It was a third straight win for the White Sox, who had lost six in a row prior to this current streak.

Shields had not won since July 26, when he hurled 7 2/3 scoreless innings at home against the National League Central champion Cubs, and now has a 6-18 overall mark with one start remaining. Since that late-July outing, Shields posted an 0-6 record with a 9.46 ERA over 10 starts moving into the opener of this four-game set. The one-time Rays' ace yielded one run on seven hits over six innings, striking out six and walking two. He kept the baseball in the ballpark after allowing 18 home runs in his last 45 2/3 innings.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Shields snaps 10-start winless run vs. Rays

Right-hander wins first game since July 26 on Monday

Shields snaps 10-start winless run vs. Rays

CHICAGO -- When James Shields last picked up a victory on July 26, the White Sox stood at .500 and had hopes for postseason contention.

It took Shields 11 starts until that next victory arrived, through a 7-1 victory over the Rays on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. This contest certainly had no postseason ramifications for either side, but much like the White Sox as a whole, the veteran right-hander simply is looking to end this disappointing 2016 season on a high note.

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Eaton hopes for return to lineup on Tuesday

White Sox outfielder crashed into wall Friday against Indians

Eaton hopes for return to lineup on Tuesday

CHICAGO -- Adam Eaton felt better Monday after crashing into the center-field wall in Cleveland on Friday, taking extra bases away from Roberto Perez with his great catch.

"I can't speak for Robin, but I think the main reason I'm not playing today is because of [Drew] Smyly, a good lefty," Eaton said. "But I hope to be in there tomorrow. I'm going to test the body parts today. Individually, I want to play until the end and finish strong. That's kind of my outlook as of right now."

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Chance concert at U.S. Cellular is a success

Chance concert at U.S. Cellular is a success

CHICAGO -- More than 45,000 people attended Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day, a music festival taking place this past Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Kanye West and Common made surprise appearances at the festival, giving the event a true South Side feel.

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Rodon's shutdown start captures road series

Rodon's shutdown start captures road series

CLEVELAND -- White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon delayed the Indians' party on Sunday afternoon. With a brilliant eight-inning performance at Progressive Field, Rodon led Chicago to a 3-0 win over the American League Central-leading Tribe, which could have clinched the division outright in its final home game of the season.

"They're eventually going to win it, but we won't be around to see them celebrate, which is meaningful," White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier said. "You have to take pride in every series and game. They're going to have to do it on the road, which is good."

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10.

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50th big league start is large for stellar Rodon

Young lefty matches career high with 11 strikeouts over eight innings

50th big league start is large for stellar Rodon

CLEVELAND -- Carlos Rodon's eight innings of dominance during a 3-0 White Sox victory over the Indians Sunday at Progressive Field marked the team's last road game of 2016 and the 50th start of Rodon's career.

The left-hander has a 17-16 record with a 3.95 ERA as a starter, with 293 strikeouts and 118 walks over 292 innings pitched. Those totals were improved by his 11-strikeout, two-hit scoreless outing that got ninth-inning help from David Robertson.

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White Sox mourn loss of superstar Fernandez

Marlins right-hander passed away Sunday morning in boating accident

White Sox mourn loss of superstar Fernandez

CLEVELAND -- Todd Frazier faced Jose Fernandez eight times when the White Sox third baseman played for the Reds. Frazier still fondly remembers their first informal encounter the day after their first on-field encounter.

"He was out in the outfield throwing the next day. I was like, 'Dog, you don't throw me any fastballs.' He was like, 'Why would I throw you fastballs?'" Frazier said. "And we just started laughing."

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Frazier hits HR, Quintana solid in Sox win

Frazier hits HR, Quintana solid in Sox win

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox delayed a celebration for the Indians for at least one more day. On Saturday night, lefty Jose Quintana spun a gem, Todd Frazier launched a home run and Chicago dealt Cleveland an 8-1 defeat at Progressive Field.

The Indians, whose magic number to clinch the American League Central sits at two, knew Saturday would present a challenge as the Tribe employed a bullpen-day approach for its vacant fifth starter spot. The White Sox took full advantage, scoring six runs over the final five innings, and ended a six-game losing streak. They improved to 7-11 against the Indians. The White Sox snapped a streak of five straight games without a quality start, having gone 0-5 with an 11.63 ERA in that span.

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10.

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Amid struggles, Sox close in on milestones

Amid struggles, Sox close in on milestones

CLEVELAND - Jose Quintana reached 200 innings pitched for a fourth straight season by allowing one run over six during an 8-1 White Sox victory over the Indians Saturday night at Progressive Field.

With a career-high 13 wins and one start remaining, Quintana (13-11) also clinched a winning season on the mound. But those numbers didn't seem to matter to Quintana in comparison to the 73-81 White Sox record and the team being eliminated from any playoff consideration.

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Pitching for Team USA in WBC intrigues Sale

Pitching for Team USA in WBC intrigues Sale

CLEVELAND -- White Sox pitchers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana could pitch against either during Spring Training, and that scenario might take place without the team rebuilding and trading away one of their top two starters.

Quintana already has expressed an interest in being part of the 2017 World Baseball Classic with his native Colombia, a country which qualified for the first time for the competition. And while Sale isn't sure, the proposition of pitching for Team USA certainly interests the perennial Cy Young candidate.

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Pair of homers not enough vs. 1st-place Tribe

Pair of homers not enough vs. 1st-place Tribe

CLEVELAND -- Coco Crisp pulled into second base, flexed his arms and gave an emphatic salute in the direction of the Indians' dugout. His two-out double in the fifth inning on Friday night put the Tribe ahead for good in a 10-4 romp over the White Sox and moved Cleveland one step closer to a clinching celebration.

With their sixth win in seven games, the American League Central-leading Indians trimmed their magic number to three with nine games left on the regular-season slate. The White Sox have lost six straight on this nine-game road trip and were officially eliminated from postseason contention and from finishing over .500, falling to 72-81. The White Sox have not reached the playoffs since 2008.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

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Hawk, Ventura reflect on Scully's impact

White Sox broadcaster, manager have appreciated listening to voice of Dodgers throughout career

Hawk, Ventura reflect on Scully's impact

CLEVELAND -- Ken "Hawk" Harrelson regularly made a two-hour journey to Granger, Ind., after night games at U.S. Cellular Field when the iconic television voice of the White Sox was working both home and road games.

But Harrelson often had company on those long journeys, even if nobody was in the car with him. He would pick up Vin Scully broadcasting from the West Coast on Dodgers games through his radio.

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White Sox hoping Abreu can stay fresh

With 1st baseman playing career-high games in field, Ventura notes DH day 'not a punishment'

White Sox hoping Abreu can stay fresh

CLEVELAND -- Jose Abreu started game No. 143 at first base Friday in the opener of the White Sox final 2016 road set at Progressive Field, extending his single-season career-high in the field.

With those extra innings defensively, there's no doubt the White Sox top offensive force has a little more fatigue than in years past.

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Inbox: Who will start at second base in 2017?

Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers questions from fans

Inbox: Who will start at second base in 2017?

Who will start next year at second base: Tyler Saladino or Brett Lawrie?
-- Jack G., Chicago

Saladino certainly has proven his worth as an everyday player during Lawrie's two-month injury absence. The White Sox value Saladino's versatility, but even as a starting second baseman, they still could move him around from time to time. Lawrie is arbitration-eligible, so it's an interesting decision, possibly influenced by the direction of the team.

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Sale roughed up in short outing vs. Phillies

Sale roughed up in short outing vs. Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Pete Mackanin sat one of the hottest hitters in baseball Wednesday night because he did not want White Sox ace Chris Sale to mess with the hitter's mojo.

It turns out the Phillies did not need Odubel Herrera, who had hit .536 in the previous seven games. They hit Sale hard in a 8-3 victory at Citizens Bank Park, hammering seven hits and six runs against him in just four innings. It was the second-shortest start of the season for Sale, who lasted just 3 1/3 innings May 24 against the Indians.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the White Sox on Wednesday.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Sale's Cy Young campaign takes a hit

White Sox ace says 'godawful' outing had nothing to do with fatigue

Sale's Cy Young campaign takes a hit

PHILADELPHIA -- Melky Cabrera lurked behind the media scrum meeting with manager Robin Ventura before the White Sox 8-3 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday as the skipper was asked who he thought offered the best competition for Chris Sale in the American League Cy Young Award race.

"Guys like Chris Sale and Melky Cabrera should be at the top of the Cy Young," Ventura responded with a smirk, eyeing his left fielder.

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the White Sox on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox come up just short vs. Phillies

White Sox come up just short vs. Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera might want to extend the season a little longer.

Herrera has been one of the hottest hitters on the planet for the past week, and his torrid hitting continued in Tuesday night's 7-6 victory over the White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. He went 3-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases. He is hitting .536 (15-for-28) with four doubles, two home runs, six RBIs and four stolen bases in his last seven games.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the White Sox on Tuesday.

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Teammates react to Abreu's comments

Teammates react to Abreu's comments

PHILADELPHIA -- Jose Abreu's comments after the White Sox's loss Monday to the Royals put Adam Eaton in a "difficult position," the outfielder said prior to Chicago opening a two-game set Tuesday against the Phillies.

"He's my teammate and in some circumstances, I have to agree with him," Eaton said. "Other circumstances, I disagree with him. … I think every team's trying to create that type of desire and type of atmosphere in their club. I don't think he was out of line saying that. Most any team that hasn't had a successful year might say the same thing because you're trying to create that atmosphere in the clubhouse: a desire to win."

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Evan Webeck is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the White Sox on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sox prospects begin instructional league

Sox prospects begin instructional league

KANSAS CITY -- Say the words "instructional league," and the name Tim Tebow probably follows close behind.

While the former NFL quarterback begins his baseball career with the Mets in Florida amid much hoopla, 50 White Sox prospects went to work across the country Monday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. And the instructional league is much more about teaching and learning than it is a media-driven event.

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Abreu: White Sox need greater desire to win

Abreu: White Sox need greater desire to win

KANSAS CITY -- Jose Abreu credited the Royals' "desire to win" and their "hunger to win games and to be good" as important traits setting them apart during three years of dominance while Abreu has been part of the White Sox.

When asked if the White Sox had that same desire to win following Kansas City's 8-3 victory at Kauffman Stadium Monday, one of the White Sox leaders provided a one-word answer that didn't need further explanation from interpreter Billy Russo.

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Rodon struggles with HRs as Sox drop finale

Rodon struggles with HRs as Sox drop finale

KANSAS CITY -- There's a little life left yet in the defending World Series champions.

After dropping five straight games to open a crucial homestand, pushing them to the brink of postseason contention, the Royals have bounced back with three straight wins, the latest an 8-3 triumph over the White Sox on Monday afternoon in a makeup game at Kauffman Stadium.

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Ventura wants to 'play for today' down stretch

Ventura wants to 'play for today' down stretch

KANSAS CITY -- With Sunday's 10-3 loss to the Royals, the White Sox officially were eliminated from American League Central title contention.

Their elimination number stood at 5 in the AL Wild Card race entering Monday's series finale at Kauffman Stadium. But seven teams had at least a four-game lead over the White Sox, making that race pretty much impossible as well.

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Double challenge call costly for White Sox

Double challenge call costly for White Sox

KANSAS CITY -- The White Sox and Royals had a rare double challenge during a play at second base in the second inning of Kansas City's 10-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

With the bases loaded and one out, Eric Hosmer hit a ground ball off of White Sox starter Jose Quintana to second baseman Carlos Sanchez, who fired to shortstop Tim Anderson for an apparent force at second on Paulo Orlando. Hosmer clearly beat the relay throw to first, giving the Royals their fourth run as Hunter Dozier scored from third.

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