White Sox sign first-round pick Fulmer

White Sox sign first-round pick Fulmer

The White Sox signed first-round pick Carson Fulmer on Friday to a Minor League contract with a $3,470,600 signing bonus.

The right-hander was named SEC Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-America by Baseball America while at Vanderbilt. He went 14-2 with a 1.83 ERA for the Commodores this past season, striking out 167 and holding opponents to a .180 average.

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Sale grabs AL's top pitcher honor for June

White Sox left-hander fanned 75 in month, extended double-digit K streak

Sale grabs AL's top pitcher honor for June

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale was named the American League Pitcher of the Month on Thursday, which should come as no surprise considering Sale's performance during June was one of the best months for a White Sox pitcher in franchise history.

The left-hander struck out 75 over 44 1/3 innings covering six starts in June, allowing 28 hits, eight walks and nine earned runs, finishing with a 2-2 record and an 1.83 ERA for the month. His 75 strikeouts stand as the most by any pitcher in any month since Nolan Ryan set the modern era record with 87 in June 1977 (STATS LLCS). Sale's 12 strikeouts against the Cardinals over eight innings on Tuesday extended his streak of double-digit-strikeout efforts to eight straight, which puts him with Pedro Martinez as the only hurlers in Major League history to fan 10-plus in eight consecutive games.

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Tatis Jr. among White Sox finds on int'l market

Club signs former big league infielder's son, shortstop Reyes, two others

Tatis Jr. among White Sox finds on int'l market

The White Sox are adding a slick-fielding son of a former Major League player and power-hitting outfielder to their system.

The White Sox signed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., ranked No. 27 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, for $825,000, and outfielder Franklin Reyes, ranked No. 30., for $1.5 million.

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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White Sox show signs in two wins vs. Cards

White Sox show signs in two wins vs. Cards

ST. LOUIS -- These words came from White Sox hurler John Danks, approximately three hours before Chris Sale took the mound Tuesday night for the start of a short Interleague stop at Busch Stadium.

"For all we know, today is the turnaround and we'll get on a roll," Danks said.

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White Sox not deterred by delays, top Cards

White Sox not deterred by delays, top Cards

ST. LOUIS -- After wading through a rain-delayed start and two subsequent in-game weather stoppages, the White Sox completed their two-game stop at Busch Stadium with a 7-1 victory on Wednesday to secure back-to-back wins over the Cardinals.

Melky Cabrera's leadoff homer off Cards starter John Lackey in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie and helped lift the White Sox to consecutive road wins for the first time since May. The Cardinals, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back home losses for just the second time all year.

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Sale could face Buehrle if Sox shuffle rotation

Sale could face Buehrle if Sox shuffle rotation

ST. LOUIS -- Nothing has been officially announced, but Monday's series opener between the Blue Jays and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field could feature a mound matchup between Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale.

Buehrle pitched 12 years for the White Sox, won a World Series with the team in 2005 and was a valued teammate of Sale. He beat the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon for win No. 9, moving the southpaw closer to his 15th straight season with at least 200 innings pitched, 30 starts and double-digit victories. With the Blue Jays having no off-days this week, Buehrle would be on his regular turn Monday.

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Danks draws O's Ubaldo in Chicago opener

Danks draws O's Ubaldo in Chicago opener

White Sox pitcher John Danks can't put his finger on why he always seems to have Orioles center fielder Adam Jones' number, but when Baltimore travels to Chicago for the start of a three-game series on Friday, Jones will try and halt a career's worth of frustration against Danks if he is in the lineup.

Jones, a right-handed hitter, is 1-for-30 against the left-handed Danks, with just one walk.

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Chicago panel offers lessons for on and off field

White Sox executive Williams joined by Wilbon, Baldwin and draftee Hickman

Chicago panel offers lessons for on and off field

CHICAGO -- Wednesday afternoon's forum from the eighth annual Double Duty Classic focused less on the history of the game for African-Americans than looking ahead at it.

Before taking the field in an afternoon showcase, inner-city high school players from across the country came to U.S. Cellular Field as part of a forum to provide insight and celebrate the history of the game.

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ACE program not short on success stories

With life on streets a threat, White Sox keeping young ballplayers focused

ACE program not short on success stories

CHICAGO -- Not all days are created equal.

For Lorenzo Elion III, who heads into his senior season at Simeon Career Academy, one of the biggest came along six years ago, when he was 11. It was his tryout for a spot in the White Sox Amateur City Elite baseball program, which seemed like a long shot. After all, he had started playing baseball only within the last year.

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Players value Double Duty Classic experience

Players value Double Duty Classic experience

CHICAGO -- Not only did Najee Gaskins get the chance to do something most players never do -- play on U.S. Cellular Field with other elite players from across the country in the Double Duty Classic -- but he also led the East team to a 7-2 victory on Wednesday.

Still, his favorite part of the event wasn't the game or even the advice he received in the forum to begin the day. It was the chance to teach groups of younger athletes how to play the game of baseball, having grown up playing it for much of his life.

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Abreu more patient as pitchers adjust

Abreu more patient as pitchers adjust

ST. LOUIS -- The raw results, offensively, might be a tick less impressive for Jose Abreu in 2015 compared to his breakout rookie campaign of 2014. But the White Sox first baseman feels as if he's in a better place offensively.

One change made by Abreu is that he's swinging less at first pitches. Per MLB Network Gameday notes, the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year Award winner swung at 37.1 percent of first pitches last season in comparison to 18.9 percent this season. The league average is 28.8 percent in 2015.

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White Sox lookback, Part 2: WS Game 1

South Siders take advantage of Astros starting Clemens to open 2005 Fall Classic

White Sox lookback, Part 2: WS Game 1

CHICAGO -- The White Sox will be honoring the 10-year-anniversary of the team's 2005 World Series championship during the weekend of July 17-19 at U.S. Cellular Field. And this latest celebration presents a chance to look back at key moments from that postseason run, with a special focus on the World Series, with the words coming primarily from the participants themselves.

Here is Part 2 of this multipart championship oral history series.

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After the glory: Paulie relishes second act

After the glory: Paulie relishes second act

Something was noticeably missing from White Sox Spring Training this year when the full squad reported to Camelback Ranch on Feb. 24. Make that someone, an important piece of the White Sox organization for close to the past two decades.

Paul Konerko was nowhere to be found at the complex for the first time in memory with his 16-year run on the South Side coming to an end last Sept. 28 via his retirement following the 2014 season's final game. The captain's familiar clubhouse spot was occupied by Adam LaRoche, a free-agent signee, as part of general manager Rick Hahn's offseason push to regain the sort of playoff contention present for so many years during Konerko's career.

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Sale away: Ace's road show ties Pedro

White Sox ace joins Martinez with eighth straight 10-plus-K effort

Sale away: Ace's road show ties Pedro

ST. LOUIS -- Chris Sale, the pitcher, made history during the White Sox 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings Tuesday night at Busch Stadium by joining Pedro Martinez as the only hurlers in Major League history to strike out 10-plus in eight straight games.

Sale, the accomplished pitcher, wanted to talk more about Chris Sale, the baseball athlete, following the White Sox third win on this eight-game road trip.

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Flowers sends Sox past Cards on Sale's night

Flowers sends Sox past Cards on Sale's night

ST. LOUIS -- The White Sox capped a history-making night by starter Chris Sale with an 11-inning, 2-1 win to open a two-game set against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. Tyler Flowers' two-out solo homer off reliever Miguel Socolovich in the deciding frame snapped a string of seven scoreless innings by the White Sox offense and put an end to St. Louis' six-game winning streak.

The loss was just the second suffered by the Cardinals at home this month and spoiled their quest for the first 10-game winning streak at Busch Stadium III.

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Flowers helps Sox continue extra-inning magic

Flowers helps Sox continue extra-inning magic

ST. LOUIS -- The White Sox closed out June with a 10-16 record, marking their third straight month at .500 or below, via a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals in 11 innings Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

They have a 33-42 record overall and sit last in the American League Central, falling a pretty good shouting distance away from playoff contention. Yet, somehow, this is an extra-inning wonder as a group.

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Danks: Disappointing season can turn around

Danks: Disappointing season can turn around

ST. LOUIS -- Nobody has more White Sox service time on the current roster than starting pitcher John Danks. And on Tuesday evening, prior to the series opener at Busch Stadium, Danks spoke like a player who has seen it all in a conversation with MLB.com about the disappointment of the season to date.

The veteran southpaw, who has been part of the rotation since 2007, made it clear that any blame for this year's unexpected poor showing should be placed upon the players and not manager Robin Ventura.

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Eaton: Good work habits equal good results

Eaton: Good work habits equal good results

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Eaton's .290 average entering play Tuesday made him one of the most productive White Sox hitters in the month of June. And a .484 slugging percentage also made the 5-foot-8, 185-pound White Sox leadoff hitter one of the team's most power-packed over the past 30 days.

"I don't go up there trying to hit extra-base hits, that's for sure. You try to put a good swing on the ball and hope for the best," Eaton said. "You work for line drives all over the park. Sometimes that might be in the gap or over the fence. If you work good habits, good things are produced out of those habits."

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White Sox lookback, Part 1: Dropped 3rd strike

Oral history of controversial play in Game 2 of ALCS vs. Angels

White Sox lookback, Part 1: Dropped 3rd strike

CHICAGO -- On the night of Oct. 26, 2005, history was made on the South Side of Chicago.

That history actually was being finished at Minute Maid Park in Houston, with shortstop Juan Uribe slickly fielding pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro's grounder up the middle and throwing to Paul Konerko at first to complete a 1-0 victory and a four-game World Series sweep of the Astros. It was the first championship since 1917 for the White Sox, the first in the Jerry Reinsdorf ownership era and a moment that was celebrated for weeks and years to follow.

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Abreu has made impressive rise to stardom

Charting the White Sox first baseman's journey to the Major Leagues

Abreu has made impressive rise to stardom

CHICAGO -- On the morning of Oct. 29, 2013, Jose Abreu arrived at U.S. Cellular Field for the first time. As he put on his new No. 79 uniform for the news conference introducing him as the newest member of the Chicago White Sox, Abreu experienced a host of feelings. High on that list was the burden of the immense expectations placed upon him as a result of his lucrative new six-year contract and the recent separation from his family in Cuba. It was a whirlwind of change for the powerful first baseman. In less than six months, he signed the deal with the Sox after leaving his native land behind along with his 3-year-old son, Dariel Eduardo, his parents and sister in the hope of pursuing his dream of playing in the Major Leagues.

With all the emotion part and parcel of his journey, it shouldn't have been a surprise, then, that Abreu broke into tears as he stepped on the field and saw his name flashing on the ballpark video board. It dawned on him in a flash: "Now I have the opportunity to realize my dream and provide a better future for my family."

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White Sox let lead, finale slip away in Detroit

White Sox let lead, finale slip away in Detroit

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez's game-tying, bases-clearing double in the eighth set up catcher James McCann's walk-off home run an inning later as the Tigers beat the White Sox, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

The Tigers managed very little against Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija until the eighth, when Martinez's line drive into the right-center-field gap scored three runs and tied the game at 4. McCann lined an 0-2 splitter from reliever Zach Putnam over the left-field fence to seal the win, which was Detroit's first this year in 31 attempts when trailing after seven innings. It marked McCann's second career walk-off home run.

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One pitch flips script for Samardzija, Sox

One pitch flips script for Samardzija, Sox

DETROIT -- Stop the White Sox if you've heard this frustrating story before.

For seven innings on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park, the White Sox played the sort of crisp, efficient baseball that matched the lofty preseason expectations attached to this squad. Jeff Samardzija didn't go above 16 pitches in any of his scoreless frames, and the White Sox did enough damage against David Price to build up a four-run lead.

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Rodon to continue honing changeup

Rodon to continue honing changeup

DETROIT -- When Carlos Rodon next takes the mound on July 6 or 7 at home against the Blue Jays, a more complete version of the future frontline starter and current 22-year-old rookie will be on display.

That development has nothing to do with a planned extended break for Rodon of what will ultimately be two weeks since his last start Thursday at Comerica Park, but is more about the growth of his changeup. It's a pitch that the astute Rodon knew would be important to his big league repertoire back at SoxFest in January and one that he has thrown with greater confidence and conviction -- as shown by the 20 used against the Tigers per Brooks Baseball.

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Amid looming 'pen decisions, Danks skipped

Amid looming 'pen decisions, Danks skipped

DETROIT -- The White Sox soon will have decisions to make regarding their bullpen, with Matt Albers and Dan Jennings continuing on their injury rehab assignments with Triple-A Charlotte. In the rotation, meanwhile, John Danks will be skipped following his rained-out start on Saturday.

Jennings was scheduled to make his third appearance for the Knights on Sunday, testing the neck inflammation that sent him to the disabled list earlier this month. Albers, who broke the pinky on his pitching hand during an April 23 bench-clearing fracas with the Royals and required surgical repair, threw one perfect inning Friday.

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Abreu moving to No. 2 in lineup for first time

Ventura looking to give hottest hitter extra at-bat, improve production vs. lefties

Abreu moving to No. 2 in lineup for first time

DETROIT -- The debut of Jose Abreu in the No. 2 spot of the White Sox order has been postponed by rain.

Manager Robin Ventura's Saturday lineup had the team's best hitter situated behind leadoff man Adam Eaton for the first time in Abreu's big league career. And despite inclement weather pushing the third game of this four-game series into a split doubleheader on Monday, Sept. 21, Ventura was pretty certain the lineup will be the same on Sunday.

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Ventura 'committed' to managing White Sox

In light of Sandberg's resignation, skipper familiar with tough times, but has support of Williams

Ventura 'committed' to managing White Sox

DETROIT -- Robin Ventura didn't know the exact set of circumstances that caused Ryne Sandberg to resign as Phillies manager on Friday. But Ventura certainly understands the job's tough nature as a member of this exclusive fraternity.

Ventura truly understands being at the helm of a surprisingly underachieving team, with the White Sox entering Friday night's contest at 32-40. He doesn't foresee a circumstance that would cause him to walk away from the White Sox, reaching that enough-is-enough sort of moment in his fourth year on the job.

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White Sox small miscues add up to tough loss

Botched safety-squeeze attempt, mistake pitches prove decisive in winnable game

White Sox small miscues add up to tough loss

DETROIT -- In the case of the White Sox execution Friday night at Comerica Park, manager Robin Ventura was all in favor of it during the latter stages of a 5-4 loss to the Tigers.

But as has been the case far too often for the South Siders during their 32-41 start to the 2015 season, things didn't go as planned. So a first-and-third, one-out situation against closer Joakim Soria in the ninth turned into a popped-up bunt by Carlos Sanchez when he elected the safety-squeeze option.

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