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.
Ace fans 12 over 7 2/3 in steamy Baltimore, beats Orioles for first time in career
By Connor Smolensky
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.
By Brittany Ghiroli and Connor Smolensky
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.
In a battle of two of the game's promising young arms, Lance McCullers Jr. will make his third Major League start and second at home when the Astros face the White Sox and Carlos Rodon in the opening game of a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. CT Friday at Minute Maid Park.
McCullers, 21, has made two starts since coming up from Double-A and picked up his first Major League win Saturday in Detroit. He was drafted by the Astros in the supplemental round (41st overall) in 2012.
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.
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 Web-based media player
By Mark Newman
Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.
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.
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.
Closer allows ninth-inning homer to slugger for second straight game
By Jamie Ross
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."
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.
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.
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.
TORONTO -- Making his first start in more than two weeks, Hector Noesi took the mound on Monday against the Blue Jays looking to prove himself a bona fide starter. The right-hander made his case over seven innings, but was saddled with the loss as the White Sox fell to the Blue Jays, 6-0, in the series opener at Rogers Centre.
"I'm here to start. That's what I want to prove to anybody, that I can start," Noesi said after he allowed five earned runs on five hits, including two homers, to fall to 0-4 on the season.
Hutchison cruised through most of his outing and faced one batter over the minimum during a stretch that began in the second inning and lasted until the final out. He allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter, struck out eight and threw 70 of his 96 pitches for strikes.
TORONTO -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was removed from Monday night's game at Rogers Centre because of inflammation in his right knee. He is listed as day to day.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said he noticed Garcia was hesitant when chasing Jose Reyes' double into the right-field corner in the first inning, and again on the basepaths after Garcia singled in the top of the second before being doubled up on an inning-ending double play.
Outfielder left Toronto during offseason for three-year deal with White Sox
By Jamie Ross
TORONTO -- Melky Cabrera was back at Rogers Centre on Monday for the first time since leaving the Blue Jays via free agency to join the White Sox.
Cabrera spent a pair of seasons in Toronto, where he experienced mixed success. After most of his first season was hampered by a benign tumor in his back that severely limited his performance, Cabrera had a bounceback season in 2014 and was rewarded with a $42 million, three-year contract from the White Sox last December.
CHICAGO -- Remember back to Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field, when Corey Kluber and Chris Sale engaged in an edge-of-your-seat pitchers' duel, the White Sox emerged with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings and moved over .500 with their sixth straight win?
It wasn't that long ago, a little more than 120 hours to be exact. But after an 8-1 loss to the Twins before 30,180 Sunday afternoon, that near-perfect battle seems to be an eternity removed.
CHICAGO -- A four-run fourth inning was more than enough support for starter Kyle Gibson, as the Twins defeated the White Sox on Sunday, 8-1. Gibson worked eight innings and struck out eight -- tying a career high -- without a walk to cruise to the win.
Second baseman Brian Dozier hit two home runs and drove in four runs to pace the Twins, and right fielder Eddie Rosario added two hits and two RBIs.
Greg Garno is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
CHICAGO -- There was a definite plan behind Paul Konerko's center-field entrance during his jersey number retirement ceremony Saturday, aside from taking the longtime White Sox captain somewhat out of his comfort zone.
Brooks Boyer, the White Sox senior vice president, sales and marketing, explained Sunday that having Konerko walk in from center allowed fans situated in the outfield a chance to feel like a part of the ceremony. There was talk of using a fog machine as well, but the notion was overruled.
CHICAGO -- The White Sox offense has been a strange mix of inconsistency for six weeks.
The South Siders rank 27th in pitches per plate appearance at 3.68, and sit last in total numbers of pitches seen at 5,426. Yet, the free-swinging group also sits last in extra-base hits with 88, making them one of three teams in the Majors entering play Sunday with fewer than 100.