Shields' August struggles continue in loss to Phils
By Scott Merkin and Todd Zolecki
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.
CHICAGO -- James Shields produced his best start of August during the Phillies' 5-3 victory over the White Sox Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
The veteran right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings in the Interleague contest, having allowed 27 earned runs in 14 innings during four previous trips to the mound this month. But once again, the home run ball came back to hurt him.
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."
Ranaudo takes ball in White Sox opener vs. Mariners
By Maddie Lee
Right-hander Anthony Ranaudo gets the ball for the White Sox in the first game of a four-game series against the Mariners on Thursday at U.S Cellular Field. It is the second and final time the teams will meet.
The Mariners won the last series between the two, claiming two of three games at Safeco Field. Seattle plays four in Chicago before heading to Texas for three against the AL West-leading Rangers.
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.
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.
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.
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
By Scott Merkin and Todd Zolecki
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Arrival of son from Cuba sparks Abreu at plate
5-year-old Dariel joined his father in Chicago two weeks ago
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.
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.
White Sox No. 8 prospect strikes out career-high 13 for Rookie-level Great Falls
By Mike Rosenbaum
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.
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
By Scott Merkin and Jane Lee
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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?