Shields' August struggles continue in loss to Phils

Shields' August struggles continue in loss to Phils

CHICAGO -- Jerad Eickhoff threw just 71 pitches over six quality innings on Wednesday during the Phillies' 5-2 victory over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox three-game winning streak came to an end, as Eickhoff allowed two runs on four hits while striking out two and not issuing a walk.

Eickhoff faced the minimum through five innings, having given up a leadoff single to Adam Eaton in the fourth, which was erased on a Tim Anderson double-play grounder. But after giving up two runs on three hits in the sixth, the Phillies went to their bullpen.

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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.

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Gonzalez throws successful bullpen Wednesday

Lawrie undergoes MRI on left knee and hip in Chicago

Gonzalez throws successful bullpen Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez threw a 30-pitch bullpen Wednesday and felt no pain in testing a strained right groin that has left him on the disabled list since Aug. 12. Gonzalez threw last Friday, as well, but felt a little soreness the day after, so Thursday will be key moving forward in the recovery.

"I didn't feel anything while I was throwing my bullpen, which was great," Gonzalez said. "I'm happy with the results that went out today. Come back and we'll see how it feels tomorrow but didn't feel anything today."

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Rodon unlocks backdoor in commanding win

Lefty fires 6 2/3 scoreless, credits catcher Narvaez with slider adjustment

Rodon unlocks backdoor in commanding win

CHICAGO -- The road to Major League pitching excellence has been traveled before by White Sox hurler Carlos Rodon.

Last year, Rodon featured a 1.81 ERA over 54 2/3 innings to close out the final eight starts of his rookie campaign. So the left-hander's current four-start stretch, including a tremendous performance during a 9-1 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, stands as another example of his front-of-the-rotation potential.

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U.S. Cellular to become Guaranteed Rate Field

White Sox announce 13-year naming rights agreement; change to take place Nov. 1

U.S. Cellular to become Guaranteed Rate Field

CHICAGO -- U.S. Cellular Field will become Guaranteed Rate Field as of Nov. 1, the White Sox announced on Wednesday.

The White Sox and Guaranteed Rate agreed on a 13-year naming rights agreement, changing the name of the White Sox home. The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns and operates the ballpark, approved the name change in a board meeting Wednesday.

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White Sox take part in PLAY Campaign

CHICAGO -- Rain prevented on-field activities, but it didn't douse the spirits Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Rather than running the bases, a contingent of youth players from the White Sox Amateur City Elite (ACE) and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) programs rotated through five educational stations set up on the main concourse instead, all part of the 2016 National PLAY Campaign's tour.

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Brian Hedger is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox roll past Phillies with Rodon at wheel

White Sox roll past Phillies with Rodon at wheel

CHICAGO -- Carlos Rodon has grown accustomed to winning ways. The southpaw went from May 23 to Aug. 11 without a victory, but factoring in his 6 2/3-inning shutout performance during a 9-1 trouncing of the Phillies on Tuesday night at U.S. Cellular Field, the White Sox hurler has gone four straight starts without a setback.

In those four starts, Rodon has yielded four earned runs on 19 hits over 24 2/3 innings, with 21 strikeouts and six walks. He gave up three hits over 109 pitches against the Phillies.

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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.

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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Top 3 draftees impressing White Sox early

Top 3 draftees impressing White Sox early

CHICAGO -- If the White Sox move in a rebuilding direction this offseason, their 2016 Draft class has shown early returns as the potential nucleus of such a youth movement.

Catcher Zack Collins (No. 10 overall), right-hander Zack Burdi (No. 26) and right-hander Alec Hansen (No. 49), the team's top three Draft picks in June, have had strong initial showings as part of the White Sox system.

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Lawrie back with club, not ready for action

Injury updates: Gonzalez progressing, Avisail returns

Lawrie back with club, not ready for action

CHICAGO -- Brett Lawrie was back in the White Sox clubhouse Tuesday but not ready to suit up for the team.

The second baseman returned from his rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham, testing a strained left hamstring that had him sidelined since July 22 after having to leave early from his last two games.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Garcia returns, White Sox option Coats

Garcia returns, White Sox option Coats

The White Sox activated right fielder Avisail Garcia from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday before their game against the Phillies at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago optioned outfielder Jason Coats to Triple-A Charlotte in a corresponding move.

Garcia has been out since Aug. 6 due to a sprained right knee. Before the injury, the 25-year-old was batting .240 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 86 games for the White Sox this season.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Collins among top prospect performers Tuesday

Top Mets prospects continue to show off talent at Double-A

Collins among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

The duo, ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Mets' system, combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBIs in just the latest of several good offensive games for both players.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Young White Sox arms get chance down stretch

With club out of contention, 'opportunity is knocking' for developing pitchers

Young White Sox arms get chance down stretch

CHICAGO -- Chris Beck entered last Thursday's game in Cleveland during the seventh inning, with the White Sox protecting a one-run lead against the American League Central leaders.

Beck was making career appearance No. 9 out of the bullpen, leaving venerable White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper to view the moment in a slightly different manner.

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Quintana gets win No. 10 behind 3-run first

Quintana gets win No. 10 behind 3-run first

CHICAGO -- Unlucky No. 9 became well-deserved No. 10 for Jose Quintana as part of the White Sox 4-2 victory over the A's Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

Quintana had never surpassed nine wins in a single season, despite becoming one of the game's most consistent starters. But he reached that 10-win mark by allowing two runs on eight hits over seven-plus innings, while striking out six and walking one, also helping the White Sox capture the weekend series.

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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.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Jim Callis

Hansen on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Hansen on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The Yankees have gotten both younger and better in the past month. They traded their best hitter (Carlos Beltran) and two best relievers (Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller), then installed three rookies in their lineup and two more in their rotation. After playing .500 ball through July, New York is in the midst of its best month (11-8) of the season and has climbed within four games of a Wild Card berth.

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Arrival of son from Cuba sparks Abreu at plate

5-year-old Dariel joined his father in Chicago two weeks ago

Arrival of son from Cuba sparks Abreu at plate

CHICAGO -- Even before Jose Abreu's 5-year-old son, Dariel, joined him in the United States, he always asked for one thing from his father: a home run.

It was a point Dariel reinforced when he arrived from Cuba a couple of weeks ago. And in the first inning of Saturday's 6-2 victory over the A's, Abreu provided his son with this unique gift. He homered again during a 4-2 victory Sunday, marking the third time this season Abreu has homered in back-to-back games.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quintana excited to reach 10-win plateau

Left-handed All-Star had won nine games in each of last three seasons

Quintana excited to reach 10-win plateau

CHICAGO -- The only people with a greater postgame celebration than Jose Quintana following a 4-2 White Sox victory over Oakland Sunday probably would be White Sox fans and his teammates.

Quintana has worked four full seasons as a starter and a significant part of a fifth but had topped out at nine victories. Not reaching double-digit wins certainly isn't Quintana's fault, as his 58 no-decisions since 2012 and the White Sox 3.31 run-support average behind him this season would indicate.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hansen hurls 14 consecutive frames without a hit

White Sox No. 8 prospect strikes out career-high 13 for Rookie-level Great Falls

Hansen hurls 14 consecutive frames without a hit

Less than 24 hours after three hurlers for Rookie-level Great Falls tossed a combined no-hitter, it was right-hander Alec Hansen's turn to take a run at the feat.

Hansen, the White Sox No. 8 prospect, carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning on Sunday against Helena before allowing a one-out single. The knock snapped a streak of 14 hitless innings, as the right-hander fired five no-hit frames in his previous start and didn't allow a hit in the final 3 2/3 innings in his start on Aug. 10. It was the only hit he allowed in six scoreless frames, though Great Falls would drop the contest, 6-3.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Abreu, Melky back Sale's 8 scoreless vs. A's

Abreu, Melky back Sale's 8 scoreless vs. A's

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale's personal winless streak ended at six Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The White Sox left-hander allowed three hits over eight scoreless innings, matching a season high of 120 pitches. He received plenty of run support and cruised to a 6-2 victory over the A's. The win evens the weekend series at one win apiece, after Oakland claimed a 9-0 decision in the series opener.

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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.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Sale dominates to snap streak, win No. 15

White Sox All-Star throws eight scoreless in victory over A's

Sale dominates to snap streak, win No. 15

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale's pitch count sat at 110 after his seventh inning during the White Sox 6-2 victory over the A's on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

But with the White Sox ace getting an extra fifth day of rest before his next start against the Mariners, he didn't have to lobby manager Robin Ventura too much to pitch the eighth.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cooper confident in Shields moving forward

White Sox pitching coach admits right-hander needs to minimize mistakes

Cooper confident in Shields moving forward

CHICAGO -- The White Sox have James Shields under contract for two more seasons, barring the right-hander exercising an opt-out clause after the 2016 World Series or an offseason trade.

So there doesn't seem to be a major question surrounding whether Shields will be part of the South Siders' rotation moving forward. The question may be whether he can be a viable contributor. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper has no doubt the answer is in the affirmative regarding the veteran hurler.

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Shields seeks answers after A's light up scoreboard

Veteran starter hurt again by long ball, allowing 3 HRs

Shields seeks answers after A's light up scoreboard

CHICAGO -- Fans at U.S. Cellular Field let out a roar sometime around 9:40 p.m. CT Friday night when the stadium went dark and the scheduled fireworks show began.

Unfortunately for White Sox starter James Shields, Oakland hitters unofficially started those fireworks a little more than two hours earlier. The A's knocked out three home runs and cruised to a 9-0 victory in the opener of a nine-game homestand for the South Siders.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Martinez among top prospect performers Thursday

Boston's No. 5 fans career-high 11 for second straight start; Rockies' top prospect goes deep twice in big game

Martinez among top prospect performers Thursday

The strikeouts just keep on coming for Red Sox No. 5 prospect Michael Kopech.

After setting a career high with 11 strikeouts in his last outing, Kopech matched that number in six innings with Double-A Salem on Thursday.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Coming up 'empty': Effort there, wins not for Sox

Chicago's 4-5 road trip representative of season, in which club has gone 20-24 in one-run games

Coming up 'empty': Effort there, wins not for Sox

CLEVELAND -- After rallying for five runs and a ninth-inning victory Wednesday night at Progressive Field, the White Sox knocked out Cleveland starter Danny Salazar after one inning in Thursday evening's series finale.

They held a three-run lead after that first, turned four double plays behind starter Carlos Rodon and used a stellar defensive play from Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu to stop a sixth-inning rally. And the White Sox still ended up on the wrong end of a 5-4 final against the American League Central leaders.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

White Sox can't contain Tribe, fall in walk-off

White Sox can't contain Tribe, fall in walk-off

CLEVELAND -- Tyler Naquin was ready in the dugout with a bat in his hands, but he fully expected Indians catcher Roberto Perez to hit in the ninth inning on Thursday night. After a passed ball moved Abraham Almonte up to third base, Naquin's name was called.

"I've never been a part of that," Naquin said after Cleveland's 5-4 walk-off win over the White Sox at Progressive Field. "I want anybody to walk it off, but I was lucky enough to be able to do it myself."

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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.

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.

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Sale, Sox happy with results of pitching plan

Focusing more on contact over strikeouts, ace stronger at this point in season than in past

Sale, Sox happy with results of pitching plan

CLEVELAND -- There was a time earlier this season when Chris Sale and the Cubs' Jake Arrieta were being talked about as sure-fire 20-game winners and Cy Young frontrunners -- not to mention days being counted and starts being figured to see if they would match up during the crosstown series played at the end of July.

But these aces have shown a few blips on their seemingly impervious radar as the season has progressed. Arrieta walked seven over 5 2/3 innings in a victory over the Brewers on Thursday and had a 3.54 ERA in June followed by a 4.88 ERA in July.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stunner slam: Eaton caps Sox thrilling comeback

Stunner slam: Eaton caps Sox thrilling comeback

CLEVELAND -- Highlights of the White Sox improbable but exciting 10-7 comeback victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field will prominently feature Adam Eaton's first career grand slam capping off a five-run ninth against Cleveland closer Cody Allen.

Eaton connected on an 0-2 offering, while adding a degree of difficulty by blowing a bubble with his gum upon contact, putting an exclamation point on the end of a seven-game White Sox losing streak against the American League Central leaders. But Eaton's heroics would have never been possible if not for the crucial previous moments.

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Eaton's grand-slam secret? Blow a bubble

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Eaton's grand-slam secret? Blow a bubble

Delivering in clutch situations is one of the most impactful elements of baseball. With the game on the line, how will you perform? 

Will you be able to cut out all the noise, all the distractions, all the extracurricular elements that can sometimes get to be too much? When it comes down to that pitch, that moment, will you be able to keep it all out of your consciousness and ... stay as committed to the hunk of bubblegum in your mouth as your offensive task at hand? 

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White Sox solve Tribe with slammin' rally in 9th

White Sox solve Tribe with slammin' rally in 9th

CLEVELAND -- After trading punches all night, the White Sox delivered the final blow in a 10-7 win over the Indians on Wednesday at Progressive Field. Chicago right fielder Adam Eaton crushed his first career grand slam in the top of the ninth off Cleveland closer Cody Allen as the White Sox used a five-run rally to erase a two-run deficit.

With the win, the South Siders snapped a seven-game losing streak to the American League Central-leading Tribe. Over the previous seven games between the two clubs, Chicago didn't score more than three runs.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Indians on Wednesday.

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.

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Phil Rogers

Olympian skating through White Sox system

Prospect Alvarez won silver medal for US short-track team in Sochi

Olympian skating through White Sox system

Eddy the Jet is on the move again, and his timing is impeccable.

As the Summer Olympic Games are conducted amid pomp and circumstance in Brazil, the baseball season has hit its dog days. Teams that have fallen out of contention search for positives where they can find them, and for the White Sox, one of the bright lights is an infielder who is flying through their system with Olympic speed.

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Phil Rogers is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.