Samardzija battles, but White Sox take walk-off loss

Samardzija battles, but White Sox take walk-off loss

DETROIT -- A true pitchers' duel between Jeff Samardzija and David Price ended with a 2-1 Tigers victory over the White Sox when Jose Iglesias delivered a walk-off single against Chicago reliever Zach Duke at Comerica Park on Friday afternoon.

Nick Castellanos started the winning rally when Avisail Garcia couldn't hang on to Castellanos' sinking liner to right. Garcia fired the ball in to second as Castellanos tried to stretch his single into a double, but shortstop Alexei Ramirez missed the tag although the throw beat Castellanos to the bag. Alex Avila dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move pinch-runner Andrew Romine over to third, and then Iglesias laced a single into right-center field past the drawn-in infield.

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Bang-bang play at second looms large in rally

Ramirez claims he tagged Castellanos, but Ventura doesn't challenge call

Bang-bang play at second looms large in rally

DETROIT -- Safe or out? Challenge or don't challenge?

Those were the prevalent questions circling the bottom of the ninth of the Tigers' 2-1 walk-off victory over the White Sox on Friday at Comerica Park. Nick Castellanos opened the frame with a sinking line drive to right off reliever Zach Duke that Avisail Garcia couldn't quite corral.

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After slow start, Shark settles in with strong outing

After slow start, Shark settles in with strong outing

DETROIT -- Since allowing four runs to the Twins in the second inning of last Saturday's start at U.S. Cellular Field, Jeff Samardzija has been a different pitcher for the White Sox.

To be honest, Samardzija wasn't overly concerned about that somewhat struggling original version covering only eight innings.

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White Sox won't rush Rodon to big leagues

Cubs' move to bring up Bryant won't influence South Siders

White Sox won't rush Rodon to big leagues

DETROIT -- The aftershocks from Kris Bryant's promotion to the Cubs were felt across the Midwest on Friday afternoon, with the organization's top prospect called up to begin his Major League career.

The move involving the Cubs third baseman certainly won't influence the White Sox and the potential promotion of Carlos Rodon, the team's top prospect and currently part of Triple-A Charlotte's starting rotation.

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Sale-Martinez incident in rearview mirror

White Sox have no hard feelings, only care about beating division rivals

Sale-Martinez incident in rearview mirror

DETROIT -- If any residual hard feelings linger from last year's incident between Chris Sale and Victor Martinez on Sept. 24 at Comerica Park, the White Sox don't believe they will be on display this weekend in the teams' first meeting of 2015.

"We're here to play baseball. You guys can carry on what you want," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said, "but we're here to win a game."

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Petricka to make at least one more rehab appearance

Petricka to make at least one more rehab appearance

DETROIT -- Jake Petricka threw one scoreless inning in relief for Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday night during the Knights' 7-6 win in 10 innings over Gwinnett. The right-hander, on an injury rehab assignment to test his right forearm strain, fanned one.

Don't look for Petricka to join the White Sox this weekend in Detroit, as he's scheduled to throw again Saturday for Charlotte.

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Sale-Sanchez duel set for Comerica Park

Sale-Sanchez duel set for Comerica Park

Two of the American League Central's top pitchers will duel at Comerica Park on Saturday when Chris Sale and Anibal Sanchez face off in the second game of a three-game series between the White Sox and Tigers.

Sale is coming off a performance in which he allowed one earned run over six innings, while Sanchez will make his third start this season, looking to rebound from a loss against the Pirates last time out.

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Anthony Castrovince

Ventura, White Sox aim to shake off slow start

Skipper undeterred as club looks to rebound after stumbling out of gate

Ventura, White Sox aim to shake off slow start

CLEVELAND -- This is a job Robin Ventura never asked for, bargained for, campaigned for. It's a job that fell into his lap one fall day in 2011, when he had zero managerial experience to his name, and his reaction to the offer was the same as a lot of people's reaction to the news that he had taken it:

"Are you guys crazy?"

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Petricka sent to Triple-A for rehab assignment

Petricka sent to Triple-A for rehab assignment

The White Sox have sent right-hander Jake Petricka to Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment.

The 26-year-old has been on the disabled list since April 5 (retroactive to March 27) with a right forearm strain.

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White Sox thrilled with clubhouse makeover

Renovations include more space, updated training and weight rooms

White Sox thrilled with clubhouse makeover

CHICAGO -- The White Sox home opener last Friday was the first time many players and team personnel walked into the new home clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field, which underwent its first signification renovation since the ballpark opened in 1991.

White Sox senior vice president of communications Scott Reifert entered the new digs with some of the players, who all gave the remodel rave reviews.

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Danks downed by Indians as White Sox settle for split

Danks downed by Indians as White Sox settle for split

CLEVELAND -- Right-hander Trevor Bauer logged six strong innings, picking up his second win in as many starts and helping the Indians to a 4-2 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Progressive Field. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for Cleveland.

"We had a rough homestand, but I think guys came out a little bit looser today," Bauer said. "We played pretty well."

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White Sox both provide and miss opportunities in loss

White Sox both provide and miss opportunities in loss

CLEVELAND -- In many ways, the White Sox were their own worst enemy in a 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday afternoon.

There were two errors committed in the field, one of which led to a run. Another play -- a dribbler to third base by Jerry Sands that Conor Gillaspie couldn't field cleanly -- was originally ruled an error but changed to an infield hit. That led to a run, too.

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Ventura: Recognizing Jackie 'great' thing for baseball

Ventura: Recognizing Jackie 'great' thing for baseball

CLEVELAND -- Players, managers and umpires across the league wore No. 42 on Wednesday, recognizing and honoring the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in his Major League debut -- April 15, 1947.

"I think it's a great thing for us to be able to do," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think some kids lose track of who guys are that are important in our game. I would be shocked if they don't quite understand who Jackie Robinson is and his importance, but I think for everybody, it just reawakens you as to how far we've come.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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White Sox new 'pen trio shuts down Indians

Jennings, Duke, Robertson combine for three no-hit innings

White Sox new 'pen trio shuts down Indians

CLEVELAND -- Something needed to be done about the White Sox bullpen.

It was a unit that posted a collective 4.38 ERA last season -- the third worst in the Major Leagues. It was a unit that walked more batters than any other in baseball.

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White Sox top Indians behind quality Quintana

White Sox top Indians behind quality Quintana

CLEVELAND -- Left-hander Jose Quintana spun six solid innings and Jose Abreu launched his second home run of the season, helping the White Sox claim a 4-1 victory over the Indians on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

The Indians had more on their mind than the loss column, though.

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Carrasco hit by liner, suffers jaw contusion

No signs of concussion for Indians righty, who returned to the ballpark after trip to hospital

Carrasco hit by liner, suffers jaw contusion

CLEVELAND -- Everyone inside Progressive Field held their breath on Tuesday as Indians starter Carlos Carrasco lay face down on the side of the mound. A line drive off the bat of White Sox outfielder Melky Cabrera struck the pitcher on the right side of his face in the first inning, knocking Carrasco to the ground.

It was a frightening moment for Carrasco's team.

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White Sox struggling against running game

Ventura wants pitchers to make would-be basestealers feel more uncomfortable

White Sox struggling against running game

The White Sox opposition has been successful on nine of 10 stolen-base opportunities this season against catchers Tyler Flowers and Geovany Soto entering Tuesday. But blame for this total certainly doesn't fall entirely upon the catchers.

"That's always an ongoing process of being able to change your looks [as a pitcher]. I think that's important for us to hold the ball and make guys a little uncomfortable when they are on the bases," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You have to be able to change that up.

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LaRoche gives back, builds bonds with off-field endeavors

Youth baseball complex in hometown among veteran's many entrepreneurial ventures

LaRoche gives back, builds bonds with off-field endeavors

CHICAGO -- Travelers journeying to Fort Scott, Kan. -- population somewhere around 8,000 -- quickly receive notice that it's the original home of Gordon Parks.

Parks certainly deserves the recognition, as a renowned photographer, writer, musician and director of the iconic original "Shaft" film before his passing in 2006. But in the heart of this Midwestern city resides another "bad mother ... shut your mouth," in the person of Adam LaRoche.

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Humble Sale a true difference-maker

White Sox ace won't heap praise on himself, but Ventura, others will

Humble Sale a true difference-maker

CHICAGO -- There are few things that Chris Sale likes doing less than talking about himself in the context of great pitchers: present, past and future. Maybe seeing a bad movie or possibly paying taxes. Definitely missing most of Spring Training due to an avulsion fracture in his right foot sustained during an accident at his Arizona home on Feb. 27.

Whether Sale likes to discuss his continued excellence or not, the left-hander is a difference maker. One could argue that not having Sale available early on stood as a major factor in the White Sox 0-4 start, with no offense to any other top talent on the roster.

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Sale outduels Hughes as White Sox take series

Sale outduels Hughes as White Sox take series

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale pitched brilliantly in his first start of the 2015 season Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Even though Twins starter Phil Hughes matched the White Sox ace almost pitch-for-pitch, Chicago came through with a 6-2 victory. The White Sox move on to a five-game road trip beginning Tuesday in Cleveland after two straight wins, while the Twins fall to 1-5.

Sale allowed just one run on five hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking one. He threw 72 of his 98 pitches for strikes, finishing in the neighborhood of what the White Sox wanted to see after he was sidelined during Spring Training due to an avulsion fracture in his right foot.

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Robertson, Duke anchoring reliable White Sox bullpen

Relievers getting it done early for Chicago

Robertson, Duke anchoring reliable White Sox bullpen

CHICAGO -- As Zach Duke walked to his locker to speak with the media following Chicago's 6-2 victory over the Twins on Sunday afternoon, he was asked by one reporter how his work day went.

The veteran southpaw smiled and uttered the word, "Stressful."

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Phil Rogers

Well-rested Sale hits ground running, heater in tow

Well-rested Sale hits ground running, heater in tow

CHICAGO -- Maybe Chris Sale was simply fresh. He was, after all, officially working on 199 days' rest.

This includes an extra 10 days Sale picked up when White Sox manager Robin Ventura decided not to start him against the Royals on the last day of 2014, and when he opened this season on the disabled list after spending the first part of Spring Training in a walking boot. Hey, whatever it takes.

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Abreu at third base in 2015? Maybe

Ventura says White Sox first baseman could eventually see time at hot corner

Abreu at third base in 2015? Maybe

CHICAGO -- Picture this following White Sox scenario: It's an Interleague contest against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 10, a game at the National League ballpark where the designated hitter is not in play.

Manager Robin Ventura wants to get both Adam LaRoche and Jose Abreu in the lineup, so he starts LaRoche at first base and Abreu at … third base? That's right, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound reigning American League Rookie of the Year, who primarily can be found at first, has taken ground balls at third during batting practice. In fact, Abreu took ground balls across the infield during Spring Training and was working out a bit at shortstop early Sunday.

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LaRoche no stranger to slow starts

Veteran knows how to work through March/April struggles

LaRoche no stranger to slow starts

CHICAGO -- Adam LaRoche has been here before.

Not with the White Sox, as Sunday's 6-2 victory over the Twins marked just his sixth start as part of the South Siders. And certainly not as a designated hitter, as the Gold Glove-winning first baseman has just 11 career games of DH experience, including this season.

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Shuck delivers big hit to give White Sox first win

Shuck delivers big hit to give White Sox first win

CHICAGO -- J.B. Shuck's pinch-hit single off of Blaine Boyer scored Alexei Ramirez with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, as the White Sox claimed a 5-4 victory over the Twins at U.S. Cellular Field Saturday afternoon. The victory was the White Sox first in five tries this season.

The inning should have been over on Ramirez's two-out grounder to shortstop Danny Santana, but first baseman Joe Mauer couldn't corral Santana's high throw and Ramirez was credited with a single. Conor Gillaspie followed with a double, setting up Shuck.

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